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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...

In Uganda, a pop star takes on a president, at his peril

Aug. 17, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag. Once considered a marijuana-loving crooner, the 36-year-old "ghetto child" is an unlikely new...

Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran's capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier. A drummer strikes his snare four times and Hakim Ebrahimi opens with the first dreamy notes of...

Church president: Use 'Latter-day Saints' not 'Mormon'

Aug. 17, 2018 2:39 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons" and uses "Mormon" in its official website addresses. But on Thursday Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using "Mormon," or...

In Franklin's anthems, women heard an empowering message

Aug. 17, 2018 2:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect. "I don't...

Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

Aug. 17, 2018 2:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. "You aren't doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin,"...

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

Aug. 17, 2018 1:24 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — To the rest of the world, she was the "Queen of Soul" — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career,...

Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes

Aug. 17, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says one home...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Aug. 17, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez denied new corruption allegations aimed at her, while she refused to answer an investigative judge's...

Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4

Aug. 17, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Koda Glover rewarded his manager's faith. Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St....