<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usSun, 16 Dec 2018 20:23:29 -0800Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:23:29 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Multiple People Shot at Mercy Hospital in Chicago]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:56:35 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_13_16.Still003.jpg

Multiple people were shot, including a police officer and a potential suspect, after at least one gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital on Chicago's South Side, police said.

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<![CDATA[YouTube Back Up After Users Report Site Outage]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:07:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/youtube_generic_1200x675.jpg

We can apparently get our YouTube on again.

An outage late Tuesday prompted users worldwide to report on social media the video streaming website was down.

YouTube in a tweet later confirmed that the site was back up and running. 

The outage sparked a flurry of comments on social media, even prompting police to tweet out: "Please don't call 911 - we can't fix it."



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<![CDATA['Router Issue' Causes Delays at California DMVs]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:41:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMV.PNG

A "router issue" at the California Department of Motor Vehicles caused delays for visitors statewide Thursday. 

The DMV said the technical problem was affecting transactions at several California locations before the outage was fixed shortly before 11 a.m. 

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The department did not specify which locations were directly impacted, but social media users reported outages at locations in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Reedly, San Clemente, Pomona, Temecula and Oceanside, among others. 

Those affected by the technical outage were advised to use one of the DMV's 120 self-service terminals at grocery stores across the state or DMV online services instead.

In the last 19 months, number provided by officials show the department has had 29 outages of some kind. Critics have blamed the DMV's decades-old computer system and bad leadership.

DMV officials said they are making major updates to their vehicle registration system. Those upgrades should all be done withing five years.

Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, is a staunch critic of DMV from how it is managed to its wait times. He thinks the department should be audited.

"They are not performing the fundamental responsibility of the DMV," Patterson said.

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<![CDATA[Florence Brings Wind, Rain as it Approaches Coast]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:13:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FLORENCE+SURGE+091318.00_00_24_00.Still005THUMB.jpg

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall overnight, but the Carolina coast is already getting hit with intense winds and heavy rains as the storm approaches.

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<![CDATA[New Footage Shows Hurricane Florence From Space Station]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:43:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+HURRICANE+FLORENCE+SAT+IMAGE+091318.00_00_17_18.Still005THUMB.jpg

The International Space Station captured images of Hurricane Florence as it approached the Carolina coast on Thursday. The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico 'Incredibly Successful']]> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:00:16 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_HURRICANE_PUERTO_RICO_91118-153670244460700002.jpg

While talking about preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence making landfall, President Trump called the government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico "incredibly successful." It is estimated that around 3,000 people died due to the storm and its after effects, and that thousands were still left without power six months after the storm.

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<![CDATA[White House Continues to Criticize Woodward Book]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:12:21 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WH+BRIEFING+091018.00_00_51_07.Still001THUMB.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday denied the truthfulness of elements of Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House."

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<![CDATA[Rapper Mac Miller Dead at 26]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:27:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+MAC+MILLER+OBIT+090718.00_00_34_10.Still007THUMB.jpg

Rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his California apartment Friday, according to multiple published reports. The rapper had been open about his substance abuse issues in his music and was arrested on suspicion of DUI in May after he crashed his car. He split with his girlfriend Ariana Grande that same month, and she cited his substance abuse problems as an issue. Miller, who was set to go on tour next month, was 26.

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<![CDATA[Video Captures Cincinnati Shooting]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:27:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+CINCINNATI+SHOOTING+090718.00_00_16_09.Still005THUMB.jpg

Newly released surveillance video shows the moment 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez opened fire in a Cincinnati bank Thursday. The gunman shot five people, killing three, before officers shot and killed him.

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<![CDATA[Former White House Counsel Dean Warns Against Confirming Kavanaugh]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:49:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_JOHN_DEAN_090718-153635164681100002.jpg

Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean urged a Senate committee on Friday to reject the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Dean said, in part, "If Kavanaugh's confirmed, a president who shoots someone on Fifth Avenue can't be prosecuted in office."

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<![CDATA[Obama on Midterms: ‘The Biggest Threat to Democracy Is Indifference’]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:07:49 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+OBAMA+SPEECH+090718.00_10_58_20.Still001THUMB2.jpg

Former President Barack Obama returned to the political stage Friday at the University of Illinois, where he delivered a speech about the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm elections. “The biggest threat to democracy is indifference,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Obama on Anonymous NYT Op-Ed: 'That's Not a Check' on Trump]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:48:00 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+OBAMA+SPEECH+NYT+090718.00_00_15_22.Still001THUMB.jpg

Former President Barack Obama reacted to the controversial New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous White House staffer who said they and others are resisting President Donald Trump’s worst urges. “That’s not a check” on Trump, Obama said at the University of Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dead at Age 82]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:02:39 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BURT+REYNOLDS+OBIT+090618.00_00_01_26.Still006THUMB.jpg

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds died Thursday at the age of 82. Known for his iconic roles in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Deliverance," the actor was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Boogie Nights."

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<![CDATA[Kavanaugh Ducks Sen. Kamala Harris’ Questions About Mueller]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:29:04 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+KAMALA+KAVANAUGH+EXCHANGE+090518.00_00_40_04.Still001THUMB.jpg

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh avoided directly answering questions from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., about whether or not he discussed special counsel Robert Mueller or the Mueller’s investigation with anyone at the Kasowitz Benson Torres law firm, where one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers works. Harris didn’t explain why she believed Kavanaugh might have discussed the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Shooting Leaves Four Dead, Including Shooter]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:03:00 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+CINCINNATI+SHOOTING+090618.00_00_20_11.Still004THUMB.jpg

Four people are dead, including the gunman, following a shooting at a Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Cincinnati Thursday. The shooter has not been identified and it wasn’t clear if the victims were targeted, police said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls New York Times Op-Ed 'Gutless']]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 06:21:52 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+NYT+OPED+REAX+090518.00_01_15_11.Still002THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called a New York Times op-ed, written by an anonymous official inside his administration, "gutless." The op-ed writer states that many inside the administration are working to contain Trump for the good of the country.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Billy Long Uses Auctioneer Skills to Drown Out Protester]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 06:21:08 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+AUCTIONEER+PROTEST+090518.00_01_03_11.Still003THUMB.jpg

Former auctioneer Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) used his unique skills to override the voice of right-wing activist Laura Loomer, who had interrupted the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Twitter Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Kavanaugh Won’t Answer Hypothetical on Presidential Subpoena]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:21:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_KAVANAUGH_DAY_2_090518-153616456388800002.jpg

Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced the first round of questions during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings Wednesday. Asked if he believed a sitting president was required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said he wouldn’t answer hypothetical questions.

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<![CDATA[Kavanaugh: 'Supreme Court Must Never Be Viewed as a Partisan Institution']]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 02:49:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_KAVANAUGH_OPENING_STATEMENT_090418-153609725323500002.jpg

Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in opening remarks at his confirmation hearing Tuesday that the "Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution." He vowed to always keep an open mind if he joins the Supreme Court.

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<![CDATA[Parkland Parent Attempts to Shake Kavanaugh's Hand]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:38:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FRED+GUTTENBERG+090418.00_00_02_16.Still005THUMB.jpg

As Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was breaking for lunch on Tuesday, a man whose daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting attempted to shake Kavanaugh's hand. Kavanaugh did not shake Fred Guttenberg's hand but paused for a moment before turning away as a security guard stepped in.

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<![CDATA[Former Sen. Jon Kyl to Replace John McCain]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 10:00:16 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+JON+KYL+APPOINTED+090418.00_00_14_03.Still005THUMB.jpg

Longtime Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will return to Washington to fill John McCain’s Senate seat, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday. Kyl served in the Senate from 1995 to 2013 and rose to Senate minority whip. A special election will be held in 2020 to determine who serves the remainder of McCain’s term.

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<![CDATA[Protesting Dems Interrupt Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 10:01:59 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SUPREME+COURT+CONFIRMATION+090418.00_00_40_11.Still008THUMB.jpg

Democratic senators interrupted the start of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, arguing that they were not given pertinent documents and that some were kept hidden.

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<![CDATA[Trump Thinks US 'Did Fantastic Job in Puerto Rico' After Hurricane Maria]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 02:12:17 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+PUERTO+RICO+REAX+082918.00_00_24_17.Still001THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump said he thought the U.S. “did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico” following Hurricane Maria despite Puerto Rico accepting a new study that said the death toll from the storm was in the thousands, not 64, which had been the official death toll.

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<![CDATA[McCain Lies in State at Arizona Capitol]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:57:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+MCCAIN+FUNERAL+082918.00_01_09_29.Still007THUMB.jpg

Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday as part of a series of funeral events over the next four days. A memorial service will be held in Phoenix on Thursday and then McCain's body will be flown to Washington, D.C. for a procession past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral. McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Ignores Questions About McCain’s Death]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:58:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+MCCAIN+082718.00_00_10_01.Still002THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump didn’t respond to shouted questions about John McCain’s death following a call with Mexico’s president.

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<![CDATA[Hawaii Braces for Hurricane Lane Impact]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:14:47 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+HURRICANE+LANE+082418.00_00_00_02.Still007THUMB.jpg

Hurricane Lane has weakened from a category 3 storm to a category 1 storm, and while it is not expected to travel over the islands, with sustained 105mph winds and heavy rainfall, the storm will likely dump over 40 inches of rain on the islands over the next several days.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Hunter Greeted at Court With Chants of 'Lock Him Up!']]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:03:27 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DUNCAN+HUNTER+COURT+082318.00_00_05_01.Still005THUMB.jpg

Protesters greeted Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., with chants of "Lock Him Up" as he and his wife arrived at federal court in San Diego Thursday to face charges alleging they illegally used $250,000 of campaign funds for personal use.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Duncan Hunter: Corruption Charges Are ‘Politically Motivated’]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:34:18 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DUNCAN+HUNTER+GAGGLE+082218.00_00_42_10.Still001THUMB.jpg

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said Wednesday that he is innocent of federal charges accusing him and his wife of using more than $250,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses. Hunter, who represents the San Diego area’s 50th Congressional District, called the indictment “politically motivated.”

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<![CDATA[White House Insists Trump ‘Did Nothing Wrong’]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:33:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WH+BRIEFING+082218.00_02_00_25.Still001THUMB.jpg

In response to multiple questions about former campaign adviser Paul Manafort’s conviction and former fixer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated that the president “did nothing wrong.”

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<![CDATA[The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:38:44 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/franklinaretha1234.jpg

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 around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday 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 the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

The statement continued:

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Among a legion of those expressing their grief were former President Barack Obama, who watched Franklin perform at his 2009 inauguration, said in a statement with wife Michelle Obama that the singer "helped define the American experience."

The pair added: "America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. ... For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine. ... In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance."

The former president and first lady said Franklin's music "remains to inspire us all."

Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, had in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.

She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late 1960s, from the morning-after bliss of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," to the wised-up "Chain of Fools" to her unstoppable call for "Respect."

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Clive Davis, the music mogul who brought her to Arista Records and helped revive her career in the 1980s, said he was "devastated" by her death.

"She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world," he said in a statement. "Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness."

Fellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King's memorial, in 2011. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005.

Franklin's best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's inauguration. She wore a gray felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of "Natural Woman" at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song's co-writer, Carole King.

Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," ''Think" and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, "Ain't No Way." The mother of two sons by age 16 (she later had two more), she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. Her best known producer, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her "Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows."

Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year.

Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Smokey Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records. But it was at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Rev. C.L. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha's parents collapsed and her mother (and reputed sound-alike) Barbara returned to Buffalo.

C.L. Franklin was among the most prominent Baptist ministers of his time. He recorded dozens of albums of sermons and music and knew such gospel stars as Marion Williams and Clara Ward, who mentored Aretha and her sisters Carolyn and Erma. (Both sisters sang on Aretha's records, and Carolyn also wrote "Ain't No Way" and other songs for Aretha). Music was the family business and performers from Sam Cooke to Lou Rawls were guests at the Franklin house. In the living room, the shy young Aretha awed friends with her playing on the grand piano.

Franklin occasionally performed at New Bethel Baptist throughout her career; her 1987 gospel album "One Lord One Faith One Baptism" was recorded live at the church.

Her most acclaimed gospel recording came in 1972 with the Grammy-winning album "Amazing Grace," which was recorded live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles and featured gospel legend James Cleveland, along with her own father (Mick Jagger was one of the celebrities in the audience). It became one of of the best-selling gospel albums ever.

The piano she began learning at age 8 became a jazzy component of much of her work, including arranging as well as songwriting. "If I'm writing and I'm producing and singing, too, you get more of me that way, rather than having four or five different people working on one song," Franklin told The Detroit News in 2003.

Franklin was in her early teens when she began touring with her father, and she released a gospel album in 1956 through J-V-B Records. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records producer John Hammond, who called Franklin the most exciting singer he had heard since a vocalist he promoted decades earlier, Billie Holiday. Franklin knew Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and considered joining his label, but decided it was just a local company at the time.

Franklin recorded several albums for Columbia Records over the next six years. She had a handful of minor hits, including "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" and "Runnin' Out of Fools," but never quite caught on as the label tried to fit into her a variety of styles, from jazz and show songs to such pop numbers as "Mockingbird." Franklin jumped to Atlantic Records when her contract ran out, in 1966.

"But the years at Columbia also taught her several important things," critic Russell Gersten later wrote. "She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a discipline that most other soul singers lacked. She also developed a versatility with mainstream music that gave her later albums a breadth that was lacking on Motown LPs from the same period.

"Most important, she learned what she didn't like: to do what she was told to do."

At Atlantic, Wexler teamed her with veteran R&B musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the result was a tougher, soulful sound, with call-and-response vocals and Franklin's gospel-style piano, which anchored "I Say a Little Prayer," ''Natural Woman" and others.

Of Franklin's dozens of hits, none was linked more firmly to her than the funky, horn-led march "Respect" and its spelled out demand for "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."

Writing in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Wexler said: "It was an appeal for dignity combined with a blatant lubricity. There are songs that are a call to action. There are love songs. There are sex songs. But it's hard to think of another song where all those elements are combined."

Franklin had decided she wanted to "embellish" the R&B song written by Otis Redding, whose version had been a modest hit in 1965, Wexler said.

"When she walked into the studio, it was already worked out in her head," the producer wrote. "Otis came up to my office right before 'Respect' was released, and I played him the tape. He said, 'She done took my song.' He said it benignly and ruefully. He knew the identity of the song was slipping away from him to her."

In a 2004 interview with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Franklin was asked whether she sensed in the '60s that she was helping change popular music.

"Somewhat, certainly with 'Respect,' that was a battle cry for freedom and many people of many ethnicities took pride in that word," she answered. "It was meaningful to all of us."

In 1968, Franklin was pictured on the cover of Time magazine and had more than 10 Top 20 hits in 1967 and 1968. At a time of rebellion and division, Franklin's records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. They were produced and engineered by New Yorkers Wexler and Tom Dowd, arranged by Turkish-born Arif Mardin and backed by an interracial assembly of top session musicians based mostly in Alabama.

Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky "Rock Steady" and such acclaimed albums as the intimate "Spirit in the Dark." But her career was revived in 1980 with a cameo appearance in the smash movie "The Blues Brothers" and her switch to Arista Records. Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)." Her 1985 album "Who's Zoomin' Who" received some of her best reviews and included such hits as the title track and "Freeway of Love."

Critics consistently praised Franklin's singing but sometimes questioned her material; she covered songs by Stephen Sondheim, Bread, the Doobie Brothers. For Aretha, anything she performed was "soul."

From her earliest recording sessions at Columbia, when she asked to sing "Over the Rainbow," she defied category. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range. Franklin performed "Respect," then, with only a few minutes' notice, filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and drew rave reviews for her rendition of "Nessun Dorma," a stirring aria for tenors from Puccini's "Turandot."

"I'm sure many people were surprised, but I'm not there to prove anything," Franklin told The Associated Press. "Not necessary."

Fame never eclipsed Franklin's charitable works, or her loyalty to Detroit.

Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl in her hometown in 2006, after grousing that Detroit's rich musical legacy was being snubbed when the Rolling Stones were chosen as halftime performers.

"I didn't think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means," she said. "And it was my feeling, 'How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends, plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate?' That's not the way it should be."

Franklin did most of her extensive touring by bus after Redding's death in a 1967 plane crash, and a rough flight to Detroit in 1982 left her with a fear of flying that anti-anxiety tapes and classes couldn't help. She told Time in 1998 that the custom bus was a comfortable alternative: "You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can't pull over at 35,000 feet."

She only released a few albums over the past two decades, including "A Rose is Still a Rose," which featured songs by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lauryn Hill and other contemporary artists, and "So Damn Happy," for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin's autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots," came out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. But she always made it clear that her story would continue.

"Music is my thing, it's who I am. I'm in it for the long run," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I'll be around, singing, 'What you want, baby I got it.' Having fun all the way."



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<![CDATA[Trump Revokes Brennan's Security Clearance]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:31:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WH_BRIEFING_081518-153436107767000002.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. Brennan has been a prominent critic of Trump's policies, words and actions.

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<![CDATA[Trump Willing to Meet With Iran President Without Preconditions]]> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:26:40 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+IRAN+073018.00_00_46_07.Still001THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump said Monday during a press conference he’d be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without any preconditions.

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<![CDATA[Trump Slams Cohen Bombshell, Says 'Did Not' Know of Meeting]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 07:57:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cohen-tump.jpg

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, asserts that Trump knew in advance about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 between his son Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, in contradiction to Trump Jr.'s congressional testimony in May 2017, a knowledgeable source told NBC News on Thursday night.

The source told NBC News that Cohen is willing to inform Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, about his version of the timeline surrounding the meeting. Cohen's assertion was first reported by CNN.

Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, said he had no comment.

But Trump's attorney, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, pushed back against that and dismissed the report, saying that Cohen was "not credible."

Trump also denied the allegation, tweeting Friday morning that, "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!."

Trump Jr.'s lawyer also dismissed the report. 



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<![CDATA[Singer Demi Lovato Hospitalized After Apparent Drug Overdose]]> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:40:35 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DEMI+LOVATO+OD+072418.00_00_27_28.Still007THUMB.jpg

Singer Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after an apparent drug overdose. The former Disney star has been open about her struggles with addiction and recently celebrated six years of sobriety. However, in her latest song "Sober" Lovato admitted that she had relapsed.

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<![CDATA[Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:59:34 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_SPEAKS_AFTER_RUSSIA_071718-153185579636700002.jpg

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump said he does "accept" the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump also said he needed to clarify that he didn't see a reason why the meddling "wouldn't be Russia." Trump had said the opposite a day earlier, prompting bipartisan backlash.

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<![CDATA[Justice Department Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:07:33 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TWbldg.jpg

The Justice Department will appeal the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval, according to a court document filed Thursday.

Shares of AT&T slipped 1 percent in after-hours trading Thursday, CNBC reported.

In June, a federal judge ruled that the $85.4 billion deal was legal and imposed no conditions on the merger.

At the time, the Justice Department expressed its disappointment with the ruling. The government argued that the deal would make the pay-TV market "less competitive and less innovative."

AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the U.S., maintains that the deal would help the company attract customers — and compete with companies like Amazon and Netflix — by bundling entertainment with mobile service.



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<![CDATA[Trump Selects Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Nominee]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:54:14 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Brett+Kavanaugh.00_02_33_18.Still005+THUMB.jpg

President Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night. If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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<![CDATA[Newspaper Shooting Suspect ID'd as Jarrod Ramos]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:40:11 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ANNAPOLIS+SHOOTING+SUSPECT+062818.00_00_01_16.+THUMSUSPECT.jpg

Jarrod Ramos, 38, was identified late Thursday as the suspect in the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland that left five people dead.

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<![CDATA[5 People Killed in Shooting at Md. Newspaper]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:51:22 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ANNAPOLIS+SHOOTING+062818.00_03_28_24.Still008THUMB2.jpg

A shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., left five people dead and multiple injured Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Confront McConnell, Chao Over Family Separations]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:14:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+MCCONNELL+CONFRONTED+062618.00_00_22_25.THUMB.jpg

Protesters confronted Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, about family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border as the couple left an event at Georgetown University.

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<![CDATA[Trump Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling Upholding His Travel Ban]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:23:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_TRUMP_TRAVEL_BAN_REAX-153003403142300002.jpg

President Trump reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday morning upholding the third version of his travel ban during a meeting with lawmakers that was focusing on immigration.

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<![CDATA[Trump Touts Executive Order at Minnesota Rally]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:25:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+RALLY+062018.00_00_22_17+THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump promised the crowd at a campaign-style rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Wednesday night that a border wall will soon be fully funded. The rally came hours after Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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<![CDATA[Trump Signs Executive Order Temporarily Ending Migrant Family Separations]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:55:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+EXECUTIVE+ORDER+062018.00_02_52_13+THUMB.jpg

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to temporarily stop the practice of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The order maintains the administration’s zero-tolerance prosecution policy for those crossing into the U.S. illegally. The executive order may present new legal challenges as it goes against an established legal ruling.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Cummings on Family Separation: 'We Are Better Than That!']]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:41:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ELIJAH+CUMMINGS+061918.00_00_21_09.THUMB.jpg

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) slammed the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday in an emotional speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. “We will not do that. We are better than that. We are so much better,” Cummings said.

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<![CDATA[DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:43:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WH+BRIEFING+061818.00_03_37_21.THUMB.jpg

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that her department is merely following laws. Speaking at a White House briefing Monday, Nielsen said the issue has been growing for years, the product of loopholes that have created an open border.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton on Family Separations: ‘I Warned About This During the Debates’]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:55:23 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HILLARY_REMARKS_061818-152934776277700002.jpg

Hillary Clinton commented on migrant children being separated from their families at the border today during a speech at the Women's Forum of New York, saying in part, "every person with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged."

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<![CDATA[Trump: Economic Adviser Suffers Heart Attack]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:19:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+KUDLOW+HEART+ATTACK+061118.00_00_00_00.Still005+THUMB.jpg

Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, has suffered a heart attack, according to Trump. Trump tweeted the news from Singapore shortly before he was set to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

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