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Katherine Jenkins to wed filmmaker partner

Katherine Jenkins holding her OBE with partner Andrew Levitas. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has announced that she will marry boyfriend Andrew Levitas.

In response to earlier media reports that she was engaged to boyfriend Andrew Levitas, Jenkins tweeted: "Thank you for all your lovely wishes of congratulations. They mean so much to us. Happy Easter!"

Mr Levitas, 36, is a filmmaker, fine artist and producer, who also teaches at New York University.


'A story of struggle': McGuigan tribute to 'Hurricane'

Former professional boxer Barry McGuigan has joined tributes to US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter calling him an "exceptional fighter."

McGuigan, the 1985 World Boxing Association featherweight Champion, also spoke of the "sadness" felt with the passing of Carter saying it was a "sad day for boxing".

"Boxing is the story of struggle," McGuigan said, "If you think about Carter's life he fought against the elements, he always seemed to be pushing against authority [...] so that struggle in itself epitomises the struggle of a fighter [...] working hard to achieve your goal."

"Eventually he got out [of jail] and he had his success which meant he died a free man."

More: Prosecutors 'used race card' against boxer Carter

Prosecutors 'used race card' against boxer Carter

A British human rights barrister who tried to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has paid tribute to him following his death at the age of 76.

Geoffrey Robertson QC was part of Carter's defence team at his retrial in 1976 after the sportsman had been jailed for a triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey 10 years earlier.

Robertson said Carter was "demonised" by prosecutors using the "inflammatory race card" and he became a "living argument against the death penalty".

"Hurricane" Carter was eventually freed in November 1985. Credit: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

The barrister said: "Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter's first conviction and his reconviction were miscarriages of justice by prosecutors who had evidence of his innocence and demonised him for his black power activism in front of small town white jurors.

"I'll never forget walking with him down the streets of Paterson, New Jersey, and receiving the stares of raw hatred from white folk of the town."

Carter, who had prostate cancer, died in his sleep at home in Toronto earlier today, according to his long-time friend and carer John Artis.


Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter 'dies aged 76'

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter with Denzel Washington. Credit: Reuters

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder was the subject of a Bob Dylan song and a film starring Denzel Washington, has died aged 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison and was released in 1985 after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, with his case having become a symbol of racial injustice.

Prince reunites with 'slave' Warner Bros label

US singer Prince has announced a new deal with record label Warner Bros, nearly two decades after their public falling out when he called himself a 'slave' and relinquished his name in favour of a symbol.

Prince now owns the rights to songs he recorded for the Warner Bros music label
Prince now owns the rights to songs he recorded for the Warner Bros music label Credit: PA

Prince will release "previously unheard material" through the label, and a 30th anniversary edition of his hit Purple Rain this summer.

Prince played secret gigs in London in February before his UK tour
Prince played secret gigs in London in February before his UK tour Credit: @stephenbudd

Prince was signed to Warner Bros from 1978 to the mid-1990s, and has now agreed rights ownership of the music he recorded for the label.

Read: Prince plays secret gig in small north London venue ahead of UK tour announcement

White House 'won't be commenting' on Bieber petition

The White House has responded to a petition calling to deport pop singer Justin Bieber from the US, saying: "Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one."

Almost 275,000 citizens have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling on President Barack Obama to revoke the Canadian-born singer's green card.

Justin Bieber poses for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on January 23, 2014 Credit: Miami-Dade Police Department / ABACAUSA.COM

The White House said in a statement: "To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments [...] in its response to a petition.

"So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken."

It ended saying: "You better believe it," an apparent reference to the "Belieber" term used to describe Bieber's legions of adoring, mostly pre-teen fans.

Read: Justin Bieber 'spotted in Panama' after court appearance

Classical violinist wows Britain's Got Talent judges

Britain's Got Talent goes posh tonight when a classical violinist takes a bow on the hit show. Lettice Rowbotham impresses the judges - and the audience - with her electric violin and judge David Walliams tells her: "I think you might be the poshest contestant we've had on the show."

Lettice Rowbotham to appear on Britain's Got Talent. Credit: TV/Syco/ITV/PA

The 24-year-old from Surrey's audition is just the tip of the iceberg with other impressive turns including a magic act, a singer and a circus performer.

Less impressive are a duo - Operadoo - who attempt to combine opera with didgeridoo playing.

Catch the show tonight on ITV1 at 7.00pm.

More: Britain's Got Talent: The acts who made it through

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