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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1993 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
August 16, 2018 - 1:00 pm
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. She died at her home...
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August 16, 2018 - 1:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans have purchased a bus ticket to Canada for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the Democrat said America "was never that great." The state Republican Party said the $55 one-way, Albany-to-Montreal ticket is valid only on Friday, and that if Cuomo believes his own remarks...
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People walk past an advertising billboard at an upscale neighbourhood in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had said that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
August 16, 2018 - 12:20 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. In one video , a man collects iPhones from several youths squatting in front of a...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2004 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee greets the audience as he arrives for a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India. Former prime minister Vajpayee, who pursued both nuclear weapons and peace talks with Pakistan, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at age 93. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
August 16, 2018 - 12:11 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of...
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August 16, 2018 - 12:01 pm
DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager who was getting ready for his first day of college is dead after he crashed his car into a community library in upstate New York. State police on Thursday identified the driver as 18-year-old Blake Lucas. Troopers say he was driving down the road near the Community...
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A local resident rides his motorcycle near portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the town of Rastan, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The Russian Defense Ministry said it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
August 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm
HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the last three days near the...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal _ a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
August 16, 2018 - 11:59 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A top Turkish official says Turkey, France and Germany "are on the same page" concerning their opposition to U.S. sanctions and tariffs restricting trade. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also told...
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August 16, 2018 - 11:58 am
LONDON (AP) — A physician to Queen Elizabeth II has been killed by a truck as he cycled through central London. The Metropolitan Police force says 67-year-old Peter Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday morning's accident. University College London Hospitals, where Fisher worked,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1993 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
August 16, 2018 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on...
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People walk past a Turkish flag on a mosque compound in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The Turkish government’s framing of its problems as an epic battle for sovereignty against outside enemies, particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, resonates among core supporters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
August 16, 2018 - 11:19 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of international investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles that have seen the country spiral into a currency crisis. The national currency recovered somewhat from record lows hit...
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