Blackstone buys Hilton Hotels for $26B

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 3 (UPI) -- Hilton Hotels Corp. said Tuesday it agreed to be acquired by U.S. private-equity firm Blackstone Group for about $26 billion.

Beverly Hills super-premium condos planned

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- A British developer paid $500 million for a former Beverly Hills, Calif., department store it plans to tear down and replace with ultra-luxury condominiums.

Van Halen, R.E.M., to join Rock Hall

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, the Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash were announced Monday as inductees to the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hopefuls

CLEVELAND, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Nine acts, including R.E.M., Van Halen and Patti Smith, have been nominated to be enshrined in the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Abandoned 60-year-old NYC rail car probed

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. Secret service agent has made a personal project out of finding the history of an unusual abandoned rail car under New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Bush praises Abbas' work toward peace

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush praised the courage of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his efforts toward peace in the Middle East.

Peabody Awards doled out in New York

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- The biggest cheers during the 65th annual Peabody Awards ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria went to "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Hilton building two Orlando-area hotels

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Hilton Hotels Corp. will build two hotels near Disney World in Florida with a combined 1,500 rooms.

Peabody Awards announced

ATHENS, Ga., April 5 (UPI) -- Comedy Central's "South Park," Sci Fi's "Battle Star Galactica" and FX's "The Shield," Fox TV's "House" and ABC's "Boston Legal" won Peabody Awards Wednesday.

Jon Stewart will host Peabody Awards

NEW YORK, March 20 (UPI) -- Fresh off his Academy Awards debut, "Daily Show" fake news anchor Jon Stewart has been tapped to host the 65th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards.

Blondie sparks fly at induction ceremony

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's New York induction ceremony wasn't without its tense moments.

Southern rockers waited for Rock Hall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is proof that good things do indeed come to those who wait.

Metallica to pay tribute to Sabbath

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Metallica will induct Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also perform a set of Sabbath songs, it was announced Wednesday.

Preparations under way for Rock induction

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Plans are coming together for the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, VH1 said Thursday.

Sex Pistols thumb noses at Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Age has not mellowed The Sex Pistols, who are skipping their U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and insulted voters who put them there.

'Phantom' shatters Broadway record

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" has surpassed his other hit "Cats," to become the longest running show in Broadway history.

'Phantom' set to break Broadway record

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is preparing to give its 7,486th performance to become the longest-running show on Broadway.

Writers Guild announces new TV awards

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The Writers Guild of America is adding three television series categories to its annual Writers Guild Awards.

College football Hall of Fame to add 14

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- The College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2005 includes former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback John Huarte and All-America running back Anthony Davis.

Timberlake, Springsteen at Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart will present the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in New York.

$37,500 a month gets her no respect

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A wealthy New York City woman confined to a wheelchair has filed an $8 million "no respect" lawsuit against the swanky Waldorf Towers for discrimination.

O'Jays thrilled with Hall of Fame nod

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- After several previous nominations, R&B group the O'Jays were thrilled to learn Monday that they'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Hotel room scammer charged $90 per room

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Marco Stefano Marescotti faces up to seven years in prison in New York for an alleged hotel-room Internet scam that netted him $38,000.

Wife: Culture led to leaving baby in hotel

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A difference in culture and lapse in judgment were behind a couple leaving their infant alone in a New York hotel room, the mother told the New York Post.

No administrator left behind

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- New York City is preparing to fire five public school administrators who accepted paychecks for doing exactly what they were given to do -- nothing.
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