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Rapper Ralo 'makes it rain' for Atlanta's homeless

Atlanta-based rapper Ralo decided he would rather "make it rain" outside of a homeless shelter instead of inside a strip club, and he's challenging others to do the same.

WSB-TV ( ) reports the rapper — whose real name is Terrell Davis — posted a video to his Instagram page last week showing him tossing loose bills into the air from his car as dozens of people who had been standing in line for food frantically grab the money.

The video has more than 100,000 views and numerous comments. Some people praised his generosity, while others called the act demeaning, especially since someone is heard laughing throughout the video.

Ralo says he never told anyone to laugh. He says he was trying to give back and urged others to follow his example.


Information from: WSB-TV,

Amy Schumer slammed for Beyonce parody she calls tribute

The video features a sweaty Schumer dancing to the song alongside Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. Some Twitter users are slamming the video on charges of cultural appropriation.

Beyonce's version of the clip showed the singer sitting atop a New Orleans police car sinking in floodwaters. It also includes images of a hooded black child facing police and graffiti scrawled on a wall that reads "Stop Shooting Us."

The YouTube clip has three times as many negative votes as positive recommendations.

Schumer responded on Instagram, thanking streaming music service Tidal for releasing what she calls a "tribute."

Tidal is partially owned by Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z.

Singer Pete Burns dies of heart attack at age 57

Pete Burns, singer with the British band Dead or Alive that had success in the 1980s, has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

The singer's management and family said in a statement that Burns died suddenly on Sunday.

He was best known for his 1985 dance hit "You Spin Me Round" and his appearances on reality TV shows including "Celebrity Big Brother" and "Celebrity Wife Swap." Burns became famous in the 1980s when Dead or Alive attracted wide attention with a string of successful singles.

Culture Club singer Boy George, and others paid tribute to Burns Tuesday. Boy George tweeted that he was "tearful" about Burns' sudden death.

"He was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to believe!" Boy George said.

Many others who had worked with Burns expressed sadness at the loss and admiration for his musical gifts.

Burns was born in northwestern England and started making changes to his appearance at an early age. He was known for extensive cosmetic surgery that radically altered his look.

He worked in a record shop as a teenager and formed several bands that were unable to score any breakthrough hits. That changed with the founding of Dead or Alive in 1985.

Burns was married to Lynne Corlett for more than 25 years until they divorced in 2006. Michael Simpson has been his partner since 2007.

His ex-wife, his partner and his manager all announced Burns' death in a statement, calling him "a beautifully talented soul" who will be missed by all who loved him and appreciated his work.

Rezoning decision means Paisley Park can open permanently

A Minnesota city council voted Monday to rezone Prince's Paisley Park recording studio and home, allowing it to open as a permanent museum.

The Chanhassen City Council signed off on the rezoning request, but also will require a traffic study to address concerns from council members and residents about pedestrian safety, traffic and parking, the Star Tribune ( ) reported.

Earlier this month, the council tabled the request by the trust company overseeing the late superstar's estate, a move that nearly delayed the museum's Oct. 6 opening before a temporary operating permit was granted.

Mayor Denny Laufenburger told the newspaper that he was pleased with the city council's decision, calling it a "big benefit for the community."

But St. Paul resident Shelia Claytor, who was one of 30 people to attend Monday's meeting, said everything was "a rush job."

The museum, which displays Prince's guitars, "Purple Rain" motorcycle and his ashes in a decorative urn, is expected to draw 600,000 people a year.

"Prince's museum is going to outlive us all," said Joel Weinshanker with Graceland Holdings, which is overseeing the museum.

The museum's website said tours will begin again Friday.

Prince died April 21 of an accidental overdose at Paisley Park, a 65,000-square-foot complex outside of the Twin Cities area.



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The Latest: Jay Z, JLo, others to hold concerts for Clinton

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

9:05 p.m.

Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez are staging concerts around the country in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the final weeks before Election Day.

Clinton's campaign says rapper Jay Z will perform at a Get Out the Vote concert in Cleveland prior to Election Day. The campaign has not yet announced a date for the show.

Bon Jovi will headline concerts in Pittsburgh on Thursday and in Tampa, Florida, on Nov. 5.

Lopez will appear in Miami on Saturday to encourage Florida voters to back Clinton.

Perry will perform in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. The singer of "Roar" headlined a Clinton event in Des Moines, Iowa, last year and performed at this summer's Democratic National Convention.


8:55 p.m.

A key Nevada Republican official is giving his phone number out to a network TV reporter in hopes of getting the Trump campaign to call him back.

Roger Edwards is chairman of the Washoe County Republican Party in the state's main swing county. He complained to an NBC News reporter that Trump's campaign in the must-win state is so poorly organized that he can't get anyone to call him back and send more yard signs and bumper stickers. Edwards even gave the reporter his phone number.

Several Nevada Republicans are worried about Trump's prospects in the must-win state. In two days of early voting, nearly twice as many Democrats have cast ballots than Republicans. Trump lags in public polls.

The Trump campaign and Edwards put out a statement Monday night saying they work closely together and will defeat Hillary Clinton.


8:13 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is attending a New York City fundraiser on Monday night ahead of her 69th birthday. The event includes musician Stevie Wonder and actor Kevin Spacey.

Clinton was joining her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at the midtown Manhattan fundraiser two weeks before Election Day.

Wonder and Spacey were spotted by reporters entering the event, which comes ahead of the Democratic presidential nominee's birthday on Wednesday.

Clinton is holding campaign events in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.


7:48 p.m.

Mike Pence is heading into the presidential election's final two weeks imploring Republicans still wary of Donald Trump, "It's time to come home."

The Indiana governor used the phrase repeatedly during a rally in Salisbury, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon. He said it again at a later campaign stop in Greensboro.

Pence is promoting the idea that he and Trump can still win a race that some pundits say is becoming a foregone conclusion. He says: "It's time to reach out to all our Republican and conservative friends. It's time to come home."

In addition to voters, that could be a call to some Republicans in Congress who urged Trump to abandon the GOP nomination after the release of the 2005 recording in which Trump made vulgar comments about women.

___7:17 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says in a statement that she's "appalled" that the National Guard has ordered nearly 10,000 soldiers to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Democratic presidential nominee says it's unacceptable to subject the troops to financial burdens because of what she calls "mismanagement from the California National Guard" and the Pentagon's "rigid bureaucracy."

The California National Guard says it has been trying to inform soliders of an appeals process. The soldiers face returning bonuses of $15,000 or more because of what the guard has called "bad actors" who mislead soldiers with outsized bonuses.

Clinton says Congress should pass legislation "to right this wrong."


5:20 p.m.

Tim Kaine is criticizing Donald Trump's comments on the Iraqi military's efforts to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

Kaine is referring to Trump's remarks in the final debate that President Barack Obama's administration wanted to launch the initiative to "look tough" before Election Day.

The Iraqi army and a U.S.-led coalition began the long-awaited battle for Mosul last week. More than 4,800 U.S. troops are in Iraq and there are more than 100 U.S. special operations forces operating with Iraqi units.

Of Trump's comments, Kaine says, "how dense do you have to be to say something like that?"

Trump has more broadly criticized the offensive as a disaster. Hillary Clinton said today he is "basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started."

Both Kaine and Trump are campaigning today in Florida.


4:47 p.m.

A former State Department information technology official has refused to answer questions from a conservative legal group as part of a civil lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's emails.

John Bentel on Monday invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in response to 90 questions posed by lawyers from Judicial Watch. A federal judge in August ordered the State Department's retired director of Information Resource Management to be deposed by the group, which has filed numerous lawsuits targeting the Democratic presidential nominee.

Bentel was granted limited immunity from criminal prosecution as part of the FBI's now-closed investigation into whether the former secretary of state mishandled sensitive government information that flowed through her private email server.

Bentel's lawyer previously told congressional investigators that he does not recall any discussions involving Clinton's email server.


3:50 p.m.

Mike Pence is evoking Harry S Truman's 1948 election win over Thomas Dewey in saying that Donald Trump could yet win a race pundits have all-but awarded to Hillary Clinton.

The Republican vice presidential candidate said the media and experts want voters to believe the Nov. 8 election "is all rolled up." He spoke in a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh from his campaign plane Monday.

Pence said he and Trump have discussed Truman beating Dewey in a presidential election best remembered for a picture of Truman grinning while hoisting a newspaper aloft with a headline wrongly reporting that he'd lost to Dewey. Pence said that race "was a similar deal" to this year's.

Pence is in North Carolina for events later in Salisbury and Greensboro.


3:35 p.m.

Donald Trump is mocking the latest woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct, saying "I'm sure she's never been grabbed before."

Trump was referring to Jessica Drake, an adult film star who says he grabbed her and kissed her without permission.

Trump said Monday that the accusations are "total fiction." Trump spoke on WGIR radio's "New Hampshire Today" show.

At a Saturday news conference, Drake accused Trump of accosting her and offering her money to go up to his hotel room alone. She is one of several women who have said Trump sexually assaulted them.

Trump says he'll sue his accusers after the election.


3:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama is trying to counter the argument that Congress should be kept under Republican control as a check on Hillary Clinton if she's elected president.

Obama says America can do better than gridlock. He said giving Republicans the opportunity to block Clinton's initiatives means the possibility of another government shutdown, the blocking of Supreme Court nominees and preventing progress on dealing with climate change.

Obama was speaking to donors in San Diego during a three-day campaign and fundraising swing on the West Coast.

With Clinton leading in the polls, he is increasingly focusing his remarks on the need for donors to help get Democrats elected to Congress. He describes the current actions on Capitol Hill as "the Keystone Cops up there."


3:05 p.m.

Young voters are shifting toward Hillary Clinton in the closing stretch of the presidential campaign. That's according to a new GenForward poll of Americans age 18 to 30.

Driving the shift are young white voters. They were divided between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump just a month ago and were more likely to support Republican Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama in 2012.

In the survey, Clinton leads among all young whites 35 percent to 22 percent, and by a 2-to-1 margin among those who are likely to vote.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.


2:35 p.m.

Donald Trump is pledging to "stand with" the men and women of law enforcement, saying they "have not been appreciated" by the current administration.

Trump addressed about two dozen law enforcement and rescue officers Monday at the sheriff's office in St. Johns County, Florida.

The Republican nominee said that while "every profession has a bad person," too much was made of isolated incidents of police misconduct.

Trump suggested that "you could have 100,000 wonderful events" but the press "would only write" about mistakes.

Trump vowed to empower the law enforcement officers with whatever support they needed.


2:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is accusing rival Donald Trump of "basically declaring defeat" before the start of the battle to retake Mosul, Iraq, from the Islamic State group.

The Democratic presidential nominee is pointing to Trump's tweet on Sunday that the campaign to retake Mosul was "turning out to be a total disaster," adding the U.S. is "looking so dumb."

Clinton said Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Trump has no plan to defeat IS and is proving what it would mean to have an unqualified commander in chief in the White House.

The U.S.-led coalition's offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants is now in its second week. It involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops, Kurdish forces and others.


1:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is praising Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying she gets under Donald Trump's "thin skin like nobody else."

Clinton was joining the liberal favorite at a rally Monday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, with two weeks to go before Election Day.

After Warren gave fiery remarks on her behalf, Clinton said that Trump was probably "tweeting away" in response. She said Warren "exposes" Trump's poor temperament and lack of qualifications to be president.

The Democratic nominee was using the rally to build support for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is challenging Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and Colin Van Ostern, the party's nominee for governor.


1:40 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is warning Republican nominee Donald Trump that "nasty women" will come out in droves to help send Hillary Clinton to the White House.

Warren was joining Clinton at a rally Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire. Warren was picking up on Trump calling Clinton "such a nasty woman" during last week's final debate.

She said that Trump thinks because he's wealthy "he can call women fat pigs and bimbos." She said "nasty women have really had it" with guys like Trump.

The liberal favorite said Trump should know that "nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty women vote."


1:30 p.m.

Tim Kaine is taking a shot at Republican Sen. Marco Rubio while campaigning in Florida.

Kaine pointed to Rubio's past comments that Donald Trump is a "con artist" and "dangerous." He said it makes no sense for Rubio to now support the Republican presidential nominee.

He said if someone can't condemn Trump, "you've got to ask the question whether they're the right person to represent you."

Kaine said it will be important to have a Congress that can work with a Democratic administration. He praised Rubio's Democratic rival, Patrick Murphy, but didn't explicitly make the case for a Democratic-controlled Senate.

In a Saturday interview with the Associated Press, Kaine said Democrats have run a campaign against Trump, not the entire Republican Party.


1:15 p.m.

Tim Kaine is cautioning Florida voters not to get complacent in the final weeks of the election despite polling that shows the Democratic ticket better positioned to capture the White House.

Kaine is speaking in Miami, where in-person early voting began today. Earlier in the day he greeted people submitting early ballots. Donald Trump is also campaigning in Florida, a must-win state for the Republican presidential candidate.

Kaine said winning Florida would be "checkmate" for Clinton. And he reminded voters that the race could still change, noting that Trump saw a surge in September.

He said, "we can't take anything for granted."

Kaine has campaigned frequently in Florida, where he's used his Spanish language skills to reach out to Hispanic voters.

Photographer sues Minneapolis studio over Prince photos

A man who photographed Prince during the late music superstar's early years is suing a Minneapolis studio to recover about 3,000 original pictures.

Allen Beaulieu's federal lawsuit is against Studio 1124 and its owner, Clint Stockwell.

The lawsuit says Beaulieu photographed Prince as early as 1978. Some of his work was used on album covers and liner artwork for "Dirty Mind," ''Controversy" and "1999."

Beaulieu says he also shot behind-the-scenes photos while traveling with Prince.

Beaulieu says he owns the copyrights and only gave Stockwell pictures to scan to help produce a photo book. Beaulieu says Stockwell is refusing to return the photos and copies.

Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose.

Stockwell tells KSTP-TV there's no copyright infringement. He says he's been helping Beaulieu and hasn't been paid.

Some of Bobby Vee's hit singles, chart positions

— "Take Good Care of My Baby," hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart in September 1961. The single stayed at No. 1 for three weeks.

— "Run to Him," hit No. 2 on Hot 100 in December 1961.

— "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," hit No. 3 on Hot 100 in February 1963, No. 8 on Hot R&B Singles in January 1963, and No. 2 on Adult Contemporary Airplay in January 1963.

— "Come Back When You Grow Up," hit No. 3 on Hot 100 in September 1967.

— "Devil or Angel," hit No. 6 on Hot 100 in October 1960.

— "Rubber Ball," hit No. 6 on Hot 100 in January 1961.

— "Charms," hit No. 13 on Hot 100 in May 1963, and No. 5 on Adult Contemporary Airplay in May 1963.

— "Please Don't Ask About Barbara," hit No. 15 on Hot 100 in April 1962.

— "Sharing You," hit No. 15 on Hot 100 in July 1962.

— "Punish Her," hit No. 20 on Hot 100 in October 1962.


(Source: Billboard magazine)

1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73

Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.

Vee, whose hits included the chart-topping "Take Good Care of My Baby" and who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start, died Monday of advanced Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Jeff Velline. Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, and performed his last show that year.

Vee had been in memory care at The Wellstead of Rogers & Diamondcrest in Rogers, about 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis, for the past 13 months and in hospice care in recent weeks, his son said.

Vee died peacefully surrounded by family, Velline said, calling it "the end of a long hard road."

He said his father was "a person who brought joy all over the world. That was his job."

Born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minnesota, after the Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that killed Holly, Valens and Richardson on their way to the concert. That dark day in rock history was commemorated by singer-songwriter Don McLean in his 1972 pop song "American Pie" as "The Day The Music Died."

The call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Vee and his 2-week-old band volunteered, along with three or four other bands. The show's emcee, Charlie Boone, then a disc jockey at KFGO Radio, turned to Vee and asked him the name of his band. Vee looked at the shadows of his bandmates on the floor and answered: The Shadows.

"I didn't have any fear right then," Vee recalled in a 1999 interview with The Associated Press. "The fear didn't hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it. I didn't think that I'd be able to sing. If I opened my mouth, I wasn't sure anything would come out."

Vee called his debut a milestone in his life, and "the start of a wonderful career."

Within months the young singer and The Shadows, which included his older brother Bill on lead guitar, recorded Vee's "Suzie Baby" for Soma Records in Minneapolis. It was a regional hit, and Vee soon signed with Liberty Records.

He went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, hitting the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song "Take Good Care of My Baby," and reaching No. 2 with the follow-up, "Run to Him." Other Vee hits include "Rubber Ball," ''The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," ''Devil or Angel," ''Come Back When You Grow Up," ''Please Don't Ask About Barbara" and "Punish Her."

Besides his clear, ringing voice, Vee also was a skilled rhythm guitarist and occasional songwriter. He racked up six gold singles, but saw his hits diminish with the British Invasion of The Beatles and other English groups in the mid-1960s.

Vee kept recording into the 2000s, and maintained a steady touring schedule. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. He performed his last show that year, billed only as his retirement, during an annual community fundraiser that his family holds near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis. But he didn't announce his diagnosis until a year later on his website.

In a 2013 interview with The Associated Press, Vee said he knew his abilities were diminishing and he didn't want to put his family through a public decline.

"It's not getting any better, I can tell you that," Vee said. "But I'm doing the best I can."

Vee still released a new album, "The Adobe Sessions," a loose jam session recorded with family members in Vee's adobe garage north of Tucson, Arizona. The 2014 album featured some of Vee's favorite songs from Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot and Ricky Nelson. It was released on the 55th anniversary of the Holly plane crash.

The album also included Vee's cover of Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me," a nod to the folk-rock legend who got his start in Vee's band in Fargo.

Dylan grew up in Hibbing, a town on northern Minnesota's Iron Range, and briefly played with Vee's band. Although their time playing together was short, Dylan had a lasting effect on Vee's career: It was Dylan, himself going by the name Elston Gunn when he hammered on the piano at a couple of The Shadows' gigs, who suggested Vee change his last name from Velline to Vee.

In his "Chronicles: Volume One" memoir, Dylan recalled that Vee "had a metallic, edgy tone to his voice and it was as musical as a silver bell." When Dylan performed in St. Paul in 2013, he saluted Vee in the audience and performed "Suzie Baby."

Vee and his wife, Karen, were married for more than 50 years. She died of kidney failure in 2015 at age 71. The couple had four children, including sons who performed with Vee.

Family members said Vee's memory wasn't affected so much by Alzheimer's as his speech. During the AP interview in 2013, he answered questions but would become tongue-tied searching for the right word. Vee tried unconventional methods to alleviate his Alzheimer's symptoms, from chiropractor visits to acupuncture, and also renewed his passion for painting.

And while he sometimes wished he could do the things that once came easily, Vee said he was "not going to cry about it."

"God brought me home," he said. "And that's the deal."




This story has been corrected to show it was Bob Dylan, not Vee, who used the stage name Elston Gunn.

Screaming fans prompt Justin Bieber to walk off stage

It seems even Justin Bieber finds his screaming fans irritating.

The pop star walked off the stage during his show in Manchester, England, on Sunday after some fans ignored his request to stop screaming as he was trying to talk to the crowd between songs.

Bieber told the crowd that he wanted to be able to say something and the screaming had to stop. When the screaming continued, a frustrated Bieber dropped the microphone as he left the stage.

The singer returned several moments later and told the crowd he'd stop talking and just do his musical set, because, he said, "Manchester just can't handle it."

Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73

Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73.

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