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Today in History

Aug. 24, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well...

The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

Aug. 16, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Brian Banks' home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn't commit, he never imagined his life would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned with clearing his name and regaining his freedom. Now, seven years after he was exonerated on a rape allegation, Banks hopes the film...

Cicely Tyson joins cast of Ava DuVernay series on OWN

Aug. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay's new romance anthology series on OWN, "Cherish the Day." The network said Tuesday that the 94-year-old legend will play Miss Luma Lee Langston, a star of stage and screen in decades past. She joins previously announced...

Barack Obama, Beyonce, others react to Toni Morrison's death

Aug. 6, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who transformed modern literature, has died. Highlights of reaction to her death: ___ "Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful — a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good...