Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.
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In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields.
An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26.
Three videos released with the report late Wednesday show the massive funnel of smoke and flames in a populated area on the edge of Redding, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
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An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas.
The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation highlight the urgency of their plight, the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said as it filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
There are just 75 orcas remaining in the Pacific Northwest population, the lowest number in 34 years. They're struggling with a dearth of chinook salmon, their preferred prey, as well as toxic contamination and vessel noise.
A woman accused of injuring her 16-year-old friend when she pushed the teen off a bridge in Washington state has been charged with reckless endangerment following a shove captured on video that went viral.
The KGW television station reported Friday that charging documents filed by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office say Taylor Smith created "a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury" to the 16-year-old girl.
Jordan Holgerson was pushed off a bridge Aug. 7 at Moulton Falls northeast of Vancouver, Washington, and fell 60 feet (18 meters). She suffered injuries ranging from broken ribs to punctured lungs.
A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she hadn't wanted to see with her young children around.
But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn't hiding much anymore.
"I carry my service with me wherever I go," Hegar said. "We don't see my family and my childhood and my service as different chapters. It's all a package deal."
The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.
The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $230 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas. Most of that money, initially pledged by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in February, had been on hold and under review since he was fired in March. A small fraction of that amount was released in June.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the cut, which was authorized by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and does not include humanitarian aid funds, will be more than offset by an additional $300 million pledged by coalition partners.
Brazilian prosecutors have filed a murder charge against celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado over the death of a patient who was given injections to enlarge her buttocks.
Furtado was widely known in Brazil "Dr. Bumbum" — Brazilian slang for backside. He was arrested last month in Rio de Janeiro.
Authorities announced late Wednesday that the charge was filed against Furtado, his mother and his girlfriend. Furtado has denied any wrongdoing.
Students in Luther, Oklahoma, experienced a terrifying start to the school year Thursday when a high school student was stabbed by another student.
The victim, a 14-year-old freshman, was airlifted to a...
President Donald Trump on Friday advocated for a possible end to the long-held quarterly earnings reports for publicly traded companies, saying it would boost business and in turn help create jobs.
In a morning tweet, the president said he had spoken to "business leaders" for their ideas on growth and they believed filing earnings reports every three months was one obstacle for growth. One idea would be to report every six months.
CNBC has reached out to the Securities and Exchange Commission for comment.
One of the former co-owners of Presidente Supermarkets who was wanted in the 2011 killing of his wife's lover in Miami-Dade has been taken into custody in Spain.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office confirmed supermarket mogul Manuel Marin was taken into custody Tuesday. The State Department has begun the process to extradite Marin to the U.S., officials said.
Marin is one of four suspects in the June 2011 murder of 43-year-old Camilo Salazar, the secret lover of Marin's wife Jenny Marin. Also accused in the plot are former mixed martial artists Alexis Vila Perdomo and Ariel Gandulla, and fight trainer and promoter Roberto Isaac.
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Elon Musk's erratic behavior was front and center again this week as the CEO of Tesla conceded that he's overwhelmed by job stress, pushing his electric car company's stock down and bringing pressure on its board to take action.
Musk's revelation, in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, came as government regulators are reportedly investigating whether his recent out-of-the-blue tweet about taking Tesla private violated disclosure requirements.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the two-term Democratic mayor who already has visited the important presidential election states of Iowa and New Hampshire said he intends to make a decision on his candidacy by March.
To oust the president in a 2020 campaign, Garcetti said his party needs to show Trump doesn't back up his words. He pointed to Trump's promise to deliver a better health care plan than President Barack Obama's model. "How's that going?" he asked.
A teenage boy stabbed a girl in front of their shocked Oklahoma school during an welcome assembly on the first day of class Thursday, NBC News reported.
The teen, 14, was silent during the attack and did not appear to know the victim, also 14, Luther Police Chief David Randall. He added that the suspect appeared to have a "nonchalant attitude about what transpired" and hadn't told investigators why he did it.
The girl was in stable condition after surgery, Randall said.
Luther is a small town northeast of Oklahoma City. The stabbing comes amid a national conversation about toxic masculinity and the #MeToo movement.
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Whale one, New Jersey fishermen zero.
A whale capsized their boat in the waters off Long Branch on Thursday, officials said.
The fishermen were about 50 yards off the beach when the mammal flipped their boat, tossing both of them into the water. Other boaters moved in and rescued the men.
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A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley informed the judge presiding over the case that she now wants the two men charged in the case to face trial as soon as possible.
Derick Almena and Max Harris are scheduled to appear in court on Friday for the first time since Judge James Cramer rejected a plea deal negotiated by O'Malley's office and their attorneys.