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NEW YORK — The publisher of Rolling Stone magazine is selling celebrity magazine Us Weekly to the owner of the National Enquirer tabloid.
In a press release, American Media Inc., which also owns Star, OK! and Men's Fitness, did not say how much it is paying for Us Weekly.
Wenner Media bought Us Weekly in 1985. It has been rumored that the magazine was up for sale.
Rolling Stone got hit with a $3 million libel verdict in November in the aftermath of its retracted story about a University of Virginia gang rape.
Wenner sold a 49 percent stake in the music magazine in September. The company also owns Men's Journal.
Prince's ex-wife opens up about 1996 death of couple's baby
Prince's ex-wife is opening up about the couple's son, who was born with a rare genetic disorder in 1996 and died just six days later.
Mayte (MY'-tay) Garcia writes in a new memoir excerpted in People magazine that baby Amiir was born with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, a disorder that causes skeletal abnormalities. She says the baby struggled to breathe and underwent multiple procedures before his death.
Garcia tells People she doesn't think Prince ever got over the baby's death. She says, "I don't know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven't."
Garcia and Prince married in 1996 and divorced in 2000.
Prince died last April from an accidental overdose.
67 paintings stolen in 2014 seized in Austria
BERLIN — The European police agency says that 67 stolen paintings have been recovered from an apartment in Vienna more than two years after they were stolen from a villa in a suburb of the Austrian capital.
Europol said in a statement Wednesday that the paintings, worth approximately 2.5 million euros ($2.65 million) and including works by Oskar Kokoschka and Carl Moll, were seized in cooperation with Austria's state and federal criminal police offices.
Viennese police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said it's believed "that an internationally operating gang from eastern Europe" was behind the heist in 2014, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Europol said that four paintings worth 50,000 euros ($53,100) are still missing.
Trump tweets dig at Snoop Dogg over mock shooting in video
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is firing back at Snoop Dogg days after the release of a music video in which the rapper points a toy gun at a clown dressed like Trump and pulls the trigger.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning: "Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!"
The video is for a remixed version of the song "Lavender," by Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD featuring Snoop Dogg. In it, Snoop Dogg shoots the Trump clown with a gun that releases a flag with the word "bang."
The rapper was also criticized over the video by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who lost to Trump in last year's Republican presidential primary campaign.
Play about Boston Marathon bombing to make world premiere
BOSTON — A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is about to make its world premiere in Boston.
"Finish Line" is being presented by the Boch Center at the Shubert Theatre starting Wednesday. The Boston Theater Company production will run through March 26.
The play is based on interviews with survivors, runners, first responders and others. Actors use verbatim transcripts to tell each person's story.
Twin bombings near the marathon's finish line killed three people and injured more than 260.
"Finish Line" doesn't re-create the attack or portray those responsible. Instead, it focuses on people who were affected by the violence and came out stronger.
A portion of every ticket sale will be donated to the Martin Richard Foundation, named for the 8-year-old boy who was the youngest victim killed in the bombing.
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