In the Nation

Posted: February 01, 2013

Beyoncé says she sang along

NEW ORLEANS - Beyoncé faced the music at a news conference Thursday before the Super Bowl, admitting that she sang along to a recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.

The singer said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance to be memorable.

"Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance."

She opened her news conference in New Orleans with a live rendition of the national anthem and after, she said with a laugh: "Any questions?" - AP

At least 3 die in Detroit crashes

DETROIT - Blinding snow squalls, high winds, and a slick highway led to a mile-long series of crashes in Detroit that left at least three people dead.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said visibility was extremely poor when the crashes happened on Interstate 75. At least 13 people were rushed to hospitals, and others were treated at the scene, Shaw said.

SUVs with smashed front ends and cars with doors hanging open sat scattered across the debris-littered highway, some crunched against jackknifed tractor-trailers and tankers. Conditions went from "clear to total whiteout in a matter of seconds," Shaw said.

He said the dead included a boy, 7, and a girl, 9, who are believed to be siblings.

A similar pileup near Indianapolis involving more than 40 vehicles closed Interstate 70 in both directions. There was no word on injuries. - AP

Office shooter found dead

PHOENIX - A man who shot and killed a call-center CEO and wounded a lawyer at a Phoenix office building where they were meeting to discuss a contract dispute was found dead early Thursday, ending a nearly 24-hour manhunt that had area residents on edge.

A landscaper found the body of Arthur Douglas Harmon early Thursday among some bushes in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

Authorities said Harmon, 70, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities had been searching for him since Wednesday morning, when police say he drew a gun and shot two men at the end of a mediation session at a Phoenix office building.

Steve Singer, 48, died hours later. Mark Hummels, 43, was in critical condition. A woman also was shot, but her injuries were not life-threatening. - AP


A shooting Thursday at an Atlanta middle school that left one teen wounded was not random and the boy's injury does not appear to be life-threatening. A police spokesman said the suspect is also a student at the school and has been taken into custody.

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