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  • Police arrest man, 20, in shooting of Kermit Ruffins’ niece

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested a man in the death of a woman identified as the daughter of a New Orleans policewoman and firefighter, and a niece of jazz…

  • Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July. A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No…

  • Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival

    NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a…

  • Now playing: Harpsichord of Columbus’ era sounds again

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears. The National…

  • Dead shows set attendance records at Chicago’s Soldier Field

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago’s Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has. In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night’s show broke…

  • America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

    Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:…

  • Cosart struggles, Marlins lose 7-2 to Cubs

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins were rolling along right until Jarred Cosart stepped on the mound. He didn’t stay long. Cosart got knocked out in the second inning after giving up two homers to…

  • Barry Manilow headliens ‘Capitol Fourth’ concert in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Manilow sang a medley of “Let Freedom Ring” to lead off a booming fireworks display on the National Mall. Manilow’s performance put the nation’s capital in a patriotic mood, opening the…

  • Music, cultural celebrations mark July 4th festivities in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony played the “1812 Overture” as cannons roared amid a fireworks display on the National Mall. As the fireworks boomed to a finale on the National Mall, Terri Allen of…

  • Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

    NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple’s annual Fourth of July party. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday’s nuptials at Joel’s Long Island…

  • Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an “encounter with the divine,” saying listening to Mozart helps him experience “very deeply the Lord’s presence.” Benedict’s…

  • America ushers in July 4

    UNDATED (AP) — From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country’s independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food. Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near…

  • Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

    As the nation gears up to celebrate America’s birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ___ NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for…

  • Tuning up for American Pharoah’s next race in the Haskell

    The race, date and place are set for American Pharoah’s next start: the Haskell Invitational, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Perhaps the coolest part of Thursday’s announcement involves Bruce Springsteen possibly performing…

  • Dr. Dre announces new radio show on Apple Music service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music. On Friday, the 50-year-old rap mogul announced a new radio show called “The Pharmacy,” which…