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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aug. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. She died at her home in...

The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded. Blissful on "(You...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for...

Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

Aug. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a...

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Aug. 16, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, is facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after becoming entangled in two major sexual abuse scandals roiling the church that he has served with distinction since 1966. A scathing grand jury report this week on rampant abuse in...

Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Aug. 16, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe...

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

Aug. 16, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to...

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was...

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Aug. 16, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven...

As our media environment blurs, confusion often reigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A generation ago, the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer were the heroes of television news. Now the biggest stars are arguably Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow. Notice the difference? Cronkite, Jennings and Sawyer reported the news. Hannity and Maddow talk about the...

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Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

Aug. 18, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post. President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered flags to fly at half-staff for a week while trying to reassure the country's 28...

Rally against "far-left violence" draws counterprotest

Aug. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A conservative rally against "far-left violence" is being organized in downtown Boston a year after a similar demonstration drew tens of thousands of counterprotesters. Boston Free Speech, the group organizing the event, says on its Facebook page that its rally is scheduled for noon at City...

Putin dances at Austria wedding before meeting Merkel

Aug. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near...

UK's right-wing Farage vows to end Brexit 'sell-out'

Aug. 18, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In Britain, there is a growing sense of Brexit deja vu. Two years after the country voted to leave the European Union, emotional arguments about membership in the bloc are raging as fiercely as they did during the 2016 referendum. With seven months until Britain officially leaves the bloc,...

Republican insurgent gives Wyoming senate incumbent a fight

Aug. 18, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Years ago, orthopedic surgeon John Barrasso gave regular health advice on the evening television news, Wyoming-wide exposure that established a reputation as a mild, level-headed caregiver and helped launch his political career. Through 16 years in office, including two elections for...

Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi Annan

Aug. 18, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Reactions to the death of Kofi Annan, the first black African to become U.N. secretary-general and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died early Saturday at age 80 after a short illness: ___ "In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world's loss, becomes even...

Hand-in-hand, Koreas grab spotlight at Asian Games opener

Aug. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — First it was the athletes parading side-by-side in matching uniforms behind the "unification" flag carried by South Korean basketballer Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol. Then it was an image of South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and North Korean Deputy...

Schools grapple with obligations to migrants in shelters

Aug. 18, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help. The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning...

Church group's opposition stuns advocates of 'tort reform'

Aug. 18, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. A...

Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

Aug. 18, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged. Heavy rains began...