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Prince Harry repays money for renovation

Prince Harry has repaid $3.2 million in British taxpayers' money that was used to renovate the home in Windsor intended for him and his wife Meghan before they gave up royal duties and moved to California.

A spokesman for the couple said Monday that Harry had made a contribution to the Sovereign Grant, the public money that goes to the royal family. He said the contribution "fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage," near Queen Elizabeth II's Windsor Castle home, west of London.

He said Frogmore Cottage will remain the home of Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, when they visit the U.K.

Royal accounts for 2019 show that 2.4 million pounds was spent renovating the house, including structural work, rewiring and new flooring. Harry and Meghan agreed to pay back the money and start paying rent as part of the plans drawn up when they quit as senior working royals in March.

Gang member to be questioned in attack on Kelly

Attorneys for R. Kelly want to question a convicted member of the Latin Kings gang who says he beat up the jailed R&B singer in a Chicago cell.

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Kelly's lawyers filed a motion Friday in federal court to question Jeremiah Farmer under oath, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Farmer said in a court filing earlier this week in Hammond, Ind., that he attacked Kelly on Aug. 26 in the Metropolitan Correctional Center because he wanted to shed light on wrongdoing by the government in his own criminal case.

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Farmer was able to slip away from an employee at the center, enter a cell and repeatedly hit Kelly in the head, according to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons report attached to Farmer's filing.

A security officer used pepper spray to stop the attack.

Belgian singer/actress Annie Cordy dies

Belgian singer and actress Annie Cordy, who recorded several popular hits and was made a baroness by King Albert II, has died, the government announced Friday. She was 92.

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Cordy, born Leonie Correman, was one of the French-speaking world's best-loved musical comedy performers.

"Annie Cordy was an accomplished artist whose humor and joie-de-vivre represented so well the Belgian spirit that we love so much," Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Twitter. "She won over the hearts of many generations. She will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones."

According to French media, Cordy died on Friday in southern France.

Cordy was born in Brussels in 1928 but made her name on the stage and in films after moving to Paris.

Today's birthdays: Actor Topol ("Fiddler on the Roof") is 85. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 75. Actor Hugh Grant is 60. Actor Charles Esten ("Nashville") is 55. Actor-comedian Adam Sandler is 54. Jazz singer Michael Buble' is 45. Singer Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 37. Country singer Hunter Hayes is 29.

— The Associated Press


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