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Newborn burned in hospital bassinet fire

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A day-old boy was in critical condition in Minneapolis Thursday after his hospital bassinet caught fire, hospital officials said.

Lawyer's testimony reverses death sentence

YORKTOWN, Va., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A Virginia lawyer testified recently that 10 years ago he witnessed prosecutors coach a co-defendant into testimony that put a man on death row.

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Ohio police searching for 7-foot buffalo

CINCINNATI, May 20 (UPI) -- A missing farm mascot in New Richmond, Ohio, has sent police on a fruitless search for a 7-foot, 350-pound buffalo made entirely of fiberglass. Despite the massive size of the Vista Grand Ranch's mascot, named Big Bad Bob, authorities have been unable to

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The French Quarter Festival, Louisiana's largest free music festival, takes place this weekend with nearly 140 live performances featured throughout the French Quarter, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi River
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The French Quarter Festival, Louisiana's largest free music festival, takes place this weekend with nearly 140 live performances featured throughout the French Quarter, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi River
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Ben Webster was born this day in 1909 in Kansas City, Mo. He brought new life to the Duke Ellington Orchestra's saxophone section with his blustery and breathy approach to the horn.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bass player and composer Bob Haggart was born this day in 1914 in New York.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

One of the most important and influential guitarists in jazz history was born this day in 1923 in Indianapolis. Wes Montgomery forged his unique style from new developments in jazz harmony and melody and improvements in the manufacture of electric guitars
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpet player Wingy Manone was born this date in New Orleans in 1904. His finest recordings were made in the 1930s.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

A historically significant event took place in New York on this day in 1917. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band made its first recording.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

This was a historic night in New York City in 1938. Jazz had no linkage to formal concert settings until Benny Goodman's orchestra played a concert in Carnegie Hall. It was considered the first formal jazz concert and it was recorded.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Tyree Glenn was born in 1912 in Corsicana, Texas. He was a fixture in the Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington bands for many years. He died in 1974.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Composer Hoagy Carmichael was born this date in 1899 in Bloomington, Ind. An associate of Bix Beiderbecke and the Dorsey Brothers, Carmichael is best known for the terrific standards he wrote, including "Stardust," "Skylark" and "Georgia On My Mind."
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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The New Orleans musical community offered another example of its bottomless heart recently with a rousing benefit for local bassist Will Ainsworth, who is under
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison was born this day in 1915 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Ruben Blades' new album, "Mundo," is a breakthrough release for the Panamanian-born singer and songwriter, a visionary world music statement combining Latin, Celtic, Middle Eastern, African, Afro-Cuban Sounds and more.
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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Leslie Smith has been a respected vocalist on the local New Orleans scene for a long time, but she has remade herself over the course of the last two years, taking up the piano and becoming a singer-songwriter.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Drummer-bandleader Ben Pollack was born this day in Chicago in 1903. He was considered the father of big band swing, but never enjoyed even a fraction of the success of proteges Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby and Harry James who each spent time i
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

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