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Arrest warrant issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa

by The Associated Press on August 07, 2014 10:50 AM

EL PASO, Texas — A warrant has been issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa’s arrest after he skipped a court date on a marijuana possession charge in West Texas.

Online court records show the 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, failed to appear for a scheduled Wednesday arraignment in an El Paso County misdemeanor court. So County Court-at-Law Judge Ricardo Herrera issued a bench warrant for Khalifa’s arrest.

The case started May 25 when Khalifa was arrested at El Paso International Airport after airport security officers reported finding a small canister of marijuana on him.

Khalifa had been departing after appearing at a local music festival. Instead, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released after posting $300 bail.

Court records do not list an attorney.


LOS ANGELES — The British edition of “The X Factor” is coming to U.S. television.

Music entertainment cable channel AXS TV said Wednesday it will begin airing the singing contest’s 11th season on Labor Day weekend.

“X Factor” creator Simon Cowell is on the judging panel, which includes ex-Spice Girl Mel B and pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly known as Cheryl Cole.

“The X Factor” is a hit in Britain and a success internationally, with the format produced in 48 TV markets.

The U.S. version was an exception: Fox’s “The X Factor” was canceled after three seasons because of disappointing ratings. Even Cowell’s popularity from “American Idol” didn’t help.

Britain’s “X Factor” debuts Aug. 31 on AXS TV, airing at 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, following its U.K. broadcasts by a day.

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LOS ANGELES — Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker died.

Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that Anthony Janow, 26, and Jameson Witty, 18, each pleaded no contest to grand theft, destroying evidence and obstructing a peace officer. Neither defendant had a deal with prosecutors. The judge suggested each would receive about six months in jail.

Walker and driver Roger Rodas died Nov. 30 when their Porsche Carrera GT crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

Prosecutors say Janow and Witty stole a roof panel from the car while a tow truck was stopped at a red light.

Prosecutors say a sheriff’s deputy had told them they could not take any part of the vehicle.


NEW YORK — Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson — baby boomers all — will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation.

PBS announced Thursday that “American Masters: The Boomer List” will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures. Their years of birth represent each of the years commonly associated with the baby boom era, 1946-64. The list also includes Rosie O’Donnell, Tommy Hilfiger and Steve Wozniak.

Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits of the interviewees will be included in a companion coffee table book and in an exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders” will run at the Newseum from Sept. 26 through June 2015.

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