Emmylou Harris is the first to admit that songwriting doesn't come easy for her: "It's the fear of writing that's still there with me," she said recently. Harris found inspiration for her newest set of songs in the lives of old friends, in the 1955 story of Emmett Till, and even at the dog pound. Hard Bargain, her 21st studio album, tells a batch of stories in her own words, while bringing her serene grace and light touch to some heavy topics.
Janitors caught German politician Frank-Michael John stealing toilet paper from a city bathroom. The regional councilman was found out after a sting operation. Janitors say they suspected a thief after more than 200 rolls vanished.
A New York City woman recently lost some of her divorce settlement money. She had claimed a car accident left her too injured to work. Then she blogged about belly-dancing performances. When her ex-husband found out about her hip-shaking hobby, he took her back to court.