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Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:18

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

 

 

MUSICIANS MOURN J. GEILS

 

Singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is remembering guitarist J. Geils with affection. Wolf writes on Facebook -- ``Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house!'' Tom Morello describes Geils as ``a great rocker in a great rockin' band.'' Nils Lofgren says he learned so much when his band Grin opened for The J. Geils Band. Steve Van Zandt tweets his sympathies and says, ``The J. Geils Band remain one of the greatest bands of all time.'' Geils was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. He was 71. 

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POLICE PLAN TO RETURN BOOSIE BADAZZ'S JEWELRY

 

Police in Biloxi, Mississippi, are changing their story about Boosie Badazz's jewelry. Police initially had said they didn't have any of his jewelry after a Sunday scuffle at a Biloxi mall when Boosie was there. Three men and two juveniles were arrested for assault involving a security guard and a police officer. Police Lieutenant Christopher De Back now says Boosie's jewelry was impounded, but it will be returned, along with a van.

Boosie, formerly known as Lil Boosie, had posted a video Tuesday accusing police of improperly taking his stuff. Boosie was not involved in the assault. 

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FAITH HILL AND TIM McGRAW REFLECT UPON THEIR MARRIAGE

 

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw believe the key to the longevity of their marriage is that they choose to stay there.

Hill puts it this way: ``Either you like one another or you don't.

You want to stay married or you don't. You work at it, or you don't.'' McGraw says they don't walk away when things get rocky.

Hill says she would ``rather live a life in rocky road ice cream than vanilla any day of the week.'' 

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PINK FLOYD SHRIMP DISCOVERED

 

A newly discovered species of pink shrimp has been named after Pink Floyd. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History reports its head researcher, Sammy De Grave, was part of a team that discovered the variety of pistol shrimp with one giant claw off the coast of Panama. It's been named Synalpheus pinkfloydi. Just like any rock band, the shrimp is loud. Not only can its claw kill a small fish, but the claw snapping is one of the loudest sounds in the ocean. De Grave says he's been listening to Pink Floyd since he was 14 and the discovery of the shrimp is the perfect opportunity to give a nod to his favourite band. 

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JACKIE EVANCHO IS WAITING FOR A RESPONSE FROM TRUMP

 

Jackie Evancho put out a request to President Donald Trump to meet with her and her sister, but she has not heard back. Evancho says the closest she's heard is White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying Trump is open to it.

Evancho's sister, Juliet, is transgender and was born Jacob. Evancho says she is a shy person, but seeing her sister act so confidently makes her feel confident about herself too. Evancho sang at Trump's inauguration. Evancho has a new album out called ``Two Hearts.'' 

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PHISH DRUMMER RUNNING FOR OFFICE

 

Drummer Jon Fishman of Phish is running for a seat on the board of selectmen in his hometown of Lincolnville, Maine. Fishman has obtained the paperwork and returned his nominating petitions. Two seats on the board are open and several candidates are trying to get on the June ballot. Fishman lives on a farm with his wife and five children. His wife serves on the school committee. 

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THE 1975 STAY TRUE TO THEIR SOUND

 

The sound that The 1975 is becoming famous for nearly derailed them in the beginning. Frontman Matthew Healy says major label representatives would visit their rehearsal room and say, ``Well, every song sounds different.'' Healy's response was, ``Yeah, that's the point.'' He says the reason The 1975 couldn't get signed in 2010 was the same reason they made it big in 2013. Healy says they can't help but be influenced by the music they like. To use his words, ``We're like cultural magpies. Anything that's shiny, we'll collect it.'' 

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DOES COACHELLA WANT KATE BUSH OR NOT?

 

The promoter who puts on Coachella is denying a report he refused to book Kate Bush. Paul Tollett tells The Los Angeles Times he's been trying to book her for 25 years, even before Coachella started. He says Bush ``just doesn't do very many shows.''

William Morris Entertainment agent Marc Geiger had told The New Yorker he pitched Bush to Tollett. Geiger says Tollett's response was, ``No! No one is going to understand it.'' Bush herself has said she's never been in discussions to play any festival, including Coachella. 

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HARRY CONNICK JUNIOR WILL SING AT KENTUCKY DERBY

 

Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem before the Kentucky Derby on May 6th. Connick says it's his first time at the derby, but he used to go see horse races with his dad in New Orleans. Connick says his wife, Jill, has always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, so it was ``an easy `yes''' to the anthem invitation. 

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PRINCE'S SIBLINGS WANT TO BE DECLARED HIS HEIRS

 

Prince's six known siblings are pushing a Minnesota judge to hurry up naming them as the rightful heirs to his estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide (EYE'-dee) has said he will probably declare the six siblings to be the heirs. However, he says he's waiting for the resolution of appeals by some who claimed to be heirs and were rejected. The attorney for the six siblings says no credible spouse or child has come forward, so the delay is pointless. A hearing is set for May 10th. Prince died April 21st of last year with no known will. 

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TROY CARTER NAMED ENTERTAINMENT ADVISER FOR PRINCE ESTATE

 

The head of creative services for Spotify is taking on extra duties as the entertainment adviser for Prince's estate. Troy Carter will take over the role previously held by entertainment lawyer L. Londell McMilllan and music business executive Charles Koppelman, who were temporary advisers. Carter previously was the manager for Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor.

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LUDACRIS WILL HOST ALL-NEW FEAR FACTOR

 

M-T-V is bringing back the competition show ``Fear Factor'' with Ludacris in charge. He will host and act as executive producer for the new show, which puts contestants in stressful situations as they compete for 50-thousand dollars. The first episode will air May 30th. 

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SKIP MARLEY SEES SURGE IN SALES AFTER KENDALL JENNER PEPSI COMMERCIAL

 

Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial was a flop, but there was a winner in that whole mess: reggae artist Skip Marley. His song ``Lions'' was used for the controversial commercial. Billboard reports streams of ``Lions'' rose

one-thousand-749 per cent in the past week. Marley sold two-thousand downloads of the song, his best week yet. The ad shows Jenner leaving a modeling shoot to join a social justice rally and give a police officer a Pepsi. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:25
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

 

RORY FEEK WILL RETURN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory will return to performing as a way to say thank you to the non-profit group that helped him with insurance and medical bills as his wife Joey died of cancer last year. Rory Feek will donate all the profits from the concerts at his home in Pottsville, Tennessee, on September 8th and 9th to the Music Health Alliance. Feek says he asked the non-profit for help when his wife wanted to try treatment at a facility out of their insurance network. He says he turned to the group again after she died for help figuring out all the bills. He says the Music Health Alliance never asked him for money. Feek says he also wants to get onstage again to learn what the future holds. 

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U2 ADAM CLAYTON MAP AWARD

 

U-2 bassist Adam Clayton says the other members of the band loved him before he had learned to love himself. The band stood with Clayton as he accepted an award Monday from the Musicians' Assistance Program, the charity run by the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry with addiction.

Clayton has been sober for two decades and credits his bandmates for helping him stay in line. He says he used to think that being in a band meant drinking, but Eric Clapton was the one who talked him into rehab. 

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RASCAL FLATTS WEDDING

 

When one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Sara and Brandon McInnis said they enlisted a little help for the couple's first song, nobody thought that Rascal Flatts would be the ones helping. Rascal Flatts crashed the reception in Watertown, Wisconsin, Saturday to sing the couple's first dance song, ``Bless the Broken Road.'' A family friend had written to Rascal Flatts asking them to do it, and the band was in the area playing the Country U-S-A Festival in Oshkosh. Rascal Flatts had such a blast doing it they posted video on their website. 

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IRON MAIDEN TICKETS KIDNAPPING

 

A kidnapping suspect was known to be an Iron Maiden fan. His friend posted a picture of Iron Maiden tickets online. Authorities in San Antonio put two and two together and figured out exactly where to find their man. The Bexar (BEHR) County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Derrick Roseland on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping by going to the seats listed on the friend's tickets for the Iron Maiden show in San Antonio on Saturday.  

Roseland was taken into custody without incident. 

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DEAL OFF PRINCE

 

Universal Music Group is asking a Minnesota judge to cancel its music rights deal with Prince's estate. U-M-G claims a deal the estate made with Warner Brothers has elements that conflict with the U-M-G deal and it will take extensive litigation to sort it all out. The nature of the conflicts is not known because most of the relevant court filings are sealed or heavily redacted.

U-M-G says if the deal is not cancelled, new music from Prince's vault might not be heard for years. Prince's six siblings who were named heirs to the estate are split on whether to rescind the deal. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

LORDE NUMBER ONE

 

Lorde says her song ``Royals'' was a moonshot, but she could not hope for repeat success with her new album, ``Melodrama.'' That's why she's so excited that it's the number-one album in America. Lorde tweets when she was a kid, she thought big records had to be made sterile and calculated, with something sacrificed. She says she had the ``divine thrill of disapproving that firsthand.'' She says her 15-year-old self would have been so proud. 

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SHAKIRA MOTHERHOOD

 

Shakira is not worried about being a working mom.

She thinks it's good for her kids. Shakira says she wants her children to see their mother doing something she loves because it's setting a good example for them. She wasn't always that way. Shakira says she used to be the centre of her own universe and kept pushing ``pause'' on having a family. Now that she has one, Shakira says they're the priority and she's happy to push ``play.'' 

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BILL WARD EQUIPMENT

 

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had a habit of signing and dating his drum heads and sticks after he was done using them. He's now selling them. Ward will launch a shop through Reverb.com to sell the drum heads and other drum equipment he doesn't use anymore. He's unloading the cymbals he used on ``War Pigs,'' and he marvels that he played that song on cymbals so small.

Ward says he's had stuff sitting in ten storage areas. Ward says if the stuff ends up in a museum, so be it, but it would warm his heart if drummers would continue to use the equipment. The shop is expected to go live in the coming weeks. 

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA FUTURE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will continue touring as a way to honour late founder Paul O'Neill. T-S-O has issued a statement saying O'Neill always talked about the band as an idea that would continue long after he stepped away from the stage. T-S-O will announce their winter tour dates in the coming weeks. O'Neill was found dead in a Tampa hotel room of an accidental drug overdose on April 5th. 

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BRAD PAISLEY COMEDY SPECIAL

 

A comedy special based on the two shows Brad Paisley hosted in Nashville earlier this year is coming to Netflix.

``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' features several comedians as well as guest appearances from Reba McEntire and David Hasselhoff. It will debut August 16th. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH PERFORMERS

 

Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. They join previously announced performers John Stamos, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, The Beach Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, singer Sofia Carson and ``The Voice'' winner Chris Blue. P-B-S stations will carry the concert live as ``A Capitol Fourth.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:37
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

 

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''

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TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING

A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur  for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.

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DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD

There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.

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``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG

Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.

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JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP

The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''

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THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY

The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.

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ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE

There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.

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PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED

A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK BID

 

Gene Simmons of KISS has given up his attempt to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. The U-S Patent and Trademark Office states the application has been withdrawn. Simmons had put in the application two weeks ago. The metal community ridiculed Simmons for that move. Simmons' representative has not returned requests for comment. 

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OBIT- BO WAGNER - STARBUCK

 

Percussionist Bo Wagner of the band Starbuck has died. Singer Bruce Blackman writes on his Facebook page Wagner died Tuesday at the age of 72. A cause of death was not given. Starbuck had a number-three hit in 1976 with ``Moonlight Feels Right.''

Blackman says Wagner's marimba solo on that song is considered the standard for all marimba students that few can achieve. Blackman says they had talked about recording another Starbuck album two years ago but their lives got in the way. They did a concert in Atlanta in August billed as ``Starbuck's Farewell Performance'' and Blackman says they had no idea how prophetic that would be. 

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LORETTA LYNN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Loretta Lynn is bowing out of two more concert dates as she recovers from a stroke she suffered in May.

Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, says Lynn's July 7th concert has been cancelled ``due to circumstances beyond our control.'' The Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, cites the same message for Lynn's July 21st concert. Lynn, who is 85, is planning to host a motorcycle and music festival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the end of September. 

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STEVE EARLE - ``OUTLAW''

 

Steve Earle had two purposes in making his ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' album. One was to reclaim the word ``outlaw.'' Earle says fans think it was the boozy lifestyle that musicians like Earle and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson led back in the day, and it's not. The other purpose was for Earle to channel Jennings and pay tribute to the musicians who helped shape Earle, like Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Earle says he was the kid of the outlaw country movement and all his heroes are dying out. He says it's possible another movement like that will happen, but probably not in his lifetime. ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' is out now. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - WEDDING

 

Christina Perri is engaged. Perri announced on Instagram her boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter on-air host Paul Costabile, proposed and she said yes. Costabile posted on his Instagram he knew he wanted to marry Perri the day she showed up for an interview almost four years ago. 

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KATY PERRY - DIAMOND AWARD 

 

Katy Perry has become the first musician to earn a third Diamond Award for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America. The R-I-A-A says Perry's song ``Roar'' has passed the ten-million mark for sales and streaming equivalents.

Perry's songs ``Firework'' and ``Dark Horse'' also have earned Diamond Awards. Eminem and Lady Gaga are the only other acts who have two Diamond Awards for singles. 

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PETER TOSH'S SON - JAIL ATTACK

 

 The son of reggae legend Peter Tosh is in a coma after getting beat up in jail and his family is going to court to get answers. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized with brain injuries since the attack in February at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey. He was serving six months for marijuana possession after police say they found more than 29-kilos of pot in his car. His family says McIntosh is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. They say McIntosh can't tell them what happened in jail and officials won't give them any solid information. The family plans to sue the county. A spokesman for the Bergen County's sheriff's office declined comment. 

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(The Associated Press)