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Taylor Swift tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid celebs

LOS ANGELES — There’s no “Blank Space” in Taylor Swift’s bank account.

The singer-songwriter tops Forbes’ annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with $170 million.

Swift is ahead of fellow chart-topping pop stars Adele at No. 9 with $80.5 million, Madonna at No. 12 with $76.5 million, Rihanna at No. 13 with $75 million and Katy Perry at No. 63 with $41 million.

Alvarez stops Dos Anjos in 1st round, wins title

LAS VEGAS—Eddie Alvarez persevered through financial troubles, promotional disputes and a loss in his UFC debut to get back to the cage with a title shot.

And then he beat Rafael Dos Anjos with a fire that’s been growing for years.

Alvarez won the UFC lightweight belt last night, stopping Dos Anjos in the first round with a blistering series of strikes.

Pet pig pardoned

MOSS POINT, Miss.—A mayor in a Mississippi city has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq.

The Sun Herald reported that Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield has saved the bacon, so to speak, of Patrick the pig.

Patrick’s owner, Otis Lundy, will be deployed with the Air Force until this fall, and a friend is taking care of his pets.

Crash deaths worse in U.S. than other affluent countries

NEW YORK—Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries.

The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied.

The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries.

Fire chief: Man saved from blaze by son’s cackling chickens

CREEKSIDE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania fire chief says some cackling chickens turned out to be cock-a-doodle-do-gooders.

Creekside Fire Chief Pete Yacovone says David Wells escaped from his burning Indiana County home at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after his son was awakened by his chickens. The chief says the chickens might have been startled by the fire.