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Woman who needed soap cleans up with $200K lottery win

A North Carolina woman who forgot to buy soap while shopping decided to buy a lottery ticket when she walked back into the store.

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Doralee Preston-Price cleaned up big time, winning $200,000 on a holiday scratch-off ticket, WRAL reported. 

While driving home after shopping, the Fayetteville resident realized she didn’t buy soap, the television station reported.

“I figured it would be cheaper to go to the Dollar Tree nearby (to get the soap),” she said. “They were closed, so instead I went back to Food Lion.”

Preston-Price did not immediately scratch off the winning ticket she bought Monday, leaving it in her purse for a few days. She said that Wednesday. She was folding laundry and watching a movie when she remembered that she had the scratch-offs and a $5 Mega Bucks ticket, the television station reported.

“I scratched the first ticket and didn’t win anything. I scratched this ticket and got through the first row but went back to watching the movie because it was a dance scene,” Preston-Price told the Fayetteville Observer. “I almost threw the ticket away, but then something just said, ‘Look back down.’”

Preston-Price did, and called her mother to confirm that she had the winning numbers. Assured that the ticket was a winner, Preston-Price and her mother drove to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to validate the ticket, WRAL reported. 

After taxes, Preston-Price will take home $141,003, the television station reported. 

She said she planned to use some of her winnings to go on a Disney cruise with her husband and son.

Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager. 

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Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn.

Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges. 

Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone.

The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex.

Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other.

Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways.

The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.”

In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn.

A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.

Record setter: David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M

A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported. 

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Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported.

The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported.

The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported.

Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.

“We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.

The buyer was not identified.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl feeds barbecue to California firefighters 

This was a call for Dave Grohl, and the Foo Fighters’ lead singer responded in a big way for firefighters battling the blazes in Southern California.

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Grohl used the resources from his company, Backbeat BBQ, to feed firefighters battling the Woolsey Fires in Southern California on Monday night, KSWB reported.

“To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night. … thank you,” the drummer wrote on Instagram. “It was an honor to cook for you.”

One of the firefighter’s wives also posted on Instagram. “How cool is this?” she wrote. “Dave Grohl and his family brought home cooked BBQ to babe’s station last night.”

Firestation 68 also thanked Grohl with an Instagram post, writing that it was “awesome” to get a visit from the rocker.

MInnesota great-grandma marries boyfriend she rebuffed in 1954

It took more than six decades, but a Minnesota great-grandmother finally wed her teenage sweetheart.

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Janet Skillingstad, 82, married Gene Ertel, 81, on Oct. 26 -- 64 years after she broke off their engagement, KARE reported.

“Not too many people get a second chance,” Ertel told the television station.

In 1954, Skillingstad returned the engagement ring Ertel gave her, telling him she wanted to concentrate on nursing school.

“I didn't want to tie him down for three years,” Skillingstad told KARE. “I thought I was doing the right thing at the time.”

The couple moved on, marrying other people and raising families. Both of them lost spouses -- Ertel became a widower twice -- but the teenage boy never forgot his girl.

“I never stopped thinking about her,” Ertel told the television station.

When Ertel was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December, he decided to find Skillingstad. He hired a private investigator, who produced a telephone number, KARE reported.

“When I called her, I said, ‘Don't hang up, this is not a prank call,’” Ertel told the television station.

The couple talked for 90 minutes. That blossomed into a visit from Ertel, and then a date.

Two months after the ice-breaking phone call, Ertel gave Skillingstad a ring. This time, she kept it, KARE reported.

Skillingstad’s daughter, Ruth Beniek, said her mother would not reject Ertel this time.

“‘(She said) ‘I couldn't turn him down a second time, that would be devastating,’” Beniek told the television station.

Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

Former model Kim Porter has died, according to TMZ.

The tabloid site reported that the actress who dated  music mogul Diddy for 13 years was found dead in her Los Angeles home.

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A representative for Diddy confirmed the news to TMZ, saying, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.”

The cause of death is unclear.

Porter dated Diddy off-and-on from 1994 to 2007, when they called things off for good, remaining on friendly terms. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. Porter was also mother to Quincy, 27, from her relationship with singer Al B. Sure.

Celebrities have reacted to the news on Twitter:

Rapper Young Dolph returning to Memphis to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys

A rapper is giving back to the city that he says made him who he is today. 

Young Dolph will make a guest appearance for teens and young adults from Memphis Athletic Ministries on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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Students from all five ministry locations will be bused to a Memphis community center to hear a message delivered by Young Dolph. This event is not open to the public. 

Afterward, Young Dolph will be making sure several Memphis families have a turkey on their table for Thanksgiving Day. 

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According to a news release, Young Dolph will be donating Thanksgiving turkeys to the community.

Butterball turkeys will be given to the residents of Castalia Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods at the MAM-Hamilton Community Center from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. 

The release doesn't detail how many turkeys will be given away. In past years he has donated them by the hundreds. In 2016, 300 turkeys were given away. In 2015, Dolph bought 200 extra turkeys when demand was so high that they ran out of the first round of items.

Couple offers refuge to 93-year-old evacuee who escaped California wildfires 

Tracy Grant was handing out hamburgers to wildfire evacuees when she met Lee Brundige standing by himself in the parking lot full of people. 

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The 93-year-old man lived alone in a house he built years ago for himself and his wife in a neighborhood that is likely destroyed by the Camp Fire, which has been one of the most destructive in state history. 

“When I first met him, I knew he was special," Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was the only person in this parking lot who was by himself with no one else with him. I made it my mission to keep my eye on him. When the rangers came, I went up to him and said, 'You're coming with me.'"

After some hesitation, Brundige joined Grant. They went to her house in Oroville, where Brundige was able to change out of his two-day-old clothes. Grant called her boyfriend, Josh Fox, to let him know they were housing an evacuee. He brought home bags of new clothes for Brundige.

“They hit it off when Lee said he was the littlest guy in his unit so they made him be the tail gunner over the South Pacific," Grant told the Chronicle.

Brundige was able to contact his son, who is in his 70s, and let him know he is safe. 

Brundige has also bonded with Axle, the couple’s dog. 

"I thought, ‘If that were my grandpa, where would I want him to be?" Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We told him this could be his forever home but that is totally up to him."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Country musician Roy Clark, of 'Hee Haw' fame, dead at 85

Grammy-winning country musician Roy Clark, best known for co-hosting “Hee Haw,” has died at age 85.

His publicist said in a news release that he died from complications from pneumonia in his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home.

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In addition to work on “Hee Haw,” Clark was a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member. USA Today reported he played multiple instruments, including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica.

On TV, he was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He co-hosted “Hee Haw” for the program’s entire 24-year run.

Related: Photos: Notable deaths 2018

Clark is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, his sons, Roy Clark II and his wife Karen;  Dr. Michael Meyer and his wife, Robin; Terry Lee Meyer; Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart; grandchildren Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark; and his sister Susan Coryell.

Variety reported that a memorial will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A date has not yet been announced.

Pregnant Carrie Underwood reveals she's having another boy

Carrie Underwood used some of her time hosting the CMA Awards Wednesday to announce she is having a second son.

Billboard reported that, at the start of the show, Underwood shared her usual banter with longtime co-host Brad Paisley.

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“Seriously Carrie, give me a little baby hint," Paisley said. “Johnny or June? Keith or Nicole? Garth or Trisha? Tim or Faith? George or Tammy.? Waylon or Willie?”

After some playful resistance, Underwood caved, saying, “Willie. It’s a Willie, OK?”

The gender announcement comes more than three months after the “Cry Pretty” singer announced she and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, were expecting their second child. Their first son, 3-year-old Isaiah, was born in 2015.

Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ first full trailer released

Disney has released another trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic “Dumbo.”

The movie company challenges fans to “find your courage” in the clips that show the dynamics between Hold Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, his on-screen children, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, and the baby elephant with big ears after Dumbo and his mother are separated.

We also see more of Michael Keaton in his role as V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who owns Dreamland, as he tries to get the flying elephant from Danny DeVito as Max Medici, the owner of the failing circus and home to Dumbo, Variety reported

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“Dumbo” will soar into theaters on March 29. 

California wildfires: See a map of major fires

More than a dozen major wildfires are burning across the state of California. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has created a map to show where the fires are located and which have been contained.

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Locations are approximate and are not all under CAL FIRE jurisdiction. 

The map can be seen and interacted with below:

Grandmother who won mega Powerball jackpot donates huge chunk to veterans group

A grandmother from Iowa is sharing her good fortune after hitting a mega Powerball jackpot. 

Lerynne West won half of almost $700 million in the Powerball lottery last month, The Associated Press reported. Her portion came to $343.9 million, the Des Moines Register reported.

West had misplaced the ticket she had bought that turned out to be the winner. It was found a day after the drawing on the floor of her sister’s pickup truck. 

None of her relatives believed that she was one of only two winners, the other coming from New York, the AP reported.

>>Read: Iowa grandmother claims $343.9 million Powerball jackpot

But it was true. West chose the cash option so, instead of the $343.9 million, she walked away with $198.1 million before taxes, the AP reported.

She said she would share her windfall with her daughters and other family members. She was also going to help pay for her grandchildren’s college educations. West had one more thing that she wanted to do with the money, so she set up The Callum Foundation, named after a grandson who was born premature and only lived for a single day, the AP reported.

The foundation will provide financial help for those who need it.

West made good on her promise on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that aired Wednesday. 

She told DeGeneres, “When I won the lottery, I thought, ‘I have a responsibility to do good for other people and to help other people out, as well.’”

West announced that she is giving $500,000 through the foundation to a group that helps wounded veterans, the Register reported.

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Why did she decide to help The Travis Mills Foundation? West told DeGeneres that her father was a Vietnam veteran and her three brothers also served in the military, the Register reported.

The Travis Mills Foundation helps vets and their families by using long-term programs to help overcome physical obstacles and to strengthen their families. It also gives them rest and relaxation. 

Monopoly for Millennials game isn't going over well with actual millennials

One of the latest editions of the popular board game Monopoly is being criticized by its target audience.

USA Today reported that Monopoly for Millennials plays up stereotypes that are routinely mocked about the age group, typically designated as those born between 1981 and 1996.

On the game box, mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags wears sunglasses, earbuds and a participation medal while he holds a coffee. 

The tagline for the game is, “Forget real estate. You can’t afford it anyway.”

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So instead of playing for property, players collect experiences on the board, like a week-long meditation retreat, the farmer’s market, a vegan bistro, an animal rescue, their parent’s basement or their friend’s couch. The board still retains the traditional “Go to Jail” space, USA Today reported.

Fortune reported that game pieces include a crying laughing emoji and hashtag. 

Although the game is nowhere to be found on the Hasbro website, it’s listed for $19.82 on the Walmart website.

Although some millennials took to Twitter to voice their offense with the game, others found it amusing.

“We created Monopoly for Millennials to provide fans with a lighthearted game that allows Millennials to take a break from real life and laugh at the relatable experiences and labels that can sometimes be placed on them,” Hasbro said in a statement to Fortune. “With many of us being Millennials ourselves, we understand the seemingly endless struggles and silly generalizations that young Millennials can face (and we can’t even!). Whether you are a lifestyle vlogger, emoji lover or you make your ‘side hustle’ selling vegan candles, Monopoly for Millennials is for you!”

CMA Awards 2018: Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves score big

For only the second time in his career, Keith Urban walked away from the Country Music Association Awards cradling the most notable award – entertainer of the year.

>> On AJC.com: CMA Awards 2018: Backstage with Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and more

The gracious musician, who earlier in the show blasted through his sexy funk jam, “Never Comin’ Down,” reacted with genuine shock, likely assuming that the night’s other major winner, Chris Stapleton, would prevail.

Urban hugged wife Nicole Kidman tightly and wiped tears from his eyes before bounding onstage.

>> PHOTOS: Stars shine on the CMA Awards red carpet

“I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he’s watching over me tonight,” he said. “God bless country music.”

Urban reiterated backstage after the show that he harbored no expectations of winning.

“Someone said, ‘Did you do any campaigning?’ and I said, ‘We just played every night.’”

The 52nd annual awards otherwise unspooled with comforting consistency. 

Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s easy chemistry was evidenced in jokes that ranged from cute to corny, Stapleton continued his reign as the shaggy savior of soulful country and Kacey Musgraves represented for the women with an album of the year win for her excellent “Golden Hour.” 

But for the second year in a row, the awards show opened with a dedication to country music fans killed while enjoying their pastime.

In 2017, it was the victims of the Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre in Las Vegas. 

>> CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event

On Wednesday, a solemn Garth Brooks stood alone on stage to offer comforting words and a moment of silence for the 12 people gunned down at the Borderline bar and music venue in California last week. 

The tragedy hung in the air during the three-hour show, which aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Soft-spoken male vocalist of the year winner Stapleton noted while picking up a second award for “Broken Halos” (song of the year, single of the year), that it was written “about people who have gone on long before their time. I want to be thinking about the people in California right now.”

Midway through the telecast, Paisley and Underwood also acknowledged the firefighters battling the California blazes.

But the show adeptly balanced tragic and triumph with numerous inspiring performances.

Underwood’s potent rendition of her ballad of hopefulness, “Love Wins,” felt particularly poignant as she delivered it with a choir surrounding her onstage. She later scored her fifth female vocalist of the year win. 

Backstage, the pregnant Underwood – she revealed during the show that it’s another boy – welled up while talking about her life. 

“I’m honored to hold so many incredible titles – mom is definitely one of them,” she said tearfully. “Hopefully I can be an inspiration to my children and to other moms out there. We got this.”

Luke Bryan tagged a cadre of newish-comers for his Georgia-pines saluting “What Makes You Country” (Cole Swindell, a Bronwood native, and Lindsey Ell, a protégé of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, were among those sharing the stage). 

Brooks took the guy-and-a-guitar approach to debut a tender ballad, “Stronger Than Me,” as a surprise to wife Trisha Yearwood, who was seated a few feet in front of him.

“I didn’t cry, so I was happy about that,” a black-hatted Brooks said backstage, and then added with a smile. “She lost the bet, man.”

The triple play from Stapleton, Maren Morris and Mavis Staples unfurled as fiercely as expected, with the trio trading lyrics on Stapleton’s “Friendship” and the twosome wisely stepping back to allow Staples to improvise and roar during the Staple Singers classic, “I’ll Take You There.”

Musgraves, who noted during her acceptance speech that the date marked the 10-year anniversary of her move to Nashville, captivated with her ethereal “Slow Burn.”

“The best things in life are a slow burn, what you enjoy the journey of. It’s about enjoying the ride along the way … It’s one of my most autobiographical songs. It’s very personal to me,” Musgraves said backstage. 

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As with most awards shows, the actual winners become secondary to the performances, but there were several notables.

New artist of the year winner Luke Combs choked up while receiving his award (“God, I love country music, man.”), while Old Dominion also celebrated their first CMA, for vocal group of the year.

Brothers Osborne maintained their hold on the vocal duo of the year category, wining for the third time. 

“I don’t know why we keep winning this. If this was Florida, there’d definitely be a recount,” said John Osborne to much laughter. He then added, “Work hard, be diligent, be good to people.”

The CMA awards are voted on by the 7,300 members of the Country Music Association. 

CMA Awards 2018: Backstage with Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and more

Unlike other award shows, the CMAs usually deliver the biggest winners of the night to the media center backstage.

>> PHOTOS: Stars shine on the CMA Awards red carpet

Some pop in during the telecast – as Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion did – while others, usually the major names nominated in later categories, swing through after the show.

>> On AJC.com: Click here for a recap of the performances and winners from the 52nd annual CMA Awards

This year, the press room was especially busy with heavyweights, including entertainer of the year winner Keith Urban, multiple trophy-snagger Chris Stapleton and co-host/female vocalist of the year victor Carrie Underwood.

>> CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event

Here is what they had to say:

Keith Urban

On the support he receives from wife Nicole Kidman: “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists (in the family). We understand the passion, and the responsibility, of what we get to do. It’s very important.”On his unfailing passion for his work: “I love people. I love people. Every single person’s got a story. We have SO much more in common than different. We all have fears and hopes and dreams and insecurities and dysfunctional families. For me, I feel that in my life more than I’ve ever felt it … I’m perpetually curious. I don’t think of reinvention. I love curiosity and I love passion and I feel fortunate that I have both of those in spades. I feel exactly the same as I did when I moved to (Nashville) 26 years ago. I feel excited to get in the studio, I feel excited to put a show on.”About the remembering his father – who died in 2015 – during his acceptance speech: “I mentioned my father because he’s such a huge influence in my life – my mom and dad both are. I wish he could have seen this tonight; he set me on the path that I’m on. But I feel his presence and I’m very, very grateful for that.”

Chris Stapleton

On his blazing performance with Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and other musical talents: “I brought a bunch of ringers out there – Maren, Marty Stuart on guitar, all the guys on my band and from Anderson East’s band on horns. I tell you what, it’s a real treat to be up there with so many great musicians and artists. But to have Maren and Mavis and Marty and my wife up there, that’s a real treat. Mavis, we all owe her so much musically – some of us might not even realize it. She’s electricity. She’s so inspiring to be around as a person and a singer. If we can use some of our time to put her front and center, that’s exactly what we should be doing.”

Carrie Underwood

Underwood, who reveled during the show that she’s having another boy, joked about her numerous costume changes: “The wardrobe is definitely a challenge when you don’t recognize your own body,” she said with a laugh. “But I feel bad for returning dresses that aren’t maternity dresses all stretched out in the middle! I’m gonna go put my jammies on soon.”

About winning her fifth female vocalist of the year honor: “I think I’m still in shock, to be honest. When we were making this album, I would be lying to say I didn’t want awards. I’m competitive and I love these. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for the show and this organization. When you’re making an album, you want it to be better. For all the ups and downs we’ve been through and to make an album on top of that, this one definitely means a lot.”

Garth Brooks

Brooks reiterated that wife Trisha Yearwood didn’t hear the song he wrote for her, “Stronger Than Me,” until he performed it on the show: “The more I’d wait (to debut it here), it seemed like a bad idea! If you’re married there are points in your life that you never get across and we have three of those. That song addresses two of those three points. When I looked up at her at those points, she was laughing and crying at the same time. This song will make our relationship better whether it does anything in the business…I really wanted this to be a surprise to her. When it came to the last verse, that was a little… I couldn’t get to it. (Trisha) took it very well. She’s classy.”

Kasey Musgraves

Musgraves, clad completely in orange, shared her excitement about winning album of the year (for “Golden Hour”) for the first time: “This album is probably my most personal yet. What I was craving was time to make it. I took almost a year and a half. Going into the record, I was kind of in a confused place. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I just wanted to find that thing that made my soul really happy again. I got off the road, blocked the schedule off for about a year, got with (producers) Ian (Fitchuk) and Daniel (Tashian) and when we got together it was an instant fit. I started imagining this land musically where it was possible to keep elements of country intrinsic in my music, but I wanted to explore this new frontier for myself with electronic elements. It was a big deal for me to give people kind of a hiding place with this record. We live in such a tumultuous time, but I wanted to turn away from (political commentary). I was inspired to write about this beautiful world we live in…getting married, leaving my 20s. It was a really positive time and my music is really inspired by that.”

Brothers Osborne

T.J. Osborne opined on the duo’s continued success (they won best vocal duo for the third time): “If I had to guess, John and I are unabashedly ourselves and sometimes that gets us in trouble! It’s nice to know where people stand on who they are and I think we’ve done that… I’m genuinely just as shocked as the first year I won one of these.”John Osborne made many instant media friends when he proclaimed on his way out: “Free press, speak loud! You are not the enemy of the people! You have a voice, use it!”

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Old Dominion

Old Dominion scored its first CMA win (for vocal group of the year, unseating Little Big Town after six years. Singer Matt Ramsey had this to say about current single, “Make it Sweet”: “It was such a pure and honest moment for us. We wrote and recorded it in the same day. It really captured who we are as musicians right now and we’re really confident in our place right now. That feeds our soul.”

Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

It was a long time coming – 56 years – but a veteran from Pennsylvania finally got something he's waited decades for: his high school diploma.

>> Watch the news report here

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"It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before – well, I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "My friend was talking about the class reunion; I said I never did that because I never graduated."

>> Man finds Korean War soldier's battlefield love letters, searches for family

And before that he was busy serving our country, in Vietnam in the Navy.

But he had unfinished business.

As a junior, Neal withdrew from North Allegheny Senior High School and never got to graduate with his class of 1962.

When the school district recently heard about it, they set to work to change it with the help of a Pennsylvania law, "Operation Recognition." 

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"I am at the end of the law," Neal said. "It went from WWII to Korean veterans to Vietnam veterans. I guess the law will run out when the Vietnam veterans are gone."

Operation Recognition allows districts to give diplomas to honorably discharged veterans whose service in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam interfered with their schooling.

CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event 

The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards.

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The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.

The dynamic duo, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, returned to host the awards show for the 11th time.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban – WINNER

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas RhettChris Stapleton – WINNER Keith Urban

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood – WINNER

 

Album of the Year

From A Room: Volume 2, Chris StapletonGolden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – WINNERGraffiti U, Keith UrbanLife Changes, Thomas RhettThe Mountain, Dierks Bentley

 

Single of the Year

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

Song of the Year

“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

New Artist of the Year

Lauren AlainaLuke Combs – WINNER Chris Janson Midland Brett Young

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne – WINNER Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae Sugarland

 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum Lanco Little Big Town MidlandOld Dominion – WINNER

 

Music Video of the Year

“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett – WINNER “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

Musical Event of the Year

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney – WINNER “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

 

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas, dobro Paul Franklin, steel guitar Dann Huff, guitarMac McAnally, guitar – WINNER Derek Wells, guitar

 

Pink’s husband Carey Hart threatens to shoot wildfire looters in Malibu

Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting.

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He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C. Posse in front of a sign that read “Looters will be shot on site!”

“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis,” Hart said in the post. 

He also said while neighbors in Malibu have been defending their property against the fires, they’ve seen looters breaking into homes.

“If you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into Malibu,” Hart threatened in the post. 

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It’s unclear whether looters broke into Pink and Hart’s home, which several media outlets reported was spared by the Woolsey fire. The blaze has killed at least 50 people, burned almost 9,000 structures and charred nearly 100,000 acres in Malibu and the surrounding communities.

Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93.

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MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

MacGregor played the wealthy, haughty, mean-spirited Oleson in 153 of the 205 episodes of the television series that ran from 1974 to 1982, according to the IMDb database.

According to the “Little House on the Prairie” website, Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor was born Jan. 12, 1925, as Dorlee Deane McGregor in Glendale, California. She grew up in  Fort Collins, Colorado, and was active in the drama club at the University of Denver in 1944. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree.

MacGregor moved to New York in 1949 and began a distinguished career in theater, People reported. After some limited roles in television, she met Michael Landon in 1974 and landed her role as Harriet Oleson, the magazine reported.

Because Laura Ingalls’ “Little House” books barely mentioned Oleson, MacGregor crafted her own character, which played a dominant role in the series, which was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Melissa Gilbert, who starred as Ingalls on the series, paid tribute to MacGregor on Instagram and Twitter. Alison Arngrim, who played Oleson’s daughter in the series, posted a photo of the pair.

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