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  • Motivational speaker Robbins' coal walk burns more than 30

    DALLAS (AP) — More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins have been treated for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals as a way of conquering their fears, Dallas fire officials said.Five people were taken to a hospital Thursday night, while the rest were treated at the scene for burns to their feet and lower extremities, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.The hot coals were spread outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center as part of a four-day Robbins seminar called "Unleash the Power Within."Representatives for Robbins didn't immediately return messages Friday, but in a statement provided to KTVT-TV organizers said about 7,000 people walked across the coals and only five "requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site.""Someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911 erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns," according to the statement.Tad Schinke, an event trainer, told WFAA-TV: "We always have a few people that have some discomfort afterwards and we do our best to take care of them."

  • Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.The verdict in Los Angeles settles a point that music fans have debated for decades but didn't find its way to court until two years ago, when the trustee for the late Randy Craig Wolfe filed a copyright lawsuit.The trust claimed that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page lifted a passage that Wolfe, better known as Randy California, wrote for "Taurus," a short work he recorded with his band Spirit in 1968.Page and singer Robert Plant showed little emotion as the verdict was read then hugged their lawyers.Jurors found the trust had cleared a few hurdles, including that Page and Plant had "access" to "Taurus," meaning they would have been familiar with it.Trust attorney Francis Malofiy said he was sad and disappointed by the jury's decision.

  • McCartney, Gaga sign letter to Congress about gun violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel and others have signed an open letter from Billboard magazine to Congress about stopping gun violence in America.Billboard posted the letter and signatures on its website Thursday. There are over 200 signatures from musicians and executives including Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Costello, Britney Spears, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting and Katy Perry.Billboard wrote: "We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more."Billboard said its editors were horrified by the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida, and Christina Grimmie's death, and felt connected to both incidents because the "tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered."Alicia Keys, James Corden, Questlove, Selena Gomez, Stevie Nicks and Bob Weir also signed the letter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda leaving 'Hamilton' July 9; vows to return

NEW YORK (AP) — The news that no die-hard "Hamilton" fan — or anyone who hasn't seen the Broadway smash yet — wants to hear has arrived: Lin-Manuel Miranda, its creator and star, is leaving the show this summer. But he promises to return "again and again."

  • icon Posted: June 17

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