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NCAA memo: Emmert tells schools to act on NIL or he will

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

NCAA President Mark Emmert told the organization's more than 1,200 member schools Friday that he will seek temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their celebrity with a host of state laws looming and congressional efforts seemingly stalled. ...

California launches new anti-human trafficking teams

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's...

Citing withheld evidence, judge frees death row inmate

Jun. 18, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who was convicted 12 years ago in a woman’s stabbing death has been freed by a judge who cited the discovery of evidence that could have strengthened his defense but wasn’t shared with his attorneys. Michael Wayne...

Manuel reveals burnout diagnosis after loss at swim trials

Jun. 18, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tears welled in Simone Manuel's eyes. Her voice broke as she revealed the heartbreaking reason behind her failure to advance in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials. The first Black woman ever to win an individual...

Dressel wins, but Manuel fails to advance in swim stunner

Jun. 17, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Caeleb Dressel locked up his spot for Tokyo, where he's expected to be one of the biggest stars in the Olympic pool. Simone Manuel got left behind. In the biggest surprise yet at the U.S. swimming trials, the defending Olympic...

Chances fade for banned runner to race at Olympic trials

Jun. 17, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The odds of banned runner Shelby Houlihan running at U.S. Olympic trials diminished sharply late Thursday when the country's Olympic committee said it would follow all antidoping rules and USA Track and Field received long-awaited official notice of her suspension. ...

R. Kelly nears OK for new legal team for upcoming trial

Jun. 17, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jailed R&B singer R. Kelly will likely get to keep a new lawyer in his federal sex-trafficking case despite questions about the attorney’s texts and other communications with one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends. Kelly, 54, is accused of leading an...

Q&A: Abdul-Jabbar talks new documentary, MLK, social justice

Jun. 17, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, but the man known for his trademark skyhook shot has also devoted his life advocating for equality and social justice. Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his activism walk as an executive producer and...

No apology: Tavis Smiley makes comeback bid after PBS firing

Jun. 17, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after workplace misconduct allegations cost veteran TV and radio talk-show host Tavis Smiley his job and a national forum, he’s ending his silence. Smiley, who continues to deny the claims of unwanted sexual behavior that led PBS to drop...

Utah ‘Real Housewives’ star seeks fraud case dismissal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah and her defense attorneys have asked a federal judge in New York this week to dismiss charges against her in a fraud case because officers allegedly coerced her into waiving her Miranda rights when she was arrested...