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University of Missouri unveils look of planned music hall

The University of Missouri is unveiling the look of a planned music school that'll consolidate its operations in one building instead of six, to the tune of $40 million. Read more

Natchez, Nashville eye possible 'sister cities' relationship

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell is working to establish a possible sister city agreement with Nashville, Tennessee, with an aim of boosting tourism. Read more

Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, dies at 86

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John Stillwell

Colin Dexter, the unassuming British writer who created curmudgeonly, music-loving Oxford detective Inspector Morse, has died aged 86. Read more

The Latest: Los Angeles sheriff apologizes to Wyclef Jean

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The Latest on musician Wyclef Jean being detained by authorities in Los Angeles County after being mistaken for a robbery suspect (all times local): Read more

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 2-8

April 2: Actress Linda Hunt is 72. Singer Emmylou Harris is 70. Actress Pamela Reed is 68. Drummer Dave Robinson of The Cars is 64. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 56. Actor Christopher Meloni ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 56. Singer Keren Woodward of Bananarama is 56. Country singer ... Read more

Father of slain Louisville student: She died a hero

The grieving father of a slain University of Louisville student said his daughter was pushing others out of harm's way when she was shot during a rap concert inside an art gallery over the weekend. Read more

Bonnaroo to offer all-night stage for dance, hip-hop artists

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Music fans will have more options to dance the night away at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is unveiling an all-night stage focusing on dance, electronic and hip-hop artists. Read more

Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin's birthplace

Fighting Blight

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The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all around it. No one has lived there for years. Read more

Wyclef Jean says he was mistaken for robbery suspect

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Photo by Amy Sussman

Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean said he was handcuffed and "treated like a criminal" when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistook him for a violent armed robber early Tuesday. Read more

Rappers Paul Wall, Baby Bash avoid indictment on drug charge

A grand jury has declined to indict Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash on felony drug-related charges. Read more

Soprano savors 'Idomeneo' mad scene in Met Opera production

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Marty Sohl

Swaying precariously from side to side, sinking to her knees and finally collapsing altogether, Elza van den Heever puts on a virtuoso physical display to match her vocal fireworks as she stops the show near the end of Mozart's "Idomeneo." Read more

Opera tells story of Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson

Baseball Opera

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An opera about Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson, whose power hitting rivaled Babe Ruth's, will have its world premiere in Pittsburgh in April. Read more

Vermont maple syrup makers open sugar houses to the public

Maple syrup makers around Vermont will be opening their sugar houses to the public this weekend. Read more

Mel B files for divorce from husband of nearly 10 years

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Court records show singer and television personality Mel B has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 10 years. Read more

Detroit civil rights attorney also hip-hop artist

Balancing life as a civil rights attorney and a successful hip-hop artist can be a challenge for Omar Aburashed, a.k.a. Omar Zidan. Read more

She's 100! Britain marks singer Vera Lynn's landmark day

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Britain has taken a nostalgic trip into the past to celebrate the 100th birthday of patriotic songstress Vera Lynn by projecting her image onto the white cliffs of Dover. Read more

Katy Perry says she 'prayed the gay away' as a youth

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Photo by Jordan Strauss

Katy Perry says she "prayed the gay away" during her "unconscious adolescence." Read more

Boston Pops to showcase Gershwin on tour of US Midwest

The Boston Pops is headed to the heartland. Read more

Reaction to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry

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David Carson

Reaction to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry at age 90: Read more

Chuck Berry's spirit lives on through countless songs

Obit Chuck Berry

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Behind so many great rock bands and rock songs looms the music of Chuck Berry. Read more

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