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Aretha coverage for sale on eBay

Looking for Aretha Franklin souvenirs? Head right on over to eBay and type "Aretha Franklin news" into the search engine. The website has 40-plus items for sale, mostly special newspaper sections and front pages from around the nation commemorating her death, including the Aug. 17 issue of The Detroit News (the seller is asking an astonishing $99), the Daily News and the New York Post. One of the coolest items? A June 28, 1968, Time magazine with "Singer Aretha Franklin" on the cover -- a steal at $49.99. 

Rain Dove blew Asia Argento's cover

Page Six reports Rain Dove, 28, said she and partner Rose McGowan, 44, were the individuals exchanging text messages with Asia Argento in which the 42-year-old Italian director and actress admitted having sex with actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17. (He's now 22.) Dove, a "gender non-conforming model," said she and McGowan took the texts to the police after Argento denied New York Times reports that she paid Bennett hush money. In the texts, Argento allegedly admitted to sleeping with Bennett, but seemed to have regrets: “I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.”

Harry & Meghan catch 'Hamilton' for second time

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended a special performance of "Hamilton" in London's West End on Wednesday, accompanied by show creator and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, 38, and his wife. The occasion, according to People, was organized to benefit the African charity Sentebale, which Harry, 33, set up with his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help those with HIV. The prince and his bride, 37, previously saw the London production of "Hamilton" on Valentine's Day. 

Martinez defends Hitler post 

Boston Red Sox right-fielder J.D. Martinez is the latest celebrity to learn that invoking Adolf Hitler on social media can backfire, even when it happened years ago. In January 2013, People reports the slugger, 31, posted a photo of Hitler to his Instagram account with a caption reading, "To conquer a nation, First disarm it’s [sic] citizens." To which Martinez added, "This is why I will always stay strapped! #thetruth." (For the record, the fact-checking site Snopes.com says there's no evidence Hitler ever said that.) Martinez, 31, insists he was just trying to make a point. 

Today's birthdays

Boogie, 29

Cameron Diaz, 46

Warren Buffett, 88 

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