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Little Big Town heads back on tour after Ryman residency

Every time country vocal group Little Big Town walked into the 125-year-old Ryman Auditorium to play one of their residency shows this year, the four singers breathed a little sigh of relief.

"When we go into the dressing room, you just take a breath and go, 'OK, I feel like I am at home,'" said Jimi Westbrook.

The Mother Church of country music in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, was one of the few places fans could have seen the quartet perform this year, but the five-time Country Music Association vocal group of the year will return to a major headlining tour starting in February.

After the release of their eighth album "The Breaker" in February, the Grammy-winning band took a break from heavy touring but their nine Ryman concerts between February and September gave fans a much more intimate and unique concert experience.

They took advantage of the theater's natural acoustics to show off their beautiful four-part harmonies and had surprise special guests including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Tori Kelly and Chris Stapleton. The last show in the residency will be on Nov. 27.

"It's magical and it's surreal every time," Phillip Sweet said of the Ryman shows. "And it's been such an enriching experience for us. We come away really emotional in a good way."

"The Breakers" tour will kick off in Oklahoma City on Feb. 8 and hit the Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Opening acts include Kacey Musgraves and Midland and tickets go on sale Friday.

The group is up for four nominations at this year's CMA Awards on Nov. 8, including single and video of the year for "Better Man," written by pop superstar Taylor Swift. Swift, who got her start in country, is also nominated for the first time in several years as the songwriter for "Better Man."

"When you can't get it out of your head, and when it becomes sing-able instantly, then there's always something special about it," Fairchild said. "And then when you get that extra tug of the heart and connection... then you really have just gone to a deeper level with the fans... Taylor wrote a beautiful song and we're just really grateful that the fans connected with it."

The group said they sent Swift messages of congratulations after learning of the nomination and Sweet said, "She was very thrilled, very excited."

But there's no word if Swift, whose new album "reputation" comes out two days after the CMA Awards, will show up to the awards show.

"She is one busy lady," Fairchild said, but added if she did come, "that would be awesome."

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Image of rapper Drake imposed into park renovation rendering

The New York City Parks Department livened up a rendering of a planned park renovation by inserting an image of the Grammy-winning rapper Drake into the background, alongside an image of rapper Akon laughing in the foreground.

The image of Drake is taken from the television show "Degrassi: The Next Generation" where the rapper played a student who used a wheelchair after being shot. The New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/2hgwXXv ) the rendering featuring Drake appears on page 52 of a 59-page document outlining the renovation plan for Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park released Tuesday.

Parks spokesman Sam Biederman referenced lyrics from Drake's song "Started From the Bottom" when asked about the rendering. He says they "started at the bottom of Fort Greene Park's signature hill, now we're here with the final design."

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

Clinton mocks 'manspreading' Putin

When Hillary Clinton took the guest's seat on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," she was in a mood to put Russian President Vladimir Putin on the psychiatrist's couch.

Clinton said Tuesday night that Putin interfered in the presidential election in part because of her work as secretary of state, which brought the two into conflict on various occasions. That, she said, evolved into a grudge on his part.

She said the fact she's a woman "does seem to get him agitated." And she mocked Putin for "manspreading" at one meeting. That's an aggressive posture where a man sits with legs splayed.

And she says Putin is "tied up with his anger and disappointment" with the Soviet Union's collapse.

Meantime Clinton called President Donald Trump's U.N. speech "very dark, dangerous."

Protesting Venezuelan violinist may seek asylum in US

A violinist who became the young face of anti-government protests in Venezuela may soon seek political asylum in the United States.

Wuilly Arteaga became well-known after playing somber renditions of Venezuela's national anthem while standing amid clouds of tear gas. During one clash with security forces earlier this year, he and his violin were dragged to the ground and he was later thrown in jail, where he said he was beaten.

Now free, he performed Tuesday at Lincoln Center in New York at an event to draw attention to human rights abuses in Venezuela.

The 23-year-old said his priority is to find work in the U.S. rather than request asylum. But he said he doesn't feel safe returning home because of death threats he*s received on social media and by phone following his outspoken criticism of President Nicolas Maduro.

"I'll probably seek asylum but it's not a decision I've made yet," Arteaga told The Associated Press at the concert. "I'm nervous and worried. I don't know what's going to happen with my life."

Dressed in a T-shirt and hat in the red, yellow and blue colors of the Venezuelan flag, Arteaga performed somber renditions of the classic folk standards that became anthems of the four-month protest movement. Projected on a screen behind him were scenes from the protests in which more than 120 people died and hundreds more were injured or jailed. Some of the images showed Arteaga, his face bloodied.

"I play the violin for peace, for freedom," Arteaga told the Lincoln Center crowd.

Arteaga first picked up the violin growing up in the city of Valencia and was a member of Venezuela's world-famous El Sistema network of youth orchestras and music schools. He dropped out after two years but continued studying on his own. About four years ago he moved to Caracas, busking for his meals by playing on the streets and outside stores.

He arrived in New York on Sunday with little means to support himself. He's living now at a hotel paid for by the sponsors of Tuesday's event but says he'll soon have to start looking for work.

Trump mocks Emmy ceremony for low ratings

President Donald Trump is mocking Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony — where he himself was frequently mocked by host Stephen Colbert, presenters and prize-winners.

Trump tweets, "I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever."

The president's Tuesday night tweet is a little off: The show was on Sunday, not Monday, and the ratings didn't quite hit bottom, though they were close. The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched, slightly more than last year's lowest ever audience of 11.3 million.

Trump adds, "Smartest people of them all are the 'DEPLORABLES.'" That's a reference to a remark Hillary Clinton made during last year's presidential campaign, when she said half of Trump supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables."

Latin Grammy nominations postponed over natural disasters

Nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards have been postponed because of Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico and the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that the delay comes "as an outgrowth of the terrible and tragic recent natural disasters."

Nomination announcements had been scheduled for Wednesday. No new date has been chosen.

Abaroa says the academy's "thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these catastrophic events and ones that may come."

The Latin Grammy Awards ceremony is still scheduled for Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with a live telecast on Univision.

Serena Williams shares open letter to her mother since giving birth to Alexis Olympia

Serena Williams is a new mother and still can’t believe it.

In an open letter posted on Reddit Tuesday, the tennis icon reflects on the role her own mother, Oracene Price, played in protecting her as she grew up in the public eye as she prepares to do the same for her own daughter.

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Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian,Sept. 1.

Alexis Olympia made her debut on her mother’s Instagram story and in a YouTube video posted by Ohanian Sept. 12.

“You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter ) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body,” Williams wrote. “I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.”

“I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.”

Williams expressed gratitude to her mother for helping her show the range of beauty women with different shapes and sizes have.

Related: Meet Serena’s new daughter, Alexis; Instagram post marks baby’s public debut

“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

“You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead.”

Williams thanks Price for being her role model and hopes to do the same for her daughter.

“Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.”

Read Williams’ full letter below.

Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid stage London Fashion Week show

London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations.

The theme seemed to be a frenzied search for fun and whimsy, a shade less serious and complicated than usual as designers looked forward to next spring and summer.

There were big shows by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace, and more, and more intimate affairs by the up-and-coming designers London depends on for its fashion cred.

The first day was marred when a subway train was attacked on the outskirts of London, raising fears of more attacks, but the fashionistas stayed calm and partied on.

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TOMMY HILFIGER, GIGI HADID PAY HOMAGE TO ROCK MUSIC

Designer Tommy Hilfiger and model Gigi Hadid staged a grungy rock affair for their show on the final night of London Fashion Week.

It was the pair's third collaboration and featured early appearances by Hadid's siblings, Bella and Anwar.

The Tuesday show was presented at London's legendary Roundhouse, where stars such as James Brown and Bob Dylan have performed over the years.

Concert-style merchandise stalls had pieces from the TOMMYNOW collection available to purchase around the venue.

The outfits included leather jackets with leopard print collars, worn with cropped denim shorts and beanie hats emblazoned with "Gigi Hadid" — a homage to band merchandise and an appeal to the model's vast fan base.

Models also wore lanyards mimicking backstage passes printed with "Gigi" and cropped T-shirts also bearing the model's name.

Patterns were checks or stripes, and oversize puffer jackets were worn open.

Hadid said she was happy the show was such a family affair.

"It is obviously a huge event, and I put a lot of pressure on myself as I'm a perfectionist, so to be able to look around and see my family is very grounding and keeps me calm," she said.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM GIVES GLIMPSE OF VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham didn't have a runway show at London Fashion Week, but she showed the spring and summer 2018 collection for her popular Victoria, Victoria Beckham line to journalists and guests at a private club in Mayfair.

The former Spice Girl, whose New York show won accolades last week, is offering a youthful look. Some of the clothes celebrated Miami and its neon colors, including a jacket with pink flamingo designs.

The saturated pop colors included "milkshake pink," ''bubblegum" and "peppermint." One tan suede outfit of short-short pants and a patch pocket jacket caught the eye, as did some pajama-style slouchy outfits.

The look was relaxed and meant for fun, a far cry from the black that was once Beckham's signature color. She's emphasizing pastels now — at least for summer — and suits made of pinstriped cotton twill.

It's been quite a year for Beckham, who in April was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books

1. What Happened by Hillary Clinton - 9781501175572 - (Simon & Schuster)

2. It by Stephen King - 9781501141232 - (Scribner)

3. Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn - 9781476783543 - (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)

4. Sweet Little Thing by Abbi Glines - No ISBN Available - (Abbi Glines Publishing)

5. Misadventures of a City Girl by Chelle Bliss & Meredith Wild - No ISBN Available - (Waterhouse Press)

6. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 9780735224476 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

7. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz - 9780451494337 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

8. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate - 9780425284698 - (Random House Publishing Group)

9. Unbelievable by Katy Tur - 9780062684943 - (Dey Street Books)

10. Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb - 9781250123183 - (St. Martin's Press)

(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1.Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang

2.Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

3.Iron Marines,Ironhide S.A.

4.Bloons TD 5,Ninja Kiwi

5.iSchedule, HotSchedules

6.Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations

7.Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.

8.MONOPOLY Game, Electronic Arts

9.Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Guit...,Ultimate Guitar

10.Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. tbh7/8,Midnight Labs LLC

2. YouTube, Google, Inc.

3. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.

4. Bitmoji,- Your Personal Emoji, Bitstrips

5. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.

6. Instagram,Instagram, Inc.

7. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

8. Bitmoji,- Your Personal Emoji, Bitstrips

9. Google Maps, Google, Inc.

10. Boonk Gang, Tha Lights Global

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minds On Physics the App - Part 1,Physics Classroom, LLC

2. Minecraft: Pocket EditionMojang

3. XtraMath, XtraMath

4. Notability, Ginger Labs

5. Iron MarinesIronhide S.A.

6. Procreate - Sketch, paint, cre...,Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

7. The Escapists, Team17 Software Ltd

8. Terraria,505 Games (US), Inc.

9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

10. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. YouTube, Google, Inc.

2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

3. Gmail - email by Google: secur...,Google, Inc

4. Facebook,Facebook, Inc.

5. Snake VS Block, Voodoo

6. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

7. Google Chrome, Google, Inc.

8. Bowmasters - Multiplayer Game,Playgendary

9. Google Docs,Google, Inc.

10. ROBLOX, Roblox Corporation

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(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

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