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Jimmy Page climbs alternative ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Jimmy Page climbs alternative ‘Stairway to Heaven’

JIMMY PAGE:The Led Zeppelin star has discovered an alternative take of one of the most celebrated songs in rock in the group's archives, and he's planning to release it after 40 years. Photo: Associated Press

A lost version of Led Zeppelin’s rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven” is to feature on a remastered release of the band’s “IV” album later this year, despite an ongoing spat with the estate of the late Randy California over the epic song.

U.S. attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy is attempting to take the British rockers to court over claims “Stairway to Heaven” was inspired by his late client’s track “Taurus,” which he wrote as a member of late 1960s act Spirit.

Back in May, Molofiy announced he was hoping to prevent Led Zeppelin from releasing the remastered album, stating, “The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It’s been a long time coming.”

Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page has called the legal threat “ridiculous” and now he has discovered an alternative take of one of the most celebrated songs in rock in the group’s archives, and he’s planning to release it after 40 years.

The new version of the song will feature on a companion disc to the new release, which will also include other alternative versions of “IV” tracks.

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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

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Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

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Angelina Jolie crowned world’s top feminist icon

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Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson top the list of the world's foremost feminist icons.

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Celebrities protest new Indiana law

George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Celebrities call for an Indiana boycott after the passing of a controversial law that could lead to discrimination against gay couples.