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NEW YORK — Pepsi is pulling an ad that has been widely criticized for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes.

"Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding," the company said Monday in a news release. "Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize."

The ad shows Kendall Jenner, a member of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" reality TV family, stepping away from a modeling shoot to join a crowd of young protesters. The protesters cheer after Jenner hands a can of Pepsi to a police officer, who takes a sip.

"We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position," PepsiCo Inc. said.

PepsiCo had previously said the ad would "be seen globally across TV and digital" platforms, and had stood by the ad late Tuesday.

Critics say the image of Jenner handing the officer a Pepsi evoked a photo of Black Lives Matter protester Ieshia Evans approaching an officer at a demonstration in Baton Rouge last year.

Phoenix teen asks Emma Stone to prom with 'La La Land' video

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area teen is asking actress Emma Stone to be his prom date with an elaborate "La La Land" parody video .

Arcadia High School student Jacob Staudenmaier filmed his so-called "prom-posal" in the style of the opening song from Stone's Oscar-winning film, which features a dance number in a traffic-filled Los Angeles highway. He enlisted dozens of classmates and a few teachers to help with the video.

Stone grew up in Scottsdale, a fact Staudenmaier mentions in the lyrics of his prom request.

Staudenmaier says asking Stone to prom started out as a joke. He says he has a backup date in case the actress doesn't see his video.

Barry Manilow says he kept his sexuality secret for 'fans'

NEW YORK — Barry Manilow tells People magazine that he hid being gay for decades because he thought he would be "disappointing fans if they knew."

The 73-year-old music legend married his longtime manager, Gary Kief, in a 2014 ceremony at their home in Palm Springs, California. Manilow tells the magazine's April 17 issue that keeping their romance out of the media was stressful.

Manilow, who has a new album this month, "This Is My Town: Songs of New York," said he has always tried to keep his personal and public lives separate. "When I met Gary, that was even more of a reason to keep my life private."

"I'm glad he stayed," said the singer of such hits as "Mandy" and "Can't Smile Without You."

American Revolution Museum exceeds fundraising goal at $152M

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution says it has exceeded its $150 million fundraising effort, just weeks before it opens to the public.

A $2.5 million gift from Comcast and The Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts Foundation put the fundraising campaign at $152 million. The gift was made in honor of the museum's architect Robert A.M. Stern, and the museum's rotunda will be renamed in his honor.

The museum says the gift highlights the "incredible contributions" Stern has made to Philadelphia's cityscape, including the master plan of the Navy Yard and the Comcast Center.

The collection of art, immersive exhibits and objects from the Revolutionary Era opens April 19 — the anniversary of the opening battles in 1775.

One of the main exhibits will be Washington's headquarters tent used in the years after Valley Forge.


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