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Respecting elders: Maya Angelou clip sparks courtesy debate

Mar. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Put a handle on it. If you don't know what that means, you might not call elders by "Mr.," ''Miss" or "Mrs.," insist that your children do the same or demand it for yourself. If you've heard the term, you're likely familiar with the history of the politics of respectability and what that...

10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting grants

Mar. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction writer Hernan Diaz and playwright Michael R. Jackson are among 10 winners of $50,000 grants for emerging artists. The Whiting Awards, established in 1985, have previously gone to Tony Kushner, Colson Whitehead and Lydia Davis among others. On Wednesday night, the Whiting Foundation...

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

Mar. 20, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday. Machelle Hobson's children had no food,...

Gonzaga itching to play again after WCC title game loss

Mar. 20, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gonzaga enters the NCAA Tournament following a loss for one of the rare times under coach Mark Few. The dominant team in the West Coast Conference for two decades, the Zags lost to Saint Mary's in the conference title game last week in Las Vegas. The players have put it behind them....

Trio of child-sex documentaries puts a spotlight on parents

Mar. 20, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The mothers of the two accusers in HBO's "Leaving Neverland" said they were lulled by Michael Jackson's forlorn demeanor and fairytale world when they allowed him to take their boys into his bed. An aunt who introduced her underage niece to R. Kelly and suspects abuse said in the six-part...

Baltimore mayor returns $100K from hospital system book deal

Mar. 20, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday that she has paid taxes on sales of her children's books and returned the most recent $100,000 she received from the University of Maryland Medical System, as leading state officials met to discuss how to address concerns about potential...

Scripts from 'Dick Van Dyke Show' to be digitally preserved

Mar. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Hollywood producer Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center say they're working together to digitally preserve Reiner's collection of scripts from the 1960's "The Dick Van Dyke Show." The scripts are full of Reiner's handwritten changes to the dialogue. Reiner, who turned 97 on...

Dierks Bentley joins list of performers for NFL Draft

Mar. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Dierks Bentley has joined the list of scheduled performers for next month's NFL Draft festivities. Bentley will perform a free outdoor concert April 27 in downtown Nashville to coincide with the draft and the running of the Nashville Marathon. Grammy-winning country...

Citing cash woes, R Kelly asks judge for OK to fly to Dubai

Mar. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cash-strapped R. Kelly asked a judge Wednesday to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, according to a new court filing that said he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex abuse charges. The R&B singer hopes to do up to five...

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag, but to...