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Hundreds gather at Phil Everly memorial in Kentucky PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOHN SOMMERS II, Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:13

POWDERLY, Ky. (AP) — About 200 people listened to songs and tributes Saturday at a memorial service for Phil Everly in Kentucky.

Several singers including country musician Marty Brown performed songs by the duo with a band, and others gave tribute speeches.

Phil Everly died Jan. 3 at age 74. With his brother, Don Everly, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Before the memorial, Diana Sue Taylor, a cousin of Everly's, perused memorabilia from the duo's career.

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Voters overwhelmingly back new Egypt constitution PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARIAM RIZK, Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:08

CAIRO (AP) — Almost everyone who cast ballots supported Egypt's new constitution in this week's referendum, results announced Saturday show, but a boycott by Islamists and low youth turnout suggest the country is still dangerously divided.

Nearly 20 million voters backed the new constitution, almost double the number of those who voted for one drafted in 2012 under the government of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Only a narrow sliver of voters — 1.9 percent — voted against the charter, after a massive government-sponsored campaign supporting it and the arrest of activists campaigning against it.

"Despite a milieu of intense social upheaval and acts of terrorism and sabotage that sought to derail the process, Egyptians have now marked yet another defining moment in our roadmap to democracy," presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said. "The outcome represents nothing less than the dawning of a new Egypt."

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Two Marines awarded Navy Cross posthumously PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:08

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Two Marines killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan were posthumously awarded on Saturday the Navy Cross, the service branch's top award and second only to the Medal of Honor.

Capt. Matthew Manoukian and Staff Sgt. Sky Mote were killed in 2012 after an Afghan police officer armed with an AK-47 burst into their military outpost in Helmand province and opened fire, killing Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke.

Manoukian and Mote confronted the intruder and shot back, allowing other Marines to escape, the Marine Corps said.

Manoukian, a 29-year-old team commander, was working in the operations center when he heard shots tearing through the walls. He grabbed his pistol and fired at the policeman while directing others to safety.

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With SAG win, 'Hustle' has Oscar look of 'Argo' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:06

Hollywood loves a sequel, and this awards season is shaping up to be one.

Just as "Argo" emerged as the unlikely victor over "Lincoln" last year, another 1970s-set crowd-pleaser is turning into the Academy Awards favorite over a solemn historical epic about slavery.

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" took the Screen Actors Guild Awards' top honor for outstanding cast on Saturday night, beating out Steve McQueen's acclaimed "12 Years a Slave." Because actors make up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards (which last year picked "Argo") are considered one of the best indicators of the Oscars.

Just days ago, the Academy Awards nominations set up a trio of front-runners, bestowing 10 nods on "American Hustle" and "Gravity," and nine on "12 Years a Slave." But though no actor was individually honored by the guild for "American Hustle," the Abscam tale now appears to have an edge over its Oscar rivals.

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NTSB: Pilots confused by wrong airport's lights PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Southwest Airlines pilots who recently landed at the wrong airport in Missouri have told investigators they were confused by the small airport's runway lights, believing it to be a larger airport in nearby Branson, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

The pilots of Southwest Flight 4013 from Chicago's Midway Airport said in interviews with investigators that they had programmed the Boeing 737 flight management system for the Branson airport, NTSB said. But as they were approaching to land at night last Sunday, they first saw the airport beacon and bright runway lights of Graham Clark Downtown Airport, located in Hollister, Mo., and mistakenly identified it as the Branson airport, which is 7 miles away.

The captain had not previously landed in Branson, and the first officer had previously landed there once, and that was during the daytime, NTSB said in an update on the incident. They didn't realize until the plane touched down that they were at the wrong airport, the NTSB said.

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