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Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and other celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell was laid to rest at a funeral service Friday in Los Angeles.

Cornell died of a suicide by hanging at his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room at May 17, only hours after he performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He was 52.

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Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and their daughter, Toni Cornell, were at the service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the musician was buried.

USA Today reported that Cornell’s bandmates, Soungarden drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Kim Thayil, as well as Audioslave co-founder Tom Morello, delivered eulogies.

Related: PHOTOS: Celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Actors Brad Pitt, Fred Armisen, Josh Brolin and James Franco attended the service.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Soundgarden’s music played outside the gates of the cemetery before the service.

Other notable rockers at the funeral included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, of the Foo Fighters; Dave Navarro, Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; and Joe Walsh of the Eagles.

Gavin Rosdale, lead singer of the band Bush, was at the funeral. On Wednesday, he wrote a tribute to Cornell in a post on

“With Chris, there was this innate, beautiful melody and beautiful words that anyone with any degree of sensitivity could relate to and did,” he said of Cornell’s singing voice.

Karayiannis wrote an open letter that was posted by Billboard Wednesday in which she spoke to her husband.

Related: Chris Cornell's widow shares heartbreaking open letter to late husband

“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” the letter read in part. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you, and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you.” she wrote.

Cornell is survived by his wife and three children.

'Property Wars' star facing trial for wire fraud in Phoenix

A former star on the "Property Wars" reality TV show has been accused of wire fraud and other charges involving furniture stores he owns and operates in the Phoenix metro area.

Federal authorities say Scott Menaged was arrested Wednesday in a case being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

They say Menaged has been indicted on 24 charges including aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to defraud.

Prosecutors say Menaged and three other defendants allegedly fabricated receipts of purchases at Furniture King stores and allegedly used the information of recently deceased people for bank credit applications.

Menaged has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He has a detention hearing on June 2. His trial is scheduled July 5 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

Company faces backlash for pulling Hannity ads

Financial services firm USAA, facing a backlash to its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel, says it is withdrawing from other opinion-based television programs.

The company, which sells insurance and other products to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families, had cited its aversion to opinionated programming in backing away from Hannity. The veteran talk show host has become a liberal target because of his focus on a discredited story about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer.

Yet the conservative watchdog Media Research Center noted that USAA ads had run in recent weeks on left-leaning shows hosted by Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

The ads were placed in error and that mistake is being corrected, said Roger Wildermuth, USAA spokesman. It wasn't clear how the ads could be placed in at least four opinion-based shows in violation of the company's policy; he didn't immediately respond to a question about whether there were more.

Since the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America posted a list of more than 150 of Hannity's advertisers earlier this week, nine companies have said they no longer wanted to be sponsors. That's only a fraction of the companies that backed out of the since-fired Bill O'Reilly's Fox show last month after news of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment claims.

USAA's decision was particularly disappointing since Hannity has supported veterans organizations, said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.

The decision provoked an angry response. A Memorial Day posting on the company's Facebook page had nearly 500 comments Friday afternoon, many from people protesting the Hannity decision and vowing to move accounts from USAA.

One woman wrote: "with one boneheaded move, you've made me start looking for a new house and auto insurance, a new bank, a new investment manager."

"It was even more intense than I expected it would be," Bozell said, "and I expected it would be intense."

USAA noted that other companies had seen a backlash from their decisions, too. Wildermuth said USAA's decision on Hannity was not the result of outside pressure.

"We will continually review our ad placements to ensure we are consistent with our policy," he said.

The Latest: Police: Facebook posts led to Comicon arrest

The Latest on an arrest at Phoenix Comicon (all times local):

1:00 p.m.

Phoenix police say there are indications an armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon is mentally disturbed and that he told detectives he's a crime-fighting comic book character and planned to shoot bad police officers.

Police also say in a probable-cause statement released Friday that officers took Mathew Enrique Nava Sterling into custody at the Phoenix Convention Center after somebody contacted Hawthorne, California, police to report that Sterling was posting threats on Facebook about killing police officers at the Comicon event.

Court documents indicate Sterling lives in suburban Mesa and is 29.

Sterling didn't have an attorney present during an initial court appearance Friday. He spoke only briefly, agreeing when a judge told him it might not be in his interest to comment.


This story has been corrected to show that court documents spell Sterling's first name as Mathew and indicate his age is 29.


11:35 a.m.

Phoenix Comicon security has greatly tightened with officials banning all prop weapons after police arrested an armed man who they say allegedly made threats to harm a performer and posted online threats against police officers.

Massive crowds of attendees are experiencing heavy delays Friday as they wait hours in long lines before eventually going through added security screenings and entering the event.

Comic book and science fiction fans are fervently complaining about the Phoenix Comicon organizers' sudden ban on costume prop weapons. They say the fake weapons are often essential in completing costumes and can be extremely costly to build or buy. Prop weapons include swords, sabers and fake guns.

Police didn't identify the performer who allegedly was threatened but say the man arrested Thursday was Mathew Sterling.


This story has been corrected to show that court documents spell Sterling's first name as Mathew and indicate his age is 29.


8:35 a.m.

Police say a man who was armed with guns and ammunition when arrested at the Phoenix Comicon allegedly made threats to harm a performer at the event and posted online threats against police officers.

Police didn't identify the performer who allegedly was threatened but say the man arrested Thursday was Mathew Sterling. His hometown wasn't released.

Police say Sterling was taken into custody after a brief struggle at the entertainment and conic convention.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says Sterling was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.

Fortune says officers at Comicon were alerted to a suspicious man making threats against police on social media and the postings included photos of officers working the event.


This story has been corrected to show that court documents spell Sterling's first name as Mathew and indicate his age is 29.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

2. Deja Vu, Lauren Duski

3. I'm the One (feat. Justin Bieber), DJ Khaled

4. Believer, Imagine Dragons

5. Stay, Zedd & Alessia Cara

6. Issues, Julia Michaels

7. Money on You, Chris Blue

8. Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt

9. Sign of the Times, Harry Styles

10. HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar

Top Albums

1. Harry Styles, Harry Styles

2. From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton

3. Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy, Various Artists

4. One More Light, LINKIN PARK

5. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

6. True to Self,Bryson Tiller

7. Superunknown (20th Anniversary), Soundgarden

8. Back To Us,Rascal Flatts

9. ÷, Ed Sheeran

10. Welcome Home, Zac Brown Band


(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Trump law firm calls alleged Bloom County letter a 'fake'

A law firm representing President Donald Trump is disputing internet reports that it sent a "cease and desist" letter to the creator of Bloom County.

Emily M. Thall, director of business development & marketing for Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, told The Associated Press on Friday that the letter "is a fake." The letter, posted this week on Berkeley Breathed's Facebook page, was shared more than 29,000 times. Dated May 22, it alleges that the cartoonist used images of Trump and his family for "commercial exploitation and promotion" and demanded the images be removed.

Berkeley Breathed did not answer repeated queries from The Associated Press over how he received the letter. In an email, he noted Trump's history of litigation and said it was "futile" to argue "back and forth" over the truth. He also posted a response to Trump's attorneys on his Facebook page.

Jay Z's Tidal streaming service loses its 3rd CEO in 2 years

Jay Z's Tidal streaming service has lost its third CEO in two years.

Tidal said Friday that Jeffrey Toig has left the company, which was launched in 2015. Toig joined Tidal in January 2016.

The streaming service said in a statement that it will announce a new CEO "in the coming weeks" and wishes Toig "all the best in his future endeavors."

Tidal is also co-owned by Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West and other artists. Sprint announced in January it was buying a 33 percent stake in Tidal, which has more than 40 million songs and 140,000 videos. It is available in more than 52 countries.

Tidal's former CEOs include Peter Tonstad and Andy Chen.

Jared Martin, who played Dusty Farlow on 'Dallas,' dies

Jared Martin, who became a fan favorite with his portrayal of the charming cowboy Dusty Farlow on the 1980s soap opera "Dallas," has died. He was 75.

Martin died Wednesday at his Philadelphia home after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, said his wife, Yu Wei.

On "Dallas," Martin played a rancher who was the lover of Sue Ellen, played by actress Linda Gray.

"Rest In Peace dear Jared Martin," Gray tweeted Friday. "I have such beautiful memories of working with you as Dusty Farlow on Dallas."

His character was also a suspect in the 1980 series cliffhanger that left the world wondering who shot ornery oilman J.R. Ewing. The catchphrase "Who shot J.R.?" became part of the common vernacular as viewers waited to find out who had fired on him.

When viewers tuned in for the answer on Nov. 21, 1980, the shooter was revealed to be J.R.'s vengeful mistress and sister-in-law, Kristen Shepard. That episode was seen by more people than any program in TV history until that time.

Farlow was supposed to be a temporary character on the show, and supposedly died in a plane crash, but he proved so popular that he was reintroduced. Fans called him "Lusty Dusty."

Martin was the son of New Yorker cartoonist Charles E. Martin. He roomed with film director Brian De Palma when the two attended Columbia University in the 1960s.

In addition to "Dallas" he appeared in a number of popular TV shows including the 1973 version of "Westworld," plus episodes of "The Love Boat," ''Magnum P.I.," ''War of the Worlds" and "Murder She Wrote." Most recently, he directed a 2013 movie called "The Congressman" starring Treat Williams.

After retiring from acting, he founded a nonprofit that introduces inner city children to filmmaking.

"He had a great life," his wife said. "He had more to do, but cancer took him."

She said he was working on a book about his struggles with cancer at the time of his death.

He survived by a son, Christian Martin, and two grandchildren.

The Latest: Tom Morello, Josh Brolin eulogize Chris Cornell

The Latest on memorial services Friday for late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

Chris Cornell's memorial service has ended and mourners are headed to the rocker's burial site as Temple of the Dog's "All Night Thing" plays.

The service Friday included eulogies by guitarist Tom Morello and actor Josh Brolin. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington sang "Hallelujah" for mourners, which included numerous members of rock royalty and Cornell's widow and two young children.

Cornell died last week in Detroit at age 52.

He is being laid to rest Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A public memorial service is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.


12:45 p.m.

A private memorial service for Soundgarden singer-songwriter Chris Cornell has begun at a Hollywood cemetery.

The memorial is being attended by numerous members of rock royalty, including Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, singer-songwriter Joe Walsh and James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

The ceremony opened with the playing of one of Cornell's most recent songs, "The Promise."

The 52-year-old rocker died last week in Detroit after performing a show with Soundgarden. Officials said a preliminary autopsy showed he hanged himself, but toxicology tests are pending.

Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin and Pharrell Williams were also attending Friday's service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A public memorial is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.


12:10 p.m.

Pharrell Williams, Brad Pitt and numerous rockers including James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Dave Navarro are attending a private memorial for late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Cornell is being laid to rest at a private memorial Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other mourners spotted at the service included Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, actor Josh Brolin and guitarist Tom Morello, who performed with Cornell in the supergroup Audioslave.

Cornell's widow and two youngest children were also seen arriving at the service, which will be followed by a public memorial at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

The 52-year-old rocker's Soundgarden bandmates also arrived for the memorial, as did Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains.

Cornell died last week in Detroit after performing a concert.

Fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates Friday with one of them playing Soundgarden music from a portable speaker.


11:35 a.m.

Fans are lining up outside the memorial where Chris Cornell will be laid to rest on Friday.

Los Angeles resident Melody Andrade brought her 4-year-old son Jude to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to pay her respects to the late Soundgarden singer-songwriter. The pair wore matching T-shirts that read, "Say Hello 2 Heaven."

Andrade says Cornell's death is on par to her with the loss of rockers Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Cornell was unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room on May 18 after playing a concert with Soundgarden. The 52-year-old Seattle native was a leading voice in the grunge movement that became mainstream in the 1990s.

About a dozen fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates as mourners began to arrive Friday morning for a private memorial service. One person played Soundgarden music from a portable speaker.

A public memorial and viewing of Cornell's final resting place will be begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.


1 a.m.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is being laid to rest Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say a private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell's burial site.

The 52-year-old was pronounced dead May 18 after he was found unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room after a concert performance. Coroner's officials released say preliminary autopsy results show the singer hanged himself, but full toxicology results remain pending. The singer's family has disputed the findings and claim Cornell may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

Cornell was a leading voice of the grunge movement in the 1990s. Besides Soundgarden, he scored hits with Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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