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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 1984, file photo, American singer Lionel Ritchie performs during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles, (AP Photo/File)

All Night Long: Lionel Richie recalls closing 1984 Olympics

Aug. 10, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Lionel Richie, then just starting his solo career, spoke to the AP recently about his performance at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles...

Pats trade 2022 draft pick to Lions for CB Michael Jackson

Aug. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have traded an undisclosed 2022 draft pick to the Detroit Lions for cornerback Michael Jackson. New England announced the deal Sunday. Jackson was originally drafted in the fifth round in 2019 by Dallas. He began his career on the Cowboys practice squad before being...

Anthony McCartney, newly appointed global entertainment and lifestyles editor for the Associated Press, appears during a portrait session on May 8, 2017. McCartney will oversee the AP’s entertainment team of text and visual journalists on three continents from Los Angeles, the first time the position has been based there. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

Aug. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press' West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson's death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news cooperative's global entertainment and lifestyles editor. AP deputy managing editor Sarah Nordgren made the...

FILE - NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 11, 2018. Kaepernick has been condemned by President Donald Trump and others on the right and had not played an NFL game since 2016, when he began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.

Everywhere and nowhere: The many layers of 'cancel culture'

Jul. 26, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — So you've probably read a lot about “cancel culture.” Or know about a new poll that shows a plurality of Americans disapproving of it. Or you may have heard about a letter in Harper's Magazine condemning censorship and intolerance. But can you say exactly what “cancel...

Alabama teen accused of shooting multiple people at party

Jul. 24, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

VANCE, Ala (AP) — An Alabama teenager has been arrested for the shootings of seven people at a party last month. U.S. Marshals took Ja’wan Datravis Sawyer, 18, of Marion, into custody in Vance on Thursday, al.com reported. District Attorney Michael Jackson said Sawyer faces seven counts of attempted...

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, singing

Renaming Alabama bridge for John Lewis opposed in Selma

Jul. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Growing calls nationally to honor the late Rep. John Lewis by putting his name on the Alabama bridge where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago are being met with resistance in Selma, the majority Black city where “Bloody Sunday” occurred....

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 1993, file photo, Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. A month-long Michael Jackson channel on SiriusXM satellite radio was announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, by the singer's estate. The channel will feature music from Jackson's albums and from live performances, including his 1988 concerts at London's Wembley Stadium on his Bad Tour. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Michael Jackson channel launching on SiriusXM

Jul. 15, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The King of Pop is joining The Boss and Old Blue Eyes on SiriusXM satellite radio. The month-long Michael Jackson channel was announced Wednesday by the singer's estate. The channel will feature music from Jackson's albums and from live performances, including his 1988 concerts at...

Today in History

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis...

Cirque du Soleil files for creditor protection in Canada

Jun. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Cirque du Soleil filed for creditor protection in Canada on Monday while it develops a plan to restart its business amid the pandemic. The creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas on Monday blamed the “immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J. Grewal announced on Thursday, June 25, 2020, that a Paterson city councilman, a councilman-elect and two other men face criminal voting fraud charges stemming from the May 12 special election in the city. . (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NJ city councilman, 3 others face voting fraud charges

Jun. 25, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Paterson city councilman, a councilman-elect and two other men face criminal voting fraud charges stemming from the May 12 special election in the city, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday. The investigation began when the U.S. Postal Service's law enforcement arm told the...