AUSTIN, Texas — Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are among the stars headlining a benefit concert next week to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Organizers said the “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert will be held in Austin on Sept. 22. It will be broadcast live on 11 Tegna stations in the state and on YouTube.
Also scheduled to perform are Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges. Actors Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey are scheduled to make special appearances at the four-hour show at the Frank Erwin Center.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday afternoon. Prices range from $30 to $199; proceeds will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund .
Donations will also be collected from phone banks at the television stations.
Duggar welcomes baby amid fondling battle
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Reality TV star Josh Duggar has announced the birth of a baby boy a day after a judge halted his lawsuit over the release of information related to allegations he fondled his sisters as a child.
A post on the family website says Mason Garrett Duggar became the fifth child of Josh and his wife, Anna, on Tuesday.
On Monday, a federal judge stopped proceedings in Josh Duggar’s lawsuit filed against city officials in Springdale, Arkansas.
Duggar starred on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until it was pulled from the network in 2015 over revelations Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he had confessed to the fondling and apologized.
The 29-year-old previously apologized for a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife.
Robot conducts tenor Bocelli, orchestra in Pisa
PISA, Italy — Tenor Andrea Bocelli has brought down the house at Pisa’s Teatro Verdi by performing with an unusual conductor: a robot.
The white, two-armed YuMi robot, designed by the Swiss company ABB for factory assembly lines, led Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Verdi’s “La Donna e Mobile” on Tuesday night at Pisa’s inaugural International Robotics Festival.
Bocelli, who is blind, follows the music and is sensitive to the variabilities brought to a performance by different conductors.
He declared YuMi a capable conductor, saying the robot had been “programmed well.”
The Lucca orchestra’s regular conductor, Andrea Colombini, praised YuMi but said “he lacks sensitivity, most of all he lacks interaction. If the orchestra should make an error, YuMi doesn’t stop.”
Clinton publisher questions Amazon reviews
NEW YORK — The publisher of Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” is questioning Amazon reviews posted within a day of the book’s release.
Published Tuesday, the book is Clinton’s retelling of her presidential election loss last year.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,500 reviews appeared on Amazon. Many contained little information about the book and instead offered high praise or sharp criticism of the Democratic candidate.
Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp tells The Associated Press: “It seems highly unlikely that approximately 1,500 people read Hillary Clinton’s book overnight and came to the stark conclusion that it is either brilliant or awful.”
He says Simon & Schuster hopes the online commentary would reflect opinions of people who have actually read the book.
Amazon says reviews are designed to help customers make purchase decisions and it’s not the company’s role to decide what customers would find helpful in reviews.
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