Birth trumps concert for Avett Brothers

Florida fans of the Avett Brothers will be waiting a while before they'll be able to see the Concord-based folk-rock band.

The Avetts, scheduled to play in Tampa and Live Oak this weekend, said they were canceling those shows as Scott Avett prepares for the impending birth of his first child, a girl.

“We have never had to cancel a show for personal reasons, but I just have to be around for my wife and child on the most important day of our lives,” Scott Avett wrote on the band's Web site. “I'd like to extend a very sincere thanks to all of you for your well-wishes and kind words during this very important time in my family's life.”

The band's upcoming shows in Greensboro on Oct. 31 and Greenville, S.C., on Nov. 1 are scheduled to go on as planned.

Feds: Tires shredded in fatal crash

Federal aviation officials are saying the tires on the Learjet that crashed last month in Columbia shredded as the plane ran out of runway. The crash killed four people and injured former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that very little rubber was left on the jet's wheels and the brakes were severely damaged when the plane crashed on takeoff Sept. 19.

The plane's cockpit voice recorder has indicated that crew members thought a tire blew as they hurtled down the runway before failing to abort the takeoff.

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Best Buy seals the deal with GNR

After years of delay, Guns N' Roses is finally releasing “Chinese Democracy.” Geffen Records has announced that the band's eagerly awaited album will be released Nov. 23 at Best Buy stores and the retail chain's Web site. “Chinese Democracy” is the first album of new Guns N' Roses material since 1991's “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II.”

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Beauty busted after bailing on bill

Miss Teen Louisiana lost her crown 11 days early after being arrested on charges of leaving a restaurant without paying.

RPM Productions, the sponsor, took back the title Tuesday after learning that Lindsey Evans had been arrested. The 18-year-old will have to return her sash and crown, but won't have to return any other prizes or cash equivalents.

Authorities said police were called to a Bossier City, La., restaurant Saturday because a group had left without paying $46.07. The manager had found a pocketbook at the table, and police found Evans' driver's license and about 2 grams of suspected marijuana in it, authorities said. Evans was recognized from the photo when the group returned for the pocketbook.

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Soccer great Pele, 68. Author Michael Crichton, 66. Movie director Ang Lee, 54. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves, 52. Country singer Dwight Yoakam, 52. Movie director Sam Raimi, 49. Parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic, 49. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica), 44. Country singer Jimmy Wayne, 36. Actor Ryan Reynolds, 32. Actress Jessica Stroup, 22.

This day in history Oct. 23

1946: The U.N. General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.

1983: In Lebanon, 241 U.S. service members, mostly Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.