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George Brown, drummer and co-founder of Kool & The Gang, dead at 74

NEW YORK (AP) — George Brown, the co-founder and longtime drummer of Kool & The Gang who helped write such hits as "Too Hot," "Ladies Night," "Joanna" and the party favorite "Celebration," has died at age 74. A statement from Universal Music says Brown died Thursday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Kool & The Gang has sold millions of records with its catchy blend of jazz, funk […]

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Biden is spending his 81st birthday honoring White House tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is spending part of his 81st birthday observing the White House tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys. The gobblers receiving executive clemency at a ceremony Monday are named Liberty and Bell. The 20-week-old, 42-pound birds were hatched and bred in Willmar, Minnesota, by the Jennie-O turkey company for the occasion. The turkey pardon ceremony marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington and […]

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Classes on celebrities like Taylor Swift and Rick Ross are engaging a new generation of law students

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A South Dakota law professor who typically teaches torts and natural resources is turning his attention to Taylor Swift next semester. The self-described "Swiftie" wants to draw on music and art to help his students reconsider legal language and craft persuasive arguments. Swifties at the University of South Dakota School of Law aren't the only ones having fun. Law professors across the country are increasingly […]

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Baltimore Orioles’ Mike Elias voted MLB Executive of the Year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias was voted Major League Baseball's executive of the year after the team finished with the American League's best record for the first time since 1997. Baltimore went 101-67 with a $67 million payroll, 29th among the 30 teams and ahead of only Oakland. The 40-year-old Elias is a 2006 graduate of Yale. He joined St. Louis as a scout after […]

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Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott and Chaka Khan make the crowd go wild at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Sheryl Crow and Olivia Rodrigo kicked off the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night and Missy Elliott closed the show more than four hours later with a roof-shaking set, as the hall celebrated a strong representation of women and Black artists. Chaka Khan, Kate Bush, "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, The Spinners and DJ Kool Herc were also inducted in a […]

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Henry Winkler rises above dyslexia to write children’s books and a memoir: ‘There is always a way’

Henry Winkler has written more than a dozen children's books and is now out with a memoir, a feat that surprises him because he's battled severe dyslexia all his life. In "Being Henry: The Fonz... and Beyond," Winkler writes about an unhappy childhood, growing up with parents who called him dummer hund, the German term for dumb dog, because he didn't do well in school.  His parents left Germany in […]

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Matthew Perry, Emmy-nominated ‘Friends’ star, dead at 54

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Friends" star Matthew Perry, the Emmy-nominated actor whose sarcastic, but lovable Chandler Bing was among television's most famous and most quotable characters, has died at 54. The actor was found dead at his Los Angeles home, according to coroner's records. An investigation into how Perry died is ongoing, and it may take weeks before his cause of death is determined. Perry's body was found in a […]

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Gus Edwards runs for 3 touchdowns, Ravens’ defense keys 31-24 win over Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gus Edwards ran for two of his three touchdowns following interceptions by Baltimore's stout defense, and the Ravens beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-24. A week after blowing out Detroit 38-6, the Ravens labored offensively. The Cardinals prevented Lamar Jackson from scrambling for more than a few yards at a time and the Ravens finished with 268 total yards. Jackson threw for 157 yards on 18-of-27 passing […]

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Jackson almost flawless as Ravens rout Lions 38-6 in a matchup of division leaders

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson guided Baltimore to touchdowns on its first four possessions of a dominant first half, and the Ravens trounced the Detroit Lions 38-6. This matchup of division leaders was lopsided from the start. Baltimore was up 28-0 before the NFC North-leading Lions even managed a first down. It was the most complete performance of the season by the Ravens, and a resurgent Detroit squad fell flat […]

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