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Beck, Blige, Sia, Elo among Grammy Performers

AP

AP

Beck, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and the Electric Light Orchestra are among a new batch of performers added to the bill for Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The Grammys continue their signature of pairing artists for special one-time performances. Beck will take the stage with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Mary J. Blige will duet with Smith. Brandy Clark will perform with veteran country artist Dwight Yoakam.
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Grammy Facts: Timberlake’s Redemptions, Joan Rivers, Pharrell

AP

AP

The Grammy Awards, airing live on Sunday, include predictable nominees like Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and awards like best rap song and best country album. But we take a look at interesting factoids in this year’s nominations, including Joan Rivers battling Jimmy Carter for an award and Miley Cyrus earning her first-ever Grammy nomination.
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Searchers find Wreckage, Bodies from Airasia Jet

AP

AP

The first proof of the fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 emerged Tuesday from the shallow, aqua-colored waters of the Java Sea, confirming that the plane crashed with 162 people aboard in an area not far from where it dropped off radar screens.

Two days after the jet vanished, searchers found as many as six bodies and debris that included a life jacket, an emergency exit door and a suitcase about 10 miles from the plane’s last known coordinates.
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How ‘The Interview’s’ VOD Grosses could change the Game

AP

AP

Sony appears to have a win-win with “The Interview.” Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

On Friday, it seemed unlikely we’d ever know if the simultaneous – or “day and date” – strategy paid off. Now, it’s tempting to suggest this may be the start of a brave new world of distribution. Add in the $2.8 million from “The Interview’s” limited theatrical release and things aren’t looking so bleak for the Seth Rogen-James Franco R-rated comedy.
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Airasia’s CEO in spotlight after Jet disappears

AP

AP

His airline empire began, Tony Fernandes likes to say, with the purchase of a bankrupt company for less than a dollar. Now, after years of growth that made him the king of Asian budget travel, the flamboyant Malaysian businessman is facing the horror of the disappearance of an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board.

Fernandes, who built AirAsia’s regional network on cheap fares, a love of the spotlight and occasionally provocative advertising (“There’s a new girl in town. She’s twice the fun and half the price.”), was clearly exhausted by the time he met reporters late Sunday at the airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, where the missing flight had taken off.
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Local Police Departments take precautions following Deadly Shooting Of Cops In Brooklyn

WINS

WINS

New Jersey’s state police union has issued an email alert to the group’s 33,000 members warning them to take extra caution after two NYPD officers were murdered.

New Jersey State PBA Executive Vice President Marc Kovar said in the email Sunday morning that all members and officers should take extra caution and change up routines in the coming weeks.
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NYPD Cops furious with Bill de Blasio turn their backs on the Mayor as he enters Hospital where Officers died

WPIX

WPIX

Believing City Hall has betrayed them, cops demonstrated their anger Saturday by turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio as he entered a Brooklyn hospital to pay his respects to two murdered officers.

A startling video shows a hallway at Woodhull Hospital filled with officers silently facing away from de Blasio as he walks a blue gantlet.
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Police Cases stir National Protests, Debate

AP

AP

Thousands and thousands of diverse people united by anger took to the streets from New York City to San Francisco for a second straight night to protest a grand jury clearing a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

Grandparents marched with their grandchildren. Experienced activists stood alongside newcomers, and protesters of all colors chanted slogans.
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