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John Legend performs in concert in Paris

John Legend performs in concert at the Olympia Hall in Paris on July 6, 2013. UPI/David Silpa
John Legend performs in concert at the Olympia Hall in Paris on July 6, 2013. UPI/David Silpa
John Legend performs in concert at the Olympia Hall in Paris on July 6, 2013. UPI/David Silpa

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Singer R. Kelly performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer R. Kelly performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Singer Janelle Monae performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer Janelle Monae performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Singer India.Arie performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer India.Arie performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

The 2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Actress Sanaa Lathan attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo
Actress Sanaa Lathan attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Robin Thicke performs during BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Robin Thicke performs during BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

The 2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Actress Tatyana Ali attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo
Actress Tatyana Ali attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo

The 2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Actress Kat Graham appears backstage at the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo
Actress Kat Graham appears backstage at the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo

The 2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Gymnast Gabby Douglas attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo
Gymnast Gabby Douglas attends the BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Alex Gallardo

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Lifetime Achievement award winner Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake perform during BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Lifetime Achievement award winner Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake perform during BET Awards 13 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Singer Stevie Wonder performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer Stevie Wonder performs on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Singer Nicki Minaj perform on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer Nicki Minaj perform on stage during BET Awards 13, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen

Serena Williams wins French Open title

American Serena Williams hits a shot during her French Open women's final match against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris on June 8, 2013. Williams defeated Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to win her second French Open title and become the first American woman to win at Roland Garros since she last won the tournament in 2002 . UPI/David Silpa
American Serena Williams hits a shot during her French Open women's final match against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris on June 8, 2013. Williams defeated Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to win her second French Open title and become the first American woman to win at Roland Garros since she last won the tournament in 2002 . UPI/David Silpa
American Serena Williams hits a shot during her French Open women's final match against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris on June 8, 2013. Williams defeated Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to win her second French Open title and become the first American woman to win at Roland Garros since she last won the tournament in 2002 . UPI/David Silpa
American Serena Williams holds the championship trophy after winning her French Open women's final match against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris on June 8, 2013. Williams defeated Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to win her second French Open title and become the first American woman to win at Roland Garros since she last won the tournament in 2002 . UPI/David Silpa
Serena Williams
PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 Saturday, beating Sharapova for a 13th straight time to win her second French Open title.

Williams' second win at Roland Garros comes 11 years after her first and gives her at least two wins in every Grand Slam event. It comes 12 months after Williams was a very surprising upset victim in the first round of the 2012 French Open.

Since then, Williams is 68-3 with 11 tournament titles and has returned to the world No. 1 ranking.

Saturday's win was the 31st consecutive match win for Williams, a career best.

She holds the championships at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in addition to the French Open. All told she has 16 major tournament titles.

"Actually 11 years ago I didn't even think I'd still be playing. I never thought I would play past 28, or something like that but I'm still here," William said after the match. "And this one was so good. It's the only one I hadn't won more than one of. Now I have multiple titles at every major, singles and doubles, so I'm really pumped."

She is the fourth women's player in the Open Era to win each major tournament at least twice. The others are Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf.

Williams improved to 14-2 in matches against Sharapova. They have played four times this year, with Williams winning in the semifinals at Doha and in championship matches in Miami, Madrid and Paris.

Sharapova, the world No. 2, who was seeking to repeat at the championship where she completed her career Grand Slam last year, jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Williams answered by winning four straight games. Sharapova evened the set with a break to 4-4 but Williams quickly broke back and held serve for the first set.

Sharapova fought off five first-game break points but lost the first Williams had in the third game. Williams didn't give Sharapova a chance after that, dropping just two points on serve the rest of the way.

Williams pounded out 10 aces -- three in the final game -- and had 33 winners against 19 unforced errors. Sharapova only had two break chances, which she won both of, but Williams ended up winning more than 75 percent of the points on serve.

Williams completed a French Open in which she lost one set, that coming in the quarterfinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sharapova was the only player to have two sets with at least four games won against Williams.


Floyd Mayweather wins WBC Welterweight Title in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather is carried after his victory over Robert Guerrero during their WBC Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 4, 2013. Mayweather won the 12-round bout in an unanimous decision.UPI/David Becker
Robert Guerrero is bloodied during his fight against Floyd Mayweather at their WBC Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 4, 2013. UPI/David Becker

First-generation Mexican-Americans more apt to have physical problems

TORONTO, May 5 (UPI) -- Mexican-Americans born in the United States age 55 and older are more likely than immigrants to report physical limitations, researchers say.

The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found more first-generation Mexican-Americans reported physical limitations doing activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying than immigrants from Mexico.

Lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, said the study involved data from a nationally representative 2006 American Community Survey, which included more than 13,000 residents born in the United States and more than 11,000 immigrants.

"With one-quarter of older Mexican-American immigrants and 30 percent of Mexican-Americans born in the United States reporting substantial physical limitations, there is a clear need for providing all Mexican-American older adults with appropriate health care, particularly in light of the rapid growth of this population" said study co-author Amani Nuru-Jeter, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Oldest living person turns 116 in Japan

KYOTO, Japan, April 19 (UPI) -- The world's oldest living man is marking his 116th birthday Friday and says he still gets up early and reads the newspaper each day.

Jiroemon Kimura, born April 19, 1897, is believed to be the world's oldest person as well as the oldest Asian man on record and the last known surviving man to have lived across three centuries, ABC News reported Friday.

Kimura, who said he still rises early each day, reads the newspaper and never skips meals, worked as a mail carrier in his native Kyoto Prefecture before retiring at age 65 and working as a farmer until the age of 90.

The supercentenarian, who has five children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and more than 12 great-great-grandchildren, had four siblings live past the age of 90 and a younger brother who lived to be 100, The Guardian newspaper of Britain reported

"It is all thanks to the grace of God," Kimura told reporters on his birthday last year. "I have nothing but gratitude for the life I've been given."

Guinness World Records says the world's oldest living woman, Misao Okawa, also lives in Japan and was born in 1898.

U.S. Customs officers seize counterfeit 15,000 toasters

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Customs officials in Southern California said they confiscated nearly 15,000 imported toasters in March that had counterfeit UL approval markings.

The familiar UL mark signifies a product has been tested by Underwriters Laboratories, a company in Illinois that puts products, including appliances, through a battery of tests to see if they are safe. A toaster would be tested for the possibility of electric shock, for example.

Customs officials at the port of Long Beach said they had seized 14,904 toasters coming in from China in March with counterfeit UL labels, CBS Los Angeles reported Friday.

The retail value of the seized shipments, if sold at suggested prices, is $297,931. The wholesale value is $72,597, officials said.

"This is yet another example of CBP officers' vigilance in preventing potentially dangerous counterfeit appliances from reaching American consumers," said Todd Owen, U.S. Customs and Border Protection field operations director in Los Angeles.

"CBP takes an aggressive stand against counterfeiters attempting to introduce unsafe products that disregard quality, safety and the law," Owen said.

BAE rocket system tested on A-10

ARLINGTON, Va., April 19 (UPI) -- The laser-guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System by BAE Systems appears to be moving closer to approval for use on U.S. military fixed-wing aircraft.

The 2.75-inch rocket, used on U.S. Marine Corps helicopters in Afghanistan, has been qualified on AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters and has now been tested on the U.S. Air Force's fixed-wing A-10 jet.

"These latest test results underscore the power and versatility of the APKWS technology and provide further proof that the system can be launched off of any platform capable of shooting an unguided 2.75-inch rocket," said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems.

"Since its introduction on Marine Corps helicopters in combat operations, the APKWS rocket has proven its ability to defeat a broad range of targets. This test is an important step in bringing that same capability to fixed-wing aviators."

In the tests, the rockets were fired at ground targets an altitude of 10,000 and 15,000 feet. The A-10 was flying at speeds up to 348 knots.

"The first controlled test-vehicle shot performed a series of pre-planned maneuvers to collect in-flight data," BAE said. "The second shot, into a 70-knot headwind, hit the target board well within the required 2 meters (about 6 feet) of the laser spot. The shot was laser-designated from the ground with a special operations forces marker."

The A-10 is the first Air Force platform to conduct testing of the fixed-wing variant of the APKWS weapon. The U.S. Marine Corps recently conducted similar tests off the AV-8B Harrier aircraft.

"At one-third the cost and one-third the weight of other precision weapons in inventory, the APKWS rocket is an ideal precision weapon for today's fiscal environment, reducing the direct cost of target engagement and the total operational cost of each sortie," BAE said.

26 states see unemployment rates fall

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Unemployment rates rose in seven states and fell in 26 and Washington, D.C., from February to March, the Labor Department said Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics state-by-state report said figures were "little changed" overall in March. From a year earlier, however, 39 states and the nation's capital have seen unemployment rates drop, while eight states have seen their rates increase.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent in March on a gain of 88,000 jobs -- a figure that implied more people were dropping out of the workforce than the number finding jobs.

Non-farm payrolls employment rose in 23 states in March and fell in 26 and the District of Columbia and broke even in New Mexico.

Florida gained the most jobs in the month -- 32,000. California added 25,500 as its unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent, the lowest rate in four years.

Ohio for the month lost the most non-farm jobs, giving up 20,400, followed by Illinois with a loss of 17,800 jobs.

The lowest unemployment rates in March were 3.3 percent in North Dakota, 3.8 percent in Nebraska and 4.1 percent in Vermont. The highest rates were 9.7 percent in Nevada, 9.5 percent in Illinois, 9.4 percent in Mississippi and California, 9.2 percent in North Carolina, 9.1 percent in Rhode Island, and 9 percent in New Jersey.
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Kim Kardashian's mom convinces her to sell baby pics for $4M?

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Kris Jenner may have convinced daughter Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to sell photos of their new baby to a publication for $4 million, Hollywood Life reported.

Sources close to the celebrity couple said Kardashian has been open to selling the first public photos of daughter North West, but Kanye West has been against the idea, wanting to keep his daughter's identity private.

Jenner, Kardashian's manager, has been trying to convince the two to sell the photographs, even if they decide to give the money to charity, NaughtybutniceRob.com said.

A source close to the family said she appealed to West's ego by comparing their situation to that of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who sold the first photos of their twins for $15 million.

It was not reported whether there was a specific deal in the works with a particular publication.

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Steve Wozniak visited West, Kardashian, baby at hospital

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he visited Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the hospital a day after the celebrity couple's daughter, North, was born.

Kardashian had arranged the meeting between West and Wozniak as a surprise birthday and Father's Day gift for the rapper, who recently said he was an admirer of Wozniak and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, ABC News reported Friday.

Kardashian had given West an Apple Pro Computer mouse signed by Jobs and the arrangement was for Wozniak to sign a second mouse during the meeting.

"It was going to be a big surprise for Kanye," Wozniak told ABC News. "What a beautiful idea from Kim.

"I signed the mouse in front of him," he added. "It's really rare, both our signatures in matching form."

After Jobs died in October 2011, West told The New York Times he believes he's the next Steve Jobs.

"I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z ... I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers," West said.

Wozniak said he and West talked in the hospital about some business ideas the rapper had.

"It was an excellent conversation for about 2 hours and he finally got into his grandiose business ideas," Wozniak said. "I have some comments to give him. I have been thinking about it since the meeting."

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Too Short drove on suspended license, Porsche impounded


LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police impounded rapper Too Short's Porsche after he was caught driving on a suspended license, officials said.

Law enforcement officials said they stopped Too Short, whose real name is Todd Shaw, for driving Friday without license plates on the Porsche.

They discovered he was also driving with a suspended license.

Police impounded the rapper's Porsche and gave him a citation for the suspended license. Too Short took a limo home.

Sources close to the rapper told TMZ he's not upset about the incident.

"That's just the way he rolls," the source said.

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Toni Braxton bankruptcy case settled

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Toni Braxton's bankruptcy case was settled after she agreed to pay $150,000 to start over, court documents indicate.

The singer filed for bankruptcy in 2010, saying she had debts of as much as $50 million. It was the second time she'd filed Chapter 7.

Court documents said Braxton had made a deal during her first filing to obtain some of her personal items that she lost, in exchange for paying $5,000 per month for 15 months, TMZ reported. The arrangement was for her to pay $50,000 on the last month, but she missed that payment.

The other issue was that Braxton argued she should be able to keep $754,000 she made for overseas performances after she filed bankruptcy. The trustee argued, though, she was technically paid for those shows before she filed Chapter 7, so she should forfeit rights to the money.

The agreement reached this week means Braxton would have to make the final $50,000 payment for her personal property, and forfeit $100,000 of the overseas payments she received, TMZ reported.

The agreement gives the singer the opportunity to buy back the copyrights on some of her songs for $20,000 when they go to auction July 15, assuming someone doesn't outbid her.

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BET names Kendrick Lamar Best New Artist

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- Kendrick Lamar came away with the best New Artist and Male Hip Hop Artist honors Sunday night at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Rapper Drake, who had the most nominations going into the evening's ceremony at Nokia Theatre with 12, won just three -- Video of the Year and Viewers' Choice for "Started From the Bottom" and Best Collaboration for A$AP Rocky's "[Expletive] Problems," which also featured Lamar and 2 Chainz, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Rihanna won the Female R&B/Pop Artist award, while Miguel took won the Male R&B/Pop Artist trophy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won for best group.

Other winners included Gabrielle Douglas (Young Stars Award), Nicki Minaj (Best Female Hip Hop Artist), Jamie Foxx (Best Actor) and Kerry Washington (Best Actress).

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50 Cent denies kicking his ex-girlfriend

LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Curtis Jackson, U.S. hip-hop artist known as 50 Cent, is denying he kicked the mother of his child and committed property damage during an argument in June.

"Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest," the rapper's lawyer said in a statement to TMZ Thursday. "We have been in contact with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations."

The celebrity news website said the recording artist was charged this week with domestic violence following an alleged dispute at his ex-girlfriend's Toluca Lake, Calif., home.

He was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanor vandalism.

50 Cent is to be arraigned July 22.

The Los Angeles Times quoted prosecutors as saying the musician had a three-year relationship with the alleged victim that produced one child.

The woman's identity, and the age and gender of the child were not reported.

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