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Led Zeppelin Climbed 'Stairway to Heaven' on Their Own, Jury Finds 2

Led Zeppelin Climbed ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on Their Own, Jury Finds

Led Zeppelin, the’70s rock supergroup led by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, was cleared of copyright claims over it’s classic 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven,” in a case that could have had massive implications for artists and the music industry. Michael Skidmore, trustee for the estate of musician Randy Craig Wolfe, claimed in a lawsuit that Page and Plant lifted the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven” from “Taurus,” a 1968 tune written by Wolfe for his group Spirit. ...
Big Apple Circus Pared to Core by Cash Crunch; Faces Looming Shutdown 4

Big Apple Circus Pared to Core by Cash Crunch; Faces Looming Shutdown

The Big Apple Circus, founded in New York City 38 years ago, may be dropping its big top for the last time. The show put out an urgent appeal today for a “cash infusion” to stave off shuttering “next season and possibly for good.” Anybody have a spare $600,000? The circus revealed its financial crisis several weeks ago and began an urgent $2 million fundraising campaign to keep it afloat....
Prince, Iconic Musician Known for Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock Fusion, Dead at 57 6

Prince, Iconic Musician Known for Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock Fusion, Dead at 57

Prince, a multi-talent singer known for his ability to fuse pop, funk, folk and rock into his own unique sound, was found dead this morning in his Minnesota home. His death is being attributed to the flu, although mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to his demise. He was 57. Prince, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, had reportedly been battling flu-like symptoms for several weeks. ...
Nancy Reagan, Actress, First Lady, Wife of Ronald Reagan, Dies at 94 8

Nancy Reagan, Actress, First Lady, Wife of Ronald Reagan, Dies at 94

Nancy Reagan, who was born to a car salesman father and actress mother, established her own career in Hollywood and went on to become First Lady of the United States as wife of President Ronald Reagan, had died at her Bel Air home, after a long period of failing health. She was 94. Through her mother’s connections, which included Zasu Pitts, Walter Huston and Spencer Tracy, she began he acting career. She married Ronald Reagan in 1952....
Apple vs. FBI: Should the Government Have a 'Backdoor' to iPhones? 10

Apple vs. FBI: Should the Government Have a ‘Backdoor’ to iPhones?

Apple Inc. is pushing back against the U.S. government in its quest to crack the iPhone of the San Bernardino Islamic terrorists. The case that could be the first to establish a far-reaching legal precedent governing the right to telephonic privacy. The bureau is searching for evidence about Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 people in the Dec. 2 mass shooting, according to FBI director James Comey....
Accounts of FBI Shooting of Armed Oregon Protester Vary Widely (Video) 12

Accounts of FBI Shooting of Armed Oregon Protester Vary Widely (Video)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown very likely set in motion the FBI’s crackdown on armed protesters who have been holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. She expressed her frustration on Wednesday (Jan. 20) over federal inaction and call for the law to be enforced. “The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and under-served by federal officials’ response thus far,” Brown said during a news conference....
Oregon Protesters Refusing to Leave Refuge Without a Fight (Video) 14

Oregon Protesters Refusing to Leave Refuge Without a Fight (Video)

Oregon protesters who have been holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a remote area of Oregon for almost a month are refusing to leave without a fight, despite an FBI offer to evacuate the facility immediately without being charged. The drama has been playing out on a live stream feed from the area. It’s being run by members of the so-called “patriot” militia. Federal and state authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, leader of the “patriot” militia, his brother Ryan Bundy and somewhere between four and eight other supporters, according to various reports....
Ammon Bundy, Patriot Protest Leader, Arrested After Oregon Shootout 16

Ammon Bundy, Patriot Protest Leader, Arrested After Oregon Shootout

Ammon Bundy, leader of a “patriot” militia that stormed a wildlife refuge center in Oregon to protest federal land use, has been arrested by federal agents. Bundy was apprehended along with several followers after shots were fired, according to authorities. He and armed members of the so-called “American Patriot Movement” had taken over a complex of refuge buildings in early January, and vowed to kill anyone who tried to remove them....
Lamar Odom Worse Than Reported: Fluid Builds Up Around His Heart 20

Lamar Odom Worse Than Reported: Fluid Builds Up Around His Heart

Lamar Odom’s condition is still critical despite upbeat reports that he is talking and moving about his room. He was forced to undergo two surgeries today, including one to remove fluid building up around his heart according to a source. The condition often occurs during extreme trauma to the body that affects the heart and lungs, according to medical references....
Lamar Odom Passing Point of No Return; Family Faces Tough Decision 22

Lamar Odom Passing Point of No Return; Family Faces Tough Decision

Lamar Odom has appeared to move past the point of new return. With the chances of recovery deteriorating, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar’s extended family will have to make a touch choice in the next few days whether to remove him from life support. Odom was found unconscious in his VIP suite at the infamous Love Ranch South in Crystal, Nevada on Oct. 13....