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Rx for Dr. McDreamy: Boxing lessons this summer in Maine

Actor Patrick Dempsey is working on his boxing skills this summer in his native Maine.

Dempsey played the role of Dr. McDreamy on the ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy." He has been training in the ring since June with firefighter Jason Quirk, who's also a professional boxer.

Quirk tells the Portland Press Herald that Dempsey approached his coach at the Portland Boxing Club.

Fellow firefighters posted a picture of Quirk and Dempsey on the Munjoy Hill Fire Station Facebook page on Thursday.

Quirk won't say where they're working out or why Dempsey wants boxing lessons.

Dempsey is the creator of the Dempsey Challenge bike-run-walk fundraiser to raise money to help families affected by cancer. His most recent film was the romantic comedy "Bridget Jones's Baby."

Tracy Morgan relishes post-crash chance to be 'better man'

Tracy Morgan has a ready answer when asked about getting a second chance after his near-fatal crash three years ago.

At a TV critics' meeting Thursday, Morgan replied simply: "Thank God. That's all I've gotta say."

Morgan says he's a better man since the 2014 roadway accident that left him critically injured and killed his friend, comedian James McNair.

Morgan's remarks were made during a Q&A session to promote his new TBS comedy series, "The Last O.G." He plays an ex-con who finds the life and New York neighborhood he left behind is gone.

The series co-stars Tiffany Haddish, breakout star of the new movie "Girls Trip." In the TBS sitcom debuting in October, Haddish plays Morgan's ex-girlfriend who's moved on to a successful marriage.

Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp reportedly dating again

John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are reportedly back together since breaking up over two years ago, according to a published report.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the couple started dating in 2010 and broke up five years later. In a March interview with Howard Stern, Mellencamp said Ryan isn’t fond of him.

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“Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan,” he told Stern. “She hates me to death. I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits -- I gripe. I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fellow can be, that’s me.”

Apparently, he was a little off the mark.

Mellencamp was most recently romantically linked to model Christie Brinkley, but the two called it quits after nearly a year together.

A source close to the former couple revealed to Page Six that Brinkley and Mellencamp’s differences in lifestyle was the reason behind the split.

“If you know John, you know he doesn’t do well at social gatherings and at tables filled with nice folks, particularly the Hamptons set,” the source said at the time of their break up. “He shoots straight from the hip. She may have liked that he’s a cowboy, but in the end that’s what drove her away.”

Fox News spends bucks to poke fun at The New York Times

Fox News Channel gave The New York Times more than $100,000 to poke fun at the newspaper.

Fox ran a full-page advertisement in the Times on Thursday, blurbing a recent review in the newspaper that called the "Fox & Friends" morning show "the most powerful TV show in America."

Television critic James Poniewozik's review wasn't exactly complimentary, as it traced the show's close relationship with the nation's tweeter-in-chief, President Donald Trump.

In addition to the Times, Fox News ran the same full-page ad in the Washington Post and New York Post. The network wouldn't say how much it spent. The Times' ad rates say a full-page ad with color generally runs around $130,000.

"They've decided to move upmarket and support our journalism with their money," said Mark Thompson, the Times' CEO, president and director. "So we're very pleased to have them."

Trump, and by extension many Fox News viewers, generally don't look kindly at the Times. The three hosts of "Fox & Friends" held up newspapers with the ad clearly visible at the top of their show on Thursday.

"For The New York Times to say that, it must have been tough," said Brian Kilmeade, one of the show's hosts.

In his review, Poniewozik called the show an "interactive magic mirror" for Trump.

"For years, it was a nontaxing mix of news, lifestyle and conservative couch gab, a warm-up before Fox's day of politics and commentary," Poniewozik wrote. "Suddenly, for no other reason than its No. 1 fan, it is the most powerful TV show in America."

Poniewozik outlined how Trump has frequently tweeted out material from "Fox & Friends," illustrating that he's watching in the morning, and the show reports on his tweets.

"Diagraming the feedback loop between 'Fox & Friends' and the president requires a very small bulletin board and maybe six inches of yarn," he wrote.

As if to prove his point, the president tweeted at 6:48 a.m. on Thursday: "Wow, the failing @NYTimes said about @foxandfriends '...the most powerful TV show in America.'"

Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

The country music community is mourning the passing of legendary producer, musician and songwriter Joe Walker Jr., who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64.

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According to CMT, Walker had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing in the early morning hours of July 25..

As a producer, Walker worked on projects for artists from the early 2000s, including Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bryan White, Pam Tillis and the late Mindy McCready.

His songwriting earned him cuts with popular stars like Trisha Yearwood, Jerrod Niemann, Tanya Tucker and Billy Currington.

He was also a gifted guitar picker who played with some of country’s icons, including Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle.

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A devastated Travis Tritt shared his heartbreak on social media.

Bryan White, who credits Billy Joe with helping launch his career, also expressed his grief on Twitter.

Fulfilling a 'Teenage Dream': Katy Perry to host MTV VMAs

Get ready to roar with Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards: The pop star is hosting the show next month.

MTV announced Thursday that Perry will host the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Perry is nominated for five Moonmen, including best pop video for "Chained to the Rhythm."

Perry, whose hits include "Teenage Dream" and "Roar," won video of the year in 2011 for "Firework."

The 32-year-old singer released a new album, "Witness," last month. So far, it's had mild success and hasn't matched the triumph of her previous albums.

Kendrick Lamar is the top VMA contender with eight nominations. His hit, "Humble," will compete for video of the year against videos by Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Alessia Cara and DJ Khaled.

Bag it, tag it: How fans get Phish 'Baker's Dozen' doughnuts

Phish's 13-show "Baker's Dozen" residency at New York's Madison Square Garden is all about the doughnuts.

The video the band released in January to announce the shows included skyscraper-sized doughnuts rolling through the streets of New York. Fans who purchased a 13-night package got doughnut-shaped tickets.

And the band has partnered with Philadelphia doughnut and fried chicken shop Federal Donuts to make a specialty flavor each night that they're both giving out to fans and building some of their songs around.

Here's a look at how the doughnuts go from fryers in Philly to fans in New York.

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FRYING IN THE MORNING

Federal Donuts chef Matt Fein's crew is working overnight shifts to get the thousands of doughnuts made at the company's commissary kitchen just outside of downtown Philadelphia.

A machine called a Donut Robot fries them up and then each doughnut is hand-dipped into that night's flavor.

Flavors so far have included coconut, strawberry, red velvet, jam-filled and powdered. The custom flavors for the remaining eight shows are a secret, to be announced by the band before that day's show.

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BAG IT, TAG IT

The doughnuts are finished early before Federal Donuts begins its daily breakfast rush. They're then packed up into a truck to be shipped to New York in crates of 24 each.

While fans are lining up outside of the arena early to try to get a taste, a group of volunteers works inside to get each doughnut into a bag with Phish's logo on it.

The volunteers come from the various groups that staff the band's shows around the country, including Phish's WaterWheel Foundation.

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RUSH AND NEVER WASTE A DOUGHNUT

Once the doors open each night around 6:30 p.m., fans come streaming through the towers at Madison Square Garden, where the volunteers hand the doughnuts out.

After about a half hour, the doughnuts are gone, the remaining sad fans forced to ride up the escalators without a doughnut.

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YOU ENJOY MY DOUGHNUT

With more than an hour before the show starts, fans that get inside the arena in time for a doughnut also have plenty of time to enjoy it.

The band has also taken each night's flavor and worked it into their set lists.

The first show's coconut flavor, for instance, saw the band open the show with an obscure Danish pop song, Junior Senior's "Shake your Coconuts."

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon producing Showtime drama pilot

Showtime says Oscar-winning filmmakers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are re-teaming off-screen for a new one-hour drama pilot.

The prospective new series, "City on a Hill," is based on an idea by Affleck and Damon, and focuses on Boston in the early 1990s. The city was then rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies where corruption and racism was the norm. Then it all suddenly changed. The series is a fictional account of what was called "the Boston Miracle."

No cast members were announced by Showtime.

Affleck and Damon will be among the project's executive producers. They shared a best screenplay Oscar for their 1998 breakout film, "Good Will Hunting," in which they also co-starred.

Comedian in Car Getting Cash: Seinfeld is Forbes' top paid

Forbes has crowned Jerry Seinfeld as the king of the club when it comes to the highest-paid, stand-up comedians.

The magazine estimates Seinfeld brought in $69 million over the past year partly due to his Netflix show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Seinfeld also has sizable income from syndication royalties on reruns of his NBC series, which ended nearly two decades ago.

Netflix's spending spree on stand-up comedy specials has had a big impact on the Forbes list. Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer round out the top five. All of them have Netflix deals.

Last year's highest-paid comic, Kevin Hart, fell to sixth place with earnings of more than $32 million.

June Foray, voice of Cindy Lou Who, Rocky the Flying Squirrel dies at 99

American voice actress June Foray died Wednesday.

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Best known for voicing Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale of “The Bullwinkle Show,” Foray died at the age of 99.

Her good friend, Dave Nimitz, confirmed the news of Facebook shortly after her death.

“With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old she is resting peacefully now with her beloved sister Geri and Sam her brother-in-law. I’m going out of my mind with the loss and losing all three of them within the last month-and-a-half but they’re in a better place now truly cherish my time with June and in the family for the last 14 years she is now in heaven with her family and my mother if I don’t respond right away please forgive me I need to disappear from Facebook for a while Saturday we are having a private family only memorial for Sam So it’s very bittersweet for me.

Foray won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work “The Garfield Show” in 2012, in which she played Mrs. Cauldron, and won Grammy Award for her voice work as Cindy Lou Who in the 1968 film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

She also lent her voice to several other animated projects, playing Witch Hazel in “Looney Tunes,” Nell in “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in “Tweety and Sylvester” and Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s 1950 “Cinderella.”

Mick Jagger releases 2 tracks in new audio-visual project

Mick Jagger has released two songs which he says are urgent responses to the "confusion and frustration with the times we live in."

The Rolling Stones leader released the songs and music videos Thursday. He's calling "Gotta Get a Grip " and "England Lost " an audio-visual project.

Jagger said the songs were a result of the "anxiety (and) unknowability of the changing political situation." In a quote via email, the 74-year-old says of the world's current political climate: "We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? .No."

Jagger said he started writing the songs in April and that he wanted to release them immediately.

"Doing a whole album often takes a long time even after finishing it with all the record company preparations and global release set up. It's always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately," he said. "I didn't want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing."

British rapper Skepta is featured on "England Lost." Jagger said when he was writing it, he knew he wanted a rap act on the track.

"It's about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history. It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity," he said of the song. "That's how I was feeling when I was writing."

Of "Gotta Get a Grip," Jagger said: "The message I suppose is — despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny."

The Rolling Stones' most recent album was the blues effort, "Blue & Lonesome," released in December. The band is also working on an album of new material.

Jagger also commented on the most recent artists he's been listening to, which includes Skepta, Mozart, Howlin' Wolf, Tame Impala, "obscure Prince tracks and classic soul stuff from The Valentine Brothers."

"I really like Kendrick Lamar — he's also talking about discontent and he really nailed it," Jagger added.

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Online:

"England Lost" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98gj0z0RkXE

"Gotta Get a Grip" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYw6FxEGDCY

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy in running for Britain's Mercury Prize

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, poet Kate Tempest and grime artist Stormzy are among a dozen finalists for the prestigious Mercury Prize , recognizing the British or Irish album of the year.

Sheeran's global hit "Divide," Tempest's witty and hard-hitting "Let Them Eat Chaos" and Stormzy's "Gang Signs and Prayers" are among front-runners for the 25,000 pound ($33,000) prize, which includes entries across a wide range of genres.

Other contenders include "Relaxer" by rockers Alt-J, "I See You" by indie band The xx, "Common Sense" by rapper J Hus and "Together, As One" by jazz ensemble Dinosaur.

Established in 1992 and open to acts from Britain and Ireland, the Mercury Prize often favors the eclectic and the obscure over better-known performers.

The winner will be announced Sept. 14.

Kerry Washington to receive 2017 GLSEN Inspiration Award

Kerry Washington is being recognized by a national education organization for integrating LGBT activism into her film and television career.

GLSEN announced Thursday that it will honor Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California.

GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns.

The Emmy-nominated actress previously served as an honorary co-chair for the 2013 GLSEN Respect Awards. Washington said she's excited to celebrate the organization's high school student leaders.

GLSEN was founded in 1990 to address LGBT issues in K-12 education.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC's "Scandal" which stars Washington, received the Inspiration Award in 2009.

Prince William on his final shift as air ambulance pilot

Prince William will complete his final shift in his job as an air ambulance pilot Thursday as he gets ready to take on more extensive royal duties.

The heir to the British throne is working the night shift at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he has been flying medical crews to emergencies such as traffic accidents for about two years.

"As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the region every day," he wrote in an exclusive story in the Eastern Daily Press, a newspaper that serves the community near the ambulance service's base at southern England's Cambridge airport.

The announcement closes a chapter for William, 35, who is leaving the skies to return to formal duties as Britain's future king. As the older generation of royals slows down, the younger members of the family are taking a greater number of official roles, such as foreign trips and other appearances.

The prince's move is also about location. William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, will be spending less time in their Norfolk residence and be carrying out more duties in London, where their 4-year-old son, Prince George, is due to start school.

Despite William's change in role, he said what he has seen as an ambulance pilot changed his perspective.

"I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come," he said in January.

His team assisted people in life-threatening moments such as a heart attack or a car crash. William was glad he could contribute and be part of a team that changed people's lives.

"I have been invited into people's homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief," he said.

William also said his interest in mental health issues partly stemmed from coming into contact with the subject of suicide as an ambulance pilot.

"One of the first call outs I made was to a young man who had committed suicide; it was an incredibly tough day and had a profound effect on all of us, not least in my determination now to draw attention to this issue," William wrote in Thursday's statement. That interest recently crystallized as the Heads Together campaign, which encourages people to speak about their problems.

On some occasions, the prince's job caused some amusing misunderstandings.

Once, the ambulance service came to the aid of Jim Schembri, an ex-serviceman who was hurt when a tree branch fell on him in March 2016. Schembri was casually chatting with the prince when he realized his identity.

"When they loaded me into the helicopter I said, 'William had better not be flying this' and he said: 'I've been holding your head for the last half an hour.' I was totally shocked," Schembri told the Daily Express.

If William took the job to be part of a team — a regular working pilot — he succeeded, according to the ambulance service's chief executive, Patrick Peal. The chief will remember William not as a royal, but a "fantastic pilot."

"To us, he has simply been another hard-working member of the team," Peal wrote.

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

This year's Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller.

Organizers of the world's oldest film festival announced a 21-film competition lineup Thursday that features the Clooney-directed "Suburbicon," the story of a home invasion gone wrong that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Venice's late-summer time slot — starting a few days ahead of the Toronto festival — has helped make it a major awards-season springboard. In recent years it has presented the world premieres of multiple Oscar winners including "Spotlight" and "La La Land."

This year's contenders for Venice's top Golden Lion award include del Toro's "The Shape of Water," starring Sally Hawkins as a woman who forges a relationship with a sea creature, and Aronofsky's secrecy-shrouded "mother!" starring Jennifer Lawrence.

The 74th Venice festival opens Aug. 30 in the canal-crossed Italian city with Alexander Payne's "Downsizing," about a man — Damon again — who decides to shrink himself. It closes Sept. 9 with Takeshi Kitano's Japanese gangster thriller "Outrage Coda."

The winner of the Golden Lion and other prizes will be decided by a jury led this year by actress Annette Bening.

Films in competition include "Human Flow," a documentary about migration by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" by Ireland's auteur of tragicomedy, Martin McDonagh; "The Third Murder," by Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda; and "Mektour, My Love: Canto Uno" by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, director of the Cannes winner "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Competing directors are drawn from around the globe, with films from Australia's Warwick Thornton ("Sweet Country"), Israel's Samuel Maoz ("Foxtrot"), and Lebanon's Ziad Doueiri ("The Insult"). But only one director among the 21 is a woman — China's Vivian Qu, whose "Angels Wear White" centers on two girls assaulted by a man in a small seaside town.

Outside the main competition, high-interest entries include Fernando Leon de Aranoa's "Loving Pablo," starring Javier Bardem as Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar, and Stephen Frears' reality-based historical drama "Victoria & Abdul," with Judi Dench as Britain's Queen Victoria and Ai Fazal as her Indian servant Abdul Karim.

The streaming service Netflix, which has shaken up the business of making and distributing movies, will debut the miniseries "Our Souls at Night," a late-life romance starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Colson Whitehead, Arundhati Roy among Man Booker contenders

Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead and past winner Arundhati Roy are among contenders for this year's Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Auster's intimate epic "4 3 2 1" and Whitehead's fantasy-tinged historical saga "The Underground Railroad" are among four works by U.S. authors on the list, alongside Emily Fridlund's coming-of-age story "History of Wolves" and George Saunders' magical, mournful "Lincoln in the Bardo."

Roy, who won the prize in 1997 for "The God of Small Things," is in the running again with her long-awaited second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness."

Previous finalists on the 2017 list include Britain's Zadie Smith, for "Swing Time;" Ireland's Sebastian Barry, for "Days Without End;" and Pakistan's Mohsin Hamid, for "Exit West."

The 13 books announced Thursday were chosen from 144 novels submitted by publishers.

Literary critic Lola Young, chairwoman of the judging panel, said the list contained works of "huge energy, imagination and variety."

Founded in 1969 and originally open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, the Booker expanded in 2014 to include all English-language authors. Its first American winner was Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" in 2016.

The six finalists will be named Sept. 13, and the winner of the 50,000-pound ($65,000) prize will be announced on Oct. 17.

Rick Perry duped by Russian comedians in prank call

Energy Secretary Rick Perry believed he was speaking to the Ukrainian prime minister in a phone call last week, but was actually speaking to two men who call themselves “Jerky Boys.”

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A spokesman for the Energy Department confirmed that Perry was prank-called, speaking to “two Russian pranksters,” according to the Washington Post and Pravda Report.

The pair refer to themselves as the “Jerky Boys of Russia.”

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov have made a sort of career from prank-calling celebrities and national leaders, including Elton John and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan.

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A statement to the Washington Post from Energy Department spokesperson Shalylyn Nynes reads:

"These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine."

As secretary of energy, Rick Perry is responsible for the security of much of the United States’ nuclear materials, as well as the cybersecurity of the American energy grid, among other objectively serious tasks.

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Perry and the “Ukranian Prime Minister” spoke about a wide variety of topicsThe Washington Post reports that the three touched on a pipeline in the Baltic Sea, cyberattacks on the American power grid, the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and a new fuel source derived from moonshine and pig manure.

Hillary Clinton calling new book 'What Happened'

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book "What Happened" and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.

"In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net," Clinton writes in the introduction, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. "Now I'm letting my guard down."

Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Thursday that Clinton's book will be a highly personal work that also is a "cautionary tale" about Russian interference in last year's election and its threat to democracy. In public remarks since last fall, the Democrat has cited Russia as a factor in her defeat to her Republican opponent, along with a letter sent by then-FBI Director James Comey less than two weeks before the election.

Comey's letter, sent to Congress on Oct. 28, said the FBI "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation" into the private email server that Clinton used as secretary of state. Days later, Comey wrote that the FBI did not find anything new.

"Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules," according to Simon & Schuster. "In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterwards."

"What Happened" is scheduled to come out Sept. 12 and has evolved since first announced, in February. It was originally billed as a book of essays that would "tell stories from her life, up to and including her experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign," as opposed to a memoir centered on the race. Clinton's loss has already been the subject of the best-selling "Shattered," a highly critical book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, and a more sympathetic account, Susan Bordo's "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton."

Within hours of Thursday's announcement, "What Happened" had jumped from No. 3,350 to No. 17 on Amazon.com.

Clinton's previous works include the 2003 memoir "Living History," published while she was a U.S. senator from New York, and a book about her years as secretary of state, "Hard Choices," which came out in 2014 as she prepared to launch her presidential candidacy. She also wrote "It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us" when she was first lady.

Her upcoming memoir isn't the first political book to be called "What Happened." Scott McClellan, a former White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, released a book with the same title in 2008. McClellan's memoir was an unexpectedly critical take on his former boss that became a best-seller.

Madonna accepts damages from publisher over privacy invasion

Madonna and her twin daughters, Stella and Estere, have accepted damages from the British publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was a "serious invasion of privacy," a lawyer for the star said Thursday.

Madonna sued Associated Newspapers over a January story that reported details of her adoption of the 4-year-old twins from Malawi.

The singer's lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a judge in London that the story, published while the adoption was underway, could have "threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process, which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family."

"Under Malawian law and equivalent provisions under English law, there are rules around identifying children who are in the process of being adopted, principally for their own security and welfare," Afia said.

She said the article revealed the girls' names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and that they were the subject of pending adoption applications from Madonna.

Mail Online said it had "no intention whatsoever of exposing the girls to any harm and no reason to believe that they were in fact exposed to harm."

It noted in a statement that Madonna had "published photographs on her Instagram account of her family taking a particular interest in the girls, together with their names and location during the course of the adoption process."

Afia said the publisher had agreed to pay Madonna's legal costs and undisclosed damages. She said Madonna would donate the damages to a pediatric hospital in Malawi.

"She is pleased that at least some good can come out of the situation," the lawyer said.

Madonna was not at London's High Court for Thursday's hearing. The singer has six children, including four adopted from Malawi.

Police: Bieber accidentally hits photog with pickup truck

Justin Bieber left a photographer with minor injuries after police in California say the singer accidentally hit the man with his pickup truck.

Beverly Hills police Sgt. Matthew Stout tells The Associated Press the 57-year-old photographer was hospitalized following the Wednesday night incident.

Video posted by ABC News shows Bieber getting into a large pickup truck with a crowd of photographers around him. As he pulls away, one of them steps toward the truck and is hit by the front wheel on the passenger side. Another clip shows Bieber kneeling beside the injured man asking him what he needs.

At one point Bieber turns to paparazzi and sarcastically asks them if they're getting enough footage of the man lying on the ground. The man is eventually put on a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance.

Photos show Bieber calmly standing by the man with his hands in his pockets and also talking with police.

Stout says Bieber "fully cooperated" with officers at the scene. He was not issued a citation, but Stout says police will continue to investigate and it's "too early to say" if the singer will face any legal ramifications.

Interest in Bieber has ratcheted up this week following the singer's announcement that he was canceling the remainder of his Purpose world tour earlier this week "due to unforeseen circumstances." Bieber hasn't explained the nature of those circumstances.

Messages seeking comment from Bieber's manager and attorney were not immediately returned early Thursday morning.

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