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Today in History: February 25, Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for first world title

Feb. 25, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated...

Beyoncé becomes first Black woman to claim top spot on Billboard's country music chart

Feb. 21, 2024 16:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé made history once again: The superstar singer has become the first Black woman to top Billboard's country music chart. The Grammy winner achieved the feat after her new single “Texas Hold 'Em" reached No. 1 on the country airplay chart this week. She...

Today in History: February 21, Malcolm X shot and killed at age 39

Feb. 21, 2024 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2024. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1965, minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside Harlem’s Audubon...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 25-March 2

Feb. 20, 2024 09:35 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 25-March 2: Feb. 25: Actor Ann McCrea (“The Donna Reed Show”) is 93. Actor Tom Courtenay (“Dr. Zhivago”) is 87. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 87. Actor Diane Baker is 86. Actor Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 82....

Today in History: February 20, John Glenn becomes first American to orbit the Earth

Feb. 20, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2024. There are 315 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project...

Beyoncé drops new songs 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages.' New music 'Act II' will arrive in March

Feb. 12, 2024 16:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé is back with two new country tracks — “Texas Hold 'Em” and “16 Carriages.” After a Verizon commercial starring Beyoncé aired during the Super Bowl ended with the superstar saying “They ready, drop the new music,” the question became —...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 18-24

Feb. 12, 2024 10:26 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 18-24: Feb. 18: Vocalist Yoko Ono is 91. Singer Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers is 84. Singer Irma Thomas is 83. Actor Jess Walton (“The Young and the Restless”) is 78. Singer Dennis DeYoung (Styx) is 77. Actor Cybill...

Toby Keith wrote all kinds of country songs. His legacy might be post-9/11 American anger

Feb. 09, 2024 14:50 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Toby Keith’s songs accomplished, for some, what great art is intended to: They sustained people in challenging times, particularly U.S. service members and their families during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. For others, Keith’s work sowed division and was...

Andra Day prays through nervousness ahead of Super Bowl performance

Feb. 08, 2024 20:30 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andra Day normally deals with nervousness before any big show — especially in front of her peers. But the Grammy winner eventually leans on prayer to settle her anxiety. On Sunday, Day will certainly use the same approach before she graces the Super Bowl stage as...

Toby Keith, country singer-songwriter, dies at 62 after stomach cancer diagnosis

Feb. 07, 2024 00:59 AM EST

Toby Keith, a hit country crafter of pro-American anthems who both riled up critics and was loved by millions of fans, has died. He was 62. The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer-songwriter, who had stomach cancer, died peacefully Monday surrounded by his family, according to a...