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People: McCartney heads back to concert stage

Sun., July 6, 2014

Paul McCartney returned to a concert stage Saturday after being sidelined for two months because of a virus, spinning out songs from the Beatles, Wings and a solo career that has spanned more than 50 years of rock ’n’ roll.

McCartney, who turned 72 two weeks ago, looked none the worse for wear. He made no immediate reference to his absence. One oblique reference could have been his performance of the song, “On My Way to Work,” which he said he hadn’t done live before.

He was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo in May because of the viral infection. The illness forced him to cancel a Japanese tour and a concert in South Korea and reschedule half a dozen June dates in the United States before resuming his “Out There” tour in Albany, N.Y., on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton donates speaking fees

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s donated to her family’s foundation the huge sums she has earned in speaking fees at colleges for the last year and a half. Some students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have called for Clinton to return the $225,000 she is receiving for speaking at the university’s foundation dinner this fall.

In an interview last week with ABC News, Clinton responded to criticism about such fees by saying the money had gone to the Clinton Foundation for what she called its “life-changing and life-saving work.”

Clinton’s wealth has been under scrutiny since an interview last month in which she described her family as “dead broke” and in debt when husband Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001. She later called that description “inartful.”

Former ‘Scandal’ actor Short arrested

Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short has been arrested in Dallas for public intoxication. Dallas police said the 31-year-old Short was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday at the Katy Trail Ice House, a popular beer garden and restaurant.

It is not the first time Short has had trouble with the law. In May, he pleaded not guilty to felony battery for a fight that seriously injured a man at a West Hollywood restaurant. And he faced a misdemeanor spousal battery case.

Short announced in April that he wasn’t returning to the hit series “Scandal” for its fourth season.

The birthday bunch

Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 93. Singer-actress Della Reese is 83. Actor Ned Beatty is 77. Former President George W. Bush is 68. Actor-director Sylvester Stallone is 68. Actress Shelley Hack is 67. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 63. Country singer Nanci Griffith is 61. Rapper 50 Cent is 39. Comedian-actor Kevin Hart is 35. Actress Eva Green is 34.

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