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FILE - In this May 29, 2009 file photo, music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Jan. 17, 2021 10:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital. ...

Civil Rights, history museums free on MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2021 2:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will be free to the public on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. FedEx Corporation is supporting free admission, according to a museum press release. The museums also were offering free admission...

SC's King Day at the Dome rally going virtual in 2021

Jan. 17, 2021 1:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than 20 years, a South Carolina civil rights organization isn't holding a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Statehouse. The South Carolina NAACP will hold its annual King Day at the Dome celebration online Monday instead. The decision was made because...

Notre Dame forward Juwan Durham (11) drives to the basket against North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) and guard Leaky Black (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Latest: Memphis women's basketball cancels another game

Jan. 16, 2021 4:14 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Memphis women’s basketball game against USF scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. The Tigers have elected not to compete due to health and safety concerns. It's the sixth game this season the team has been affected...

Hell to pay: Arson shakes a Church of Satan community

Jan. 16, 2021 11:41 AM EST

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze this week by an unidentified arsonist. The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for...

Augustan keeping Christmas lights display up indefinitely

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Christmas season is over, but one Augustan wants to keep the spirit alive in the community with the musical, dazzling display he has built. This was the first holiday John Jarman set up a display. Though he had no experience, he spent the last year preparing and planning it. ...

At King event, Sanders asks NC workers to be "drum majors"

Jan. 15, 2021 6:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Better days for North Carolina are ahead if citizens take calculated risks and stand up to fight bigotry, poverty and racial injustice, a state Cabinet member said at Friday's annual's Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance by state employees. Department of Administration Secretary...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, a Target employee places a curbside pickup purchase into the trunk of a customer in Jackson, Miss. The nation’s largest retail trade group says Friday, Jan. 15, 2021,  that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Retail group: holiday sales up 8.3% amid big spending shift

Jan. 15, 2021 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest retail trade group said Friday that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. The National Retail Federation had expected growth in a range of 3.6% to 5.2% for the November and December...

A sale sign is displayed near the entrance of a Hallmark store Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.  Retail sales fell for a third straight month, as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores and restaurants during the holiday shopping season.     The report released Friday is yet another sign that the pandemic is slowing the U.S. economy. Last month, the country lost jobs for the first time since the spring.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

Jan. 15, 2021 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in December for the third-straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month...

In this image provided by Sun Literary Arts, Amanda Gorman, 22, is poses for a photo on Jan. 14, 2019. The country's next inaugural poet is an old pro at ceremonial occasions — and she's only 22. Amanda Gorman has written for everything from a July 4 celebration featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra to the inauguration at Harvard University for school president Larry Bacon. (Kelia Anne/Sun Literary Arts via AP)

Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural

Jan. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions. "I have kind of stumbled upon this genre. It's been something I find a lot of emotional reward in, writing something I can make people...