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Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture closer to reality

Oklahoma Popular Culture Museum

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The 100,000 or so artifacts earmarked for the would-be Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture have for several years been neatly tucked away in numerous boxes at the state's history center in Oklahoma City. Read more

Musician shares love of music by creating cigar box guitars

Cigar Box Guitars

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Steve Reneker has been playing the guitar for about 50 years, and loves performing solo as well as jamming with others who share his love of music — especially when it's for a good cause. Read more

Jury deadlocks in trial of man charged in officer's death

A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a man charged with capital murder in the death of an off-duty Birmingham police officer. Read more

APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal charges

Casey Kasem Investigation

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Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted. Read more

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

BB King Public Viewing

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B.B. King kept drawing fans Friday in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta. Read more

Gordon, Tristano, Johnson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame

Music-Jazz Hall of Fame

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Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Read more

Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes.

Austria Eurovision Song Contest

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For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by — Australia. Read more

Billy Joel tells Stony Brook graduates to do what they love

Billy Joel told graduates at Stony Brook University that they're wasting their time if they're not doing what they love. Read more

B.B. King public viewing expected to draw lines in Las Vegas

A funeral director says he's prepared for lines around the block for a public viewing of blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas. Read more

TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

Josh Duggar Resignation

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TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. Read more

Nonprofit secures artifacts from former Graystone Ballroom

A nonprofit organization working to preserve and share Detroit's musical history says it has acquired artifacts from the former Graystone International Jazz Museum. Read more

Amid celebrity show offs, $30 million raised at AIDS gala

France Cannes AmfAR Arrivals

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Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamorous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fass... Read more

Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC

Congress Places to Be

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Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi. Read more

Era ends in Charleston as mayor opens his last Spoleto

Spoleto Festival USA

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Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who helped establish the internationally known Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina nearly four decades ago, took a final bow Friday as he opened his last festival. Read more

Blues great B.B. King's daughter to host Vegas Strip event

B.B. King's eldest daughter says she'll host a free musical tribute event at a Las Vegas Strip venue after a public viewing of her father's body at a funeral chapel. Read more

Indianapolis Symphony plans free summer concerts in parks

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plans to perform three free concerts in Indianapolis parks this summer. Read more

Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out

Conchita Wurst would like to hang out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more

Jon Bon Jovi breaks out guitar at commencement address

Commencement Bon Jovi

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Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus. Read more

Megan Hilty on motherhood, 'Smash' and returning to Broadway

CORRECTION Theater-Q&A-Megan Hilty

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You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat waiters. So it's refreshing to see Megan Hilty smile and warmly greet each of the men busily setting up dinner service at the Cafe Carlyle. Read more

Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy?

GOP 2016 Iowa Straw Poll

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The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. Read more

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