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Music Review: Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' is sharp

Ashley Monroe, "The Blade" (Warner Bros. Nashville)

Ashley Monroe, a member of the Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, continues to prove herself as a top young country artist with her third album, "The Blade."

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From the Stacks: ‘1920’ chronicles implications of roaring decade’s beginning

Flappers, the Red Scare, illegal booze, the Lost Generation, political scandals, the original Ponzi scheme — the Roaring Twenties holds appeal for history buffs and even those with little interest in history.

Bobby Brown, family mourn the late Bobbi Kristina at funeral

R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the funeral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, staring toward the ground before lifting his head up and briefly gazing at the sky.

Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years

Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years.

Music Review: Warren Haynes, acoustic band shine on 'Ashes & Dust'

Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes & Dust" (Concord)

Thirty-five years in to his career, Warren Haynes returns home to the Appalachian mountains for "Ashes & Dust," a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and vocalist and the adventurous acoustic band Railroad Earth.

Book Review: 'Who Let the Dog Out?' satisfies to the very end

"Who Let the Dog Out?" (Minotaur), by David Rosenfelt

With his sharp wit and skillful courtroom tactics, lawyer Andy Carpenter continues to shine in "Who Let the Dog Out?" the latest from author David Rosenfelt.

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WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.

Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67.

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Review: Apple Music has everything, perhaps too much

Apple's new music service is a valiant effort to catch up in the emerging business of offering unlimited music on demand for a monthly price. It does so while acknowledging the legacy of iTunes, the world's most popular store for buying individual songs to own.

Book Review: 'The Girl With Seven Names' reveals complexities of freedom

"The Girl With Seven Names" (William Collins), by Hyeonseo Lee with David John

In her memoir, "The Girl With Seven Names," Hyeonseo Lee, as she is called today, takes us on her gripping journey from the Ryanggang Province of North Korea where dustless portraits of the Great Leader and Dear Leader hang in every home to life as a defector in China and beyond.

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Movie Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new 'MI' flick

There's some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts?

Book Review: Temperance Brennan returns in 'Speaking in Bones'

"Speaking in Bones" (Bantam), by Kathy Reichs

A hallmark of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels is how she incorporates a solid knowledge of forensics in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies, yet still appeal to an expert in the field.

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Lennon honored with artwork showing him in yellow submarine

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to honor her late husband Wednesday.

Jon Stewart signing off ‘Daily Show’ fake newscast for real

After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.

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Judge: Sale of convent to Katy Perry's competitor appears to be invalid

A judge said Thursday he believes a group of elderly nuns improperly sold their hilltop convent to a businesswoman but delayed any efforts by church officials to finalize a competing sale to pop singer Katy Perry.

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