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Last Update on April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

"FURIOUS 7" WINS BOX OFFICE RACE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Furious 7" has again outpaced the competition in the box office race. The movie took in $29.1 million over the weekend -- taking the victory lap in its third straight weekend. But the street-race saga had competition. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" finished a close second, with $24 million. And while that wasn't enough to capture the top spot, it was almost enough to recoup its $30 million production cost in its first week, alone. Number three over the weekend was "Unfriended." The movie only cost $1 million to make -- so it ends up recouping its initial outlay 16 times over.

"Furious 7" is still the movie to beat -- as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Sound of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

Sound of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in a scene from "Furious 7," the number-one movie this weekend at the box office.

BOBBY BROWN DESCRIBES DAUGHTER AS "AWAKE"

ATLANTA (AP) -- It isn't clear whether it's an official medical update -- or hopeful hyperbole. But what Bobby Brown told concertgoers Saturday night made the crowd scream. Brown said his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is awake -- and was "watching" him. The statement is the first Bobby Brown has made publicly about his daughter since she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home nearly three months ago. All the family has said since -- was that the 21-year-old daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was "fighting for her life."

SUGE KNIGHT - EVIDENCE AND TRIAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a criminal trial, there's a big difference between getting a case to a jury -- and getting the jury to convict. When a judge ruled last week that Suge (SHUG) Knight should stand trial for murder and attempted murder, it didn't mean the case is a slam dunk for the prosecution. Take as an example the video of the January incident, in which Knight runs over two men, killing one. The clip also shows the survivor confronting Knight before Knight runs the two men over, supporting the defense's claim of self-defense. The survivor first blamed Knight -- but has since said he doesn't want to be a snitch.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that when Suge Knight goes to trial, he won't be the only person involved with a shady past.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

The evidence used to bring a former rap label owner to trial has been released to the public. AP Entertainment Oscar Wells Gabriel tells us what the judge got to see.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Oscar Wells Gabriel reports some evidence that seems incidental may be important in the case against Suge Knight.

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan was asked by a detective how he was feeling. ((note audio quality))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said he and Marion "Suge" Knight had a physical confrontation in the parking lot of a burger stand. ((((note audio quality; note length of cut))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said he "blacked out" and doesn't know how Terry Carter was injured. ((note audio quality))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said "Suge" Knight said "I'm going to kill you" from inside his pickup truck as they exchanged blows. ((note audio quality))

GAME OF THRONES COLLEGE COURSE

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Some watch "Game of Thrones" for thrills. But some of those watching the HBO series will do it for grades. Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the popular series -- and students can get honors credit. One of the co-professors says demand for the course was so great, available seats were filled in about an hour.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports a college course on "Game of Thrones" is proving almost as popular as the HBO TV series itself.

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Excerpt of "Game Of Thrones" theme

Excerpt of "Game Of Thrones" theme, from HBO show. (A university is offering a course on the series.)

BEN AFFLECK - "FINDING YOUR ROOTS"

BOSTON (AP) -- So what happens when a celebrity on "Finding Your Roots" doesn't like what's found in those roots? In the case of Ben Affleck, the actor asked the PBS documentary to cut the revelation that he had a slave-owning ancestor -- and producers did. Word of the request was in the trove of emails leaked from Sony and published online by WikiLeaks. In separate statements, PBS and host-historian Henry Louis Gates say they didn't censor the slave-owning past of Affleck's family.

BEN POWERS - OBIT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- An actor who was in the old-school TV show "Good Times" has died. Alton "Ben" Powers was the football player husband of Thelma Evans in the sitcom about a black family trying to make its way out of the Chicago housing projects. A funeral home in New Bedford, Massachusetts says Powers died Apr. 6 -- but gave no other details. Besides his work on "Good Times" -- Powers was in "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer," "Gimmie a Break," "The Greatest American Hero" and "Laverne & Shirley."

PEABODY AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Jane the Virgin" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" are among the winners in the first round of Peabody Awards. The CW sitcom and the HBO news-as-comedy show will get their honors at a ceremony next month. Other winners include "The Americans," "Fargo" and "The Honorable Woman."

Business News

Volcker says US bank oversight ineffective, seeks overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective.

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"FURIOUS 7" WINS BOX OFFICE RACE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Furious 7" has again outpaced the competition in the box office race.

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Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: VERIZON DE-BUNDLES SOME PACKAGES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon is loosening the strings that bind its bundles -- at least in some cases.

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