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Adams' 'Girls of the Golden West' to premiere on Nov 21.

Composer John Adams' "Girls of the Golden West" will be given its world premiere by the San Francisco Opera on Nov. 21.

The work, with a libretto by Peter Sellars, portrays stories of the California Gold Rush in the 1850s and stars tenor Paul Appleby, soprano Julia Bullock and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, the company said Tuesday in announcing its 2017-18 season.

Grant Gershon conducts, Sellars directs and David Gropman designs the sets in the co-production with The Dallas Opera, Nationale Opera and Ballet Amsterdam and the Venice's Teatro La Fenice.

Adams, who turns 70 on Feb, 15, previously composed "Nixon in China," ''The Death of Klinghoffer" and "Doctor Atomic," which all appeared at the San Francisco Opera.

The season opens Sept. 8 with a revival of Puccini's "Turandot" and includes new productions of Strauss' "Elektra" with Christine Goerke and Stephanie Blythe as well as Massenet's "Manon" with Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano. There will be three Ring cycles in a revival of Francesca Zambello's staging of the four Wagner operas, and they will feature new projections and stage action not part of its 2011 performances in San Francisco.

The Latest: Prosecutor calls hip-hop podcast host a killer

The Latest on the arrest of a hip-hop podcast host in connection with the fatal shooting of a rapper's bodyguard (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A prosecutor says a hip-hop podcast host arrested in connection with a New York City concert venue shooting that left a rapper's bodyguard dead is a killer and a danger to the community unworthy of bail.

Daryl Campbell was arrested Monday on a federal weapons possession charge stemming from the May shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan just before rapper T.I. was to perform. Campbell is known as Taxstone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagan Scotten on Tuesday urged a judge to deny him bail, saying evidence he fired the shot that killed a bodyguard for rapper Troy Ave is overwhelming.

The judge granted $500,000 bail but required electronic monitoring. Campbell must post $350,000 in cash or property and identify five people to pledge to support the bail.

Defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery says the claim Campbell fired the fatal shot is "not the truth." He calls his client a "smart, well-balanced person."


8 a.m.

A hip-hop podcast host has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a popular New York City concert venue last year that left a rapper's bodyguard dead and two people wounded.

Thirty-one-year-old Daryl Campbell, also known as Taxstone, was charged Monday on a federal weapons possession charge tied to the May 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan just before the rapper T.I. was to perform.

A federal complaint states that DNA supposedly belonging to Campbell was found on the trigger, hand grip and magazine of a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting.

Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, also known as Roland Collins, was wounded, along with a friend. Collins' bodyguard was fatally shot.

Campbell, host of the popular podcast Tax Season, was said to be feuding with Collins at the time.

Phone and email messages left for an attorney believed to be representing Campbell were not immediately returned early Tuesday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda to play 'Hamilton' for Oscar Lopez Rivera

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says he will play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance in honor of the commutation of Oscar Lopez Rivera's sentence by President Obama.

Lopez Rivera, who grew up in Chicago, was convicted of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government in 1981 while leading the Puerto Rican independence group FALN. The group bombed buildings in the 1970s. With Obama's action Tuesday, he is slated to be released May 17.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( Miranda said he was "sobbing with gratitude" for the reduction of Lopez Rivera's 55-year sentence.

Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, tweeted he "wished he was with every Puerto Rican in Chicago right now."

Miranda last played the title role in New York In July 2016. "Hamilton" opened in October in Chicago, led by Miguel Cervantes.


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Police: Man posed as Bieber online to extort nude photos

A Massachusetts man was arrested on suspicion of soliciting nude photos from a 9-year-old California girl while posing online as Justin Bieber, authorities said Tuesday.

Bryan Asrary was taken into custody Dec. 18 near Boston and could face local charges including possession of child pornography, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Asrary could also face multiple charges in California, officials said.

The victim is now 11. She told investigators she was viewing Bieber's Instagram page when she received a message from another user who said he knew the pop star and could arrange a text meeting.

"Excited at the proposition to text with Justin Bieber, the young victim accepted the offer and was directed to set up an account on the social media site KIK," the department said in a news release.

Asrary, 24, then posed as Bieber on KIK and demanded nude photos from the girl and threatened harm if she did not cooperate, officials said.

Believing him to be Bieber, the victim sent nude selfies and videos and then deleted the texts.

In 2016 Asrary contacted the victim again twice and threatened to put the previous photos online if she did not send more, authorities said. The victim told her mother, who contacted police.

Detectives served several search warrants for information from social media sites and were able to identify the suspect as Asrary, of Revere, Massachusetts, according to the statement.

During an interview the suspect confessed to extorting the victim for sexual images and videos and also implicated himself in similar crimes against other young girls throughout the country, officials said.

Police said they found the images on Asrary's cellphone and computer. His bail was set at $20,000.

A message left at a possible number for Asrary was not returned Tuesday.

In addition to the local charges, Asrary could face multiple charges in California, including extortion, manufacturing child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sex act, authorities said.

Investigators concluded Asrary had no actual connection to Bieber, "but simply fabricated the relationship to influence his young victims," the department said.

Sam Moore to sing at Trump inaugural event

Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural events.

Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he felt that the criticism leveled at singer Jennifer Holliday, which led to her to back out of the event, was unfair. Several other musicians have also backed away from performing.

The 81-year-old Moore will perform at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration on Thursday. Others expected to play include country stars Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith.

Moore said he initially planned to attend the event at the Lincoln Memorial because he wanted to see Holliday sing, but when she backed out last week, he asked if he could sing in her place.

"I am not going to let them, the left side, intimidate me from doing what I feel is the right thing to do for the country and that (presidential) seal," Moore said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Moore and his late musical partner Dave Prater were hit singers in the late 1960s with Isaac Hayes-penned hits like "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man," which earned them a Grammy award. Prater died in 1988, but Moore continues to perform and record as a solo artist.

Moore, who has performed for five other U.S. presidents, said he doesn't know Trump personally and sometimes he's been surprised by opinions expressed by Trump.

"He's got a big mouth, like me," Moore said. "Whether you agree with him or not, he's going to say what's on his mind."

But he said Trump deserves a chance to prove himself as the next president.

"Give the man a shot," Moore said. "He hasn't even said 'I do' yet. Give him a chance. If you don't like him after four years, then don't vote for him next time."

Academy of Country Music Awards moves to T-Mobile Arena

The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving its annual show to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 52nd annual awards show will be held April 2 and will air on CBS, the Encino, California-based group announced Tuesday. Last year's show, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Artist nominations will be announced later this year.

The 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena opened in 2016 on the Las Vegas Strip. It will be the home of a new National Hockey League expansion team later this year.

Hip-hop podcast host charged in fatal concert venue shooting

A hip-hop podcast host arrested in connection with a concert venue shooting that left a rapper's bodyguard dead and three other people wounded is a killer and a danger to the community unworthy of bail, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Daryl Campbell, also known as Taxstone, was arrested Monday on a federal weapons possession charge stemming from the May shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan just before rapper T.I. was to perform.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagan Scotten urged Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck to deny Campbell bail, saying evidence was overwhelming that he fired the fatal shot that killed Ronald McPhatter, a bodyguard for Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, who performs as Troy Ave.

The judge, saying he was "taking a chance," granted $500,000 bail but required electronic monitoring. Campbell, who must post $350,000 in cash or property and identify five people to pledge to support the bail, was not immediately released.

Outside court, defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery said the claim Campbell fired the fatal shot was "not the truth." He called Campbell a "smart, well-balanced person."

In court, Montgomery said someone else was seen on video firing the gun and the gun was recovered from that person's vehicle with two other weapons.

Collins' bodyguard was killed by a gunshot fired at his chest at close range, authorities said. Collins and two bystanders were injured.

Scotten, the prosecutor, argued that DNA likely to belong to Campbell was found on the trigger, hand grip and magazine of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting. A criminal complaint said DNA belonging to Collins and McPhatter also was found on the gun.

Campbell, host of the popular podcast Tax Season, was feuding with Collins at the time, authorities said.

Surveillance video shows that when the men emerged from a room after the shooting, Collins, who had been shot in the legs, held the handgun, aimed it in the direction in which Campbell fled and fired a shot, according to a criminal complaint.

Collins previously pleaded not guilty to an attempted-murder charge. His attorney said he didn't shoot McPhatter.

Scotten said there was concern for the safety of witnesses in the case, and he noted that many potential witnesses were unwilling to speak with law enforcement officers. He also said Campbell had been arrested 20 times, with two felony convictions, and court papers claimed Campbell had publicly stated his membership in the Bloods street gang and his willingness to use violence and firearms.

Montgomery said his client was "no angel" but had left his criminal history from many years ago behind and "walked down the path of redemption" with his podcast and interviews.

WATCH: 7-year-old wows with spot-on Taylor Swift impression

A tiny Taylor Swift-in-training is making headlines with her fearless impression of the pop diva.

According to Us Weekly, Xia Vigor, 7, wowed the judges and the audience on a recent episode of "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids," a Filipino reality competition. 

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The video quickly went viral on YouTube, raking in more than 1.4 million views since it was posted Sunday.

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Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half

"Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well.

Prince's estate has until Saturday to file an estate tax payment for the late rock superstar, and the taxes are expected to ultimately swallow nearly half the estate's estimated $200 million value, meaning a likely windfall of roughly $100 million for the government. Estate law experts say Prince could have prevented that. Here are the issues:



Prince left no known will when he died in April of an accidental painkiller overdose, and apparently did nothing to shelter his assets from the taxman. So, federal and state taxes will claim roughly half of it, said Mark Bakko, leader of the tax practice in the Minneapolis office of the accounting firm Baker Tilly, which is not involved in the case.

The value of Prince's estate when he died is subject to a federal tax of 40 percent and Minnesota's tax of 16 percent. With exclusions and deductions, the total bite will be closer to 50 percent. The estate can seek an extension for filing the return but can't delay the first payment.



Experts say Prince could have set up an estate plan with trusts to benefit any relatives and charities he chose — while leaving little if anything to be taxed.

"The reality is there are only three options," said Robert Strauss of the Los Angeles estate law firm Weinstock Manion, which isn't involved either. "There's family and friends, there's charity, and there's Uncle Sam. And most clients would rather that Uncle Sam got less."

Instead, Prince's six siblings are expected to equally split what's left.

Estates worth under $5.45 million for individuals and $10.9 million for couples aren't subject to federal estate taxes. But David Herzig, a tax law professor at Valparaiso University, said the case is a reminder that there are good reasons to have a will and estate plan, even if taxes aren't an issue, because they can set up trusts that keep assets private and out of the probate process.

"(People) think they have to be as rich as Prince before they need estate plans," said Jeffrey Scott, a St. Paul estate attorney. "If your net worth is a couple hundred thousand dollars, you need some kind of estate plan."



The estate doesn't have to pay the entire bill by Saturday. Big estates can make payments over time.

That helps because Prince wasn't very liquid. A recent inventory listed about $110,000 in cash, about $830,000 in gold bars but no stocks or bonds. It also listed real estate worth about $25.4 million. That inventory doesn't include his entertainment assets, which are still being valued.



It's not clear whether the IRS and Prince's estate will agree on the value of his music catalog because it's difficult to put a dollar value on such assets.

The experience of Michael Jackson's estate suggests a long slog in court if they can't agree. Jackson died in 2009. The tax case finally goes to trial in Los Angeles next month over more than $700 million in taxes, interest and penalties.


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The Latest: Springsteen cover band will skip inaugural event

The Latest on a Bruce Springsteen tribute band that had been scheduled to perform at a gala ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Bruce Springsteen tribute band has canceled its plans to perform at a Washington gala before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

B Street Band leader Willie Forte (FOR'-tay) said Monday that the decision is based "solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band." He tells The Associated Press that "this whole thing just got blown out of proportion."

The group had signed a contract to appear Thursday with the New Jersey State Society, but it had drawn criticism for the show because of Springsteen's distaste for Trump.

Springsteen has called Trump a "flagrant, toxic narcissist." Springsteen performed during Obama's inaugural in 2009.

The New Jersey State Society said Sunday it was "very disappointed" by the cancellation but understood the group's decision.


10 a.m.

Six hard-working guys from New Jersey who make up a Bruce Springsteen tribute band are drawing criticism because they're going to perform at a Washington gala before Republican Donald Trump's inauguration.

B Street Band leader Willie Forte (FOR'-tay) says the group signed a contract to appear Thursday with the New Jersey State Society after performing for the group's party during President Barack Obama's inaugural in 2013.

Springsteen called Trump a "flagrant, toxic narcissist" during a pre-election night rally for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia. Springsteen performed during Obama's inaugural in 2009.

The cover band also entertained at the New Jersey gala in 2009 and performed during the Democratic National Convention.

Forte believes much of the criticism arose because people mistakenly thought the group was going to perform at Trump's inaugural.

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