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Josephine Baker, 1st Black woman honored in French Pantheon

Nov. 28, 2021 03:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer, French World War II spy and civil rights activist — into its Pantheon, the first Black woman honored in the final resting place of France’s most revered luminaries. On Tuesday, a...

U2's Edge leading rock memorabilia sale to help musicians

Nov. 24, 2021 22:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unrecognized as he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row. “I have to say one of the benefits of mask wearing is it’s like a cloaking device if you’re a famous...

In overtime, Dempsey Challenge reaches $1.5 million goal

Nov. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Dempsey Challenge has reached its $1.5 million fundraising goal, garnering $200,000 more than any previous year despite the coronavirus pandemic decreasing participation. The bike-and-run fundraiser in September raised a record $1.3 million...

Saudi critic's fiancee urges Justin Bieber to cancel F1 show

Nov. 21, 2021 05:45 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber is facing growing calls to cancel his concert in Saudi Arabia next month as the fiancee of slain Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi joined a chorus of voices on Sunday urging him not to perform at the kingdom's Formula One race. ...

Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights

Nov. 18, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday. F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by...

Woman who won freedom from prison in 2011 dies of COVID-19

Nov. 15, 2021 18:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman who won freedom from prison a decade ago after being convicted with her sister in a 1993 armed robbery in Mississippi, then went on to become an advocate for justice, has died of COVID-19. Jamie Scott died Nov. 9 after contracting the...

John Artis, co-defendant of 'Hurricane' Carter, dies at 75

Nov. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — John Artis, who was wrongly convicted with boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in a triple murder case made famous in a 1975 song by Bob Dylan and a 1999 film staring Denzel Washington, has died. He was 75. Artis died on Nov. 7 of a gastric aneurysm...

‘RBG’ filmmakers find a rich vein: Feminist love stories

Nov. 12, 2021 14:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The label “date movie” hasn’t traditionally been applied much to documentaries but filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen have twice now made non-fiction films of trailblazing female icons that also happen to be portraits of loving, supportive marriages. ...

'I'm so lucky': Elton John receives prestigious UK award

Nov. 11, 2021 15:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Elton John has no doubt been a member of many exclusive clubs over the decades, but probably nothing quite as exclusive as the one he formally joined on Wednesday. In an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles anointed the musician and...

Veterans’ fundraiser draws Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart

Nov. 09, 2021 14:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York, Bob and Lee Woodruff joked about how they get The Boss to perform so frequently. “Sometimes, I have done things I’m not proud of,” joked Lee...