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Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

CHICAGO — R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Ex-'Idol' contestant to live with parents before drug trial

Ex-'Idol' contestant to live with parents before drug trial

NORFOLK, Va. — A former "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial.
Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police

Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police

BARCELONA, Spain — Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked major roads and train tracks across the northeastern region on Thursday during a strike called to protest the trial of a dozen separatist leaders.
Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

DHAKA, Bangladesh — In the day since a devastating fire erupted in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital, Awal Hossain has been searching for his younger brother.
Fendi honours Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

Fendi honours Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

MILAN — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.
US home sales tumbled 1.2 per cent in January

US home sales tumbled 1.2 per cent in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales fell 1.2 per cent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability problems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market.