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Atlanta church service will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 17, 2022 02:38 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor, Georgia’s governor and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock are scheduled to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at King’s old congregation, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The service at Ebenezer and other events surrounding Martin...

As NBA prepares to celebrate King, Robertson also remembers

Jan. 16, 2022 21:01 PM EST

Officially, NBA players began participating in games that were scheduled to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986 when the federal holiday commemorating the civil-rights leader was observed for the first time. Oscar Robertson knows the tradition dates...

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

Jan. 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored...

Savannah postpones its MLK Day parade, citing omicron threat

Jan. 16, 2022 11:33 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s oldest city is postponing its Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, with organizers citing a spike in coronavirus cases and the threat of the highly infectious omicron variant. It’s the second straight year the pandemic has caused Savannah to mark...

MLK III: History to remember Sinema unkindly over filibuster

Jan. 15, 2022 22:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Martin Luther King III came to Arizona with harsh words for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose refusal to change the Senate's Jim Crow-era filibuster rules makes voting rights legislation unlikely to pass. King told a crowd campaigning to protect voting rights...

Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll

Jan. 14, 2022 18:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions. The slowdowns...

December retail sales slip after a record holiday season

Jan. 14, 2022 13:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans overlooked shortages, spiking prices and uncertainty over the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released Friday show that after spending robustly early in the holiday season, consumers sharply slowed their...

Police warn motorists to avoid travel as storm approaches

Jan. 14, 2022 08:39 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are warning people to avoid travel during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend as another winter storm approaches the East Coast just days after a previous storm halted traffic on part of Interstate 95. According to a statement,...

Man arrested in Young Dolph's death; 2nd man charged

Jan. 12, 2022 16:20 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Tennessee man wanted in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph in his hometown of Memphis was captured Tuesday in Indiana, while another man was indicted on murder charges, authorities said. A grand jury indicted Cornelius Smith, 32, on first-degree murder...

Official: Young Dolph slaying suspects have criminal history

Jan. 12, 2022 15:51 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two of the men arrested in connection with the killing of rapper Young Dolph had a history of violent crime, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Authorities also said that they have not yet identified a motive for the shooting. Young Dolph, whose real name was...