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Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:44am

The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran's capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier.

Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:04am

When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule.

In Franklin's anthems, women heard an empowering message

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:03pm

Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect.

Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:31pm

Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday.

Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:49pm

A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam.

Newseum to honor legendary black journalist with statue

Tramon Lucas, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 3:18pm

A pioneering black, female journalist is being honored with a statue in the nation's capital.

'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris sets exclusive Netflix deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:13pm

Netflix says it's signed "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement.

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

Corey Williams and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:09pm

To the rest of the world, she was the "Queen of Soul" — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel.

'Respect' indeed: Aretha flipped man's song into epic anthem

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 1:49pm

It's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her.

Rapper Juelz Santana pleads guilty to airport gun charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:17pm

Rapper Juelz Santana admitted in court Thursday that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport earlier this year.

As our media environment blurs, confusion often reigns

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:13pm

A generation ago, the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer were the heroes of television news. Now the biggest stars are arguably Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow.

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:11pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America "was never that great," with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like a progressive.

Beyond 'The Walking Dead,' Lauren Cohan is ready for change

Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:49am

Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive.

Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be 'positive'

Anne Flaherty and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:27am

Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House.

Review: Wahlberg and Berg's 'Mile 22' is a dizzying assault

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:19am

eyes, off-center face, hands, blood pressure monitor, and on and on.

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:00am

Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday.

The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:53am

The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local):

Aretha Franklin's family says 'We have felt your love'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:19am

Family statement on the death of Aretha Franklin:

A timeline of major events in the life of Aretha Franklin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 8:29am

A timeline of major events in the life and work of Aretha Franklin:

Pete Davidson talks to GQ about love and Ariana Grande

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 7:57am

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson says he's the "luckiest guy in the world" after wasting little time pursuing Ariana Grande.