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U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

LOS ANGELES - U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

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Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland

LONDON - Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.

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Argentine luthier turns beat-up skateboards into electric guitars

BUENOS AIRES - Working a pedal-powered carpentry machine, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso is giving beat-up skateboards a new lease on life, recycling them into electric guitars coveted by the likes of American rock band Pearl Jam.

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Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour note in China with Hong Kong visit

BEIJING - Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China on Wednesday when he appeared among Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country's foreign ministry to warn foreigners once again to keep their noses out.

Music, People, World, China, 4:55am EDT

Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera

LONDON - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera.

Italy, Music, Arts 2:07am EDT

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity

NEW YORK - Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer who dressed first ladies and Hollywood stars during a career that spanned five decades, was remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style, generous heart and tireless philanthropy. | Video

People 21 Oct 2014

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