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Ex radio DJ David Mueller says he paid Taylor Swift court-ordered $1

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

7 Fun Facts About the Life of Taylor Swift

David Mueller, the former DJ who was ordered to pay Taylor Swift a symbolic $1 after losing a groping lawsuit he filed against her, says Swift’s money is in the mail.

Swift and her mother, Andrea Swift, and the singer’s radio handler Frank Bell, were sued by Mueller when he lost his KYGO-FM job after allegations emerged that Mueller groped Swift during a 2013 meet-and-greet photo op in Denver.

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In August, a judge threw out Mueller’s suit and ordered Mueller to pay Swift a symbolic $1.

Mueller told The Associated Press that he sent the singer a Sacagawea coin last week. The money was meant as a dig at the singer in response to Swift’s team calling the ruling a victory for women.

“I mean, if this is all about women’s rights…It’s a little poke at them, a little bit,” he told The AP in August after the trial. “I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life.”

Mueller provided The AP a letter that showed the payment was sent Nov. 28.

Related: Taylor Swift wins case against DJ in groping suit

Swift, who was named one of the Silence Breakers, TIME’s Person of the Year, spoke to the magazine about her Aug. 10 testimony in the suit. At the time of the interview, she said she hadn’t received the payment from Mueller.

“When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1,” Swift said. “To this day, he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.”

Former radio DJ David Mueller says he's paid Taylor Swift the symbolic $1 as ordered by a judge for groping her at a photo op in 2013.(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / T)

Swift also had advice for her fans after the experience.

“My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you,” Swift told Time. “You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you.”

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Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

Performer Prince through the years.

Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.

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Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”

According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.

Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.

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It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.

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Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar top nomination list

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

What You Need To Know: Ed Sheeran

The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

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Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died from Alzheimer’s disease at 84

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:03 PM

National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.
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National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NPR announced Tuesday.

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The unflappable Kasell with his reassuring baritone voice, delivered the news at the top of the hour for both for the network’s flagship news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” during his long career, before diving into a new role in the late 1990s as the comedic judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s satirical news quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!

Kasell started with NPR in 1975 as a part-time employee  and contributor for “Weekend All Things Considered,” and four years later announced the news for the first broadcast of “Morning Edition,” a new morning show at the time, according to the network. He went on to become one of NPR’s most recognizable voices.

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The prize for winning on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” was a custom-made voice recording of Kasell for answering machines or cellphone voice mails, and over the 16 years he was part of the show, he provided more than 2,200 recordings for contestants, according to NPR.

Quiz show co-host Peter Sagal called Kasell a “dear friend” in a Twitter post Tuesday.

“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Sagal said. 

Kassel retired from “Morning Edition” in 2009, but continued on “Wait Wait” for another five years.      

Kasell, who was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, started in radio when he was 16 at a local radio station hosting a music program and continued his career in college at the school radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio.

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He was married for 37 years to Clara de Zorzi, who died in 1997, according to The Washington Post, and married Mary Ann Foster in 2003.

He leaves behind a son from his first marriage and a stepson.

Kasell is also survived by a sister and four grandchildren.

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Actor comedian Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame dead at 65

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Remembering Harry Anderson

Actor and comedian Harry Anderson, of “Night Court” fame, has died at the age of 65 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, police confirmed.

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"This morning at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson, where he was found deceased," the police department’s public affairs officer Christina Hallingse told THR.

"No foul play is suspected."

Anderson, who was also a magician, was probably best known as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom "Night Court."

He also appeared on “Cheers,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” among other shows.

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Anderson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1952 and leaves behind two children.

WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.

Actor and magician Harry Anderson performs on ‘Saaturday Night Live’ on October 17, 1981.NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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