CHICAGO (AP) - A judge is expected to rule on whether to allow R&B singer R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges. A hearing will be held Friday in Chicago. Kelly's attorneys made the request, saying the 52-year-old singer hopes to perform as many as five April concerts in Dubai. Kelly also plans to meet members of royal families in the United Arab Emirates.
CHICAGO (AP) - More than 100 Chicago Symphony musicians are picketing in shifts in front of the orchestra's historic downtown building as they strike over wages and retirement benefits. Congressmen, mayoral candidates, musical theater performers and the musicians' own maestro, Riccardo Muti (MOO-tee), have visited the picket line offering support since the strike started March 11. No future negotiation sessions are planned. The sides have taken a break in discussions.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's Tate group of galleries won't accept future donations from the charitable arm of a family embroiled in the U.S. opioid crisis. The Tate says the Sackler family has given generously in the past but under "the present circumstances we do not think it right to seek or accept further donations."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fox 2000, the specialty unit behind such diverse literary adaptations as "Hidden Figures," ''Love, Simon" and "Life of Pi," is closing shop under the Walt Disney Co. A person familiar with the decision who was not authorized to speak publicly said Thursday that Disney will complete the films currently in production, but that no more will be made under the label. One under way is "The Woman in the Window" with Amy Adams and Gary Oldman.
NEW YORK (AP) - "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke revealed Thursday that she has had two life-threatening aneurysms, and two brain surgeries, since the show began. An unknown actress before landing the role, Clarke had just finished filming her first season as Daenerys Targaryen, the "Mother of Dragons," on the HBO fantasy series when she had the first aneurysm in 2011 at age 24 while working out at a London gym.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Donny and Marie Osmond say they will end their Las Vegas show later this year, concluding an 11-year run on the Strip. The brother-sister duo made the announcement during an appearance on "Good Morning America" on Thursday. Their final performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas is scheduled for Nov. 16. According to the casino, the duo launched their residency in September 2008, planning for just a six-week concert engagement.
BOSTON (AP) - Actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston next month in a college admissions bribery case. A judge on Thursday agreed to move their initial appearance to April 3 on charges that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month to appeal to cord-cutters. The new service, "Flex," available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon's video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets users search for TV shows and movies across the different services.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The World Video Game Hall of Fame fielded thousands of nominations for the Class of 2019 from more than 100 countries, hall officials said Thursday after narrowing the field to 12.