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Celebrities stir passions with Gaza views

Barbadian singer Rihanna poses at the Hard Rock Cafe in Paris on June 5, 2014Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy.

Correction: Music-Eric Clapton story

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story July 24 about Eric Clapton's new album "The Breeze," The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of singer Don White.

Facebook to close up shop on its digital gift card service

Facebook to close up shop on its digital gift card serviceIf you want to buy your friend a gift card to go stuff themselves at Chilis, you're going to have to do it somewhere else than Facebook soon. The social network today said it's shuttering its gifts service, which let people buy gift cards in the form of digital codes. According to Facebook, which spoke to Recode, the service is being shut down for good August 12th in favor of simply letting developers and companies offer their own online stores, complete with "buy" buttons for goods. On its help page, Facebook notes that those who have received digital gifts or that have a balance from a Facebook Card can still redeem those after the end of the program.

Artist's foundation sues over NYC hotel painting

NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation that safeguards pop artist Larry Rivers' legacy says an ex-owner of New York's Chelsea Hotel removed, and won't return, a loaned painting that hung in the lobby.