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Last Update on June 30, 2015 07:10 GMT

THE GAME FACES CHARGES FOR ALLEGED PUNCH DURING BASKETBALL GAME

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Game has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for throwing a punch during a basketball game in Los Angeles in March. Prosecutors say The Game had a foul called on him, then he punched a player on the opposing team. That player happened to be an off-duty police officer. The Game pleaded not guilty during a court appearance yesterday. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted. The Game is free on $50,000 bail and is due back in court July 30.

KIRK PENGILLY OF INXS REVEALS FIGHT WITH PROSTATE CANCER

SYDNEY (AP) -- INXS (in-ex-ES') sax player Kirk Pengilly spent his vacation in New Zealand in February thinking every meal might be his last. He tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph his doctor told him the day before Pengilly left that Pengilly had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Pengilly says he and his wife "visited every winery from Wellington to Auckland and had every bottle of rose'." He had a complicated five-hour surgery in March. Follow-up tests revealed his cancer is in remission. Pengilly says it will probably take 12 to 18 months to recover fully and he plans to celebrate his birthday next week by buying a speedboat.

JESSIE J SAYS SHE'S "NOT OK" FOLLOWING SURGERY

UNDATED (AP) -- Jessie J is responding to all the questions of, "How are you today?" with, "I am not OK." Jessie J posted a photo of her arm covered in IVs and says she's in a lot of pain. She had surgery last week for an undisclosed condition. She called off shows in Europe over the weekend. Jessie J says she's working with doctors and "sometimes admitting how you really feel can be the quickest road to recovery."

MUSICIANS MOURN CHRIS SQUIRE OF YES

UNDATED (AP) -- The tributes are pouring in for Yes bassist Chris Squire. Former Yes singer Jon Anderson says he and Squire were "musical brothers" and in spite of their differences, he's so glad they were able to reconnect recently. Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes says he is "utterly devastated beyond words." Tom Morello calls Squire "an extremely talented musician's musician who mastered his instrument and took it to new realms." Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler says he's shocked to hear the news and calls Squire "one of the great bass players." Dave Mustaine of Megadeth calls Squire "a tremendous talent and a terribly sad loss." Geddy Lee says Squire was a huge inspiration to him. Squire died over the weekend after battling a rare form of leukemia.

CONFEDERATE FLAG MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT MUSICIANS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charlie Daniels considers the Confederate flag a sign of defiance and pride for the South, while urban musicians think it should go away entirely. Daniels writes on his website he opposes slavery and has no desire to reinstate the Confederacy, but he feels Southerners view the flag as a symbol of pride in an area of the nation. Recently, activist Bree Newsome climbed a pole to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, and Monica says she would have helped her climb the pole if she had been there. Big Sean says it's time to tear down the flag because America is the land of equality.

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<<CUT ..007 (06/30/15)>> 00:03 "snatch it down"

Monica

Monica says she supports activist Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina statehouse.

<<CUT ..008 (06/30/15)>> 00:10 "land of equality"

Big Sean

Big Sean says the Confederate flag makes him feel like a lesser person.

<<CUT ..009 (06/30/15)>> 00:06 "address it immediately"

Wale (wah-LAY')

Wale says the Confederate flag creates chaos.

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