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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aug. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. She died at her home in...

The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded. Blissful on "(You...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for...

Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

Aug. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a...

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Aug. 16, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, is facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after becoming entangled in two major sexual abuse scandals roiling the church that he has served with distinction since 1966. A scathing grand jury report this week on rampant abuse in...

Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Aug. 16, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe...

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

Aug. 16, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to...

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was...

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Aug. 16, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven...

As our media environment blurs, confusion often reigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A generation ago, the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer were the heroes of television news. Now the biggest stars are arguably Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow. Notice the difference? Cronkite, Jennings and Sawyer reported the news. Hannity and Maddow talk about the...

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Survivor, shaken, describes plunge off bridge in Italy

Aug. 17, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — One survivor of the Genoa bridge collapse was in his car as it plunged 45 meters (150 feet) to the ground along with falling sections of highway and concrete. He says he immediately understood that the structure was collapsing. "It came down, everything, the world came down," said...

Government appealing ruling cafe owner won't be deported

Aug. 17, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is appealing a ruling that a southwestern Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will be allowed to stay in the United States. Ibrahim Parlak was granted a deferral of removal under the Convention Against...

Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles

Aug. 17, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car. Officer Drake Madison says Friday the rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $35,000 bail. Madison...

Man admits to stealing grandparents' ID, getting loans

Aug. 17, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — A 30-year-old New York man who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania has admitted to using his relatives' IDs to steal more than $170,000 in cash and personal loans in his home state. The Citizen of Auburn reports that Raymond Tortorello Jr., of Seneca Falls,...

Culinary greats gather in homage to French master chef

Aug. 17, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of chefs and students of the culinary arts, among them some of the world's finest, have gathered to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine, the late Joel Robuchon. The chefs, many wearing white uniforms, paid homage on Friday to Robuchon at a ceremony in Poitiers,...

Musk tells newspaper he's cracking under stress of Tesla job

Aug. 17, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

What do you do when your CEO confesses that he's cracking under the stress of his job? That's the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company's impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in...

Tipping the scales: White lion cubs bulking up in Germany

Aug. 17, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — They're still tiny, but the white lion cubs at the Magdeburg zoo in eastern Germany are putting on weight fast. The cubs — three males and one female — took turns on the scales Friday. The news agency dpa reported that the male cubs weighed in at an average of 6.5 kilograms...

Phoenix officer, suspect both shot after exchanging gunfire

Aug. 17, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer and a suspect have been hospitalized in critical condition after exchanging gunfire during an encounter that the police chief called an ambush. Police said the shooting happened at about 8 p.m. Thursday after the officer in a marked police vehicle attempted a traffic...

Calls in Russia to probe World Cup flood damage

Aug. 17, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An influential campaign group close to the Kremlin has called for an investigation into how stadiums and infrastructure built for the World Cup have failed to cope with floods. An embankment outside the stadium in Volgograd collapsed onto a road on the day of the final, while leaks were...

Sri Lanka police query ex-president over abducted journalist

Aug. 17, 2018 10:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police have questioned a former president as part of an investigation into the abduction of a journalist during the country's civil war 10 years ago. Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was questioned at his home on Friday about journalist Keith Noyahr, who was abducted...