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Springsteen, Stewart headline veterans' fundraiser

Two New Jersey icons — Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart — will once again headline this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.

The comedy and musical event will also feature John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj and Ronny Chieng. It will be held Nov. 4 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon Eastern.

Stand Up for Heroes was first held in 2007 and is produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Woodruff was nearly killed during a 2006 attack in Iraq while embedded with U.S. troops for ABC News.

"Even after 13 years of Stand Up for Heroes, the event continues to inspire our audience and our nation," Woodruff said in a statement. "We can't forget that these brave individuals stand up to serve in our military, and we need to show our support by standing up for them in return."

Springsteen and Stewart have long given their time to the annual event over the years, alongside performers like Tony Bennett, Jimmy Car, Eric Church, Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Whoopi Goldberg, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Conan O'Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Robin Williams.

The Stand Up for Heroes event kicks off New York Comedy Festival, the country's largest comedy festival, which runs from Nov. 4-10. Colbert, Bill Maher, Kevin Smith, Nicole Byer and Noah will headline this year's festival.

Trump slams Legend for not helping with justice reform

President Donald Trump is criticizing musician John Legend for not playing a role in passing criminal justice reform following a TV special on the subject in which the star appeared.

Trump also says he hasn't gotten enough credit for signing a law instituting some reforms. The law reduced mandatory minimum sentences, among other measures.

In a series of tweets late Sunday and early Monday, Trump called Legend "boring." He also said Legend's wife model Chrissy Teigen as "filthy mouthed."

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Legend responded by saying Trump is hungry for praise and asked Trump's wife Melania to step in.

Teigen wrote she didn't appear on the special and used crude language to describe Trump.

John Coltrane's 'Cousin Mary' dies

Jazz giant John Coltrane's cousin, who inspired the composition "Cousin Mary" from his landmark album "Giant Steps," has died in Philadelphia. Mary Lyerly Alexander was 92.

Carla Washington of Philadelphia's Clef Club who is a friend of the family says Alexander died Aug. 31.

Lyerly spent much of her life working to preserve Coltrane's legacy and supporting jazz and the arts.

The house in Philadelphia where Coltrane lived with her from 1952 to 1958 is now a national historic landmark.

In the liner notes for "Giant Steps," the saxophonist described his cousin as "a very earthy, folksy, swinging person."

The piece and others from the 1960 album, like "Naima" and the title track , have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists.

A memorial service is still being planned.

Today's birthdays: Actor Greg Mullavey ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") is 86. Singer Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night is 77. Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 69. Actress Kate Burton ("Scandal") is 62. Actor Colin Firth is 59. Director Guy Ritchie is 51. Actor Jacob Young ("The Bold and the Beautiful," ''All My Children") is 40. Ballerina Misty Copeland is 37.

— The Associated Press


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