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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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Today in History

Aug. 18, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2018. There are 135 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women's right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it. On this...

Explosion destroys coffee shop, injures 3 in rural Georgia

Aug. 17, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An explosion and fire destroyed a coffee shop Friday in this rural south Georgia city, seriously injuring three people and prompting a warning from city officials for residents to avoid the downtown area. The blast rocked tiny Homerville, a city of about 2,500 people, shortly after...

The Latest: Leaking gas blamed for coffee shop explosion

Aug. 17, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at a Georgia coffee shop that injured three people (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Authorities say natural gas leaking into a sewer line caused an explosion that destroyed a coffee shop in rural Georgia and seriously injured three people. Glenn Allen, a...

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia; no damage

Aug. 17, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea, causing shaking on land but no damage, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Friday night had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and was located 109 kilometers (68...

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Aug. 17, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning." But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has...

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling." A State Department statement Friday also called on the communist government...

UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Aug. 17, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground. The U.N. chief...

2 shot during South Florida high school football game

Aug. 17, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A high school football stadium was evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida on Friday night in what authorities say stemmed from an altercation between students. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said two people were injured in the...

Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaul

Aug. 17, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised wages for the fifth time this year and said he wanted to peg prices to the nation's fledgling cryptocurrency as part of a package of measures that economists say is likely to accelerate hyperinflation. Maduro made the announcement in a...

Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies

Aug. 17, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84. The Democrat and former state Senate president, died at a Des Moines hospital on Friday after suffering complications from a rare form of cancer, said...