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She and her bandmates joined Willie Nelson, George Strait and other musicians during a megaconcert in Austin that raised more than $500,000, the Associated Press reports.

A fire that started Sept. 4 in central Texas’ Bastrop County destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed two people, marking the most devastating of the numerous fires that have scorched about 6,000 square miles in Texas in the past year.

“When they called us to do this show, there was zero hesitation,” Miss Maines said. “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.”

Mr. Nelson was joined onstage by folksy newcomers the Avett Brothers and, backed up by Asleep at the Wheel, they invigorated the crowd with rowdy versions of Mr. Nelson’s classic “On the Road Again” and the gospel “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Actor Quinto feeling ‘grateful’ since coming out as gay

Actor Zachary Quinto said he feels a range of emotions after coming out in a recent New York magazine interview, but most of all he is grateful for the kindness he has received since, the Associated Press reports.

“I feel so incredibly grateful to all of the people who’ve reached out to me directly or indirectly or just in spirit and I feel really, really like my entire future is laid out in a different way and it’s thrilling and scary and overwhelming,” Mr. Quinto said at the premiere of his film “Margin Call” Monday night in New York.

The 34-year-old said he looks forward to the day when saying you’re gay “won’t be hard” and won’t matter.

“There’ve been people on this path who were much bigger trailblazers than me who did this at a time when it was even harder … and if me standing up and making some kind of acknowledgment and declaration helps that, then I can’t ask for anything more out of my life.”

Mr. Quinto is best known for playing Spock in the latest “Star Trek” movie and for the TV show “Heroes.”

Charities to benefit from Bieber Christmas album

Justin Bieber is in the holiday spirit: The singer is the first artist on the Universal Music roster to have part of his album sales benefit charity.

Partial sales from “Under the Mistletoe,” his Christmas album that is out Nov. 1, will go to various charities, including Pencils of Promise and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Universal never actually allowed money from the album to go to charity, so it’s kind of a unique thing and I’m very happy and proud of what we’ve done,” the 17-year-old said in an interview from Lima, Peru, on Monday.

Universal Music Group is the parent company to labels such as Interscope Records and Island Def Jam Motown Music Group. Its roster includes Eminem, Rihanna, Kanye West and Lady Gaga.

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