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Ex-'American Idol' contestant gets nearly 4 years in prison

NORFOLK, Va. — Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for carrying nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl.

North Carolina’s famed Cold Mountain is on fire

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina’s famed Cold Mountain is on fire. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday at a U.S. Forest Service video shows orange flames and white smoke along multiple spots on the mountain’s ridge.
Sheriff: Worker shot, wounded 2 at N Carolina plant

Sheriff: Worker shot, wounded 2 at N Carolina plant

TAR HEEL, N.C. — A gunman was captured after opening fire in a North Carolina hog processing plant early Thursday, seriously wounding two co-workers, a sheriff said.
Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

NEW YORK — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Sarah M.
From Lizzo to Lil Nas, new kids on the block rule Grammys

From Lizzo to Lil Nas, new kids on the block rule Grammys

NEW YORK — Genre-mashing, bold and chart-topping new artists have caught the attention of the Recording Academy, as Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead in nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Coldplay decides not to tour for environmental reasons

Coldplay decides not to tour for environmental reasons

LONDON — The British band Coldplay has decided not to launch a global tour because of environmental concerns.

Bucks star Antetokounmpo suing home remodeling contractor

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is suing a home remodeling contractor he says failed to perform the work for which he was hired.
More protesters leave Hong Kong campus ahead of weekend poll

More protesters leave Hong Kong campus ahead of weekend poll

HONG KONG — More than 20 protesters inside a Hong Kong university campus surrendered to police on Thursday as the city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the black force” in upcoming elections seen as a key gauge of publi
Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

ZAGREB, Croatia — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early nex
Police officer fatally shot investigating home invasion

Police officer fatally shot investigating home invasion

DETROIT — A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded while responding to a home invasion on Detroit’s West Side, authorities announced late Wednesday.