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Well this is nice: Neil Diamond says he will donate proceeds from the newly surging sales of “Sweet Caroline” to marathon bombing victims, reports AP. Sales were up 600 percent to 19,000 this week — though it is crazy to think that in a normal week he was still moving 2,800 units of 43-year-old song. Dying to know how much money that is. (AP)
(Earlier: Neil Diamond cold calls the Red Sox, 4/21/13)

Neil Diamond sings “Sweet Caroline” in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

No doubt softened up by a fun night at the White House’s Memphis Soul concert, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel join the ranks of high-end Obama fundraisers. (New York Post)

Noted college dropout and Oscar winner Ben Affleck will get an honorary degree from Brown. (

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