R. Kelly's fate now in jury's hands

After weeks of lurid testimony in a sexual misconduct trial, R. Kelly's fate is now in a jury's hands. A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating racketeering and sex trafficking charges against the R&B superstar.

Feds urge jury to convict R. Kelly; defense says accusers lied

Federal prosecutors told a jury they must hold R. Kelly "responsible for the pain he inflicted on each of his victims." But the disgraced singer's defense team had harsh words for the witnesses who have taken the stand in this sex-trafficking trial.

Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “Blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s, has died. He was 89. His family confirmed that he passed at his Manhattan home.

R. Kelly declines to testify at trial; closings begin

Closing arguments have begun in the sex trafficking trial of R&B singer R. Kelly. Prosecutors told jurors that they'd proved that Kelly for years got associates to help him target, groom and exploit girls, boys, and young women for his own sexual gratification. Kelly has vehemently denied the allegations.