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** FILE ** Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, greet fans outside the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., before his induction into the hall in this 2012 file photo. (Invision via Associated Press)

Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

- Associated Press

Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now finds herself with two — platinum-selling musician with a new album on the way and emerging kitchen mogul.

** FILE ** This 2013 photo released by CBS shows Drew Carey, host of "The Price is Right," on the set in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/CBS, Cliff Lipson)

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

- Associated Press

Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on “Saturday Night Live.”

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SANDS: Azarov wins International; China claims Olympiad gold

- The Washington Times

He came up just short in July’s D.C. International in Arlington, but GM Sergei Azarov was not to be denied in this month’s third annual Washington International tournament, held across the Potomac in Rockville. The Belarusian star finished alone in first with an undefeated 7-2 score, a full point ahead of a sextet of pursuers: GMs Yaroslav Zherebukh and Ioan Chrila, and IMs Akshat Chandra, Samuel Sevian, Levan Bregadze and Justin Sarkar.

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Ala man gets acting break in football film

- Associated Press

Riley Howard said from the time he was a small child growing up in Decatur, he told friends he wanted to be in the movies and on television.

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters,  charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)

Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

- Associated Press

A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.

Arts group unveils plan to make river attractive

- Associated Press

The waters of the Wabash River silently flow past the city of Terre Haute with little notice. Turn to the River, an initiative of Wabash Valley Art Spaces, wants to change that.

St. Paul artist plans half-mile community banquet

Associated Press

A St. Paul visual artist is planning a banquet for 2,000 to educate people and foster conversations about healthier food options in a neighborhood where choices are limited.

FILE - This March 14, 2013 file photo shows Rostam Batmanglij, of the band Vampire Weekend, in Austin, Texas. Batmanglij is making his Broadway debut alongside Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson. He has written five classical pieces for the play. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

Vampire Weekend member makes a Broadway play sing

- Associated Press

The music playing when you first file into the Cort Theatre to see "This Is Our Youth" is no mere canned, off-the-shelf tune. It's an original by a Grammy Award winner.

SC film history on new Film Commission app

- Associated Press

The feature films "The Patriot," ''Forrest Gump" and "Cold Mountain" all have something in common - they were filmed in whole or in part in South Carolina. The same is true of lesser-known flicks such as "Swamp Thing," ''The Valley of Hate" and "Chain Gang."

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, actress Julianne Hough looks back for photographers at the premiere of the film "Let's Be Cops," in Los Angeles. "Dancing With the Stars" says two-time champion Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The new season launches Sept. 15 on ABC. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvision/AP, File)

Julianne Hough dances back to 'Dancing' as judge

Associated Press

"Dancing With the Stars" says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

168th New York State Fair opens

Associated Press

The New York State Fair has kicked off its 12-day run that features national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

Evan Reed, center, stands with his attorneys Ben Goneck, left, and David Gorcyca during a preliminary hearing on a sexual assault charge Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Detroit. Reed, a Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel. He's charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher

- Associated Press

A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.