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The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 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...

FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House counsel,...

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...

Official says Trump's military parade would cost about $92M

Aug. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million — more than three times the maximum initial estimate. The official — who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that haven't been released yet...

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...

As our media environment blurs, confusion reigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:12 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 Unlike their predecessors, there's never a doubt about how Hannity and Maddow feel about things. Old lines...

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...

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...