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New California abortion laws set up clash with other states

Sep. 27, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen new abortion laws Tuesday, including some that deliberately clash with restrictions in other states — a sign of the coming conflicts that must be sorted out as lawmakers rush to set their own rules now that Roe v....

Bill to name Atlanta post office for John Lewis close to law

Sep. 21, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to name Atlanta's main post office after the late civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis is close to becoming law after passing the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, going to President Joe Biden's desk for his...

Booker T. Jones performs at Stax, ahead of milestone

Sep. 15, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Wearing a blue suit, black hat and multi-colored socks, master keyboardist Booker T. Jones leaned away from the Hammond B3 organ, tilted his head back and worked the keys and foot pedals as he played the funky and familiar hit “Green Onions” for a head-bobbing,...

For Oprah Winfrey, 'Sidney' is an act of love for Poitier

Sep. 11, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey was discussing her profound affection for trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier — a longtime friend and mentor to her — when she was overcome by emotion during an interview on the upcoming documentary “ Sidney,” a life-spanning portrait. She plunged her head into...

Q&A: Tyler Perry on directing his 1st script, 27 years later

Sep. 10, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Perry has directed his first screenplay, 27 years after writing it. “A Jazzman's Blues,” which is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, was Perry's first stab at screenwriting long before Madea made him a media mogul, back when he was...

Bernard Shaw, CNN's 1st chief anchor, dies at 82

Sep. 08, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Shaw, former CNN anchor and a pioneering Black journalist remembered for his blunt question at a presidential debate and calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 from Baghdad as it was under attack, has died. He was 82. He died of pneumonia,...

Former Atlanta official gets 14 years in corruption case

Sep. 08, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A pastor, political operative and former high-ranking Atlanta city official was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of charges stemming from a long-running federal investigation into corruption at City Hall. U.S. District Judge...

Today in History: August 28, King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Aug. 28, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2022. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a Black teen from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money,...

R&B Hall of Fame headed to small Mississippi Delta town

Aug. 23, 2022 22:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A small town in the Mississippi Delta that has ties to the civil rights movement will soon be home to the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. Project planners hope to finish building the facility in the town of Marks in two or three years, Velma Wilson,...

NBA schedule has less miles, and LeBron chasing more history

Aug. 17, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

By mid-January, LeBron James could be the NBA’s scoring king. The NBA schedule was released Wednesday, all 1,230 games that are set between Oct. 18 and April 9 taking place in four countries with Mexico and France playing host to regular-season contests along with the U.S. and...