Celebrity deaths

Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82...
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AP Exclusive: Franklin's family says eulogy was offensive

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor's eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul's funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described children being...
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Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

ATLANTA (AP) — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for saying black America is losing "its soul" at Aretha Franklin's funeral stands firm by his words with the hopes critics can understand his perspective. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday he...
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McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories mixed with humor, grief and lessons on civility marked Sen. John McCain's memorial service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour. A few scenes: THE RESPECT OF RIVALS Keep on talking, even to rivals. That was...
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President and stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul

DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member. "Aretha's singing challenged...
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Old-school eulogy at Aretha Franklin funeral ignites wrath

DETROIT (AP) — A fiery, old-school eulogist at the funeral of Aretha Franklin fell flat for many in the crowd and prompted a social media uproar when he declared "black America has lost its soul," black women are incapable of raising sons alone and the Black Lives Matter movement is unfounded in...
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McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures

Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures. In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride. Hundreds...
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The Latest: Stevie Wonder closes Franklin funeral with 'As'

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for soul legend Aretha Franklin (all times local): ___ 6:45 p.m. Stevie Wonder wowed with his harmonica skills and then brought the remaining mourners at Aretha Franklin's lengthy funeral to their feet with a moving version of "As." The choir, Franklin's...
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Franklin's funeral billed as a spiritual service, with stars

DETROIT (AP) — Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a service, not a show. Yet the Queen of Soul's final send-off on Friday certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages. And it...
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The Latest: Sen. John McCain leaves Arizona for last time

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Sen. John McCain has left Arizona for the last time as he makes his final flight to Washington, D.C. An Air Force passenger plane carrying the casket of the six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate...
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