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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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Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

Aug. 18, 2018 4:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month's elections. Khan' s Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the most seats in the July 25...

Florida man charged with destroying burrowing owl nests

Aug. 18, 2018 4:15 AM EDT

CAPRE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with destroying the nests of six burrowing owls. The birds are protected by the state. Wildlife officials say 52-year-old Jerlis Villalba and his crew were doing landscaping work when he instructed the crew to clear land near the burrows. According to...

Work begins on $50M project to clean Keys canals post Irma

Aug. 18, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A $50 million clean-up project to remove debris from Hurricane Irma has begun in the Florida Keys where a crew lifted a sunken motorhome from a canal. The project started Friday and will target 103 of the most impacted canal in the Keys. It will include a crew of 60 people, 15 barges...

Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee celebrate release of new song

Aug. 18, 2018 4:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. "Everybody, be quiet. We can't hear her," a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into...

Italian media: death toll rises to 41 in bridge collapse

Aug. 18, 2018 4:02 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian media say three more bodies have been found in rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41. Genoa's prefect's office said it didn't immediately have official confirmation of the reports by ANSA news agency and other Italian news media Saturday that the...

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

Aug. 18, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released in...

4.3 M Floridians to get new Medicare cards next month

Aug. 18, 2018 3:35 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon. Federal health officials are mailing the new cards in geographic waves so Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting new cards along with 4.3 million Floridians. The new cards are...

2 shot during South Florida high school football game

Aug. 18, 2018 3:35 AM 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...

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Aug. 18, 2018 3:31 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a plane and meteor streaking across the sky in Colorado; fans celebrating the...

Victim sues school board, says teachers

Aug. 18, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against a Florida school board for allegedly allowing an elementary school substitute teacher fired for fondling a child to be hired by another school. Attorney Jeff Herman says his client was 8-years-old when teacher Christopher Falzone began sexually...