Michael Jordan

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There will never be anyone like Michael Jordan, an icon beyond the hardwood. From his famous shrug through the flu game, His Airness has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Arguably one of the greatest competitors and basketball players of all time, Jordan transformed what it meant to be a global athlete. A marketing pot of gold, an ambassador for basketball, and a business savvy professional, Michael experienced all the highs that basketball had to offer. And all the lows. Passed up in the draft and bullied by the bad boy Pistons, he prevailed in his sport. Follow Associated Press reports and photographers as they tell the whole story.
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Bob Dylan

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He’s an American folk singer for the ages and the songwriting poet of the 20th century with a Pulitzer Prize to prove it. His musical legacy has inspired generations but he still thinks of himself as Robert Allen Zimmerman, the small-town boy from Minnesota. The world knows him as Bob Dylan. A bit of a recluse, the man behind the music is an enigma to his fans. He has avoided the trappings of celebrity, instead devoting his life to music and his never-ending tours across the globe.
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Boko Haram

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In April 2014, the Nigerian-grown extremist group Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 young girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria, prompting an international movement to “Bring Back Our Girls.” Now, many have been sold into a medieval kind of slavery, forced to become brides of Boko Haram fighters. Meanwhile, Boko Haram has formed an alliance with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and increased the level of violence in Nigeria and its neighboring countries. Follow this developing story of Islamic extremism through the AP’s stories and images.
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Defeating the Islamic State Group

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In September 2014, Islamic State group fighters captured about 300 Kurdish villages near Kobani, Syria, and then thrust into the town itself, occupying almost half of it and sending tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into Turkey. Unsure if Kobani would hold, U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry spent weeks saying the town wasn't a U.S. priority. But, a small makeshift coalition of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from Iraq, Kobani Kurds (including Kurdish women fighters) and combatants from the Free Syrian Army refused to give in to the Islamic State militants. Under a steady pounding from U.S. – led air power and the tenacity of the Kobani defenders, IS was forced to retreat in January 2015, leaving over 1,000 of its best fighters dead. Follow the weeks of fighting through the photos and stories of Associated Press journalists, as Kobani became proof that the Islamic State group can be defeated.
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Muhammad Ali

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Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing personality. Presented through the notepads and cameras of Associated Press journalist and photographers, this is Muhammad Ali, Athlete of the Century.
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Christians Under Attack

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Around the globe, churches have been torched, bombed and defaced by those who oppose Christianity and its followers. From Lebanon to China, religious persecution remains a daily fact for people of all faiths. In the last two years, a startling number of Christians have suffered at the hands of those who oppose their beliefs. The journalists and photographers of the Associated Press have captured these terrible acts and their impact on Christian communities. Recorded in the close aftermath of when they occurred, they shed light on the challenges Christians face in the modern world.
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Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that has charmed millions. But, the enthusiasm isn’t shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics greeted Francis’ election with concern, and their fears are being realized. Associated Press journalists and photographers chronicle the pontiff’s journey as he goes about reforming Vatican bureaucracy.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell after nearly three decades as a barrier dividing the city. AP was there. Reporters witnessed the construction of the wall in August 1961 and reported its collapse to the world in 1989. Relive the immediate reactions of those who lived to see the fall of a former behemoth: the Soviet Union. With on-the-ground reporting and stunning photography, AP was there to provide a unique look at the story.
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Ebola

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The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history as the virus continues to spread through West Africa and the rest of the world. Along with doctors, nurses, and volunteers, journalists from The Associated Press have traveled to the center of the Ebola crisis to report on the situation. Within this constantly-evolving story, discover firsthand accounts of individuals at the Ebola ‘ground zero’ and understand how this pandemic affects our lives.
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Marijuana Nation

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A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana is in the news and public support seems to be on the side of legalization. A generational shift in permissive attitudes on pot has resulted in legalization in a series of states. Follow developments on this ground-breaking shift in social mores through the reporting of The Associated Press.
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The Collapse of the Soviet Union

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On December 25, 1991, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned as president of the Communist empire, turning power over to the new commonwealth that replaced it. This event marked the official end of the Cold War which had imperiled the world for over four decades. AP was there to provide a unique look at the story through the eyes of Associated Press reporters and photographers.
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The Hubble Space Telescope

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On April 24, 1990, after years of planning and delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted the Hubble Space Telescope into an orbit 350 miles above Earth. During the next 25 years, Hubble opened a new and unimaginably beautiful universe for mankind. Here, The Associated Press provides a unique look at the 25-year story of Hubble, through the eyes of its reporting and its stunning photography.
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Zen Cats

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Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha. The verses, taken from the Dhammapada, were written centuries ago, but today they offer insight for all of life's basic struggles. Meditate along with the verses to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Find the meaning of truth in these verses and how to find it in the world around you. Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.
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Dogma

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Join some pups for a dose of truth straight from the Good Book. These iconic Bible verses were written centuries ago, yet we still turn to them for guidance in times of need. The selection of inspiring, holy words will help you gain a greater understanding of life, compassion and faith. Find the truth and hope you need guided by the Lord and everyone's best friend.
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Shakespeare's Cats

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Join a band of curious cats for an adorable reading of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. Whether it's friendship, beauty, love or something more saucy, the Bard of Avon has a sonnet for every occasion. Learn what the sonnets mean and read fun facts about the poet, witches, Elizabethan life, and the unfortunate hygiene habits of the 16th century. Despite being written 400 years ago, the sonnets speak to the eternal ups-and-downs of anyone in love and the struggle to fight our mortality with art. And, many centuries later, we have something else in common with Elizabethans: we find kittens to be utterly adorable.* *Well, they also thought they might be tiny, adorable witches in animal form.
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SOS Venezuela

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Hay miedo en las calles y la paranoia crece, porque la inseguridad y el crimen organizado controlan las regiones. Es una problemática que le afecta al cono sur de América y al resto del mundo; por esto SOS Venezuela está en inglés y español. Todos deben enterarse que en Venezuela se está gestando un cambio, para volver a ser la Tierra de Gracia libre que tanto añoramos. There is fear in the streets as paranoia grows, as insecurity and organized crime grow. This is a problem that ripples across the Americas and towards the rest of the world. That is why this story needs to be told in both English and Spanish. For a bigger reach, a bigger impact. Everyone should know that Venezuela is fighting to return to peace, to safety and to grace.
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