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FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Apr. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He...

FILE - In this April 1, 1985, file photo, Villanova's Ed Pinckney (54) yells out as he is surrounded by teammates after defeating Georgetown 66-64 in the NCAA college basketball Final Four championship game, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

AP Was There: Villanova shoots lights out to upend Hoyas

Mar. 28, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game was voted No. 4 and the following story was sent April...

Two persons walk through a tunnel between the plenary hall and an office building of the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The parliament meet for a session to vote about new package of measures to cushion the devastating effects of the virus outbreak on the economy. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

President Trump was urging passage of an unprecedented aid package as Senate leaders grappled with last-minute snags in the emergency legislation to rush aid totaling some $2 trillion in assistance to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. New York authorities mobilized...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 17, 2005, file photo, pop star Michael Jackson acknowledges his fans as he arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, in Santa Maria, Calif. The Michael Jackson estate is donating $300,000 to help people in the entertainment industry hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The donations will focus on Broadway workers, as well as workers in Las Vegas and in the music industry, Jackson's estate announced Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

Jackson estate gives to Broadway, Vegas needy amid outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Michael Jackson estate is donating $300,000 to help entertainment industry workers on Broadway, the music business and in Las Vegas who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The estate announced Wednesday that it will give $100,000 apiece to Broadway Cares, the food bank Three...

FILE - In this Jan.24, 2018 file photo, saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during Franck Sorbier's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris. Renowned jazz man Manu Dibango, to many the beloved

African jazz great Manu Dibango dies in France of virus

Mar. 24, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died Tuesday with the coronavirus, according to his music publisher. He was 86. The Cameroon-born saxophonist, who gained international fame with his 1972 song “Soul...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, members of the cast from The Beatles

Cirque du Soleil closes its Las Vegas shows because of virus

Mar. 15, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cirque du Soleil, creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas, said Saturday that it is temporarily suspending its productions in the city as well as around the world because of the new coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, the company said it made the decision based on public...

FILE - In this March 18, 2015, file photo, the NCAA logo is displayed at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, for the NCAA college basketball tournament. The NCAA took a significant step toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April, 2020. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year and be a boon for athletes in high-profile sports such as football and men's and women's basketball. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuse

Mar. 12, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Olympic high jumper Erin Aldrich planned to die with a secret she kept quiet for two-plus decades: an affair with a college coach she began falling in love with as a teenager and with whom she had an sexual relationship as a young woman. When Aldrich watched “Leaving...

A victory, a caution: Takeaways from New Hampshire's primary

Feb. 12, 2020 1:31 AM EST

New Hampshire Democrats gave Bernie Sanders a win, but also a warning. Sanders' durability, based both on his 2016 campaign and the first two contests this year, cannot be questioned. What remains unanswered is how moderates will now come at him and whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be able to compete credibly...

Fans gather at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

AP Source: Bryant memorial set for Feb. 24 at Staples Center

Feb. 6, 2020 6:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Thursday. The arena is where Bryant starred for the Los Angeles Lakers for...