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Last Update on November 28, 2014 08:11 GMT

MADONNA RETURNS TO MALAWI TO OPEN PEDIATRIC WARD

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- Madonna has gone back to Malawi to open a children's ward in a hospital yesterday. It's the first time she's been in the country since its previous president stripped her VIP status by forcing her to check into her private jet as an ordinary passenger. The new president of Malawi has restored Madonna's VIP status. Madonna launched a 50-bed pediatric ward in a hospital in the city of Blantyre. Madonna supports several charities there. She adopted two children from Malawi.

PRINCE DROPS TWITTER AND FACEBO0OK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prince has disappeared from Twitter and Facebook. Billboard reports the Twitter account for Prince/3rdEyeGirl, his backing band, has been deleted, as has Prince's Facebook page. Prince's first tweet was a test tweet, then his second one read, "Prince's Second Tweet," then his third was a photo of a salad smothered in pepper. Most of the other tweets were related to 3rdEyeGirl. Prince held a Facebook chat last month in which he answered one question in three hours.

NEW STATEMENT FROM SCOTT STAPP

UNDATED (AP) -- Creed frontman Scott Stapp has posted a new video statement on his Facebook page. Stapp says his fight for vindication and justice has begun. He says he's filed a report with police in Boca Raton, Florida, charging his bank account has been looted. The latest statement follows a rambling one earlier this week. Stapp said then he was broke had been living out of his truck. But Stapp denied using drugs or drinking.

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and looking for justice, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports. ((opens with music))

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he's been the victim of a crime and is now broke, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Excerpt of Creed, performing "With Arms Wide Open."

AC/DC WELCOME STEVIE YOUNG TO THE BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- AC/DC feel Stevie Young is a perfect replacement for guitarist Malcolm Young. Stevie is the nephew of Malcolm and guitarist Angus Young. Angus says Stevie naturally plays like Malcolm because he emulated Malcolm growing up. Angus says Stevie also has a personality very much like Malcolm's. Malcolm left the group in September as he seeks treatment for dementia. AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" album comes out Tuesday.

PATRICK STUMP REPLACES BEN FOLDS ON "THE SING-OFF"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Folds is out on "The Sing-Off," and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is in. The Hollywood Reporter reports Folds is taking this year off from the show to tour internationally. Stump will take his place as a judge, along with Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Jewel. "The Sing-Off" will air as a two-hour special on NBC on December 17. Stump was recently a guest mentor on another NBC show, "The Voice."

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"PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR" - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

NEW YORK (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch was alarmed that his character in "Penguins of Madagascar" didn't have a lot to him.

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Mall reports brisk business late Thanksgiving night

UNDATED (AP) -- A lot of Americans seem willing to head out to the malls, right after Thanksgiving dinner.

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 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
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CALIFORNIA-THANKSGIVING HEAT

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Pity those poor folks in California, where they had to endure record heat while much of the nation shivered on Thanksgiving Day.

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