ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Singer Bobbie Smith of The Spinners has died. The band's manager has released a statement saying Smith died Saturday morning from complications from pneumonia and influenza after being diagnosed with lung cancer in November. He was 76. Smith sang lead on The Spinners' first hit, "That's What Girls Are Made For" in 1961. Other Spinners hits include "I'll Be Around," ''Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "Games People Play." Smith and original member Henry Fambrough still toured as The Spinners as of last year.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - PSY says he will change the title and lyrics of his potential "Gangnam Style" follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs.
The announced title for the song can be written as "Assarabia" or "Assaravia" in English. It's slang used by South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part, but worries have risen that Arabs might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory.
PSY said Monday on a South Korean social media website that he has decided to change the title. Some lyrics also will change.
After several Korean albums, PSY has promised future work in English but it isn't clear when. The "Gangnam Style" video with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance has a record 1.44 billion views on YouTube since July.
NEW YORK (AP) - Radio talk host Michael Smerconish is jumping from traditional talk radio to satellite. Smerconish joins SiriusXM next month. A political independent who changed his registration from Republican three years ago, Smerconish said Wednesday that traditional talk radio has become dominated by incivility and predictable ideological opinions. He said political talk radio hasn't heeded his warnings that it is becoming "too white, too male, too angry and too old" to attract new listeners. Smerconish's show will air in the mornings on the satellite operator's P.O.T.U.S. channel and be repeated in the evening.
Marvel Entertainment's renowned heroes are in an unfamiliar and unsettling position in the publisher's just released "Age of Ultron" miniseries: defeated, demoralized and desperate.
After years of well-placed warnings that have gone unheeded, the ever-adaptive artificial intelligence that is Ultron has come out on top, turning the planet into a dystopian landscape that is wrecked beyond compare with technology at the top of the food chain.
It is, says writer Brian Michael Bendis, a reckoning of sorts with the Marvel universe "destroyed" and "half the heroes dead and half the world is dead."
Bendis says the 10-issue limited series will stretch the limit of Marvel's heroes, including Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and others, and says nothing and no one is sacred.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman may be the only American ever to have met and spent time with North Korea's reclusive leader but U.S Secretary of State John Kerry isn't giving him any diplomatic kudos.
Kerry said Tuesday that the ex-Chicago Bulls player "was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player."
"That's where we'll leave it," he told NBC News in an interview in Qatar, where he is wrapping up a nine-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East
Rodman made headlines last week with a visit to hermetic North Korea, sat next to youthful autocrat Kim Jong Un at an exhibition basketball game and gave the dictator, who threatens to end the truce with South Korea, several compliments about his leadership.
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