Former Obama aide to review civil rights law firm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at a prominent civil rights law firm that fired its founder.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police union's president alleges that the county's top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants...
CHICAGO (AP) — Records show Cook County's top prosecutor asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the actor was...
CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama's Chicago high school alma mater is to name its new athletic complex after the former first lady.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Whitney Young Magnet High School...
GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Actress Jennifer Garner has announced she will be speaking at the graduation ceremony at her Ohio alma mater, Denison University.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system that...
Michelle Obama’s Grammy appearance did not impress mom
PHOENIX (AP) — It appears Michelle Obama received a reality check from her mom following her appearance at the Grammys.
The former first lady took to Instagram Wednesday to share a text exchange with mom Marian Robinson. Obama had received a standing ovation opening Sunday's awards show with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.
Childish Gambino's disturbing look at race relations, "This is America," won record and song of the year on Sunday's telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered — with album of the year — the recording industry's most prestigious.
Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.
Grammys fashion include sparkles, sequins and statement hats
NEW YORK (AP) — Sparkly, studded and strutting in designer looks, the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicked off in a downpour Sunday, but that didn't dampen spirits as the music industry's best showed off their myriad outfits.
Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys.
The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives.
Obama's initial comments were interrupted by raucous applause and many in the Staples Center crowd stood. She smiled and eventually re-started her comments.
Michelle Obama delays Tacoma appearance over storm worries
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama has postponed an appearance in Tacoma on Friday night over concerns about an impending snowstorm in the Northwest.
The Tacoma Dome says the appearance to promote her memoir, "Becoming," has been rescheduled for March 24 and that tickets for the Friday appearance will be honored.
Obama tweeted that her "biggest priority is making sure everyone stays safe."
Alaska governor’s candidate screening process under scrutiny
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Newly elected Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's process for screening candidates for government work is under scrutiny after three people picked for prominent positions quit or declined roles, two after offensive social media posts came to light and one after questions were raised about his work history.
Dunleavy's choice for Department of Administration commissioner — a Cabinet-level job — was accused of lying to lawmakers about his business experience.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
CLAIM: "Melania is first FLOTUS to visit a combat zone since 1969" - statement circulating on social media with photo of President Donald Trump and Melania visiting troops in Iraq on Dec. 26.
Prosecutor who sent profane posts on Obama, Waters resigns
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California prosecutor who posted crude and profane insults about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama and others to social media has resigned.
A San Bernardino County spokeswoman tells the San Bernardino Sun that Michael Selyem voluntarily resigned on Jan. 2.
Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling.
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Obama says designer’s energy informed her fashion choices
NEW YORK (AP) — For Michelle Obama, choosing what designer to wear while she was in the White House involved many factors, from diversity to whether they were a nice person.
Obama talked the decisions behind the outfits that made headlines during her time as first lady during a conversation with another fashion trendsetter, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the moderator for the Wednesday night event for Obama's "Becoming" book tour.
From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President Bill Clinton had some taking a closer look at a White House scandal from the 1990s. Meanwhile, some of the country's top writers were called out for sexual harassment and a Dystopian novel written in the 1980s seemed ever more timely.
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Michelle Obama visits Colorado children’s hospital
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Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum
DETROIT (AP) — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education.
Michelle Obama surprises students at Detroit museum
Obama extends tour as sales for ‘Becoming’ top 3 million
NEW YORK (AP) — Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019.
"Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time.
Big plans in store for Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ series
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey and his publisher have high hopes for the next installments of his best-selling "Dog Man" series.
On Tuesday, Scholastic announced a first printing of 5 million copies for "Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," which comes out Dec. 24. By comparison, Michelle Obama's million-selling "Becoming" had an announced first printing of 1.8 million, since raised to more than 3 million.
Civil-rights lawyer’s memoir to be reissued, made into film
NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by the late civil-rights activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree is being reissued, and a film version is in the works.
Michelle Obama lunchtime visit surprises New York girls
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty New York City girls were in for a lunchtime surprise on Saturday: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro shared with a very famous woman.
Michelle Obama stunned them with a visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan, slipping into a room to a chorus of squealing delight.
Sales for Michelle Obama memoir top 2 million copies
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" is selling at a pace rarely seen for a political memoir, or any nonfiction book.
Former First Lady Obama speaks to young women in Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Former First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting Boston as she promotes her new book.
WBZ-AM reports Obama dropped in Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club in the city's Dorchester neighborhood.
She spoke with young women who are a part of Black Girls Rock, a women's empowerment and mentorship organization founded by former model Beverly Bond.
Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws.
ShowBiz Minute: Avenatti, Obama, Holland
APNewsBreak: Obama’s book sells 1.4 million copies in a week
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" has become a massive hit.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.
At summit, Obama urges activists to be patient for change
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama urged community organizers and social innovators to be patient in their pursuits of wide-scale community change.
Obama made the plea during a talk Monday at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago.
The former president noted that patience is needed because societies are "complex, organic things that you don't turn (like) switches. They evolve. They shift. They change."
Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington.
The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, "Becoming," and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Mrs. Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago.
APNewsBreak: Obama’s memoir sells more than 725,000 copies
NEW YORK (AP) — First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts.
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Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah
CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in.
Things to know about Michelle Obama’s book, arena tour
Michelle Obama's 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author.
Oprah Winfrey joined Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting the already best-selling "Becoming."
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Michelle Obama visits her former high school
Obama stops at former high school; speaks with students
CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama visited her old Chicago high school and held a roundtable discussion with some 20 students who had been given excerpts from the former first lady's new memoir.
Monday's stop at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School comes a day before the release of her book, "Becoming." She'll talk with Oprah Winfrey about the book at the United Center on Tuesday.
Michelle Obama memoir is next pick for Winfrey book club
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming," already expected to sell millions of copies, now has the official backing of Oprah Winfrey.
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Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she felt alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent fertility treatments to conceive their two daughters, according to her upcoming memoir.
In some of her most extensive public comments on her White House years, the former first lady also lets her fury fly over President Donald Trump's "bigotry and xenophobia" — dangerous, deliberate rhetoric, she wrote, that risked her family's safety.
The Latest: Trump brushes off Obama book complaint about him
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michelle Obama's new book, "Becoming" (all times local):
President Donald Trump is brushing off former first lady Michelle Obama's claim that she can't forgive him for campaign rhetoric that potentially put her family at risk.