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Michael Johnson from Georgia has been one of the more popular contestants on "Idol" thus far, not only for his voice, but his remarkable story. Michael has a severe speech impediment because of nerve damage he sustained after surgery to remove his tonsils. The only time it's not present is when he sings. Unfortunately, something was missing. The judges hesitantly sent him home.
One of our locals, Jimmy Smith, who came to chat with Stacy McCloud a few weeks ago about his "Idol" experience, was one of the 20 that impressed the judges enough to advance past the solo round. He sang "Landslide". Mariah told him that he's been one of her favorites since the beginning.
Last but not least, another local advances past Hollywood Week. Paul Jolley, from Nashville, sang Carrie Underwood's hit "Blown Away". He blew away the judges, advancing on in the competition. Only getting some slack from Nicki Minaj for expressing how nervous he was.
Speaking of "Blown Away", we have the story behind that hit Carrie Underwood song. You can watch it on Fox17.com. Hollywood Week continues next Wednesday and Thursday with the ladies. To keep up with all "Idol" news until then, make sure and follow Stacy McCloud on Twitter @stacymccloud.
Friday, February 8 2013, 12:43 AM CST
Afghan pilots learn air assault tactics from 101st
May 19, 2013 16:48 GMT
By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force's fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air.
The U.S. Army's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions, which they have started to use in combat operations.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. Paul Bontrager said the Afghans need to be weaned off American aviation during the drawdown of U.S. forces this year.
The ability of Afghan helicopters to quickly drop soldiers into combat is a new and critical role.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.