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CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

Sochi Olympics Vanessa Mae Appeal

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Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court. Read more

Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

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Photo by Barry Brecheisen

For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who also dressed in his signature white pants, shirt and baseball cap, would sing into the wee hours of the next day. Read more

Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

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The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Read more

Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

Trump Fallout

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The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Read more

Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

Trump Fallout

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The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Read more

Ukulele orchestra wins UK court ruling against upstart rival

A judge has delivered sweet music to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ruling that a rival ensemble can't call itself the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. Read more

EXCHANGE: Music was a life-saver for man

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Michael Krabbenhoeft

It was the trumpet that saved his life. Read more

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard weds in Idaho

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Photo by Sanford Myers

Tyler Hubbard of the country duo Florida Georgia Line has tied the knot. Read more

Music teacher in Daly City convicted of child molestation

A substitute music teacher accused of molesting three students during private lessons has pleaded no contest to child molestation. Read more

Deadheads get a new way to add Garcia to their social media

Jerry Garcia Magisto

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Deadheads looking to add a little more Jerry Garcia to their lives can now incorporate the late Grateful Dead guitarist into their social media with the video storytelling platform Magisto. And Trixie Garcia hopes that will turn more people on to her father's music. Read more

USPS to offer Elvis Presley greatest hits CD with stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp. Read more

Bruce Springsteen joins Beach Boy Brian Wilson on stage

East met West as Jersey shore music icon Bruce Springsteen joined California music legend Beach Boy Brian Wilson on stage in New Jersey. Read more

District attorney declines to file charges against Diddy

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Photo by Chris Pizzello

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Thursday to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football. Read more

Thicke: Distracted by failing marriage during music case

Robin Thicke says the deposition for the "Blurred Lines" case took a backseat to his crumbling marriage, in his first interview since he and Pharrell lost the lawsuit in March. Read more

Colbert interviews Eminem on Michigan public-access TV show

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Stephen Colbert has temporarily taken over a public-access TV show in southeastern Michigan in an episode that featured rapper Eminem. Read more

'Redneck Riviera' no more, south Walton now draws celebs

Nashville South

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Once a part of the "Redneck Riviera," the south Walton County strip along state road 30A has traded its jean shorts for designer labels, though pickup trucks remain in style. Read more

Amy Winehouse documentary wins raves but angers family

Britain Winehouse Documentary

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In "Amy," performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess. Read more

Easygoing Irish crooner Val Doonican dies at 88

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Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88. Read more

38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush. Read more

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert marries Georgia teacher

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert has married Amber Cochran, a schoolteacher, during a ceremony at his home in northeast Georgia. Read more

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