An editor asked me about any local connections to Aretha Franklin, the inimitable R&B/pop/gospel singer who died Thursday and left generations with memories, or any Waco concerts she might have performed.
NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just audiotapes.
NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership, including Gretchen Carlson.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit.
NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI is seeking the public's help in rounding up more than a half-million dollars' worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mackenzie Phillips, who's upending expectations with her portrayal of a brutal inmate on "Orange is the New Black," deserves another look off-screen as well.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee's restraining order against a former business manager was extended for three years on Friday, in another apparent step toward stability for the Marvel Comics mogul after a tumultuous year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car, authorities said Friday.
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented.
NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016.
LONDON (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers.
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
LONDON (AP) — Bob Mackie-designed outfits worn by Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and other celebrities are going up for auction.
DETROIT (AP) — 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.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday.
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.
Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday:
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city has tweaked its sign for Paul Manafort Drive because the name agitated some residents.
NEW YORK (AP) — Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive.
NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press on Thursday — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it's signed "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local):
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
DETROIT (AP) — Family statement on the death of Aretha Franklin:
NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson says he's the "luckiest guy in the world" after wasting little time pursuing Ariana Grande.
LONDON (AP) — London rapper Stormzy is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has named two new writers as the state poet and author.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five years after Paul Walker's death, his brothers say they're open to playing his character again in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.
NEW YORK (AP) — The man who co-wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand" more than a half century ago is speaking more directly these days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame called it a "rightful and just act."
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming.
DETROIT (AP) — People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about Stevie Wonder and Rev. Jesse Jackson visiting Aretha Franklin at her home, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jackson visited Franklin on Tuesday. Jackson was originally scheduled to visit Tuesday but later rescheduled for Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency.
NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Liev Schreiber on Tuesday denied allegations that he attacked a local photographer while he was in suburban New York filming the popular Showtime series "Ray Donovan."
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle.