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Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancel Shows Due to 'Family Emergency'

A personal crisis suffered by singer Johnny Van Zant has wiped Lynyrd Skynyrd's next two tour dates off the schedule.

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Swiss seize 9 relics allegedly stolen from Libya, Palmyra

The Geneva prosecutor's office has confiscated nine cultural artifacts including a sculpted head of Aphrodite and two bas-reliefs that were allegedly stolen from Yemen, Libya and the site of ancient Palmyra in Syria.

The relics had been placed in the Geneva Free Ports, a special duty-free zone for storage, in 2009 and 2010, before the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the later emergence of the radical Islamic State group.

The prosecutor's office said Friday that a customs check in 2013 raised suspicions that the relics had been stolen, prompting a look by cultural experts and later a criminal probe.

It says the Aphrodite head from Libya dates from before the 1st century B.C. and the bas-reliefs were from before the 3rd century in Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site later damaged by IS.

Swiss seize 9 relics allegedly stolen from Libya, Palmyra

The Geneva prosecutor's office has confiscated nine cultural artifacts including a sculpted head of Aphrodite and two bas-reliefs that were allegedly stolen from Yemen, Libya and the site of ancient Palmyra in Syria.

The relics had been placed in the Geneva Free Ports, a special duty-free zone for storage, in 2009 and 2010, before the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the later emergence of the radical Islamic State group.

The prosecutor's office said Friday that a customs check in 2013 raised suspicions that the relics had been stolen, prompting a look by cultural experts and later a criminal probe.

It says the Aphrodite head from Libya dates from before the 1st century B.C. and the bas-reliefs were from before the 3rd century in Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site later damaged by IS.

An Insider's Guide to Sotheby's 'Rock and Roll Anthology' Auction: Exclusive Interview

On Dec. 10, Sotheby's will bring to the auction block some of the most historically important artifacts of rock history.

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Ace Frehley Wishes 'Creatures of the Night' Was His Last Kiss Album

Ace Frehley says he wishes 'Creatures of the Night,' and not 'Music from the Elder,' was his last album with Kiss. Continue reading…

Artists revamp 'Baby it's Cold Outside' lyrics 'to be not creepy'

A pair of Minnesota musicians have put their twist on a catchy but not so up-to-date holiday classic, humorously changing the lyrics of "Baby it's Cold Outside" to emphasize consent.

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The original duet was written in 1944. To summarize the lyrics, a woman sings about wanting to go home after a date with a man, who insists that she stay with him.

The song has been controversial in recent years – and deemed by some to be the worst Christmas song of all time – because of the man's insistence that the woman stay despite her telling him no clearly and repeatedly.

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"I ought to say no, no, no sir," the female lead sings. "At least I'm going to say that I tried."

"What's the sense of hurting my pride?" the male lead answers.

Artists Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski decided to take back the lyrics, posting what Liza deemed a "less sexually aggressive" version of the song Monday on SoundCloud.

"My mother will start to worry," Liza croons.

"Call her so she know that you're coming," Lemanski responds.

Most of Liza's lines stay true to the original song, although Lemanski's have been drastically changed.

"I wish I knew how to break the spell," Liza sings.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Lemanski answers.

In its first few days online, the song garnered more than 26,000 listens.

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No more 'Melania Trump' underwear or honey for Slovenians

No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians.

The future U.S. first lady has hired a law firm in her native country to protect her name and image from being used on numerous products that have sprung up since her husband, Donald Trump, was elected president.

Natasa Pirc Musar, director of the Pirc Musar&Partnerji law firm, said Friday that the use of the name "Melania Trump" for commercial purposes without approval of her client would be against the law in the small Alpine state and would represent a violation of personal rights.

"Judicial practice in Slovenia is clear: the use of the name, surname and photo of someone for commercial purposes without approval is not allowed," Pirc Musar told The Associated Press, adding that the law firm has sent a press release to all Slovenian media, warning of a possible violation of the Melania Trump registered trademark.

Items that were named after her include honey jars with labels showing her smiling face and the inscription "from the home garden of Melania Trump," cakes decorated with golden dust, high heel shoes, an underwear line, a type of salad and even a big Christmas tree in the capital.

Pirc Musar said that Melania Trump so far has not launched any legal claims.

"We issued only a general warning," Pirc Musar said. "We did not decide to call anybody or to demand anything. We have nothing against the Christmas tree in Ljubljana named Melania because this has nothing to do with commercial purposes. But we can't allow some products to be named 'Melania Trump.'"

Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career. The last time she is believed to have visited her native country was in July 2002, when she introduced Donald Trump to her parents at the lakeside Grand Hotel Toplice in the resort town of Bled two years before the couple's engagement.

It is not clear whether the branding of some products only as "Melania" would also represent the trademark breach.

According to the national statistics bureau, 25 people in Slovenia are named Melania and 198 are called Melanija, the Slavic version of the name.

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Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Dutch return looted 2nd century marble head to Italy

Dutch police have returned to Italy a 2nd century marble head that was stolen from a famous archaeological site outside Rome and offered up for auction in Amsterdam.

Italy's national police art squad says the 31-centimeter head of Roman empress Giulia Domna was worth 500,000 euros. It was stolen, apparently unnoticed, in 2012 from Villa Adriana at the Tivoli site, which is on UNESCO's world heritage list.

Amsterdam police say two people were arrested and charged with theft and trying to sell the sculpture.

Carabinieri Maj. Massimo Maresca said an Amsterdam auction house flagged the artifact to Italian authorities in 2015 after a woman purporting to be its owner tried to auction it off. Italian police notified their Dutch counterparts.

Dutch authorities returned the head during a ceremony Friday in Amsterdam.

Deep Purple Fuel Retirement Rumors With 'Long Goodbye Tour' Announcement

Deep Purple are already lining up tour dates for the tail end of 2017 — and it looks like they might be among the band's last.

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Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, "Come on!" before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

Bryan's publicist says in a statement that the man was making "crude hand gestures" toward Bryan and that security personnel saw the man's "disruptive actions" and escorted him out.

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