• In this shown in this 1981 photo, Willie Otey Kay shows her dress form in her living room at her house on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., as she crafted the specialty dresses. Long before the rage over a must-have Marc Jacobs handbag or a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans, "it" girls in the Triangle wanted a Willie Otey Kay. To have one of her handcrafted dresses, for a prom, a debutante ball or a wedding, was considered a style score. But getting one at the height of Kay's popularity was harder than landing the latest Jacobs bag. (John Rottet/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Woven of dignity: Black seamstress’ legacy on display

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman in who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.

  • Officials warn of thin ice for Michigan free fishing weekend

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Anglers should use caution when going out onto frozen lakes and rivers for the state’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend because recently warmer weather has melted ice, leaving unstable patches or open water, officials said.

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  • In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a stable family life and love of music. But the couple kept a secret from both LL Cool J and his mother: She was adopted, as the hip-hop artist and actor learns in PBS' "Finding Your Roots." The episode, which also traces Sean "Diddy" Combs’ ancestry, airs Tuesday, Feb. 16, on PBS stations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    LL Cool J learns family secret in ‘Finding Your Roots’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J’s childhood was scarred by his parents’ separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.