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R. Kelly judge to proceed to trial despite new cases

Aug. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge overseeing singer R. Kelly's sexual-abuse case says he'll proceed toward a trial despite three new cases being brought against Kelly. Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood noted Thursday at a status hearing that a federal case in Chicago, one in New York and a Minnesota case...

Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors recall her grace, grit

Aug. 15, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. As the anniversary of her death approaches, two of her doctors tell The Associated Press that the Queen of Soul handled the diagnosis and treatment with grace — and the grit...

Sounders add Russell Wilson, Macklemore to ownership group

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders are adding Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara, hip-hop artist Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the MLS club's ownership group. Other investors are also coming aboard while current majority owner Adrian Hanauer is increasing his investment...

NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism

Aug. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and...

Freed inmate Cyntoia Brown marries recording artist J. Long

Aug. 12, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky. Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed...

Lil Nas X's viral song sets more records on Billboard charts

Aug. 12, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of "Old Town Road." The song that beat out Mariah Carey and "Despacito" to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 chart has now set records on Billboard's Hot...

Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points

Aug. 10, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the weekend that shaped the image of a "Woodstock Generation." And that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come. To many who went or wished they did, the pivotal festival of "peace and music" 50 years ago remains an inspiring moment of counterculture community...

Walk of Fame to welcome Philadelphia Orchestra, The O'Jays

Aug. 7, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Music Alliance will induct musicians spanning a wide range of genres to its Walk of Fame, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, R&B group The O'Jays and '80s rock band The Hooters. The class of 2019's other honorees include Philadelphia socialite and philanthropist...

The Latest: Handwriting expert to examine Franklin will

Aug. 6, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on legal wrangling over Aretha Franklin's estate (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin's death. During a hearing Tuesday, Oakland County Probate Judge Jennifer...

Judge to allow use of handwriting expert for Franklin's will

Aug. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin's death. During a hearing Tuesday, Oakland County Probate Judge Jennifer Callaghan also placed administration of Franklin's estate under court supervision. That...