Author: Al Todd

Katherine Jackson Moving Forward With AEG Live Trial

Katherine Jackson Moving Forward With AEG Live Trial

LOS ANGELES — A judge has dismissed all but one count in a civil lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live, which…

Obama, GOP Brace For Next Fight

Obama, GOP Brace For Next Fight

WASHINGTON — Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing…

Obama, GOP Brace For Next Fight

Obama, GOP Brace For Next Fight

WASHINGTON — Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing…

Obama Pardons 17 People

Obama Pardons 17 People

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses. Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had…

Beale Street Gets A Nice Line-Up

Beale Street Gets A Nice Line-Up

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow and Public Enemy are among the musical acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival…

Man In Noose Attack Ordered To Write Lynching Essay

Man In Noose Attack Ordered To Write Lynching Essay

CHICAGO — A northern Illinois man who helped put a noose around the neck of an African American teenager has been sentenced to probation and…

Toni Morrison Talks To Google About Creativity

Toni Morrison Talks To Google About Creativity

NEW YORK — Novelist Toni Morrison, speaking Wednesday to dozens of Google employees holding laptops and smartphones, shared her vision for how she would turn…

106-Year-Old Woman Gets Her High School Diploma

106-Year-Old Woman Gets Her High School Diploma

LUCAS, Ohio — A 106-year-old Ohio woman is finally going to get her high school diploma. Reba Williams said she completed high school in Mount…

First Lady Returns Home To Mark Anniversary Of Healthy Kids Effort

First Lady Returns Home To Mark Anniversary Of Healthy Kids Effort

CHICAGO — Imagine students learning their ABCs while dancing, or memorizing multiplication tables while doing jumping jacks. Some schools are using both methods of instruction,…

Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead

Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead

JACKSON, Miss. — Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to…

Former Temptations Singer Dies At Age 70

Former Temptations Singer Dies At Age 70

LAS VEGAS — Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says…

Winans Family Member Sentenced To Nearly 14 Years In Prison

Winans Family Member Sentenced To Nearly 14 Years In Prison

DETROIT — A judge sentenced a member of gospel music’s Winans family to nearly 14 years in prison Wednesday for an $8 million financial scam…

Questlove To Release Memoir

Questlove To Release Memoir

NEW YORK — Drummer-producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots is adding "author" to his resume. Thompson announced Wednesday that "Mo’ Meta Blues: The World…

Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Prompts Change

Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Prompts Change

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is highlighting Mississippi’s progress toward reducing childhood obesity. At an appearance Wednesday to celebrate the third anniversary of her…