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  1. Apple Music is fine, but I'm not about to pay for it

    Pop Culture

    Apple released its new music service into the wild Tuesday, along with an update of its mobile software called iOS 8.4. So I tried it and made my own personal judgment: After this three-month free trial is up, I won't be paying for Apple Music.

    Apple Music on the iPhone
  2. Bobbi Kristina Brown moved to hospice care (w/video)

    Celebrities

    NEW YORK — Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved to hospice care after months in the hospital, and a lawsuit has been filed against her partner.

     In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Brown is moving to hospice care after months of receiving medical care. Pat Houston says in a statement Wednesday, June 24, 2015, that Whitney Houston’s daughter’s “condition has continued to deteriorate. Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub of her Georgia home earlier this year. She underwent surgery to replace her breathing tube with a tracheostomy tube in February.  (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File) NYET306
  3. LGBT honor as historic Stonewall Inn made landmark (w/video)

    Nation

    NEW YORK — The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement, was made a city landmark Tuesday, the first time a site has been named primarily because of its significance to the LGBT history.

    FILE - This May 29, 2014 file photo shows The Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village. New York City's landmarks commission voted Tuesday, June 23, 2013, to grant official status to the bar where resistance to a police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NYRD201
  4. Which 'Inside Out' scene made you cry the most?

    Pop Culture

    Everyone knows Pixar animated films are adult sobfests disguised as kids' movies, so I braced myself when I went to a screening of Inside Out. Little did I know my tears would be a result of an adorable family moment in the theater.

  5. It was meant to be just a fling

    Pop Culture

    Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney aren't a couple, but they play one on TV — well, actually, on Amazon.

    Avalon
  6. Don Featherstone, the reason you'll never picture Florida without pink flamingos, dies at 79

    Obituaries

    They are the birds of a Featherstone that became kitsch history. One Donald Featherstone, to be precise, who invented the plastic lawn flamingo in 1957. Mr. Featherstone has died at 79, leaving behind one of the most memorable homages to one of nature's most memorable animals.

    Don Featherstone, surrounded by his creatures in 1998, died on Monday in Fitchburg, Mass. He was 79.
  7. Game of Thrones season 5: Murder, rape, dragons — and too much of nothing

    Pop Culture

    Game of Thrones is like the weather. It's pretty boring, except for the cataclysmic disasters. What was the weather like last fall? Last spring? Two summers ago? On Game of Thrones it's always bleak with a 90 percent chance of rape and sudden death.

    Just two more characters to add to Game of Thrones’ long list of dead: Stannis Baratheon and his wife, Selyse, both bowed out in the season finale.
HBO via AP
  8. British royal family releases first official photos of Princess Charlotte

    World

    LONDON — Britain's royal family has released the first official photos of month-old Princess Charlotte, photographed by her mother in the arms of elder brother Prince George.

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, made the photos of Princess Charlotte being held by her brother, 2-year-old Prince George, at Amner Hall in eastern England in mid-May 2015. Prince William and Kate are continuing a more informal tradition begun two years ago with the first official portrait of Prince George, taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton. Charlotte was born May 2 and is fourth in line to the throne. [Duchess of Cambridge via AP]
  9. After 8 years, 54 court hearings, 5 times in jail, Lohan off probation

    Celebrities

    For the first time in nearly eight years, Lindsay Lohan is not on probation.

  10. From Brad Pitt and Katy Perry to YouTube stars and tech geeks, National Portrait Gallery asks: Who is a celebrity?

    Visual Arts

    WASHINGTON — In the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame alongside athletes and entertainers.

    A painting of Brad Pitt by Colin Davidson is among the work on display in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Obama, and Katy Perry all make the cut. Curators at the National Portrait Gallery are taking a close look at how celebrity images are cultivated and how they've evolved in the new exhibition. [Associated Press]