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August 16, 2016 - 1:32am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A national tour of the groundbreaking Broadway musical "Fun Home" will be led by some theater veterans and a former beauty queen.

Kate Shindle, the president of the Actors' Equity Association and 1998 Miss America winner, will play the grown-up Allison, alongside Robert Petkoff as Bruce and Susan Moniz as Helen.

The tour kicks off in Cleveland in October and then stops in Durham, North Carolina; Chicago; St. Louis; and Detroit before...

August 16, 2016 - 1:30am
1 week 4 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has set a trial date in February for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in the double murder case against him.

Judge Jeffrey Locke told Hernandez's lawyers on Tuesday to consider the date Feb. 13 "very firm" after they said they could not be ready for trial by the fall.

Hernandez already is serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

He appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on...

August 16, 2016 - 1:28am
1 week 4 days ago

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — Family, neighbors and a bus full of co-workers from New York have gathered at a Massachusetts church to remember a woman killed while out for a run near her mother's home.

The funeral Mass for 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic in Leominster (LEH'-mihn-stur) on Tuesday will be followed by burial at Woodside Cemetery in Westminster.

Marcotte's body was found Aug. 7 in the woods near her mother'...

August 15, 2016 - 10:26pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The 52-year-old Louisiana native revealed the news Sunday on Twitter. He says the response to his loss reminded him of "the generosity given to my family during Katrina." Pierce's parents' home was damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.

Pierce...

August 15, 2016 - 10:04pm
1 week 5 days ago

Police in the nation's capital say they're investigating videos circulating on social media that appear to show a male officer pinning a young female against a patrol car with her feet dangling several inches above the ground.

The series of videos was posted Monday via Twitter.

The Associated Press couldn't immediately confirm the videos' authenticity. They appeared to show the person pushed with her face toward the vehicle and an officer could be...

August 15, 2016 - 9:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of Elvis Presley fans have made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland for a candlelight vigil marking the 39th anniversary of the singer's death in Memphis.

Despite pouring rain, Presley fans from around the world are holding candles and walking slowly through the gravesite of the rock 'n' roll icon, who died on Aug. 16, 1977. Since his death, devotees have come to pay their respects at Presley's grave, which is located on the grounds of...

August 15, 2016 - 9:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — A Maui ukulele player is back behind bars after a brief release to perform in Los Angeles with reggae artist Matisyahu.

Clint Alama's public defender Danielle Sears says he was late returning to Hawaii because he missed his flight and then caught another one after Friday's concert at the Hollywood Palladium.

A judge allowed Alama to fly to California while temporarily released from jail, where he's being held on a probation violation...

August 15, 2016 - 9:02pm
1 week 5 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. HOW TRUMP WANTS TO SCREEN TERRORISTS

The Republican presidential nominee says he would impose "extreme vetting" on immigrants as a means of stopping Islamic State and other militants from entering the U.S.

2. WHY MASSIVE FLOODS CAUGHT LOUISIANA OFF GUARD

Forecasters say there was little warning of the...

August 15, 2016 - 9:00pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police commander who signed off on officer reports that the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police was justified has retired.

One day after Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, Deputy Chief David McNaughton found the shooting complied with department policy. Video of the shooting released last year contradicted initial statements that McDonald lunged at police.

In a statement Monday,...

August 15, 2016 - 8:18pm
1 week 5 days ago

A Chicago-based communist revolutionary group blamed by Milwaukee's police chief for stoking a second day of violence says that some of its members did go there to "support a revolution."

The protests began Saturday evening after a black police officer shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith, who was also black. Police said Smith fled a traffic stop and turned toward the officer with a gun before he was shot.

Chief Ed Flynn blamed "these...

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