Beyonce slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

MIAMI (AP) — Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album. Queen B came out swinging Wednesday in an oversized black western hat and bodysuit, trading […]

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay […]

St Louis, Sacramento among leading MLS expansion candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento, California, “front-runners” for the next round of expansion, which could occur as soon as 2020. He said other candidates, in priority order, were Detroit; San Diego; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; and Cincinnati. “What held us back in St. Louis […]

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No […]

African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to be the face on $20 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a slave owner, who is being pushed to the […]

3 officials charged in Flint water crisis; more predicted

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis has become a criminal case, with two state regulators and a city employee charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism. For nearly 18 months, the poor, majority-black city of 100,000 used the Flint […]

Banking woes easing for some legal pot businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a once-empty office in Oregon’s Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a mini-fortress. Recently hired workers sit behind bulletproof glass at a window inaccessible to the public. Police officers brought out of retirement roam the building with handguns on their hips. Security cameras monitor the hallways. The changes, paid […]

Clean air advocate: California has nation’s dirtiest air

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm […]

Kings to interview Del Negro, Jackson, Mitchell

(AP) – The Sacramento Kings are starting the search for yet another head coach with three candidates who have extensive experience in the head chair. The Kings plan to interview Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and Sam Mitchell in the first wave as they look for a replacement for the fired George Karl, three people […]

Sanders goes Hollywood: Aiming for a California upset

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Bernie Sanders can pull off an upset in California, it will be a story that got its start on Hollywood Boulevard. In a building that saw the likes of film stars and movie moguls and later was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Sanders’ newly leased Los Angeles headquarters is […]