National briefs: Night of music at AMA show

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LOS ANGELES -- Rihanna and her mother took center stage at the American Music Awards as the singer received the first Icon Award.

Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the award midway through Sunday night's show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rihanna was one of the night's early competitive winners. She took favorite soul/R&B female artist. Justin Timberlake won soul/R&B album, soul/R&B male artist and pop/rock male artist and was tied with Taylor Swift, who won favorite country female artist and country album of the year for "Red."

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande was named favorite new artist, Florida Georgia Line won single of the year for "Cruise" with Nelly, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their rap/hip-hop album acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance.

Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, accepted the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in a live satellite feed from the rap group's latest tour stop in Florida.

Gas prices jump 3 cents

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- After nine weeks of falling gas prices, the average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline is up 3 cents over the past two weeks.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.25. Midgrade costs an average of $3.44 a gallon, and premium is $3.59. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said it's the first price hike since Sept. 6.

Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the highest average, $3.58 a gallon, was found in San Diego. The lowest, $2.93, was in Tulsa, Okla.

JFK/Superman comic sold

YORK, Pa. -- Cover art from a 50-year-old comic book featuring Superman's alter-ego, Clark Kent, as President John F. Kennedy in disguise was sold at an auction for $112,015.

Curt Swan's original cover drawing for Action Comics sold at auction last week. On the cover is Superman shaking hands with Clark Kent and a word arrow asks the reader, "Who is the mystery masquerader?"

Alex Winter, general manager of Hake's Americana and Collectibles, says the comic book came out days after the president was shot to death Nov. 22, 1963. Mr. Winter says the coincidence has made the comic book almost legendary and the timing of the auction was planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death.

Antiviral drugs for kids

NEW YORK -- The flu can lead to serious complications, even death, in children, but relatively few studies have assessed the effectiveness of antiviral treatments in young patients hospitalized with the infection.

Now a large study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, has found that prompt use of antiviral medications like Tamiflu or Relenza can save the lives of flu-stricken children in intensive care units -- yet the drugs are being used less frequently than they once were.

Researchers at the California Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while 90 percent of critically ill children got antiviral drugs during the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, just 63 percent received them in the two-year period after the pandemic starting September 2010.

The study analyzed the medical records of nearly 800 children hospitalized with influenza in California from April 2009 through September 2012.



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