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It’s World Children’s Day and anniversary of child rights

Nov. 20, 2019 6:19 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It was World Children’s Day on Wednesday, and British teenage actress Millie Bobby Brown and former England soccer star David Beckham urged people everywhere to listen to youngsters and ensure their rights and their futures. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the U.N. adoption...

New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas get Grammy nod

Nov. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ funk, soul, hip-hop and spoken-word ensemble known as Tank and the Bangas has gotten a Grammy nod for best new artist of the year. Other New Orleans artists making the list announced Wednesday include the Rebirth Brass Band, R&B singer and keyboardist PJ Morton,...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. named honorary starter for Daytona 500

Nov. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the honorary starter for the 2020 Daytona 500, making him part of the pre-race ceremonies for the third consecutive year. Earnhardt made the announcement on his podcast Monday, one day after the NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami...

Astronaut, NBA star, singer among Order of Lincoln honorees

Nov. 17, 2019 4:25 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named recipients of the 2020 Order of Lincoln. It is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. Pritzker on Friday announced honorees Scott Altman, originally from Pekin, a former NASA astronaut; Paul...

Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente’s widow, has died

Nov. 16, 2019 10:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente and a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball, has died. She was 78. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced her death Saturday. She died in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB says Vera Clemente had health issues...

BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters

Nov. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music singer, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored by performing rights organization BMI for his trailblazing and highly unique style of California country rock. The organization gave the Grammy-winner the President’s Award on Tuesday, as well as honored...

New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

Nov. 13, 2019 10:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne. The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who “promote awareness and create social change.” The...

Indians Carrasco, Perez honored for strong 2019 seasons

Nov. 10, 2019 9:52 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco's courage while fighting cancer and community service earned him another postseason honor. Carrasco won the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award, given annually by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for being accommodating with media...

Chrissy Teigen honored at Baby2Baby gala

Nov. 10, 2019 5:40 AM EST

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Chrissy Teigen said she felt honored to receive an award at the Baby2Baby Gala, but her acceptance speech wasn't all about her achievement: "No kid should go hungry. No kid should not go without the basics in their home." Teigen — a model, television host and cookbook...

John Legend lends support as Florida felons get vote rights

Nov. 8, 2019 5:15 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Singer John Legend was on hand to lend support Friday as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in what Miami officials called a simple and streamlined process. The ceremony in a Miami-Dade County courtroom was meant to show that ex-felons can regain their voting rights, even if the...