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FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Apr. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, coffins are placed on scaffolding in the Crematorium Temple of Piacenza, northern Italy, awaiting cremation due to the coronavirus emergency. Italy is seeing a slight stabilizing in its confirmed coronavirus infections two weeks into the world’s most extreme nationwide shutdown, but the virus is taking its silent spread south after having ravaged the health care system in the north. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italy hopes virus is easing but fears new onslaught in south

Mar. 27, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Doctors and nurses in Italy's overwhelmed northern hospitals have welcomed a slight stabilizing in the number of coronavirus infections but fear the virus is still silently spreading in the country's south 2 1/2 weeks into the West's most extreme nationwide shutdown. As the dead in Italy keep...

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Review: Americana folk singer Mark Erelli amps it up a notch

Mar. 25, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

Mark Erelli, “Blindsided" (Soundly Music) Americana singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has turned things up a notch. Stepping further away from the gentle folk balladry he's known for, Erelli on “Blindsided" makes an unapologetic nod to the Tom Petty school of rock, and for the most part he succeeds. He...

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Review: Relaxed, charming vibe from duo Wild Rabbit Salad

Feb. 19, 2020 11:52 AM EST

Wild Rabbit Salad, “Trouble in Town” (REGI Music) It’s no surprise that for Wild Rabbit Salad, the ingredients are a bit quirky. “Trouble in Town” includes a cheating song with a cello solo, a happy-hour lament, a tale of haberdashery, two Townes Van Zandt covers and a reference...

Paulette Neemann, left, and Dave Ellis, relatives of murdered victims of Charles Starkweather, hug in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, before a hearing of he Nebraska Board of Pardons to consider a request for clemency from Caril Ann Clair, the 76-year-old former girlfriend of Charles Starkweather, who went on an infamous killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming in the late 1950s. The pardon board voted 3-0 to deny the application from Clair, even though some relatives of Starkweather's victims lobbied in her favor. Ellis and Neemann were against pardoning Clair. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska denies pardon for notorious killer's ex-girlfriend

Feb. 18, 2020 8:05 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's pardons board refused Tuesday to pardon the murder conviction of the ex-girlfriend of Charles Starkweather, the infamous killer who went on a rampage in the 1950s that was later immortalized in movies, books and two hit songs. The board voted 3-0 to deny the application from...

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Review: John Moreland goes deep in ways few songwriters can

Feb. 6, 2020 2:53 PM EST

John Moreland, “LP5" (Old Omens/Thirty Tigers) Singer-songwriter John Moreland could bring an audience to tears singing nursery rhymes. On his new album, “LP5,” Moreland adds a new element of production to the stripped-down style that made his first four albums so memorable. Some of it works,...

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Review: Green Day returns with snarling and lean album

Feb. 4, 2020 1:48 PM EST

Green Day, “Father of All...” (Reprise/Warner) Green Day recently caught some people unaware. The trio performed at the NHL's All-Star Game in St. Louis and singer Billie Joe Armstrong dropped some swear words into the mix. NBC had to bleep the band. What did everyone expect? The trio is older now...

Jennifer Lopez and daughter Emme Maribel Muniz perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

Feb. 4, 2020 12:14 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennifer Lopez, two of the world's most popular Latina artists, would seize the stage. The...