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Ska pioneer dies

JOHNNY Moore, a trumpeter and founding member of the pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites, has died of cancer at 70. Moore died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following cancer treatment last week, music promoter Herbie Miller said. The Skatalites were nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s.

Holding on to No 1

AMERICAN former gospel singer Katy Perry held onto her number one spot yesterday for the second week. Her single I Kissed A Girl, which has received criticism for its lyrics, keeps Kid Rock's All Summer Long firmly at number two. Also this week, The Man Who Can't be Moved, the new single from The Script, climbs one place this week to reach number three.

High-profile union

ELLEN DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have wed in what is perhaps the highest-profile gay marriage since California legalised the unions, according to reports. People and US Magazine said DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, wed on Saturday night in an intimate ceremony at their home, which is in Beverly Hills.The couple have been together for four years.

Tourist regions hit

TWO small bombs blamed on Basque separatist group ETA exploded at tourist resorts in southern Spain yesterday. No injuries were reported, but more than 10,000 people were evacuated from a harbour area. A bomb squad later defused a third device near Malaga airport.

Great expectations

A DAY after giving birth to septuplets, a 27-year-old Egyptian woman said yesterday she's only seen her babies on television and hopes to hold them and give them names soon. Ghazala Khamis, who took fertility drugs to conceive in an effort to produce a son now has four boys and three girls.

Grand Canyon flood

OFFICIALS were evacuating hundreds of people from the Grand Canyon last night after a dam broke following heavy rains.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said the Redlands Dam broke. About 400 members of the Havasupai tribe near. No injuries are reported.

Battle death toll

THIRTY-TWO Taliban fighters and five private security guards have died during a four-hour battle in southern Afghanistan.

Zabul Deputy Governor Gulab Shah Alikheil said Taliban fighters ambushed a Nato supply convoy escorted by private security yesterday morning, sparking a battle.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 18, 2008
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