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LISTEN: Sweet Becca from the Country Mecca 1/17

Every morning at 6:36,7:36, 8:36 Becca updates us on what’s trending in country music. Sponsored by Kenrick’s Meats! Midland used to have regular guy jobs AND Kenny Chesney moves to a new record label. Carrie Underwood released her new song “The Champion” and Ludacris makes an appearance on the song. Read More »

Country Dirt: Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Others Play Dierks’ Whiskey Row Nashville

Nashville night life just improved by a lot. Dierks Bentley‘s Whiskey Row Nashville just opened up on 4th and Broadway and from the looks of things I’d say it’s been AS ADVERTISED. It was a star-studded night Sunday night as Dierks had some friends come by. Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Brothers Osborne, Brandon Lancaster of LANCO, ... Read More »

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  • Entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the entire operational structure and philosophy of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency is now under scrutiny. This is the second major step this week that Mick Mulvaney, who took over as acting director in late November, has taken to reshape the bureau. On Tuesday, ...
  • Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo users will be able to stream some basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA. Verizon, which owns Yahoo, is hoping to use sports to build a digital ad business to rival Facebook and Google. The company now lets anyone watch NFL games on a mobile Yahoo app; before games were limited ...
  • Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few ...
  • Naya Rivera

    Domestic battery charge against ‘Glee’ actress dismissed

    CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against an actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been dismissed in West Virginia. WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution. An order was filed Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was arrested ...
  • Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country’s new tax law. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping ...
  • Tyler Hilinski

    Police interview friends of quarterback who killed himself

    Police on Wednesday were interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life. Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers have no apparent motive for the death of the 21-year-old athlete, who was found dead in his Pullman, Washington, apartment on Tuesday along with a rifle and a ...
  • Bitcoin below $10,000; value halved since mid-December

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin fell below $10,000 Wednesday, extending a sell-off that has erased about half the digital currency’s value in one month. Other digital currencies fell sharply as well. Bitcoin has slumped about 30 percent just this week as traders worry that regulators in South Korea will crack down on trading of digital currencies. The price of bitcoin ...
  • Across the South, it’s snow, ice and record-breaking cold

    ATLANTA (AP) — A thin layer of snow and ice across the South closed highways, schools and government offices and sent cars sliding off the road Wednesday, while a blast of cold air broke records as far south as the Gulf Coast. Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans, and drivers unaccustomed to ice ...
  • Elton John

    U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

    NEW YORK (AP) — U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sam Smith and Kendrick ...
  • Chris Stapleton

    Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse lead Forecastle lineup

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse lead the lineup for the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, along with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Houndmouth and The War on Drugs. The July 13-15 music festival held on Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River is in its 16th year. Weekend passes go on ...
  • Justin Timberlake

    Timberlake previews album in forest-like space, bugs and all

    NEW YORK (AP) — If the latest photos from Justin Timberlake’s new album campaign don’t relay the message that he’s into nature and the woods, his first listening for the project drove the point home. Tuesday’s event in New York City to debut “Man of the Woods” was decorated with bushes and trees, while ants coated in black garlic and ...
  • Ava DuVernay

    DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win at NAACP Image Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change. DuVernay lauded other black artists from the stage as she accepted her award Monday night, naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris and “Black Panther” ...
  • Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West

    Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye welcome baby girl

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, via surrogate. Kardashian West announced Tuesday on her app under the headline “We’re so in Love” that their third baby was born early Monday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. The couple is “incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams ...
  • UK police say death of Dolores O’Riordan is not suspicious

    LONDON (AP) — The death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said Tuesday. A friend said the singer sounded excited and “full of life” just hours before her death. O’Riordan, 46, was found dead Monday morning at a London hotel. Police initially said the death was “unexplained,” but on Tuesday ruled ...
  • Naya Rivera

    Domestic battery charge against ‘Glee’ actress dismissed

    CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against an actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been dismissed in West Virginia. WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution. An order was filed Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was arrested ...
  • ‘The Situation’ to plead guilty to tax-related charges

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former “Jersey Shore” reality TV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty to federal tax charges this week. A letter filed with the court on Wednesday says Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, plan to plead guilty at a court hearing on Friday in Newark. The pair was charged in 2014 with filing bogus ...
  • Katie Couric

    Katie Couric returning for Winter Olympics opening ceremony

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is bringing back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month. Couric will be co-host with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games. The ceremony takes place in South Korea on Feb. 9. She’s hosted three Olympic opening ceremonies with Costas, the most recent ...
  • Ann Curry

    Curry says she wasn’t surprised by Lauer allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry says she’s not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired and that there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there. Curry lost her job after less than two years as Lauer’s co-anchor in 2012 and left NBC in ...
  • Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations. Karen Nocella’s appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization’s Atlantic City office. Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for ...
  • Japanese public TV says staffer sent missile alert in error

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash. NHK denied any mechanical flaw and said it is studying preventive measures, though it did not give further details. The false alarm Tuesday came just ...
  • Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama “Home and Away” in 2016, died six days after her life support ...
  • Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris are among the presenters announced Wednesday. The SAG Awards honor outstanding performances in television and film, with “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little ...
  • ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Three Billboards’ among AARP nominees

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hasn’t been mentioned much in this year’s awards season, but it’s among the nominees for AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Oscar contenders are also in the mix. Besides “The Last Jedi,” nominees for best film include “Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards ...
  • Cuomo donates $111K from Harvey Weinstein to women’s charity

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has followed through on a promise to donate campaign contributions he has collected from disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. State campaign finance filings show Cuomo gave $111,000 he received from Weinstein to Women’s Justice Now, a New York City-based charitable organization associated with the National Organization for Women. Cuomo first ...
  • More actors expressing regret about working with Woody Allen

    NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct. Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to three charities fighting sexual ...
  • Lebanon reverses move to ban Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese cinema manager says authorities have reversed a decision to ban Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama “The Post” ahead of its opening. Isaac Fahed, sales and distributor manager of the country’s Grand Cinemas chain, said Wednesday the film will open in theaters across Lebanon after “mediation” between the distributor and the Interior Ministry. Lebanese officials could not ...
  • Box office top 20: ‘Jumanji’ hits No. 1 again

    NEW YORK (AP) — After finishing second behind “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for two weeks, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” notched its second straight weekend atop the North American box office, taking in $35.2 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final figures Tuesday. Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” took in $23.1 ...
  • Timothee Chalamet

    A growing number of actors are renouncing Woody Allen

    NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct. Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to three charities fighting sexual ...
  • Naya Rivera

    Domestic battery charge against ‘Glee’ actress dismissed

    CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against an actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been dismissed in West Virginia. WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution. An order was filed Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was arrested ...
  • ‘The Situation’ to plead guilty to tax-related charges

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former “Jersey Shore” reality TV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty to federal tax charges this week. A letter filed with the court on Wednesday says Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, plan to plead guilty at a court hearing on Friday in Newark. The pair was charged in 2014 with filing bogus ...
  • Google

    Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints. The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as “preferred” content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too slowly after one of its ...
  • Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris are among the presenters announced Wednesday. The SAG Awards honor outstanding performances in television and film, with “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little ...
  • London Zoo names okapi ‘Meghan’ to celebrate royal wedding

    LONDON (AP) — London Zoo has honored Prince Harry’s fiancee by naming its newborn okapi after her. The zoo said Wednesday the animal born in early December was named Meghan to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. The okapi (oh-COP-ee) have striped hindquarters like zebras but are related to giraffes. Native to the Democratic Republic ...
  • Elton John

    U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

    NEW YORK (AP) — U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sam Smith and Kendrick ...
  • Paula Kerger

    PBS series examines sexual misconduct, chance for change

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS, which dealt with sexual misconduct allegations in its own backyard, will air a series examining the pressing social issue. The five-part series, “#MeToo, Now What?” will address how we got here and how “we can use this moment to effect positive and lasting change,” PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday. Hosted by Zainab Salbi, ...