• UT to give honorary degrees to Edelman, Dickey

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville will award honorary degrees to social activist Marian Wright Edelman and actress Dale Dickey. Edelman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and speak at the College of Communication and Information commencement at 8:30 a.m. on May 8. Dickey will receive an Honorary Master of Fine Arts in acting during a campus visit next year. Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization that tries to ensure a level playing field for all children. Since 1994, the organization has been headquartered at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee.

  • Vanna White back in SC to present check to hospital

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Vanna White from "The Wheel of Fortune" game show is back in her native South Carolina to present a check to the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital. White visits Charleston on Monday to present a check of more than $18,000 to the hospital. The money is being presented after a member of the show's Wheel Watchers Club won a sweepstakes, and the hospital was selected for a matching donation. White grew up in North Myrtle Beach and has appeared on more than 6,000 "Wheel of Fortune" shows with co-host Pat Sajak.

  • Three arrested in concert shooting of Mexican singer Alfredo Olivas

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Chihuahua state investigators arrested three men suspected in a shooting that wounded Mexican banda singer Alfredo Olivas during a concert in Parral, the state attorney general's office said Sunday. Officials said one person in the audience was killed and two others were wounded in the shooting that erupted at 1:15 a.m. Saturday while Olivas was playing his accordion on stage at La Hacienda dance hall in Parral in the southern part of Chihuahua. Investigators arrested Luis Octavio Guirado Ochoa, 21, of Chihuahua City, Luis Fernando Ramirez Rodriguez, 20, and Javier Adrian Ramirez Rodriguez, 21, both of Parral, on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide charges. Olivas is an up-and-coming singer of Mexican regional

  • New round of snow could push Boston to season record

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England entered March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old snowfall record. With 102 inches, Boston needs 5.7 more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6. Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches was expected by early Monday across the area, with up to 8 inches in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Less snow is expected in northern Massachusetts and New York state, and on Cape Cod. "We have come this far, we might as well break the record," said William Babcock, National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts office. "We have a couple of storms to push us over the record. Once that is done we won't compl

  • Aaron Hernandez trial delayed again due to snow

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been delayed again due to snow. Yet another snowstorm hitting New England is expected to dump several inches in the area, prompting the court to delay Monday's start until 10:15 a.m. There already have been 5.5 snow days since jury selection began in the trial Jan. 9. Hernandez is charged with the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister. Expected back on the stand when court resumes Monday is a Sprint employee who testified on Friday about several text messages and phone calls exchanged between Hernandez and one of his co-defendants.

  • Former Washington basketball star Christian Welp dies at 51

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Christian Welp, the 7-foot German center who holds the University of Washington's career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51. The school confirmed the death Sunday. It didn't provide details. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar says Welp's passing is an "extremely sad loss." Welp finished his Washington career in 1987 as the school's career leader in points, rebounding and blocks. He scored 2,073 points for the Huskies and was a three-time all-Pac-10 selection. Welp was the Pac-10 player of the year in 1986 and helped lead the Huskies to consecutive conference regular-season titles. Welp was drafted No. 16 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1987.

  • Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn plunged into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Lady Gaga made the plunge with more than 4,500 other participants. Hogan says the singer's appearance was "a very nice surprise." Lady Gaga recently announced her engagement to "Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney. Photos show her and a bare-chested Kinney going into the water together. Vaughn also made the plunge. The native of the Chicago suburb Lake Forest was dressed in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. The actor went in up to his knees, then eased himself down backward in the water.

  • Owners say they will demolish Juneau's Gastineau Apartments

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A four-story apartment building damaged by fire on one of Juneau's busiest downtown streets will be demolished, according to its co-owner. Camilla Barrett said she and her son, James, are taking bids to demolish Gastineau Apartments, a fixture on Franklin Street in downtown Juneau, the Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1AsGOt5) reported. "I don't want people to have the impression that we are sitting around doing nothing," Barrett said. "I do realize it's a total eyesore, but it's just moving at a snail's pace." Fire badly damaged the structure in November 2012. The insurance settlement took 10 to 11 months to complete, Barrett said. The owners had considered rebuilding.

  • Strong trial run for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    JUPITER, Fla. — For the first time since walking off the mound May 9 in San Diego with an injured arm, Jose Fernandez stepped back on the rubber Sunday to throw a baseball. He punctuated his wait of 291 days by zipping 15 fastballs into the mitt of Marlins bullpen catcher Jeff Urgelles as his parents, grandmother and girlfriend looked on. “I was a little nervous,” Fernandez admitted. “After almost 9 1/2 months getting on the mound again, it feels great. That’s where I belong, and that’s what I love to do.” The 22-year-old hurler, the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2013, isn’t expected to pitch in a regular-season game for the Marlins until mid-June to mid-July.

  • BC-AK--Alaska News Coverage Advisory, AK

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Alaska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Anchorage bureau at 800-770-7549 or at apanchorage@ap.org. News Editor Mark Thiessen can be reached at 907-272-7549 or mthiessen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. Alaska at 1:30 p.m.

  • Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban Comet" was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died early Sunday morning after helping clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers, including a long list of stars from his home country. "I know we're all going to go at some time, but I had gotten to the point where I really thought Minnie was going to live forever," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. "There has never been a better ambassador for the game or for the White Sox than Minnie.

  • Glen Burnie man will be on new Food Network show

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A Glen Burnie man is one of the 10 home cooks appearing on the new Food Network show "All-Star Academy." When the show premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Joseph Harris will be one of the cooks vying for eight spots and ultimately a $50,000 prize. The eight contestants that get to move on will be mentored by four Food Network stars: Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon. The Annapolis Capital (http://bit.ly/17IFN9O ) reports that the contestants will face challenges with the help of their mentors and guest judges will eliminate contestants. The 27-year-old Harris has worked in several chain restaurants.

  • Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Gaga did the plunge with more than 4,500 other participants. Hogan says the singer's appearance was "a very nice surprise." Gaga recently announced her engagement to "Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney. Photos show her and a bare-chested Kinney going into the water together. Vaughn also made the plunge. The native of the Chicago suburb Lake Forest was dressed in his Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. The actor went in up to his knees, then eased himself down backward in the water.

  • Carrie Underwood guitar fundraiser starts Tuesday

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Carrie Underwood guitar fundraiser starts Tuesday The fundraiser auction has been set on EBAY beginning Tuesday, March 3, and it will run for seven days until March 9. The starting price will begin at $500. The proceeds from the auction of the first guitar will benefit Gino, a K-9 dog at the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, and medical treatment the dog needs. The second auction will benefit the Eufaula Fire Department. A date for the second auction has not been set. You can search for the fundraiser on EBAY by typing “Carrie Underwood autographed guitar for K-9 Gino.

  • 2014 Winners

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Winners of last year’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Celina Davis and Gus Ramirez dance the Latin Mambo as Lucy and Desi Arnaz.

  • Cops: 2 shot at T.I., Young Jeezy party in N. Carolina club

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two people were injured after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said. The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1DEONZ0 ) reported that a popular club at the N.C. Music Factory complex was hosting a "CIAA Weekend Takeover" party when shots rang out about 7 p.m. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has been holding its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte this week. The victims were being treated at the Carolinas Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. It's unclear whether the party was an officially sanctioned CIAA event. Police spokes

  • Actor Vince Vaughn ready to make icy plunge in Lake Michigan


    CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Vince Vaughn will be among several thousand people immersing themselves in the icy waters of Lake Michigan to support the Special Olympics. The 15th annual Polar Plunge in Chicago takes place Sunday at North Avenue Beach. The longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan and Lake Forest native will wear his Blackhawks jersey for the event. Vaughn is the star of movies including "Wedding Crashers" and "Old School." His upcoming film "Unfinished Business" opens March 6. Special Olympics Chicago Director Susan Nicholl tells the Chicago Tribune they used social media and the hashtag #VinnyDippin to recruit the actor. She says he responded almost immediately with a yes.

  • Bill Plaschke: Hamilton needs a defining moment like Newcombe’s

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES—Two years ago he stood on the precipice of the Happiest Place on Earth. It was Christmas time at a Downtown Disney restaurant in Anaheim, and Josh Hamilton was the star of an Angels welcoming party that felt like a giant hug. There was a red carpet, twinkling lights, finger food, and Hamilton aw-shucks-ing his way through a narrative of redemption and rebirth. Arte Moreno, the Angels owner who had just agreed to give $125 million to a player whose career had been derailed three times in a fight against drug and alcohol addiction, was beaming. “The reality is, at the end of the day, people want hope,” Moreno said. “I look at this positively and I said, ‘I hope.

  • Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray helps raise money for the Salvation Army

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    FORT BLISS >> Dallas Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray helped raise more than $16,000 during an auction on Saturday for the Salvation Army of El Paso's inaugural Heroes for the Homeless event. "It is an honor to be here in El Paso to help support a very important organization like the Salvation Army," Murray said during his speech. "I first started getting involved with the organization after tornados hit Oklahoma (in 2013) and saw and read about what they were doing to help the people in the area that were left homeless. I wanted to do everything I could to help Oklahoma and so I teamed up with them. The Salvation Army is a great organization that has helped thousands of people across the nation.

  • Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment. Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54, could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter conviction in the February 2013 stabbing death of 55-year-old Matthew White in their Nether Providence home. But Delaware County Judge Kevin Kelly said Friday he believed her treatment in prison would be inadequate. Instead, he sentenced her to as much as 23 months in jail with an additional 23 years of probation, ordering her transfer to the Norristown State Hospital when a bed becomes available.