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Last Update on October 20, 2014 07:12 GMT

MANHATTAN TRANSFER TOUR AFTER DEATH OF TIM HAUSER

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Manhattan Transfer say they will keep their upcoming tour dates in spite of the death of singer Tim Hauser. A band representative says Hauser died Thursday of cardiac arrest at the age of 72. The group's next concert is Thursday in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Manhattan Transfer's biggest hit was a 1981 remake of "The Boy From New York City." Hauser founded the group in 1969 with different singers. He met some of the current singers while driving a cab in New York.

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Excerpt of The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer performing "Boy From New York City."

COUNTRY SONGWRITER PAUL CRAFT DIES

NASHVILLE (AP) -- The man who gave us "Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)" has died. The Nashville Tennessean reports songwriter Paul Craft died Saturday after years of deteriorating health. He was 76. Craft also wrote "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life" for Moe Bandy, "Take Another Swing At Me" for Randy Travis, "Brother Jukebox" for Mark Chesnutt and "It's Me Again, Margaret" for Ray Stevens.

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Mark Chesnutt performing "Brother Jukebox."

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Excerpt of Bobby Bare

Bobby Bare performing "Dropkick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)."

DUSTIN LYNCH RECOVERS FROM BEER CAN ASSAULT

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Dustin Lynch says he's gotten a few stitches and he'll be OK, but the guy who threw a beer can at him got away. Lynch was performing in Niceville, Florida, on Friday at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival when someone beaned him with a full can of beer. Lynch had a cut below one of his eyes. He still finished the show.

BONO HAS GLAUCOMA

LONDON (AP) -- Bono says he wears sunglasses all the time because he has glaucoma. Bono tells the BBC's "Graham Norton Show" he's had the condition for 20 years. He says he has good treatments and he's going to be fine. Glaucoma can sometimes make eyes sensitive to light. Bono says people are now going to think of him as "poor old blind Bono."

NICO AND VINZ ALMOST WERE WRONG ABOUT "AM I WRONG"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Are you sick of the song "Am I Wrong" by Nico and Vinz? They sort of are too. Nicolas "Nico" Sereba says that song will be on the radio when they get into cabs and the drivers will turn it up for them. Sereba says they think, "'It's OK man. You can turn it down. We've heard it. I know this song." The song nearly didn't happen. Vincent "Vinz" Dery says he was about to give up writing on the song because it wasn't working for him. He heard Nico's verse and thought it was really good, so he knew he had to step up his game.

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Nicolas "Nico" Sereba, musician with Nico and Vinz

Nicolas "Nico" Sereba of Nico and Vinz says they hear their song "Am I Wrong" a lot.

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Nicolas "Nico" Sereba, musician with Nico and Vinz

Nicolas "Nico" Sereba of Nico and Vinz says their song "Am I Wrong" has taken on a life of its own.

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Vincent "Vinz" Dery, musician with Nico and Vinz

Vincent "Vinz" Dery of Nico and Vinz says they thought the song "Am I Wrong" would not get any airplay.

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Vincent "Vinz" Dery, musician with Nico and Vinz

Vincent "Vinz" Dery of Nico and Vinz says he nearly gave up writing the song "Am I Wrong."

STEVEN TYLER IS GUEST SPEAKER AT MAUI DRUG COURT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- A few nights after Steven Tyler performed for 20,000 people, he admitted he was scared to talk to 11 people and their families. The Maui News reports it's because Tyler was addressing graduates of the Maui Drug Court, which allows drug offenders to go to rehab rather than jail. Tyler said he was nervous because he was telling the grads his truth about being a drug addict and an alcoholic. He says it's an honor to be part of a new society where judges and police officers know someone's in trouble and offer a way to stay out of jail. Recently, Macklemore addressed a drug court in Seattle, where he was a successful graduate.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS BUILDING CLOSES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The home of The Sound Of Philadelphia has closed for good. The Philadelphia International Records building at 309 S. Broad Street was officially shut down last week. The building's sign was dissembled into six pieces and shipped away for storage. The building was the target of arson in 2010 and was not able to be repaired. It's been sold to a developer who will demolish it next year to put up a 47-story hotel and luxury condominiums. Among the acts that recorded in the PIR building were The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and Three Degrees. Before it was home to PIR, the building housed the Cameo-Parkway label. Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp were among the acts who recorded there in that era.

JOE KING OF THE FRAY MARRIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Singer-guitarist Joe King of The Fray has married "Vampire Diaries" star Candice Accola. People magazine reports the couple married Saturday in New Orleans. It's Accola's first marriage and the second for King. He has two daughters.

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JAY LENO-COMEDY AWARD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- He has told many a joke during his career.

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IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its chip division

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- IBM is paying $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.

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MANNING RECORD - KEEP-AWAY

DENVER (AP) -- It was a game of keep-way -- with Peyton Manning's record-breaking football.

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IN THE NEWS: SPRINT LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Sprint is cutting its payroll in an effort to save its market share.

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