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Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media reports that she had slipped into a coma. Mitchell, 71, who was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital last month after being found unconscious in her home from an undisclosed medical emergency, is expected to make a full recovery, her website said.

'Louie Louie' singer Jack Ely dies in Oregon at age 71

Jack Ely, a former singer with garage band The Kingsmen whose largely slurred version of the song "Louie Louie" became a staple of rock radio, has died in Oregon at age 71, his son said. Ely died this week at his home in Redmond of what appears to have been skin cancer, said his son, Sean Ely.

Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo, surprises fans with Beatles hit

Almost 50 years after the Beatles delivered memorable performances at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan arena, former band member Paul McCartney returned to the venue on Tuesday with a special treat for his fans. McCartney, 72, surprised the audience by singing the Beatles' "Another Girl," the first time the song has ever been performed live, the singer's publicist said.

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, 91, dies in Florida

Jean Nidetch, the founder of weight loss company Weight Watchers International Inc, died of natural causes early on Wednesday at age 91, a company spokeswoman said. Nidetch struggled with weight throughout her life and founded the popular program in the early 1960s in her apartment in Queens, New York. She had most recently been living near Boca Raton in south Florida.

Hollywood veteran Redford honored with Chaplin Award

Robert Redford has added the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award to his list of honors for his work in front and behind the camera, and the Hollywood star said he still enjoys making movies after more than 50 years in the industry. The 78-year old, known for films such as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Out of Africa" and "All the President's Men", began his career - which has included acting, directing and producing - in the early 1960s.

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