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The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 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...

FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House counsel,...

Mexico City bans use of models at city events

Aug. 16, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They've long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants emblazoned with corporate logos. Now Mexico...

Official says Trump's military parade would cost about $92M

Aug. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million — more than three times the maximum initial estimate. The official — who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that haven't been released yet...

US energy secretary: Mexico's energy independence good goal

Aug. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he supports the plans of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to increase the country's energy independence, even if it could mean fewer purchases from U.S. refineries. The U.S. is opening new markets for its energy products daily and...

As our media environment blurs, confusion reigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:12 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 Unlike their predecessors, there's never a doubt about how Hannity and Maddow feel about things. Old lines...

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

Aug. 16, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage. Thursday's ruling by Dorogomilovsky District Court comes a day after hundreds of women carried soft toys across Moscow during an...

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

Aug. 16, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans have bought a bus ticket to Canada for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh), who said America "was never that great." The state Republican Party says the $55 one-way, Albany-to-Montreal ticket is valid only on Friday and if Cuomo believes his own remarks he...

The Latest: US Senate affirms the press is 'not the enemy'

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. newsrooms coordinating a series of editorials speaking up for a free press (all times local): 2:05 p.m. The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." The resolution Thursday offered by Democratic Sen. Brian...

US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. The case has drawn attention amid criticism by the Trump administration of the...