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Grand Ole Opry's Little Jimmy Dickens hospitalized

12/28/2014 09:41 PM EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. 
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Alicia Keys welcomes second child
12/28/2014 05:36 PM EST - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It's baby number two for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud. Full Story

Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work
12/27/2014 03:01 PM EST - LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above. Full Story

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91
12/26/2014 06:21 PM EST - PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. Full Story

India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes
12/26/2014 12:56 PM EST - NEW DELHI (AP) — The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood. Full Story

Casey Kasem's children to share medical records
12/24/2014 04:26 PM EST - TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of radio legend Casey Kasem said Wednesday they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow, who is suing a hospital in Washington state to learn more about the last weeks of his life. Full Story

Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans
12/24/2014 10:21 PM EST - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Full Story

2 shot in movie theater in Midtown Atlanta
12/24/2014 12:01 AM EST - ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a shooting inside a movie theater in the city's Midtown neighborhood that left two people hospitalized in stable condition. Full Story

Review: 'The Interview' dives into geopolitics
12/23/2014 03:41 PM EST - Huzzah! Our right to see James Franco blast Katy Perry with Kim Jong Un has been successfully defended. Full Story

Suge Knight hearing on robbery charge rescheduled
12/23/2014 03:56 PM EST - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom and rescheduled a hearing in his felony robbery case. Full Story

To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. Full Story
(Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
York City entrepreneurs are perfecting the pretzel

Philip Given, co-owner of the York City Pretzel Co., has a passion for dough. If asked about the quality of his company's pretzels, Given can wax poetic about the juxtaposition between the airy white dough innards compared to the dark brown outside. Full Story