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By United Press International   |   June 14, 2012 at 3:55 AM

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MEHDI HASSAN: Pakistan's beloved classical singer Mehdi Hassan died in a Karachi hospital Wednesday after a long illness, said his son Asif. He was 84.

Asif told reporters his father had been suffering from multiple lung, chest and urinary tract conditions when his health suddenly deteriorated, Pakistan's Dawn News reported.

Mehdi Hasan's body was taken to Karachi's Gulberg area where family members, friends and fans had gathered, the report said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani described Hassan as "an icon who mesmerized music lovers."

No details regarding the singer's funeral have been announced.


STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY: Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is headed to Broadway this fall, the play's producers said.

The revival is being staged on Broadway to coincide with the play's 50th anniversary.

Previews will begin Sept. 27 at the Booth Theatre with opening night Oct. 13, 50 years to the day after the play's original Broadway opening Oct. 13, 1962.

"Directed by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon, the production will feature the original Steppenwolf cast led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, the playwright and the star of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning smash hit 'August: Osage County,'" said a synopsis released Wednesday. "The two will face off as George and Martha, one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee's hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They will be joined by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the unwitting young couple invited over to George and Martha's for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire."

The drama was last seen on Broadway in 2005, in a revival that starred Kathleen Turner as Martha and Bill Irwin as George.

Irwin was the third actor to win a Best Actor Tony as George.

The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards and won five, including Best Play, Best Actor for Arthur Hill and Best Actress for Uta Hagen. Ben Gazzara and Colleen Dewhurst won acting Tony Awards for a 1977 revival.


ADELE: Adele's "21" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a 24th non-consecutive week, Billboard.com said Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West," followed by the Beach Boys' "That's Why God Made the Radio" at No. 3, Neil Young's "Americana" at No. 4 and Big K.R.I.T.'s "Live From the Underground" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are One Direction's "Up All Night" at No. 6, John Mayer's "Born and Raised" at No. 7, Curren$y's "The Stoned Immaculate" at No. 8, Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" at No. 9 and Brandi Carlile's "Bear Creek" at No. 10.


DAVID LETTERMAN: David Letterman poked fun of the U.S. government by reading the Top 10 "Other White House Leaks" on "Late Show" in New York.

Letterman introduced the roster Tuesday night. It read as follows:

10. Our top secret nuclear launch code is "launchcode."

9. In addition to "kill list," CIA issues daily memo of "who's hot and who's not."

8. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta begged president to rename Pentagon, "Panettagon."

7. Six months ago, the United States quietly pawned the Dakotas.

6. While gardening recently, first lady Michelle Obama dug up parts of Taft.

5. Secret ingredient in the White House chili? Cumin.

4. Hillary Clinton negotiating merger of Uruguay and Paraguay to form "Urpaguay."

3. In the 1950s, Pentagon added a secret sixth side.

2. Joe Biden shares vice presidential duties with twin brother, Moe Biden.

1. "W was here" graffiti removed from every room in White House but library.

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