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James Travis was one of the storied World War II airmen as a part of the nation’s first black military pilots and ground crew. He trained as an aerial engineer, gunner and crew chief, serving with the 477th bombardment group...
NEW YORK CITY – Funeral services were held today for a New York police officer who was killed by friendly fire. Family, friends, fellow officers and city leaders filled Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn...
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Olympic teammates Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer will reunite to take part in a Basketball without Borders camp in September in South Africa. The NBA and FIBA announced on Thursday that Yao Ming...
MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Tourette syndrome occurs in 3 out of every 1,000 school-aged children, and is more than twice as common in white kids as in blacks or Hispanics, according to the largest U.S. study to...
Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Blues,” died in Chicago Wednesday afternoon due to complications from surgery. She was 80 years old. Taylor died at Northwestern...
NEW YORK (AP) — The date for Whitney Houston’s comeback has been set. Arista Records says her long-awaited album will be released Sept. 1. Houston hasn’t released a CD in seven years. So far, there’s no word on a title for...
CAIRO – President Barack Obama delivered a major speech to the Muslim world today (Thursday) from Cairo, Egypt. The speech focused on several topics and in it the president called for a new beginning between the United States and...
I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition...
CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Blues,” has died after complications from surgery. She was 80. Taylor died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial...
TERRY COLLINS Associated Press Writer OAKLAND, California (AP) — A transit police officer said right after fatally shooting a man on a train platform that he thought the man “was going for a gun,” a fellow officer testified Wednesday. Officer Tony Pirone...
President Obama is in the Middle East, on a trip that he, and much of the Islamic world have raised to epic proportions. As the son of a Muslim, Barack Obama has made it his mission to...
WASHINGTON – The first lady told graduating seniors of a Washington, D.C. high school to believe in themselves. At her second and final commencement address this year, Michelle Obama spoke to the graduating class of Washington Mathematics Science Technology public...
An Albany, Georgia high school teacher was fired for sending sexual text messages to a teenage student, then driving to a hotel to meet her. The student was at a sleepover celebration for the girl’s basketball team. Her coaches stepped...
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the smiling photos of Barack and Michelle Obama, the couple went through a tough time in their marriage in earlier years, according to a new book. “Renegade,” by U.S. journalist Richard Wolffe, says the couple’s...
JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina revoked the licenses of a funeral home and its director after he admitted one of his employees cut the legs of a 6-foot-7 (2-meter) man without the...
Shirley, NY – Surveillance cameras captured a bat-wielding, masked man entering a convenience store in Shirley, New York, after midnight. But the store’s owner Mohammed Sohail never surrendered his cash. Instead, he went behind the counter and grabbed his...
Today President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on a trip that begins as a major outreach to the Muslim world. This is a four-day trip, and aides say the highlight comes Thursday in Cairo: President Obama will deliver a...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Eighty-six-year-old Johnnie Leach leans on his cane as he sits in warm sunshine on the steps of the old slave cabin where he raised 13 children four decades ago...
KATIE NELSON Associated Press Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent said Tuesday that he never would have bought a Connecticut mansion once owned by boxer Mike Tyson had he realized it would require millions in repairs and renovations. The entertainer,...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is once again the U.S. murder capital after briefly losing the title. Fresh FBI statistics show that with 64 killings per 100,000 people in 2008, New Orleans had the highest per capita murder rate...