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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...

The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

Aug. 16, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Fans are mourning Aretha Franklin at some of the places where the legendary singer performed. Several people, some visibly mourning, walked or drove by New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit Thursday morning after news...

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Aug. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade_our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for...

A timeline of major events in the life of Aretha Franklin

Aug. 16, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A timeline of major events in the life and work of Aretha Franklin: March 1942 — Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, a prominent Baptist minister with gospel-music connections, would move the family briefly to Buffalo before settling in Detroit when Aretha was...

'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...

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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...

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...

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...

Vancouver memory care facility using music therapy

Aug. 18, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Daniel Maruyama sits in the center of a circle of residents, tapping his feet, playing his guitar and singing. Maruyama, and nearly 20 residents at The Hampton at Salmon Creek, a memory care facility in Vancouver, are just getting warmed up during their weekly Wednesday music...

Comic shops diversifying, creating community atmosphere

Aug. 18, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) — Unless you read the sign out front, you might not know where you're at when you first walk inside. Men sit at long tables with stacks of trading cards resting beside them. Pop culture-inspired figurines — 4 inches in height — are displayed in thin plastic boxes; some...

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 18, 2018 2:11 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once...

Woman who analyzed Taylor Swift's lyrics gets to meet her

Aug. 18, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sun burned through my black pleather top as I hurried around Raymond James Stadium. I tried to grip a set of metal plates used at the Tampa Bay Times printing press, but my hands kept slipping. The sweat had little to do with the heat. Days before, I had published a project...

South Dakota resident fights officials over rodent issue

Aug. 18, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — The man whose dusty hands grip the dirt-caked steering wheel calls out the birds by name as his pickup barrels a trail through the grass unusually tall and green this summer for Fall River County. Like porpoises tailing a ship in a marine bay, the birds burst out of the pasture,...

Women play Concerts for Compassion for war-weary refugees

Aug. 18, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jocelyn Zhu won the fiddling contest at the Mississippi State Fair when she was 5. Onlookers called her "cute." Her mother saw something totally different. "When Jocelyn played, I saw her spirit just flow out of her through the music," says Jane Zhu, a native of Taiwan who teaches...

AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

Aug. 17, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday....