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Behind Alice Cooper’s ‘Chicken Incident’

This exclusive clip from Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Mike Myers’ documentary on the famous music manager, reveals what really went down when Alice Cooper hurled a live chicken into the crowd in ‘69 and gave birth to “shock rock.”

Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.

Malawi's Mutharika: From treason charge to president

Peter Mutharika, who was on Friday declared the winner of Malawi's disputed presidential election, is set to take the reins of the impoverished southern African country under the shadow of a treason charge. The 74-year-old brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika is accused of attempting to conceal his brother's death in office two years ago in an attempt to prevent Joyce Banda -- then vice-president -- from assuming power. Banda prevailed and took office as decreed by the constitution, booting the former foreign minister out of the administration, but Mutharika beat her soundly in the May 20 election. The trial is still pending, but analysts say it is likely the case will be set aside as Malawi's presidents enjoy immunity from prosecution as long as they are in office.

Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit.

Michigan will not appeal ruling that put Rep. Conyers on ballot

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Michigan officials said on Friday they will not appeal a federal judge's order that put longtime Detroit-area Democratic U.S. Representative John Conyers on the August primary ballot. Conyers, one of America's most prominent black politicians and the second-ranking U.S. representative in seniority, had been disqualified from the primary based on registration rules that left him far short of the required valid signatures. But U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman found on May 23 that a Michigan law requiring petition circulators to be registered state voters may violate Conyers' constitutional rights and ordered that he be allowed to appear on the ballot. Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Michigan secretary of state, said in a statement that based on the facts of Leitman's order, the state had decided not to appeal the order allowing Conyers onto the ballot.

Death threats against Mandela in 1990 US trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI investigated multiple death threats against Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the United States and relied on an informant for details about the anti-apartheid leader's trip, according to newly released documents.

US Veterans Affairs secretary resigns amid scandal

President Barack Obama's under-fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, paying the price for an expanding scandal over failures in health care for America's retired warriors. "Secretary Shinseki offered his resignation. The president said that an initial review by Shinseki, 71, had found that delays and other management failures in veterans' health care were not confined to one facility in Arizona, but were systemic and nationwide.

Obama to meet Ukraine president-elect in Poland

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Ukraine crisis and awkward moments around Russian President Vladimir Putin promise to dominate President Barack Obama's trip to Europe next week.

Obama on Seeing Malia in Heels, Dying His Hair, Night Work

Between dealing with the fallout from the VA scandal and coping with the upcoming resignation of his press secretary, President Obama has been pretty busy today. But the president found time for some lighter moments on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” Friday morning too. ...

VA Scandal: How a General Lost Command

On Friday, VA chief Eric Shinseki finally publicly took charge of the scandal engulfing his agency. Three weeks ago, it might have been a campaign plan—instead of a valediction.

US rejects Thai junta's year-long roadmap to elections

The United States on Friday flatly rejected a plan laid out by Thailand's junta chief to delay elections for more than a year to allow time for political reforms. "We know that they have announced a, quote, 'road map toward democracy,' but with scant details included," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. She insisted that Washington believed the best path forward was "to set a timeline for early elections and to facilitate an inclusive and transparent electoral process." Only after this could elections be held, he said.

South Sudan rebel leader says 'committed to peace'

The leader of South Sudan's rebels, former vice president Riek Machar, said Friday he was "committed to peace" and ready to resume peace talks next week in Ethiopia. Speaking after talks in Nairobi with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Machar also described the nearly six-month-old conflict in the world's youngest nation as "senseless war". And I want to assure you that we are serious about bringing peace to South Sudan," he said in a brief statement after the talks. "I want to assure you that we are serious in ending this senseless killing in South Sudan.