Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the influential band Steely Dan, died on Sunday aged 67, according to his website, which did not disclose the cause of death. Becker was lead guitarist of the sophisticated, jazz-flavoured band, which he formed with Donald Fagen, the keyboardist and lead vocalist, when the pair were at Bard College in New York.
#US: Michael Parks, a character actor with over 100 film and television credits, has died. He was 77, Parks’ agent announced that the actor died on Tuesday.
The prolific actor had a late-career surge, working with directors including Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. In the first and second “Kill Bill” movies he played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw and Esteban Vihaio.
Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint at a luxury residence in Paris by at least two men dressed as police officers, her publicist and police say. A police spokesman said the haul from the robbery, mostly jewellery, was worth up to €6 million (£5.2m; $6.7m).The concierge led the gunmen to the residence where they tied Kardashian West up in the bathroom, police said. The robbery was carried out by two masked men with guns.
Jaden Smith has not responded to the death hoax that has been circulating on the internet for over a month. Although the actor maintains an active social media account, many people think Jaden Smith is dead. A hoax that has gone viral on Facebook multiple times has resurfaced and claims that the Will Smith’s son committed suicide.
The Philippines military said on Friday it was taking seriously what it believed was a call by ISIS militants for an attack on the Miss Universe contest being held in the country next year.
The military said a recent bomb-making video posted on social media, apparently by ISIS militants in the Middle East, carried a message in Arabic script reading: “create bomb for Miss Universe”. The pageant is due to be held in the capital, Manila, in January. “We are taking the threat seriously,” armed forces spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo told reporters, though adding that authorities had yet to establish the authenticity of the video or determine its source.
The Philippines says there are no ISIS militants in the country although the group has accepted, in a video message, the allegiance of a notorious Philippine militant group known as Abu Sayyaf.
The Ministry of Tourism, which helps organise the Miss Universe pageant, was not alarmed by the threat, said ministry spokeswoman Ina Zara-Loyola. The government was confident the army and police were “more than capable in ensuring the public safety and security”, she said.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his disappointment at being “detained” by US authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.
It is not clear why Khan was detained, or for how long.
The US ambassador to India has apologised for the detention and said authorities were working to ensure it did not happen again.
In 2012, Khan was detained for 90 minutes at the White Plains airport near New York. In 2009, he was stopped for two hours at Newark airport. He was released after India’s embassy intervened.