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Victims in Texas Blast Choose Closure Over Answers

A year after Texas fertilizer blast killed 15, victims say they want closure over answers …read more

Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees

Freeze leaves Fla. Panhandle with dead trees; palms, citrus, other non-native species hit hard …read more

Guilty Plea in Shooting at Va. College Inside Mall

Guilty plea in shooting of 2 women at community college inside Christiansburg, Va., mall …read more

Why High Oil Prices Are Actually Good for Airlines

High jet fuel prices have protected existing airlines from startups, prevented fare wars …read more

California considers protecting rare gray wolf

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus…. …read more

New Mexico prisons to end overnight family visits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates…. …read more

"American Idol" Season 13's Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Champ Would Make Her Lose Control

Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season’s youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10′s Lauren Alaina. While she admits that the Idol experience is “a lot harder than it looks,” the 16-year-old says she’d still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, “From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you’re in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It’s a lot. It’s a whole lot!” That’s why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they’ll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.

Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, “If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that’s something they want to do.” But, she warns, “Don’t do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then …read more

Full Episode: Nightline 4/15: Unification Church Mass Wedding: From Strangers to 'I Do'

‘Aladdin,’ The Musical: Behind the Scenes; Boston, Stronger Than Ever, One Year After Marathon Bombings …read more

Pimping suspect leads Beaverton police on chase

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A Vancouver man and his wife are accused of promoting prostitution, and the man faces additional charges for a police chase Tuesday that caused several crashes in Beaverton…. …read more

Fake abduction in park outrages many in Sequim

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — Police in Sequim (skwim) are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real…. …read more

Service dog exemption to Yakima pit bull ban

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima City Council has approved an exemption to a ban on pit bull dogs in the city. They’ll be allowed as service animals…. …read more

Parks levy would build field house in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane County voters may be asked next spring to approve a $45 million parks levy…. …read more

Armed home invasion in north Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Police are looking for two men who forced their way into a north Seattle home late Tuesday night, fought with an 84-year-old homeowner and fled with a woman’s purse…. …read more

Train's Sail Across the Sun Fan Cruise Is Returning in 2015

Trainline.comThe guys in Train had such a good time this past February on their first Sail Across the Sun fan cruise that they’re doing it again next year — and you can sign up now for all the fun.

Train’s second annual Sail Across the Sun cruise will leave from Miami on February 13, 2015, and visit Key West and Great Stirrup Key before returning to Miami on February 17. You can register for the cruise pre-sale now at SailAcrosstheSun.com, and on that same website, you can watch a video documenting what went down this past year on the cruise to get you psyched up for next year.

Last year’s cruise featured musical guests like Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti and John Oates of Hall & Oates, and there was also a food and wine component, with tastings, and famous TV chefs like Jonathan Waxman and Aarón Sánchez giving cooking demonstrations. Of course, there were also plenty of chances to get up-close-and-personal with the members of Train themselves, and see the band perform in intimate settings.

Singer Pat Monahan says in a video, “Stay tuned…over the next …read more

Lorde Wonders If People Will Still Like Her When She's 25

ABC/Lou RoccoMuch has been made of the fact that Lorde has managed to accomplish all that she has at such a young age. But the 17-year-old star from New Zealand says she sometimes wonders if people will still think she’s so great when she hits the ripe old age of, oh, say, 25.

Speaking to Elle.com, Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, says, “I think a lot about mortality, and I just get way too in my head about it. Since I started making music a lot was made of how old I was and it made me think about, ‘What happens when I’m 25? Will people still like what I’m doing? Is it still important if I’m not this hyper-youthful being?’”

“It’s stupid,” she admits. “I know I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. It’s just one of those things. I’ll get over it.”

Lorde is also concerned with keeping her head on straight as her enormous fame grows. Noting that a year ago, most people didn’t know who she was, she tells Elle.com, “I guess it has been fast. But I don’t feel like it’s moving …read more

"The Voice" Recap: The Playoffs End with Usher Eliminating Two of His Artists

(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.

Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.

Here’s what happened during Tuesday night’s one-hour episode:

T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of “Tell Me Something Good,” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.’s ability to reach the high note was his “ace under his sleeve.” Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when “Tell Me Something Good” was released, the mid-1970s.

Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé‘s “Halo.” Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that …read more