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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011, file photo, NEA Jazz Masters George Avakian, left, and Jimmy Heath pose for a photo at the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Awards Ceremony and Concert held in New York. Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian's daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

- Associated Press

George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98.

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo, Danny Vaca-Figuereo, left, collects money from a customer at the Falcon gift shop at John A. Ferguson High School, in Miami. For teenagers with special needs, finding a job after high school can be a challenge. One Miami teacher aims to change that. Ivette Amador has created a gift shop at John A. Ferguson High that's run entirely by special needs students. The teens make all the major business decisions, calculate profits, and run the day to day operations including inventory, sales and stocking shelves. (Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald via AP)

Special needs students run gift shop

- Associated Press

It was lunchtime at John A. Ferguson Senior High School and employees at the Falcon Gift Shop were hustling to keep up with the demand for snacks and birthday balloons.

'Share tables' keep unwanted lunch food out of trash

- Associated Press

As 9-year-old Sabrina Agosto left her school's lunch line, she dropped her carton of milk on the cafeteria's "share and donation" table and then snagged an extra yogurt.

Private landowner rights can clash with public beach access

- Associated Press

Nestled between the high-rise condominium towers lining Panama City Beach to the east and Destin to the west is Walton County Road 30 A ? a 24-mile stretch of multi-million dollar beachfront homes and exclusive resorts that are experiencing a tourism boom.

Avalanche in Alaska leaves 1 skier dead

Associated Press

A skier is dead following an avalanche in a glacial valley near Wasilla, Alaska, that's a favorite with recreational skiers and snowboarders.

"By backing the independence of Kosovo, formed and prosperous countries such as Spain put at risk their own fragile stability," Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Catalonia's independence vote. (Associated Press/File)

Russian meddling in Catalonia's secession vote seen as part of plot against NATO

What started as anonymously based reports about Russian hackers manipulating online information to favor the independence vote in Catalonia's Oct. 1 referendum, a vote Madrid tried to suppress as illegal under the Spanish Constitution, has turned into a torrent of official warnings about a presumed Russian master plan to destabilize Spain and other EU countries by egging on budding secessionist movements.