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Biden to attend Kennedy Center Honors, resuming tradition

Dec. 02, 2021 15:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will be in the house for the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday. Biden and first lady Jill Biden plan to take their seats in the presidential box in the performing arts center's Opera House for a star-studded celebration of five...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Chile court raises sentence in torture-killing of singer

Nov. 23, 2021 14:31 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court on Tuesday increased the prison sentence for six former soldiers convicted in one of the most notorious killings by the former military dictatorship — the kidnapping, torture and murder of folk singer Víctor Jara— as well as that of a government...

Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson win top Americana awards

Sep. 22, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile added another trophy to her shelf as she won artist of the year at the 2021 Americana Honors and Awards show, while country singer Sturgill Simpson took home the album of the year award. The annual...

NC musician explores history behind a centuries-old ballad

Sep. 20, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — With a street name and a few local attractions in Randolph County in common, Naomi Wise is likely a familiar name to local residents. Associated with a centuries-old ballad that serves as a sad and cautionary tale about her life in Randleman, a...

George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder, dies at 95

Sep. 13, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Wein, an impresario of 20th century music who helped found the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and set the template for gatherings everywhere from Woodstock to the south of France, died Monday. Wein, 95, died “peacefully in his sleep” in his...

A U.S. Marine, a curious Afghan boy, an unfathomable moment

Sep. 08, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

One day not long ago, I watched my soon-to-be 3-year-old son jump up and down to the sound of “ho” and “hey.” It’s a song by the Lumineers, an American folk-rock band. The lyrics and stomp reverberate throughout the kitchen and into the house. My son jumps on...