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Strait to finish job

Country music star George Strait says he will play in Kansas City this week to make up for a weekend concert he cut short because he was too sick to continue.

Strait made it through two songs Saturday night at the Sprint Center before telling the crowd he couldn't keep going because he was ill. The Kansas City Star reports the singer's voice was labored and hoarse.

Many of the 18,000 in attendance stood and gave him a rousing ovation after they got over their initial disappointment.

Martina McBride opened for Strait with a one-hour set, and she says she will be back Saturday to open for him again.

All tickets for the first show will be honored at the concert.


Rapper arrested in brawl

Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn., police said.

Five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand Casino, where Combs headlined a "platinum party" as part of a 20th anniversary celebration for Foxwoods.

A State Police detective was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and was released, police said.

Jones, a hip-hop artist and actor whose "We Fly High" was one of 2007's top-selling rap tracks, was charged with resisting arrest for an alleged assault on an officer and breach of peace, a State Police spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance, said. The other four people arrested faced charges including inciting to riot.


Turner against oil pipeline

CNN founder Ted Turner is opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would be built close to his buffalo ranch in South Dakota.

The pipeline would deliver oil from Canada's Alberta province to the U.S. Gulf Coast, running through Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota in the Great Plains.

CNN recently broadcast a commentary in which Turner says the pipeline shouldn't be built.

The manager of Turner's 141,000-acre buffalo ranch southwest of Pierre says the pipeline would cross the Bad River about 15 miles upstream from the ranch. The river flows through Turner's property.

Manager Tom LeFaive tells the Rapid City Journal the project should at least guarantee that a percentage of the Canadian crude oil is used in the United States.


Virus shelves Dion

Singer Celine Dion has canceled several upcoming concerts in Las Vegas because of a virus.

Caesars Palace officials say her doctor advised her to rest for a week to recover from the virus, which caused an inflammation of her vocal cords. Shows scheduled for Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday were canceled at the resort's Colosseum. Her next scheduled concert there is Saturday.

Dion, in a statement, said she feels terrible about not being able to perform at the shows. Refunds will be given.

-- From News and wire services