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Shakira appears before Spanish judge in tax fraud case

BARCELONA, Spain | Shakira’s public relations firm says the Colombian pop musician has denied any wrongdoing when she testified before a judge as part of an investigation into her alleged tax evasion in Spain.

Prosecutors charged the singer in December for not paying $16.4 million in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having an official residence in Panama.

Her public relations firm said In a statement released on Thursday that “Shakira has always, including in the period between 2011 and 2014, met her tax obligations in every country she has worked in.”

It adds that “as soon as she was informed of the amount that according to Spain’s Tax Office she should pay... Shakira paid that amount in its entirety.”

Dan + Shay spill details of the Jonas-Turner secret wedding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | How secretive was the wedding of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner? So secretive that even performers Dan + Shay didn’t tell their own significant others.

“We were walking on eggshells. We didn’t even tell our wives we were going there,” said Dan Smyers, half of the country duo. “Getting to sing a song at the wedding was a big deal for us.”

Jonas and Turner tied the knot May 1 in a secret ceremony at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards. Dan + Shay performed “Speechless” — a song inspired by their wives — and there was an Elvis Presley impersonator as well.

Actress Turner and Jonas, part of the pop act The Jonas Brothers, are pals with Dan + Shay and asked them to perform since they were already attending the Billboard show.

“That was the craziest couple of hours of our lives,” said Shay Mooney, the other half of Dan + Shay. “That was wild. But they are close friends of ours and it was cool to be there for that special moment.”

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to additional sex charges

CHICAGO| R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges on Thursday, including four counts that carry a maximum prison term of 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors did not ask the judge to raise the bond amount for Kelly during the brief hearing in Cook County court.

Kelly stood with his hands folded in front of him and listened to Judge Lawrence Flood describe the charges to him. When Flood asked if he understood, Kelly, responded, “Yes, sir.” The Grammy award-winning singer, who has denied any wrongdoing, left without speaking to reporters. A status hearing was scheduled for June 26.

Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. That is more than four times as long as the maximum term for each of the 10 counts Kelly was originally charged with in February.

Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said after the hearing that he couldn’t speculate as to why prosecutors brought the new charges, which pertain to one of the four women he was charged in February with sexually abusing years ago, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.

“It’s the same case. It’s just that they’ve just changed what they’ve charged him with,” Greenberg said. “It’s the same facts ... the same bond, the same evidence. We expect the same result.”

Asked how Kelly is coping, Greenberg said, “It’s tough. Everything is against him.”

Kelly’s spokesman, Darryll Johnson, told reporters that Kelly is “upbeat.”

“Initially, he was a little depressed,” Johnson said. “But I mean, with anything, if someone accuses you of something, you’ll be depressed. He knows the truth.”

According to the new indictment, the first eight counts are from encounters that allegedly occurred between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2010. Three others pertain to alleged encounters between May 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010.

Among other things, prosecutors allege that Kelly used force or threatened to do so to pressure the accuser into sex or to perform oral sex on him. Since she was underage at the time, the statute of limitations for bringing charges was extended to 20 years from her 18th birthday, they wrote.

A woman has come forward to say publicly that 11 new felony counts stem from allegations she made about the R&B singer.

Jerhonda Pace wrote on her Facebook page that she’s the accuser identified as “J.P.” in court documents. Anticipating an angry reaction by Kelly’s fans, Pace — one of four women Kelly is charged with sexually abusing — wrote that “no matter how “wrong” you think I am, the law is on my side, a MINOR at the time.”

The Associated Press doesn’t usually name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Pace has gone public with her allegations.

Rockford museum set to feature an Oregon Trail simulation

ROCKFORD, Ill. | Visitors to a Rockford museum will have the opportunity to take a virtual trip along the Oregon Trail, following the path of settlers in 1848 — and possibly experiencing death by dysentery or a broken leg.

The Rockford Register Star reports that Midway Village Museum will be showcasing an interactive version of the Oregon Trail computer game that launched in 1971.

The game puts players in the shoes of a settler moving a family of five from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon. Players at the Oregon Trail IRL event on Saturday can shoot rubber-band guns, pull team members across tarp rivers and avoid the types of problems that in those days could lead to death.