BRYN MAWR, Pa. — The Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring the head instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military pilots who fought in World War II.
The postage commemorating Charles Alfred Anderson will be unveiled March 13 at a ceremony in Bryn Mawr, the Philadelphia suburb where he grew up.
In 1932, Anderson became the first African American to earn a commercial pilot's license. He went on to teach aviation at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
The 70-cent stamp notes Anderson's affectionate nickname of "Chief," which is what students called him.
Anderson died in 1996 at the age of 89. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame last year. -- (AP)
OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi wants to question three white students in connection with the vandalism of the statue of James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first Black student to enroll in the then all-white university.
But attorneys for the three students aren't allowing them to be questioned without arrest warrants. The three have not been identified.
Police on Sunday found a noose tied around the neck of the statue, along with an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design. The design has since been updated to exclude the emblem.
University spokesman Danny Blanton said Friday the school's findings have been turned over to the district attorney's office. Blanton said the university will also proceed with internal disciplinary action through a judicial panel that consists of both faculty and students.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press. However, he told WMC-TV in Memphis that criminal charges would be difficult.
Creekmore said investigators and prosecutors have looked into several misdemeanors as possible charges, but he said criminal charges were unlikely by his office because the statue was not physically damaged, and the suspects did not appear to be trespassing.
He said federal investigators could opt to bring charges if they saw fit. Creekmore said if new information comes to light, his office could revisit the issue.
FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said the agency is continuing to assist in the investigation.
The Ole Miss Alumni Association is offering at $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. University Police Department Chief Calvin Sellers said the reward offer gave police some good leads in the case.
When Meredith tried to enter Ole Miss in fall 1962, Mississippi's governor tried to stop him. That led to violence on the Oxford campus.
U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent 500 U.S. marshals to take control and days later, Meredith was allowed in the school. Though he faced harassment during his time at the school, he graduated with a degree in political science. -- (AP)
MILPITAS, Calif. — The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.
California lottery officials said the ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, a city about 10 miles north of San Jose. The business will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.
Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, said late Wednesday that he believed he was probably the person who sold the winning ticket.
"I've been here working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," he told The Associated Press. "I hope I'll find out soon."
Early Thursday morning, the scene was quiet with just few customers at the 24-hour store and gas station just off Interstate 880, a region of corporate offices in the Silicon Valley area.
The ticket was the only one to match all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said late Wednesday.
The jackpot was estimated at $425.3 million, with a cash payout option of $242.2 million. It's one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history — but still far from the record.
A ticket for the nation's second-largest lottery prize ever was also purchased in the in the San Francisco Bay Area. In December, two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta, for a $636 million Mega Millions prize.
The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million last May.
Wednesday's drawing also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1 million, and one ticket won a $2 million prize, according to a statement from Rose J. Hudson, chair of the Powerball Game Group and president of the Louisiana Lottery.
"Here's a bit of advice for all of those big Powerball winners: If you haven't already, sign the back of your tickets and store them in a safe place," Hudson said. "Use the claim time period to consult trusted financial and legal professionals; then you'll be prepared to bask in an amazing Powerball winning experience!"
Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in U.S. lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Powerball's game changes in January 2012 included an increase in ticket price from $1 to $2. Starting jackpots went from $20 million to $40 million, and pots increased by more money with each roll. Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to 1 in about 259 million.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — Cee Lo Green says he's quitting as a coach on "The Voice."
The singer-songwriter-actor announced on Wednesday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that he won't be coming back "at all."
He already was taking a break from the sixth season of the NBC talent competition, which begins airing Monday.
But Green told DeGeneres that he plans to continue his relationship with NBC, with which he has a development deal. NBC confirmed Green's departure from the show and expressed hopes to work with him on future projects.
Green was one of the original coaches when "The Voice" premiered in 2011. He appeared in seasons one through three, as well as season five.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira will serve as coaches for the upcoming "Voice" season. -- (AP)
Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend will likely give a lift to graduates of the University of Pennsylvania this spring.
School officials announced Tuesday that Legend will speak at the commencement for his alma mater in Philadelphia.
Legend was known as John Stephens when he attended the Ivy League school. He graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in English.
The musician released his platinum-selling debut album "Get Lifted" in 2004. Legend is currently touring the U.S. in support of his recording "Love in the Future."
He'll receive an honorary doctorate in music at the ceremony on May 19.
When asked if Legend will perform at the event, a university spokeswoman replied via email: "Probably not." -- (AP)