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Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Read more

Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry

Mideast Israel Tourism Troubles

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It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. Read more

Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry

Mideast Israel Tourism Troubles

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It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. Read more

Music used as tool to fight hunger

Creating a benefit CD to raise money for a local food pantry has turned into a family affair for Amanda Harder. Read more

Lawmakers plan would give NJ 5 state songs

The issue has stymied New Jersey politicians for decades. It's taken more than 50 years of intense lobbying, sweat and tears. It has pitted lawmaker against lawmaker, governor against Legislature, North Jersey against South Jersey. Read more

Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Read more

Snoop Dogg to visit Alaska if voters legalize pot

Rapper Snoop Dogg says he'll do a concert in Alaska if voters in November approve an initiative legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Read more

ND gov seeks apps for official state band, chorus

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is seeking applications from groups interested in being the official state band or orchestra and the official state chorus. Read more

Selling the blues scene with Wesley Smith

With his roots deep in the Delta, it's no surprise that Wesley Smith is a blues fanatic. Glancing around his large office at the Greenville-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, whether the walls are painted or not is a moot point as blues posters and banners dating back to the '80s bla... Read more

'Downton Abbey' star heads on US tour with band

US Music-Elizabeth McGovern

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"Downton Abbey" won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December. Read more

Owners seek to improve The Gorge

Expanding the Gorge

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On concert weekends, the Gorge Amphitheatre becomes the largest community in rural Grant County in central Washington. Now owner Live Nation wants to improve and expand the scenic venue, upsetting residents who are tired of battling the crowds, the drinking and the trespassing that often accompan... Read more

Man charged in bouncer's slaying at Baltimore club

Baltimore police say the man accused in the fatal stabbing of a bouncer at a popular music venue got involved in a fight after two bouncers threw another person out of the club. Read more

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4 governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings Read more

Fiancee testifies in loud-music killing retrial

The fiancee of a man accused of shooting a teenager during an argument over loud music outside a north Florida convenience store testified Saturday that she didn't know the teen was dead until the next day. Read more

Jay Z, Beyonce take stage at Global Citizen fest

3rd Global Citizen Festival

Photo by Brad Barket

Jay Z is in a global state of mind: The rap star performed Saturday for thousands in New York's Central Park and encouraged the crowd to help end world poverty. Read more

Architects present UW music center design

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is moving ahead with plans to build a new performance center on campus. Read more

Correction: St Louis-Jazz Center story

St Louis Jazz

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In a story Sept. 27 about a new jazz center in St. Louis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dave Steward is CEO of World Wide Technology. He is actually chairman. Read more

Selling the blues scene with Wesley Smith

With his roots deep in the Delta, it's no surprise that Wesley Smith is a blues fanatic. Glancing around his large office at the Greenville-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, whether the walls are painted or not is a moot point as blues posters and banners dating back to the '80s bla... Read more

Juror dismissed in loud music killing case

A juror has been dismissed in the murder trial of a man accused of shooting a teenager during an argument over loud music outside a north Florida convenience store. Read more

Schools work to keep arts alive

In the Carmichaels Area School District music still thrives, but keeping music and arts alive in public education takes ongoing ingenuity as districts strive to strike an educational-financial balance. Read more

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