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Billy Ray Cyrus, H.E.R., Shelton and react to Grammy noms

LOS ANGELES — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards: ___ “I’m beyond shocked. I’m very, very surprised.

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops shelled a camp hosting displaced people near the Turkish border in the country’s northwest Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding others, Syrian opposition activists said.

Fed minutes: Officials felt 3 cuts this year could be enough

WASHINGTON — Most Federal Reserve officials believed last month that the three rate cuts they made this year would be enough unless the economy weakened significantly.
Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police.
Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

BANGKOK — Thailand's constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament.

Alabama man charged in killing of rival college football fan

LITTLEVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama sheriff says two football fans “got into it” while watching the Louisiana State University-Alabama game and one is accused of fatally shooting the other during a fight.
New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms

New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms

NEW YORK — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act.
Emirates opts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in revised deal

Emirates opts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in revised deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Middle East’s biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion.

Dance teacher pleads guilty to exposing teen boy to HIV

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A dance teacher who appeared on a reality TV show has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to raping a teenage student and exposing him to the AIDS virus.

2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

KABUL — Two U.S. service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing more details.