A Journey Through 2018’s Top Pop Culture Moments

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking th...
Photo of Cindy McCain and Sen. John McCain's casket

Top 10 Photos of the Week

A Nation Pays Its Respects Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. McCain, 81, died at his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. (AP Photo...
Photo combo of John McCain and Aretha Franklin

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. ...
Photo of Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2018

Madonna’s Rambling Aretha Franklin Tribute Earns Backlash

NEW YORK — The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place. Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flouri...
Photo of Aretha Franklin thanking the crowd

Cancer Claims Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, at 76

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon aro...
Picture of Aretha Franklin

What’s Your Favorite Aretha Song? A Look at Her Chart Busters.

UPDATE: Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of t...