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  • Obama and Holder Plea for Calm Ahead of Ferguson Decision

    JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting death not expected until Monday at the earliest, both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have issued pleas for a calm and measured response to the verdict.

    The grand jury, which convenes again Monday, will determine what charges, if any, to bring against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Last August 9, Wilson shot Brown, who was unarmed, six times following an altercation.

    The racially-charged incident touched off confrontations between the African-American community and law enforcement officers and many...

  • Rising Temperatures Bring Fear of Floods in Western New York

    John Normile/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The worst is over for the Buffalo, New York, area as far as the snow is concerned.

    Now comes the danger of epic floods with temperatures rising and the threat of rain with some suburbs still covered in seven or eight feet of snow.

    At a news briefing Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters, "Flooding in my opinion is worse than dealing with snow. It’s not water, it’s a toxic brew…It has all sorts of sewage in it."

    The chief worry in Buffalo-area towns like Hamburg or...

  • Pennsylvania Residents Complain About “Ugly” Christmas Tree

    File photo. (The Image Bank/Getty Images)(READING, Pa.) -- The Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, wasn’t exactly bringing holiday cheer.

    According to, many residents complained that the 50-foot Norway Spruce was “ugly” and “pathetic,” and now it’s being replaced. "I think it does look a little pitiful," resident Teresa Rodriguez said of the scraggly spruce. "I think they picked the wrong tree."

    Another resident who works near the tree, Martin McNeil, added, "It was a waste of time for them to even come out here and put this tree up. Honestly, they...

  • Josh Turner Adapts and Bends as He's Finishing His Sixth Album

    George HolzBy the time his new single “Lay Low” started climbing the charts several weeks ago, Josh Turner already had more than ten years of chart success under his belt. The 37-year-old believes he owes at least part of his good fortune to those who came before him.

    “I feel like you can learn a lot from artists who have had a really long career and that have had a lot of longevity,” he says. “The reason they've had that longevity is that they're willing to adapt and bend a little...

  • Luke Bryan Named Favorite Male Country Artist at 2014 American Music Awards

    ABCLuke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist and Florida Georgia Line took home the trophy for Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country.

    Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am.

    The only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song "People Loving People."

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  • American Music Awards Winners List

    Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

    Artist of the Year
    One Direction

    New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
    5 Seconds of Summer

    Single of the Year

    Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

    Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
    Sam Smith

    Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

    Katy Perry

    Favorite Band,...