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Tommy Tolles lead PGA Tour Champions playoff opener

Oct. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tommy Tolles closed with a birdie for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead Friday in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first of three tournaments in the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. The 52-year-old Tolles had seven birdies in the bogey-free round in cool, breezy conditions on...

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

Oct. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda said Friday that she is returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest. Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters arrested Friday...

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Oct. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans...

Big Sean's foundation helps tackle student homelessness

Oct. 13, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Rapper Big Sean's philanthropic foundation continues to support a program created to deal with student homelessness at Detroit's Wayne State University. The school recently announced a gift of $10,000 from Sean Anderson Foundation to the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. The...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

The Latest: Famous figures pay tribute to Jessye Norman

Oct. 12, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local): _____ 5 p.m. Famous faces, family members and close friends have honored the life and legacy of international opera icon Jessye Norman at her funeral. Norman's four-hour public service was...

Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey honored at women's event

Oct. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday in Beverly Hills. "I'm fine but Jen (Aniston) is freaking it back there," DeGeneres said as harried staff...

Imagine this: Natalie Merchant honored with Lennon award

Oct. 10, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At this stage of her life, Natalie Merchant is more proud of getting an honor named for John Lennon because of what it says about her activism than her music. The singer is the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline a tribute concert to the former Beatle in...

Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking

Oct. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous. Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes. "Tackle football is like smoking," a youthful voice-over...

Man accused of defrauding clients via fake celebrity charity

Oct. 9, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There may be some bad blood between a former New Hampshire financial adviser and clients he's accused of defrauding via a fake charity he claimed involved singer Taylor Swift. The state bureau of securities regulation recently obtained a temporary court order freezing the assets of...