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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...

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Aug. 16, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade_our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for...

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Aug. 16, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on the songs' charts. More songs from Franklin, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 1:51 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. "The earth lost a lot of music when she went...

Jury deliberations under way in fraud trial of Paul Manafort

Aug. 16, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Jurors began their deliberations Thursday in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who prosecutors say earned $60 million advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, hid much of it from the IRS and then lied to banks to get loans when the money dried up....

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Aug. 16, 2018 1:40 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 he has served with distinction since 1966. A scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania this week accused...

Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

Aug. 16, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel's investigation. In an opinion piece in The New York Times,...

Bodies of pregnant Colorado woman, 2 daughters likely found

Aug. 16, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — The body was found of a pregnant Colorado woman whose husband was arrested in the disappearance of her and her two young daughters, and investigators were trying to recover what they believe are the remains of the girls, authorities said Thursday. Chris Watts, 33, was taken into...

US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. The case has drawn attention amid criticism by the Trump administration of the...

Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale

Aug. 16, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people. People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill...

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Ex-teacher accused of using drug in classroom pleads guilty

Aug. 16, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana teacher accused of using cocaine in her classroom has pleaded guilty to possessing the drug. The Post-Tribune reports 24-year-old Samantha Cox entered the plea Thursday under an agreement with prosecutors that recommends she be sentenced to 12 months...

Court orders new sentence for man convicted by former victim

Aug. 16, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing trial for a man serving time for robbery because one of his previous victims unknowingly served on the jury that convicted him. Johnnie Ray Douglas was indicted in 2006 for robbing two cash advance businesses in Louisville. A...

Mexico City bans use of models at city events

Aug. 16, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They've long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants emblazoned with corporate logos. Now Mexico...

US energy secretary: Mexico's energy independence good goal

Aug. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he supports the plans of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to increase the country's energy independence, even if it could mean fewer purchases from U.S. refineries. The U.S. is opening new markets for its energy products daily and...

Taxpayers foot bill for Pennsylvania politician's car wrecks

Aug. 16, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state representative has had three car accidents in three years — with repairs and insurance claims covered by state taxpayers, records show. Rep. Margo Davidson, a Democrat who represents Delaware County, has a total bill for repairs and claims exceeding $30,000...

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

Aug. 16, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage. Thursday's ruling by Dorogomilovsky District Court comes a day after hundreds of women carried soft toys across Moscow during an...

Laquan McDonald's mother appears in court

Aug. 16, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of the black teenager who was fatally shot by a white Chicago police officer appeared in court but before she could take the witness stand the jjudge cleared the courtroom so the public and media could not hear her testimony. Thursday's hearing came weeks after Judge Vincent...

5 hurt in shooting as South Carolina family mourns a death

Aug. 16, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Five people have been shot and wounded in South Carolina as they had gathered to mourn the death of a family member who died following a wreck last month. Greenwood County Sheriff David Kelly told news outlets the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Kelly said deputies were...

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

Aug. 16, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans have bought a bus ticket to Canada for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh), who said America "was never that great." The state Republican Party says the $55 one-way, Albany-to-Montreal ticket is valid only on Friday and if Cuomo believes his own remarks he...

US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. The case has drawn attention amid criticism by the Trump administration of the...