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Review: The Steel Woods honor southern rock tradition

The Steel Woods, “Straw in the Wind” (Woods Music/Thirty Tigers) Fame Studios producer Rick Hall maintains that southern rock was born the day Duane Allman goaded Wilson Pickett into covering the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Allman proceeded to tear down...

Review: Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat

The opening scene of the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts. A weary, battered fifth...

Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even on a record-setting night at the Billboard Music Awards, Drake appeared a bit star-struck in meeting fellow Canadian performer Celine Dion backstage. The rapper posted a picture of himself and his father with Dion, who sang “My Heart Will Go...
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With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

AP Photo/Alastair Grant CANNES, France (AP) — This year’s Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions. As the...

Fighting back: Students, some schools take on sexual assault

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed – sexual...

The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly

AP Photo/Evan Vucci GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump’s top health official says the United States is “disappointed” that Taiwan wasn’t invited to the World Health...

Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa's ostrich capital

AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the “ostrich capital of the world.” Not so much anymore. Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have...

Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from the country’s austerity-battered hospitals. Three hospitals, in the towns of Volos, Lamia and Larisa, were hit over the past two days. Intruders...

DJ Khaled calls former Sony executive L.A. Reid a 'legend'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — L.A. Reid is no longer with Sony’s Epic Records, but DJ Khaled believes the former chairman will bounce back in no time. “L.A. Reid, he a legend. I’m sure he got some amazing things about to happen. You know nothing but love for L.A....

Jet owned by Elvis to be auctioned after sitting 30 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. Elvis designed the interior that has red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engines and...