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Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

Feb. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top...

Officials: Austin warehouse fire destroys up to 100 pedicabs

Feb. 20, 2019 11:15 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin officials say a warehouse fire wiped out one-fifth of the city's pedicabs just weeks before the South by Southwest festival, one of the busiest times for bicycle rickshaw operators. The Austin Fire Department reports that two companies, Metrocycle Pedicabs and Pedicab...

Yoga business works to bring calm to exhausted community

Feb. 20, 2019 11:10 AM EST

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) — On a frigid January night, Leigh Garbo-Minniefield is placing candles around the perimeter of a dance studio at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks. An oil diffuser fills the space with the calming aroma of frankincense. Her husband, Jacques Minniefield, adjusts a projector...

Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

Feb. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EST

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls of The Station nightclub in West...

Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie lead Brit Awards nominations

Feb. 20, 2019 7:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry's Brit Awards , set to be handed out at a ceremony featuring performances by "The Greatest Showman" star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris. Lipa, whose star status was cemented by two...

In Nigeria, film stars deploy to plead for election peace

Feb. 20, 2019 4:32 AM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace. On an impromptu set outside the northern city of Kano,...

David Icke, accused of anti-Semitism, denied Australian visa

Feb. 20, 2019 1:04 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — British author and broadcaster David Icke, who critics accuse of anti-Semitism and of being a conspiracy theorist, has had his Australian visa canceled ahead of a speaking tour. The 66-year-old said from the United States on Wednesday that the Australian government had "insulted every...

A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

Feb. 19, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country's economic crisis,...

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

Feb. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence. One case illustrates the difficulties: The R&B star's own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted. At the heart of that child pornography trial...

Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together

Feb. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up. A representative for the singer-actress confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Tuesday. No more details were provided. Gaga, 32, and Carino, 49, began dating in 2017. Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor...