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Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Detroit - Former presidents, stars and musical royalty paid joyous tribute to Aretha Franklin at her marathon funeral on Friday, leading her family and members of the public in bidding goodbye to America's "Queen of Soul.

Detroit hosts star-studded funeral for Aretha Franklin

Detroit - Detroit will bid a final goodbye to US music icon Aretha Franklin at her star-studded funeral on Friday, her family to be joined by political dignitaries and music royalty in celebrating her life.

Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Detroit - Fans paid their respects en masse Tuesday to US music icon and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket while dressed in a red dress and matching stilettos in Detroit.

Motor City heartbroken, yet proud of Aretha

Detroit - When Aretha Franklin's death was announced over the PA system, glass maker Maurice Black says grief was so great at his Detroit auto plant that supervisors briefly shut the line."The look on everybody's face.

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Detroit - The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Detroit - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill, 'in hospice care'

Detroit - Music legend Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and reportedly receiving hospice care, friends of the singer said Monday, as prayers and well wishes poured in for the Grammy-winning "Queen of Soul.

Photo essay: Historic Franklin Cider Mill Special

Every Fall the cider mills in Michigan open for only a few months. One of the well known in lower Michigan is the Franklin Cider Mill. People flock to it to get their one of a kind donuts and to savor their unpasteurized cider.

Proposed Georgia law would criminalize miscarriages

A Georgia politician has introduced a bill which would make both abortions and miscarriages punishable by death under some circumstances.

Vigil held for Aretha Franklin as she prepares to undergo surgery

Detroit - A community in Detroit has gathered to hold a prayer vigil for Aretha Franklin as she prepares to undergo surgery. The legendary singer, dubbed the "Queen of Soul" needs to undergo a medical procedure for an undisclosed condition.

Ohio coroner's office cremates wrong toddler

Columbus - An Ohio Coroner's Office once again mixed up two bodies. Grieving parents, who had picked out a white tuxedo to bury their son were visited by the Coroner Sunday and given the devastating news "their baby boy had mistakenly been cremated."

Historic Homes Join Green Movement

When James and Lisa Smith walked into their 1920’s era home on Fifth Avenue in Franklin, Tennessee one Monday morning in July, they found a broken water pipe, meaning the home would have to undergo some big changes.

'Tis the Giving Season: Principal to Donate Kidney to 8th Grade Student

A middle school principal in Franklin, NH is donating a kidney to one of his students. The 13-year-old's health has declined over the past year and without a kidney, her future seems bleak and dependent on medical machinery.

Tiny historic town comes alive in the fall

What can make a tiny out of the way small town in Michigan come alive in the fall? A historic cider mill, which had its beginnings in 1837 as a grain mill. That is the year that Michigan became a state.

From War-Torn Yugoslavia to a Web World: A Profile of a Citizen Journalist

Tea L. left the former Yugoslavia for Canada in pursuit of a future. Turning to extensive volunteer work and study, the hopeful med school student has also stepped into the growing realm of citizen journalism and left quite a footprint. This is her story.

Missing Missouri boys found alive

Two missing St. Louis-area boys, one of them missing since 2002, were found alive in a Kirkwood, Missouri, apartment, and a suspect was arrested, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said Friday.

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