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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $5,845,286; $102.02.

2. Beyonce; $5,735,568; $114.78.

3. Paul McCartney; $3,436,637; $124.69.

4. Dead & Company; $2,007,082; $75.18.

5. Kenny Chesney; $1,979,084; $70.87.

6. Justin Bieber; $1,663,719; $98.78.

7. Rod Stewart; $1,633,434; $106.52.

8. Sting / Peter Gabriel; $1,603,375; $112.19.

9. Rihanna; $1,260,903; $88.79.

10. Lionel Richie; $1,101,544; $93.74.

11. Iron Maiden; $1,081,016; $73.05.

12. Luke Bryan; $929,733; $54.07.

13. Dave Matthews Band; $904,382; $57.45.

14. Mumford & Sons; $850,658; $55.59.

15. The Cure; $834,727; $56.79.

16. Andre Rieu; $806,334; $80.24.

17. Dixie Chicks; $796,252; $65.93.

18. Carrie Underwood; $754,933; $66.78.

19. Journey / Doobie Brothers; $664,982; $55.96.

20. Bryan Adams; $645,269; $65.27.


Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Lightning, a spider and now a snake. A central Florida man is proving to be a survivor.

In the last four years, 31-year-old Kyle Cook has been struck by lightning, bitten by a venomous spider and — most recently — attacked by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake in his backyard in Lakeland.

His father, Mike Cook, calls his son “a walking Murphy’s law.”

The younger Cook was almost finished mowing the yard at his family’s rented house on Aug. 11 when he heard a loud rattling sound. He saw the 5-foot snake about 3 feet away. As he moved back, he stepped on a stick. He says the noise provoked the snake, which struck him.

The Ledger (http://bit.ly/2bL8zLH ) reports the fang marks are still visible two weeks later on Cook’s right ankle.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com


German FM calls for fresh arms control efforts in Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says European security is at risk unless Russia and the West agree on new arms control measures.

In a commentary Friday in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “deep chasms have opened up between Russia and the West”.

He cited Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s decision to suspend the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe as evidence the continent’s security architecture is failing.

Steinmeier called for “concrete security initiatives” including regional caps on armaments, transparency measures, rules covering new military technology such as drones, and the ability to control arms even in disputed territories.

Germany is hosting an informal meeting of 38 foreign ministers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Potsdam, near Berlin, on Thursday.


AP Top Strange News at 8:18 a.m. EDT

Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms


Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board.

Eppley Airfield Police Chief Tim Conahan says an officer spotted the man outside the terminal Thursday evening, screaming that people were trying to kill him. When officers approached, the man ran, climbed a fence into the gate area, undressed and stole an airline pickup. He drove into the plane, which was headed to Denver, as passengers were boarding.

The man is in custody. His name hasn’t been released.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz said Friday that the plane’s nose gear tires were flattened, so another plane flew the 113 passengers to Denver, landing three hours later than originally scheduled.


Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things — but a recent incident was one for the books.

The New York Post ( http://nyp.st/2c1fvpK ) says a woman trying to sell crickets and worms lost her grip on her odd cargo when she got jostled Wednesday evening on a “D” train.

Rider Chris Calabrese says startled passengers had crickets on their arms; his girlfriend was crying. The worms wriggled on the floor.

Passengers moved to the other end of the subway car. Someone pulled the emergency brake and the train halted on the Manhattan Bridge.

Calabrese says it was “the craziest thing” he’d ever seen on a train.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com


Court: Columbia must release complaints against former chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals says Columbia must release complaints against former police chief Randy Scott.

The court issued the order Wednesday.

Scott resigned from the police department in 2013, citing post-traumatic stress disorder. His resignation came after the department was sued by a former officer who said she was made a scapegoat in a botched investigation

Scott returned to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, where he had worked before becoming Columbia’s police chief in 2010. Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Wilson told local media Scott left the sheriff’s department July 19 because of medical problems.

The Appeals Court order said there are certain emails and other complaints that should be released.

City Attorney W. Allen Nickles says he doesn’t know yet if the city will appeal to the state Supreme Court.


North Charleston firefighters getting bulletproof vests

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters in North Charleston will soon have bulletproof vests to wear in situations where someone is shooting at law enforcement officers.

Local media outlets report city council on Thursday approved almost a quarter million dollars for the purchase. The city is buying more than 450 vests.

Officials say the vests can be worn on top of uniforms and can stop rounds from high-powered rifles like those used in recent shootings in Orlando, Florida, Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recommended that firefighters go into active shooter incidents with law enforcement officers and should wear protective gear when they do.


Drugs used to make methamphetamine seized at Charleston port

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Federal agents in South Carolina have seized 35 tons of a chemical used to make methamphetamine at the Port of Charleston and are investigating whether the contraband is tied to a drug operation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration tells local media outlets that the chemical, benzaldehyde, was found in 55-gallon drums at the port August 17.

There was enough of the chemical to fill two 20-foot steel shipping containers. It was enough to make about 60 tons of meth.

The drug was not properly declared through customs and authorities think it was being shipped by drug traffickers.


Confident swagger returning for Alexander
Perhaps the most outwardly confident player at the NFL Scouting Combine, CB Mackensie Alexander, is having his swagger return after a sabbatical to learn the Minnesota Vikings defense.
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