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Blink-182 agrees to residency at Palms casino in Las Vegas

Blink-182 will have regularly scheduled shows in Las Vegas starting in May after agreeing to a residency at a theater at the Palms casino-resort.

The "pop-punk" band and the parent company of the casino-resort, Station Casinos, on Monday announced the series of shows.

Palms general manager Jon Gray says the band is the "perfect fit for a true rock residency" at the property's Pearl Concert Theater.

The venue can accommodate 2,500. Tickets for the 16 shows scheduled for this year go on sale Friday.

The residency is one of many pieces of the Palms' $620 million overhaul, which also includes a 29,000-square-foot nightclub, a day club, and restaurants in partnership with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Marc Vetri.

The property is west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Country music journalist Hazel Smith dies at age 83

Country music journalist, publicist and songwriter Hazel Smith has died. She was 83.

Her granddaughter Tara Bruchas said she died at a Nashville hospital on Sunday.

Smith is credited with coining the term "outlaw country" in the 1970s. She worked as a publicist for Kinky Friedman and worked out of Tompall Glaser's studio with artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. And it was there she came up with the movement's moniker for artists who were bucking Music Row trends.

She wrote a regular popular column for "Country Music" magazine, as well as writing for other outlets, and had songs recorded by Tammy Wynette and Dr. Hook. She also worked with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White and was the host of a CMT series "Southern Fried Flicks."

Steve Wynn settled with second woman over sex allegations

Embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn brokered a settlement more than a decade ago with a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct and recently reported her to the FBI, his attorneys say in court documents.

Wynn and one of his attorneys met with FBI agents last month to accuse the woman of trying to extort him by threatening to go public with details from the 2006 settlement, according to documents received earlier this month in state court in Las Vegas.

It comes two months after the Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the billionaire harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist formerly employed by the company. He resigned as chairman and CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts last month.

Wynn has vehemently denied the accusations reported by the newspaper and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife. Her attorney has denied that she instigated the report.

The recent court filings do not provide details of the newly revealed settlement. The woman on Monday did not return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press, which generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual misconduct.

Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email that her client denies the extortion allegations.

"My client, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has never committed any act of extortion," she wrote. "To the contrary, she simply stated that she wanted to speak. Her emails did not seek any money. And that is surely why the FBI has not even questioned her about this, nor has she not been charged with any crime."

The FBI declined to confirm Monday whether it has investigated the extortion accusations. A declaration by one of Wynn's attorneys, Donald Campbell, says the FBI notified him on Feb. 10 that it had "concluded its investigation."

Campbell identified the woman as a "former Wynn employee" with whom the billionaire settled in December 2006, when she worked as a "Playboy Bunny" at the Palms casino-hotel. Wynn Resorts has never owned that property. Its oldest casino-resort in Las Vegas opened in 2005.

Emails included in the court documents show the woman contacted an attorney who represented Wynn in the settlement, Barry Slotnick, the day after the Wall Street Journal story was published in January.

She said she understood her non-disclosure agreement banned her from speaking out but that she believed telling her story would be a good thing.

The woman wrote to the attorney again a few days later, saying she wanted to reveal the details of the settlement publicly and to consider the message notice of her intentions. The emails do not ask for money, and they don't appear to be redacted.

The emails "clearly evidenced that she was engaged in an effort to 'shakedown'" Wynn, Campbell said in his declaration.

The settlement is the second between Steve Wynn and a woman who alleged sexual misconduct to be revealed during a yearslong civil case that has involved the billionaire; his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn; and a former business partner.

The deal reported by the Wall Street Journal was previously referenced broadly in the civil case, which is scheduled for trial in April.

A large portion of the case was settled earlier this month when Wynn Resorts agreed to pay a Tokyo-based company $2.4 billion by the end of March. Elaine Wynn is fighting her ex-husband and Wynn Resorts over her removal from the company's board of directors in 2015.


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The Latest: Seagal lawyer says sex assault allegations false

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against actor Steven Seagal (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A lawyer for Steven Seagal says the actor adamantly denies sexual assault allegations made by two women against the action star.

Faviola Dadis said at a news conference Monday that Seagal toucher her sexually without her consent in 2002 when she was 17, and Regina Simons said Seagal assaulted her in 1995 when she was 18.

Seagal's attorney Anthony Falangetti said later Monday that the accounts of both women are "completely fictitious and totally made up."

He says the allegations are a disservice to women who are victimized because of real predators in the film industry.

The women are the latest of several who have come forward in recent months to accuse the 65-year-old action actor of sexual misconduct. He has denied all of the allegations.


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An aspiring actress says she was 17 when actor Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her during a supposed casting session in 2002.

Faviola Dadis said at a news conference Monday that she had recently moved to the U.S. from the Netherlands when she was invited to a Beverly Hills hotel room to audition for Seagal for a film he planned to make about Genghis Khan.

The 33-year-old former model says only Seagal and his bodyguard were in the room when the actor reached under her bikini top and then grabbed her genitals.

Dadis said she ended the audition and immediately left. She says she feared being blacklisted if she reported Seagal, and only recently filed a police report. Los Angeles County prosecutors say they are reviewing the case.

Seagal's attorney Anthony Falangetti did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Kansas Announces ‘Point of Know Return’ 40th Anniversary Tour


ATLANTA, GA – March 19, 2018 – America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be touring select U.S. cities this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return, kicking off in many of the band’s hometown of Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on September 28, 2018. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites. Tickets and KANSAS VIP Packages for most dates go on sale to the general public Friday, March 23, 2018. Ticket information can be found at

In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.  

“After the success of the album Leftoverture, it was hard to imagine when we released Point of Know Return that this album would be even bigger, but it was,” comments KANSAS guitarist, and original member, Richard Williams. “From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album Point of Know Return is really ingrained in Rock N Roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album Leftoverture in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this Point of Know Return Tour just as much, and hopefully even more! “ 

Throughout the tour, live shows will not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS will also perform classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. The band has not publicly performed some songs in the more than two-hour KANSAS musical event in decades, if ever. 

KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform. These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets. Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that KANSAS has not performed live for twenty or thirty years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun.” 


September 28 -  Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

September 29 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

October 5 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre

October 6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall

October 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater

October 13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater

October 19 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

October 20 - St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre

October 26 - Kalamazoo, MI - The State Theatre

October 27 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theater

November 2 - San Antonio, TX - The Tobin Center for Performing Arts

November 3 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater

November 9 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre

November 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

November 16 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount

November 17 - Worcester, MA - Hanover Theatre

November 23 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

November 24 - Baltimore, MD - Model Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

November 30 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

December 1 - Columbia, SC - The Township Auditorium

December 6 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre

December 8 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 14 - Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium

December 15 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center

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Comedy Central's Klepper gathers with gun activists

Comedy Central's Jordan Klepper is planning a slumber party for young activists pushing for action on gun control.

Klepper is taking Thursday's episode of his show, "The Opposition," out of a New York studio and into the living room of a private home in the Bethesda, Maryland area. That's where many young people plan to gather in preparation for Saturday's March For Our Lives on Washington to oppose gun violence.

"It's so nice to be inspired by people who aren't cynical about the political process, who are actually doing something," Klepper said on Monday.

Klepper took a special interest in the issue even before he began hosting the weekday show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. EDT, last year. He did reporting on gun control for "The Daily Show" and hosted a one-hour "investigative comedy" special last June titled "Jordan Klepper Solves Guns."

He didn't solve much, of course. But in the process of talking to people on all sides of the issue, Klepper said he was surprised by how much common ground he saw on issues like background checks and scientific research. To him, it has made the lack of political action on the issue despite several mass shootings particularly frustrating.

Klepper got some attention last month for having two student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on for interviews.

"The students are doing an amazing job of keeping this conversation going and elevating this, both in the news and in people's minds, so it doesn't just go away and people in positions of power can forget about it as well," he said.

Show researchers found an organization called DC Teens Action, which is matching people coming in for the march with host families in the area. Comedy Central made arrangements with one such group to highlight for the show.

In addition to the young participants, U.S. Sen Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, will stop by.

Klepper won't be breaking character to conduct his interviews. He plays a conservative conspiracy theorist on the show, much like Stephen Colbert played a conservative talk show host when he was at Comedy Central.

He found that when he interviewed the Parkland students, they later appreciated Klepper going after them in this fashion, because it gave the students the chance to refute claims made against them.

"The best thing that we can do is filter it through the resistance that they are seeing," he said. "It's always a balance to play a character who's coming at things that are perhaps the direct opposite of the way that I would feel about them. But what's also refreshing about the situation is that they do get to push back against the trolls."

His show also will be filming at Saturday's rally for future segments.

"Whenever you see an opportunity where maybe the conversation can change things, you have at it," he said.

Singer Trey Songz arrested on allegations of punching woman

Police say R&B singer Trey Songz has been arrested on suspicion of punching a woman at a Los Angeles party.

Officer Drake Madison says Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, turned himself in at a Hollywood police station Monday. He's accused of felony domestic violence.

Jail records show the 33-year-old was released about two hours later on $50,000 bail.

Andrea Buera told reporters last week that she was the woman Songz had assaulted. Buera said he punched her repeatedly because he was upset she was talking to another man at a party Feb. 18.

The singer tweeted Monday that he was being falsely accused for someone else's personal gain.

His attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, accompanied him when he surrendered. Asked for comment, she replied that "Trey's tweet this morning sums it up."

Tribeca to hold 'Schindler's List,' 'Scarface' reunions

The 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" and the 35th anniversary of Brian De Palma's "Scarface" will be celebrated with reunion screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York festival announced Monday that Spielberg will join Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Embeth Davidtz for a post-screening conversation April 26 at the Beacon Theatre. The "Scarface" event will reunite De Palma, Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer on April 19 at the Beacon Theatre.

The festival will also host an anniversary screening of 1992's "In the Soup," an acclaimed independent film directed by Alexandre Rockwell. The largely forgotten release, starring Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel, has been restored following a Kickstarter campaign to repair the remaining, damaged print.

Also slated for on-stage interviews at Tribeca are Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin.

The festival runs April 18-29.

Jurisdiction issue delays Juelz Santana's detention hearing

A detention hearing for rapper Juelz Santana has been postponed until authorities decide who will prosecute the drug and gun charges he faces following an incident at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A judge was due to decide Monday whether Santana would remain jailed until his trial. Officials say that hearing will likely now occur sometime this week.

Santana pleaded not guilty to state charges last week. He also faces federal charges in the same incident

Authorities say security personnel found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and oxycodone pills he didn't have a prescription for in a carry-on bag containing his identification.

They say he fled the area, leaving two bags behind. He turned himself in three days later.

The 36-year-old New York City-born rapper lives in Totowa, New Jersey. His real name is LaRon James.

AMC Theaters hosting 12-film Marvel movie marathon before ‘Infinity War’

If you have a list of Marvel movies to watch before “Avengers: Infinity War,” AMC Theaters has you covered.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie theater company is hosting a 12-film Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon on April 25. The 31-hour marathon will be at AMC Empire 25 in New York and AMC Disney Springs 24 in Orlando, Florida.

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AMC Theaters said the marathon will include an early airing of “Infinity War.”

“This premium event will include, marathon only collectibles, exclusive content, and a special concession offer,” said reads a description of the event on AMC’s website

“Infinity War” will start at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than its regular public show times, according to the website

The schedule for the MCU marathon is below:

“Iron Man” at 1:30 p.m.

“The Incredible Hulk” at 4:00 p.m.

“Thor” at 6:15 p.m.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” at 9:00 p.m.

“The Avengers” at 11:30 p.m.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” at 2:15 a.m.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” at 4:30 a.m.

“Captain America: Civil War” at 7:15 a.m.

“Doctor Strange” at 10:00 a.m.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” at 12:45 p.m.

“Black Panther” at 3:15 p.m.

“Avengers: Infinity War” at 6:00 p.m.

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