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NEW YORK (AP) _ Former Beatle George Harrison, who hasn’t toured since 1974, plans a series of concerts in Japan with guitarist Eric Clapton.
If the shows go well, Harrison and Clapton might also tour the United States and Europe, Clapton’s manager, Roger Forrester, said Tuesday.
The Japan tour will consist of 13 dates between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18.
It will include material taken from Harrison’s years with the Beatles, his nine solo albums and his two albums with the Traveling Wilburys, the band that also includes Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - An architectural firm is suing Francis Ford Coppola for allegedly reneging on a contract to build a film studio and winery.
The ″Godfather″ director planned to take the stand at the trial today or Friday.
The firm Barragan and Ferrera wants $900,000 for work done in 1982 on a studio, work space and winery in Rutherford. The projects were halted in 1983 in a contract dispute.
Coppola’s attorneys contend the director thought Luis Barragan and Raul Ferrera were working only on designs costing up to $20,000.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mary Chapin-Carpenter, whose satiric ″Opening Act″ was a hit at last year’s Country Music Association awards, is among 10 nominees for the CMA’s Horizon Award.
The award honors performers who showed ″significant creative growth and development″ during the year.
Other nominees are: Carlene Carter, Mark Chestnutt, Billy Dean, Joe Diffie, Ray Kennedy, Mike Reid, Doug Stone, Pam Tillis and Travis Tritt.
The winner will be named at the Oct. 2 awards show on CBS.
Garth Brooks won last year.
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MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Len Dykstra, seriously hurt in a May 6 car crash, won’t face arraignment on drunken driving charges until he and his teammates return from a West Coast road trip.
Dykstra, 28, is in Los Angeles for a game against the Dodgers.
His arraignment had been scheduled for today. Instead, he will appear in court Aug. 8, officials said Wednesday.
The outfielder faces charges of drunken driving, reckless driving and speeding in the accident in which Dykstra’s car crashed into a tree.
Dykstra suffered a broken collarbone and cheekbone and three broken ribs and missed more than two months of play. Phillies catcher Darren Daulton, who was a passenger, was out 15 days with eye injuries.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The FBI is investigating whether country singer Dottie West illegally hid valuables from the IRS, a newspaper reported.
Authorities are probing whether West hid the items before a bankruptcy auction held in June to pay off $1.5 million owed the Internal Revenue Service, the Nashville Banner said Wednesday, citing sources it did not identify.
FBI officials refused to say if an investigation is under way, and West’s lawyer, James Harris III, did not return calls from The Associated Press.
Furniture, antiques, memorabilia and other items belonging to West were sold at the auction, which raised $86,000.
West, 58, is best known for ″Every Time Two Fools Collide,″ a duet with Kenny Rogers.