Author: Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer

Della Reese, of TV’s Touched by an Angel, has died at 86

This October 1991 file photo shows actress Della Reese. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at age 86.

Driver arrested, manhunt continues in deadly police shooting

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Rahmael Sal Holt. Authorities are seeking Holt as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

Black college athletes continue to earn degrees at record rates


Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, jokes with Katie Lou Samuelson, left, Napheesa Collier, second from left, and Gabby Williams as the clock winds down on their 90-52 win over Oregon in a regional final game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

WNBA receives ‘A’ on race and gender report card


WNBA stars like Minnesota’s Maya Moore are featured in a video game for the first time. (JIM MONE/AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The WNBA once again leads all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities for coaching and front-office positions.

Ex-police sergeant gets 2 years in rights violation case

Stephen Matakovich

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former police sergeant convicted of violating the civil rights of a drunken teenager in an assault at a high school football game has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Coach quits over racist tweets aimed at Black NASCAR driver

RISING STAR—Darrell Wallace Jr., left, laughs with Richard Petty during news conference before NASCAR Cup series auto race qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 3. Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 43 car for the organization beginning in 2018. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

College to name school for late journalist Gwen Ifill

In this Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, “NewsHour” co-anchor Gwen Ifill attends The Women’s Media Center 2015 Women’s Media Awards in New York.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A college in Boston will name one of its schools after the late Gwen Ifill (EYE’-ful), a co-host of PBS’ “NewsHour” and veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates.

Hundreds rally in support of imprisoned rapper Meek Mill

Rapper Meek Mill arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New CEO hired for Port Authority of Allegheny County


AARON OWENS, a frequent bus rider, is concerned about the Authority’s plans for the new BRT system. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A Florida transit official has been chosen as the new chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz stop by New Jersey pie shop


This undated image released by Alicia Keys shows the musician-actress posing with Swizz Beatz. Keys announced Thursday,  (AP Photo/Root Capture)

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Singer Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz paid a visit to a local New Jersey restaurant.

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year

FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2016, file photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. The free agent quarterback was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism on Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Waitress accused of stealing $70K from ex-Steeler’s eateryhines