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Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...

The Latest: Hamilton says Lauda 'bright light in my life'

May. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Niki Lauda's death (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said Niki Lauda was a "bright light in my life" and that he is "struggling to believe you are gone." Hamilton drives for Mercedes, where Lauda served in recent years as the non-executive...

Former FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte dies at 85

May. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, a former president of Florida State University and state lawmaker who left a large imprint on Florida's higher education and criminal justice systems, has died. He was 85. Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement that D'Alemberte died...

F1 great and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70

May. 21, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Formula One great Niki Lauda, who won two of his world titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. Lauda's family issued a statement saying the three-time world champion "passed away...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin's home

May. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the...

First black official in Atlantic Coast Conference dies

May. 20, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

APEX, N.C. (AP) — Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but one of the men he taught to follow in his footsteps said Burch didn't make much out of the achievement. "Everybody else talked about that. He just shared his story and his journey," ACC...

5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents

May. 20, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who died Monday in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred him to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager,...

SC Rep. Young remembered as hard working and kind lawmaker

May. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has draped the desk of a member who died over the weekend in a black drape with a yellow rose. Rep. Ronnie Young died Sunday. House Speaker Jay Lucas said he Republican from North Augusta had cancer and recently suffered a stroke. Young spent 23 years as Aiken...

Sioux Falls man reunites with birth mother after 50 years

May. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The phone call arrived last December during a faculty meeting at Augustana University, where Jason Harris teaches business law. "I don't usually leave faculty meetings," he told the Argus Leader. "But I just sort of said, 'I'm going to take this one.' " A series of events had led...

Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters

May. 18, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts senator responded with what has become a...