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Man who admitted Hawaii concert scam wants plea change

Feb. 22, 2018 7:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert wants to take back his guilty plea, but a prosecutor said Thursday he could risk more jail time if he succeeds and is eventually...

The Latest: Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed

Feb. 22, 2018 6:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a man who wants to take back his guilty plea for a Hawaii concert scam (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Sentencing has been postponed for a North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder...

Atlanta gathering aims to help black women leverage power

Feb. 22, 2018 2:07 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black women are holding a strategy session in Atlanta this week, hoping to build an action agenda that women can take back to their communities to effect change. The Power Rising Summit, running Thursday through Sunday at a downtown hotel, aims to bring black women together in agreement on...

The Latest: Media seeking open court proceedings in Florida

Feb. 20, 2018 10:44 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Associated Press and other media organizations are seeking to ensure that court proceedings and documents remain publicly open in the prosecution of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. The...

George and Amal Clooney donate $500k to march against guns

Feb. 20, 2018 12:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they'll also attend next month's planned protests. In a statement released Tuesday, the couple says they're inspired by the "courage and...

Serena Williams champions issues on _ and off _ tennis court

Feb. 20, 2018 9:47 AM EST

Moments after Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title, she proudly raised her fist in a black power salute. It caused a bit of frenzy at the All-England Club in 2016, but Williams' action shouldn't have surprised anyone: She'd already been one of the most vocal supporters of the Black Lives Matter...

The Latest: Wallace overcome with emotion after historic run

Feb. 18, 2018 7:23 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 7 p.m. Darrell Wallace Jr. sobbed in his mother's arms after he posted the best finish for a black driver in the Daytona 500. Wallace was runner-up to winner Austin Dillon, and the emotion of the achievement hit the rookie driver...

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Feb. 18, 2018 5:18 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh's film about a bereaved mother seeking...

Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

Feb. 17, 2018 1:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards. Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year. "I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the...

Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

Feb. 16, 2018 3:28 PM EST

By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves. Who didn't want to be like Mike? But those fortunate...