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March 13, 2018
Juelz Santana (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
This image released by ABC shows (from left) Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan on the set of American Idol in New York. The season premiere had a strong debut on ABC, reaching more than 10 million viewers. (Eric Liebowitz/ABC via AP)
Marion Hugh 'Suge' Knight (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Meghan Markle
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International Entertainment

NEWARK, NJ (AP):

Rapper Juelz Santana will remain jailed pending a hearing on weapons charges stemming from a gun found in a bag at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

Santana made an initial court appearance Monday in federal court in Newark. He had turned himself in to authorities earlier Monday, three days after security personnel at the airport found a loaded .38-calibre handgun in a carry-on bag containing his identification.

Authorities say Santana had fled the area, leaving two bags behind.

A judge has ordered Santana to remain in custody until a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 26.

Santana is a 36-year-old New York City-born rapper who lives in Totowa, New Jersey. His real name is LaRon James.

An attorney representing Santana hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

NEW YORK (AP):

The revamped American Idol had a strong debut on ABC, reaching more than 10 million viewers and shrugging off Fox's attempt to blunt the premiere's impact with its special on O.J. Simpson.

The Nielsen company said Monday that the 10.34 million who watched the return of American Idol represented ABC's biggest Sunday night audience with regular series programming since 2012.

Fox's presentation of a 2006 Simpson interview, during which he speculated about how he might have killed his former wife, was watched by 4.4 million people.

That was a distant echo of the sensational interest the Simpson case drew two decades ago.

LOS ANGELES (AP)

An attorney who was indicted on witness-tampering charges was dismissed Monday from the murder case of rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight.

Knight previously gave up his right to having a lawyer without potential conflicts of interest so he could keep Thaddeus Culpepper on his defence team.

That decision came last month when Culpepper was under investigation but had not yet been indicted.

Los Angeles County Judge Ronald S Coen overrode Knight's decision and removed Culpepper.

Knight, 52, the co-founder of Death Row Records, has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015.

The move could mean more delays in a trial tentatively set to start April 9.

LONDON (AP):

Prince Harry's bride-to-be has made her first public appearance with Queen Elizabeth II.

Meghan Markle joined the queen and other senior royals Monday at the Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey.

The American actress is set to marry Harry on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19.

Harry and Markle were greeted with screams and shouts from some members of the public when they arrived at the venerable abbey.

They were joined by Prince William and his wife, Kate, Prince Charles, and other royals.