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FILE - In this May 31, 2018 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a visit of the Federal School Safety Commission at Hebron Harman Elementary School in Hanover, Md. DeVos says she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. Her comments came Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 after a top official in her department, asked about arming teachers, said states and local jurisdictions always "had the flexibility" to decide how to use federal education funds. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 01, 2018 - 8:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. DeVos' comments came Friday after a top official in her department, asked about arming teachers,...
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Louis Farrakhan, from left, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 01, 2018 - 6:56 am
DETROIT (AP) — As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for black America. Amid the gospel, personal reflections...
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In this Aug. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses top decision-making body the Palestinian Central Council, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
September 01, 2018 - 1:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2018, file photo, the international border between Mexico and the United States is seen from Nogales, Ariz. Russians, Peruvians and Mexicans were among over 70 immigrants arrested last week in Arizona during a weeklong operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials said Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 31, 2018 - 11:05 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration is under increasing pressure to speed up the reunification of immigrant families it separated at the Mexican border, following allegations three youngsters were sexually abused while in U.S. custody. The government of El Salvador said the three, ages 12 to...
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People protest against a decision by Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales to shut down the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity, CICIG, at Constitution Square in Guatemala City, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Last week the Supreme Court allowed a request brought by the CICIG and Guatemalan prosecutors to strip Morales' immunity from prosecution to go to Congress for consideration. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
August 31, 2018 - 9:37 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Friday that he is shutting down a crusading U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes, including one pending against the president himself over purported illicit campaign financing...
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Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., delivers the eulogy during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 31, 2018 - 8:58 pm
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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Jennifer Hudson performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 31, 2018 - 8:41 pm
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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Filippo Grandi UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Listens to a journalist question during a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Grandi says a potential military offensive in the last rebel stronghold in Syria threatens to cause fresh displacement as well as discouraging refugees against returning home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
August 31, 2018 - 7:36 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday and dug trenches around their bases to impede an anticipated ground offensive on their last major stronghold in the country. They also called on residents to take up arms and support front-line fighters. The looming battle for Idlib in...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018 file photo, Ronan Farrow attends Variety's Power of Women event in New York. Farrow's former producer at NBC News, Rich McHugh, is criticizing his old network for failing to stick with the story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct, for which Farrow eventually shared a Pulitzer Prize when he wrote it for the New Yorker magazine. NBC contends that its management disagreed with Farrow over whether he had enough material to do the story, and Farrow pushed to leave. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
August 31, 2018 - 7:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ronan Farrow's former producer at NBC News says his old network breached its journalistic duty by failing to stick with the story of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct. Farrow instead took the story to the New Yorker, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize with the New...
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Pallbearers carry the casket out of Greater Grace Temple at the end of the funeral for Aretha Franklin, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
August 31, 2018 - 6:54 pm
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 family...
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