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Rapper leads to airport gun charge

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana has admitted that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport.

Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. The 36-year-old Totowa resident faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.

Santana was arrested in March.

Authorities have said security staff at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and unprescribed oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing his identification on March 9. Santana left the area, leaving two bags behind, but turned himself in three days later.

Santana has been free on bail while awaiting trial.

Lauren Cohan is ready for change

NEW YORK (AP) — Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive.

After eight seasons of fighting for her life on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Lauren Cohan knew she needed a change when she felt a little too comfortable with the job.

She will appear in the first half of season nine, premiering in October, and the door is open to return in the future, which she calls “a gift.”

Cohan’s first new project is the action movie “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg with the hope of it becoming a franchise.

Then, she’ll act opposite Scott Foley in the ABC dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier” debuting in 2019.

Cohan plays a CIA operative who gets matched with Foley’s superstar FBI agent to solve cases.