Leon Redbone, acclaimed blues and jazz musician of the '70s, dies aged 69
Leon Redbone, acclaimed blues and jazz musician of the '70s, dies aged 69

Redbone's career got a boost in the early 1970s when Bob Dylan met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Dylan said that if he ever started a label, he would have signed Redbone.

Robert Mueller resigns as special counsel amid demands from Democrats to testify on Capitol Hill
Robert Mueller resigns as special counsel amid demands from Democrats to testify on Capitol Hill

Robert Mueller's resignation comes amid demands for him to testify on Capitol Hill about his findings and tension with Attorney General William Barr

John Gary Williams, lead singer for R&B group The Mad Lads, dies at 73
John Gary Williams, lead singer for R&B group The Mad Lads, dies at 73

Williams formed the group with William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Phillips in Memphis and recorded on Stax Record's Volt label. The Mad Lads had several songs on the Billboard R&B chart in the 1960s, including "I Want a Girl" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

Lawyer of Chris Brown's alleged rape victim says he 'thumbed his nose' at French legal system by skipping meeting
Lawyer of Chris Brown's alleged rape victim says he 'thumbed his nose' at French legal system by skipping meeting

A formal meeting in Paris that was supposed to take place Tuesday between an alleged rape victim and American singer-songwriter Chris Brown was cancelled after Brown failed to show up

Bill Buckner, former Red Sox first baseman, dies at 69 after battling dementia
Bill Buckner, former Red Sox first baseman, dies at 69 after battling dementia

Buckner made his major league debut as a teenager, played until he was 40 and amassed 2,715 hits in between. Yet for all he accomplished, it was his October error at first base that fans always remembered.

Alabama's abortion ban challenged by Planned Parenthood and ACLU in federal lawsuit
Alabama's abortion ban challenged by Planned Parenthood and ACLU in federal lawsuit

Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state

Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $44m compensation deal with sexual assault accusers, film studio: reports
Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $44m compensation deal with sexual assault accusers, film studio: reports

If finalized, the deal will help resolve a civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office last year that accuses the company's executives and board of failing to protect employees from a hostile work environment and Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.

Pyongyang executed senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with US, says South Korea report
Pyongyang executed senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with US, says South Korea report

The report is by the conservative Chosun Ilbo daily, which attributed the news to a single, unidentified "source who knows about North Korea"

Border Patrol detains 1,036 migrants crossing the border illegally at El Paso, says it is the largest group ever
Border Patrol detains 1,036 migrants crossing the border illegally at El Paso, says it is the largest group ever

The crossing was the latest sign that migrants are increasingly coming in large groups. The Border Patrol said it has found 180 groups of more than 100 people since October, compared to 13 in the previous 12-month period and two the year before.

Eight super spellers script historic win at Scripps National Spelling Bee championship this year
Eight super spellers script historic win at Scripps National Spelling Bee championship this year

Faced with a dwindling word list and a group of eight spellers that showed no weakness, Scripps gave up and declared them co-champions, the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition.

Army vet plowed into crowd in California thinking Muslims were among people standing there, say authorities
Army vet plowed into crowd in California thinking Muslims were among people standing there, say authorities

The disclosure came as prosecutors filed two hate crime allegations against 34-year-old Isaiah Peoples. He is also facing eight counts of attempted murder after police said he deliberately plowed his car into people on April 24 at the Sunnyvale crosswalk and showed no remorse afterward.

Trump announces 5% tariffs on Mexican goods in a bid to stem surge of migrants
Trump announces 5% tariffs on Mexican goods in a bid to stem surge of migrants

Trump made the announcement by tweet after telling reporters earlier Thursday that he was planning 'a major statement' that would be his 'biggest' so far on the border. The White House said Trump would be using the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to implement the tariff.

Louisiana Democratic governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, defying his party
Louisiana Democratic governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, defying his party

With his signature, Gov. John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the fifth state to enact a law prohibiting abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, joining Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia. Alabama's gone further, outlawing virtually all abortions.

New Hampshire repeals death penalty as Senate overrides Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's veto
New Hampshire repeals death penalty as Senate overrides Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's veto

New Hampshire on Thursday became the latest state to abolish the death penalty. The state had just one inmate on death row.

Paris plans to name plaza 'Princess Diana Square' at the site of her fatal 1997 crash
Paris plans to name plaza 'Princess Diana Square' at the site of her fatal 1997 crash

The site already holds a golden flame-shaped monument in her honor, adjacent to the Alma Tunnel where the accident occurred

7 dead, 21 missing after South Korean tour boat collides with cruise ship and sinks in Hungary
7 dead, 21 missing after South Korean tour boat collides with cruise ship and sinks in Hungary

Rescue workers are scouring the Danube River in downtown Budapest for 21 people missing from a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists that sank after colliding with a larger cruise ship during an evening downpour

Body believed to be of missing 5-year-old Utah girl found less than a block from her home
Body believed to be of missing 5-year-old Utah girl found less than a block from her home

The 5-year-old's body was found hidden under trees and brush, bringing a wide-ranging search to a grim close five days after the child was taken from her home and killed by her uncle

WikiLeaks 'gravely concerned' about Assange's health after he misses court hearing
WikiLeaks 'gravely concerned' about Assange's health after he misses court hearing

Assange, 47, is in Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in Britain while fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents

Girl believed to be the tiniest newborn and who weighed as much as an apple beat all odds to survive
Girl believed to be the tiniest newborn and who weighed as much as an apple beat all odds to survive

The girl was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother's 40-week pregnancy and weighed just 8.6 ounces (245 grams)

White House wanted USS McCain 'out of sight' during Donald Trump's visit to Japan
White House wanted USS McCain 'out of sight' during Donald Trump's visit to Japan

Responding to the report, Trump tweeted that he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan"

Ashton Kutcher testifies in 'Hollywood Ripper' trial after knocking on slain woman's door in 2001
Ashton Kutcher testifies in 'Hollywood Ripper' trial after knocking on slain woman's door in 2001

The actor said from the witness stand that he had kept Ashley Ellerin waiting for hours on February 21, 2001, when he arrived at the her Hollywood home, where he had been to a party about a week earlier

Missouri's only abortion clinic may shut by end of the week as state officials refuse to renew its license: Planned Parenthood
Missouri's only abortion clinic may shut by end of the week as state officials refuse to renew its license: Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood officials said that the current license for the St. Louis facility expires Friday. If it isn't renewed, the organization said Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade in 1973

Justice Clarence Thomas compares abortion to 'modern-day eugenics' as Supreme Court skirts around the main issues regarding the ban
Justice Clarence Thomas compares abortion to 'modern-day eugenics' as Supreme Court skirts around the main issues regarding the ban

The justices declined to take on an issue closer to the core of abortion rights, rejecting the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked a ban on abortion based on gender, race or disability. Their other ruling, however, signaled that it was more open to state restrictions on abortion.

1 dead, 130 injured as twisters rip through Ohio and Indiana seriously damaging homes and churning up debris
1 dead, 130 injured as twisters rip through Ohio and Indiana seriously damaging homes and churning up debris

The winds peeled away roofs — leaving homes looking like giant dollhouses — knocked houses off their foundations, toppled trees, brought down power lines and churned up so much debris that it was visible on radar. Highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an Ohio interstate

More than 1,700 University of Colorado students photographed for facial recognition study
More than 1,700 University of Colorado students photographed for facial recognition study

A University of Colorado professor set up a long-range surveillance camera in an office window that captured more than 16,000 images of passers-by during the spring semesters of 2012 and 2013.

Indiana abortion law requiring aborted fetuses to be disposed as human remains upheld by Supreme Court
Indiana abortion law requiring aborted fetuses to be disposed as human remains upheld by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains, a sign that the more conservative court is more open to abortion restrictions

'I will kill you' screaming, knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2
'I will kill you' screaming, knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

City officials, quoting police, said the suspect was captured but died from a self-inflicted slash in his neck.

Santa Anita checking if rules were followed before 26th horse death of the season
Santa Anita checking if rules were followed before 26th horse death of the season

The track's previous fatality was Spectacular Music, an unraced 3-year-old gelding who suffered a pelvic injury during training on May 19 and was euthanized the next day after his condition worsened.

Tornado tears through Oklahoma hotel and trailer park leaving 2 dead and dozens injured
Tornado tears through Oklahoma hotel and trailer park leaving 2 dead and dozens injured

Saturday night's storm in El Reno comes after a week of tornados, severe rain and flooding in the Southern Plains and Midwest, including a tornado that hit Jefferson City, Missouri

22-year-old who was mauled to death by lion was left with the beast for 3 hours before it was shot by cops, victim's aunt claims
22-year-old who was mauled to death by lion was left with the beast for 3 hours before it was shot by cops, victim's aunt claims

With no tranquilizer gun immediately on hand, arriving firefighters sprayed water from firehoses in a futile attempt to move the lion away.

Pope Francis says abortion is never OK, likens it to 'hiring a hitman'
Pope Francis says abortion is never OK, likens it to 'hiring a hitman'

Pope Francis says abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed, and is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term

Hunt on for suspect after explosion in busy street leaves 13 wounded in French city of Lyon
Hunt on for suspect after explosion in busy street leaves 13 wounded in French city of Lyon

The man was seen arriving on foot, pushing his bike along the pedestrian-only Victor Hugo street, then leaving paper bag on a concrete block in the middle of the street near a bakery

Hawaii woman who disappeared two weeks ago found alive in forest, spotted from helicopter
Hawaii woman who disappeared two weeks ago found alive in forest, spotted from helicopter

The physical therapist from the Maui town of Haiku went missing on May 8. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.

Princess Charlotte to attend Thomas's Battersea School in London with older brother George
Princess Charlotte to attend Thomas's Battersea School in London with older brother George

The first day of school can be stressful but Princess Charlotte will have her older brother to lean on if necessary

Kenyan court upholds archaic laws criminalizing same-sex relations
Kenyan court upholds archaic laws criminalizing same-sex relations

Many in Kenya's vibrant gay community had hoped the court would make history by scrapping the British colonial-era laws and inspiring other countries in Africa to do the same

Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall
Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall

A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency

US challenges part of a ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states
US challenges part of a ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states

The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. It comes after a judge in Montana restored protections for the animals last September.

We blame you, America tells Iran as it sends in 1500 additional troops to the Middle East
We blame you, America tells Iran as it sends in 1500 additional troops to the Middle East

A senior Pentagon officer says the US blames Iran and its proxies for the recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.

Jake Patterson sentenced to life for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents
Jake Patterson sentenced to life for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents

21-year-old Patterson pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one of kidnapping.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs bill banning abortions after eight weeks
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs bill banning abortions after eight weeks

Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. Women who terminate their pregnancies cannot be prosecuted

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7

Pressure on May to quit over her failure to get Parliament's approval for a European Union divorce deal reached a critical point this week as House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom quit and several Cabinet colleagues expressed doubts about her Brexit bill.

81-year-old North Carolina man, wrongfully convicted of murder, freed after he served 43 years in prison
81-year-old North Carolina man, wrongfully convicted of murder, freed after he served 43 years in prison

In January, an appeals court ruled that evidence casts doubt on Charles Ray Finch's murder conviction.The North Carolina man's conviction was overturned and that prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether to retry him.

Judge orders Jussie Smollett's case file be unsealed after actor 'voluntarily' speaks to media about alleged racist attack
Judge orders Jussie Smollett's case file be unsealed after actor 'voluntarily' speaks to media about alleged racist attack

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins said Smollett's actions before and after his case was dismissed did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.

Michael Jackson's estate and former manager settle 2012 lawsuit after a five-day trial
Michael Jackson's estate and former manager settle 2012 lawsuit after a five-day trial

Michael Jackson's manager Tohme had sought nearly $20 million from the Jackson estate in the lawsuit filed in 2012, saying he was entitled to a 15% commission on funds generated by deals he arranged for Jackson that were received after Jackson's death in June 2009.

Serial killer Bobby Joe Long who terrorized Florida in 1984 has been executed
Serial killer Bobby Joe Long who terrorized Florida in 1984 has been executed

Authorities say the 65-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:55 pm Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi claw at each other, she suggests an 'intervention' he calls her 'crazy'
Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi claw at each other, she suggests an 'intervention' he calls her 'crazy'

At an afternoon press conference on Thursday, the president retorted to Pelosi's questioning of his fitness for office by saying, "I'm an extremely stable genius"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces new US charges that raise questions about media freedom
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces new US charges that raise questions about media freedom

Assange is in custody in London after being evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in April. The US is seeking his extradition.

Woman who helped put away Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long awaits his execution
Woman who helped put away Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long awaits his execution

Ahead of his execution, a survivor recalls her time with a Florida serial killer before he was arrested in a 1984 murderous spree

Rotten Tomatoes will verify ticket purchases to ensure audience members have seen a movie before leaving a review or rating
Rotten Tomatoes will verify ticket purchases to ensure audience members have seen a movie before leaving a review or rating

The review aggregator says that users who purchase tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like Booksmart and Aladdin

Geoffrey Rush wins $2 million in defamation case against newspaper over reports of inappropriate behavior with actress
Geoffrey Rush wins $2 million in defamation case against newspaper over reports of inappropriate behavior with actress

67-year-old Australian had sued Sydney's The Daily Telegraph's publisher and journalist Jonathon Moran in the Federal Court over two stories and a poster published in late 2017

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