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December 19, 2018

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Newton-John’s autobiography, released last fall in her longtime home Australia, comes out in the U.S. in 2019.

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced yesterday that “Don’t Stop Believin’” would be published March 12. The book will include a new afterword by the award-winning singer and actress, known for such hits as “Physical” and “I Honestly Love You” and for her starring role in the movie version of “Grease.”

The 70-year-old said in September that she was again being treated for breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992.

SHAKIRA - TAXES

MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than $16.3 million between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.

The charges published last week allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.

Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

Shakira says in a statement through her representatives that she was not a legal resident in Spain during the years in question and owed nothing to the Spanish tax authorities, who are using her “as a scapegoat” to frighten other taxpayers into coming clean.

HAMILTON - TONIGHT SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” will air an episode next year from Puerto Rico including an exclusive performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role in “Hamilton.”

NBC announced Monday evening that Miranda and the new touring cast will appear in the episode Jan. 15. The telecast will focus on Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts to rebuild and raise awareness after Hurricane Maria massively struck the island in 2017.

The episode will delve into how the deadly hurricane devastated Puerto Rico through widespread damage, but also celebrate the “great spirit and culture” of the people.

ROMANIAN-CANADIAN MUSICIAN DIES

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Anca Pop, a Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter, has died after her car plunged into the Danube River. She was 34.

Emergency authorities identified her body after divers found her car late Monday in southwestern Romania. Her sister alerted police after she failed to arrive at the family home Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

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