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  • Sculptor Kevin Kresse appears with a bust he created of the late musician Levon Helm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. The bust, once bronzed, will be part of a memorial to the performer, who grew up near Turkey Scratch in eastern Arkansas. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)

    What about young Anna Lee? She’s backing Levon Helm memorial

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — “Young” Anna Lee Amsden, immortalized in The Band’s song “The Weight,” is kicking off an effort to restore Levon Helm’s childhood home and extend a musical heritage the drummer from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, developed over 60 years. The Levon Helm Legacy Project says it needs about $150,000 to preserve the […]
  • Tennessee police department’s Bible verse plaque to be moved

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A biblical passage that has long been displayed at a Tennessee city’s police headquarters will be moved following a complaint from an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state. The East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint in February over the Knoxville Police […]
  • Tribes fight trade groups’ intervention in pipeline dispute

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting in court to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline are objecting to the possible intervention of national energy and manufacturing trade groups in the dispute. The groups want a say because they maintain a shutdown of the $3.8 billion pipeline moving North Dakota oil to Illinois would […]
  • In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017 image provided by Kevin Barber, a man dressed in a kilt carries an ax and a long knife in downtown Richmond, Va. Officers fatally shot the man making threats as he walked around the state capital, police and witnesses said. Police did not immediately identify the man. (Kevin Barber via AP)

    Police ID kilt-clad man accused of attacking officer with ax

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Virginia man who police killed after officials say the shirtless, kilt-wearing man attacked an officer with a small ax. Richmond police identified the man Wednesday as 23-year-old Alexander J. Schoessel of Chester. Police and witnesses say that before he was shot on Tuesday, Schoessel had been walking […]
  • House GOP works to deliver on border wall for Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican allies of President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They just don’t want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an embarrassing loss on […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, Henry McCollum walks out of prison after being released from Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. Lawyer fees and high-interest loans are threatening the financial futures of the two North Carolina brothers who have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for their three decades of wrongful imprisonment, a court-appointed advocate said Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The advocate argued in a legal motion that McCollum and Leon Brown were steered into dubious financial arrangements by lawyers who stand to profit from the men's lawsuit against the investigators who put them behind bars. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker, File)

    Advocate: Fees, loans threaten pardoned brothers’ livelihood

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawyer fees and high-interest loans are threatening the financial futures of two North Carolina brothers who have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for their three decades of wrongful imprisonment, a court-appointed advocate said Wednesday. The advocate argued in a legal motion that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were steered into […]
  • FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2008 file photo, former FBI agent John Connolly listens to the testimony during his trial in Miami. The Florida Commission on Offender Review on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, set a June 22, 2039 release date for ex-agent Connolly, who would be 98 by then. Connolly was convicted in 2008 of second-degree murder after a mob hitman killed World Jai-Alai President John Callahan in Fort Lauderdale. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Ex-FBI agent gets 2039 prison release date in mob slaying

    MIAMI (AP) — A disgraced former FBI agent serving time for a 1982 murder linked to imprisoned New England mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger has a new prison release date — if he lives that long. The Florida Commission on Offender Review on Wednesday set a June 22, 2039 release date for ex-agent John Connolly, […]
  • No bail for man accused of killing 11-year-old neighbor girl

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — An 18-year-old New Jersey man charged with killing his 11-year-old neighbor will remain in jail until his trial. A judge issued the ruling Wednesday during a bail hearing for Andreas Erazo. He faces murder charges and two weapons counts in the death of Abbiegail Smith. Abbie was reported missing July 12, […]
  • Trump gets do-over with youth after panned Boy Scouts speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting another chance to connect with young people after a widely panned political speech to Boy Scouts earlier this week. Trump is addressing high school juniors who visited the White House under American Legion leadership programs. He’s praising the young people gathered as “the next generation of American […]
  • 2018 Essence Festival dates announced

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 24th annual Essence Festival returns to New Orleans next year after the official 4th of July holiday. Organizers on Wednesday said the dates for the 2018 event are July 5-8. The 2017 festival drew more than 470,000 attendees to its nightly concert series inside the Superdome and the free workshops […]