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Texas eases virus rules as cases drop, but bars still closed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, but bars remain closed indefinitely and a...
Sep. 17, 2020

A U.S. judge has blocked Postal Service changes that slowed mail and prompted concerns about absentee voting

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. judge has blocked Postal Service changes that slowed mail and prompted concerns about absentee voting.
Sep. 17, 2020

Mexico catches American smuggling in 13,000 rounds of ammo

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it caught a U.S. citizen trying to smuggling 13,000 rounds of ammunition at a border crossing in Nogales, across the border...
Sep. 17, 2020

Papa John's announces plan for new headquarters in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Pizza purveyor Papa John’s announced plans Thursday to move its global headquarters from Louisville, Kentucky to a yet-to-be-determined location in metro Atlanta, bringing 200 jobs along with...
Sep. 17, 2020

Whitmer: Mask order applies to Big Ten, but may be changed

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said Thursday her requirement that athletes wear masks applies to Big Ten football in Michigan, but a face shield will suffice for...
Sep. 17, 2020

Chiefs fan at season opener tests positive for virus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten fans who attended the Kansas City Chiefs game last week have been told to quarantine after one fan tested positive for COVID-19, Kansas City...
Sep. 17, 2020

Macmillan CEO forced out over 'direction' of company

NEW YORK (AP) — Macmillan's longtime CEO, John Sargent, will be leaving at the end of the year, forced out by what parent company Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is calling “a...
Sep. 17, 2020

Suspect in killing of protesters listed in 'hero' assignment

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas school district is investigating a high school English teacher who asked students to write about a modern-day hero and listed the 17-year-old accused of killing...
Sep. 17, 2020

Photos fuel concerns over in-custody death of La. Black man

Graphic photos that surfaced online this week appear to show deep bruises on the face of a Black man who died following a police chase in Louisiana last year, raising...
Sep. 17, 2020

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls...
Sep. 17, 2020

'IN ATTIC HELP': Couple is rescued from storm Sally by water

CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) — The firetrucks and rescue vehicles kept passing her house even after Elaine Hulgan, 76, wrote “IN ATTIC HELP” on the front door. So Hulgan's 84-year-old husband...
Sep. 17, 2020

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography, three days after twin boys filed...
Sep. 17, 2020

Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' on National Book Awards longlist

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” her acclaimed study of racism in the United States, is among 10 nominees on the National Book Award longlist for nonfiction. The poetry...
Sep. 17, 2020

Hurricane Sally: Couple rescued from flooded home by Jet Ski

CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) — The firetrucks and rescue vehicles kept passing her house even after Elaine Hulgan, 76, wrote “IN ATTIC HELP” on the front door, so Hulgan's 84-year-old husband...
Sep. 17, 2020

Miami Herald apologizes for 'racist' insert column

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Herald is investigating how it published a paid insert with what it called “racist and anti-Semitic commentary” and distributed to readers of its Spanish-language sister...
Sep. 17, 2020

Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert,

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s...
Sep. 17, 2020

French rap songs investigated for allegedly racist content

PARIS (AP) — The Paris public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation Thursday into video clips and songs by popular French rapper Freeze Corleone for alleged racist content and hate speech...
Sep. 17, 2020

$1M bail cut for some held after protests of police shooting

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Judges dramatically reduced bail amounts as high as $1 million Thursday that had been set this week for several people accused of crimes during unrest in...
Sep. 17, 2020

Lawyer: Texas city's police leaders must reform or resign

DALLAS (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a woman who was shot dead by a suburban Houston police officer last year during a struggle over a stun gun...
Sep. 17, 2020

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation...
Sep. 17, 2020

Half million homes are gay marriages 5 years after ruling

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples,...
Sep. 17, 2020

Teen indicted in slaying of Cleveland officer, informant

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Cleveland police detective and an informant during an armed robbery was indicted Thursday on counts of aggravated murder. David McDaniel, 18, of...
Sep. 17, 2020

Italian virus survivor tells German leader: Germany saved me

MILAN (AP) — An Italian coronavirus survivor from Bergamo warmly thanked Germany’s visiting president on Thursday for lifesaving treatment he received in the eastern Germany city of Leipzig. Frank-Walter Steinmeier...
Sep. 17, 2020

Kosovo veterans puzzled by court war crime file delivery

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo war veterans said Thursday that war crime files inexplicably sent to their office have been returned to a special international court in The Hague, Netherlands,...
Sep. 17, 2020

AP FACT CHECK: Biden distorts Trump's words on virus 'hoax'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is presenting a distorted account of President Donald Trump's words on the coronavirus, wrongly suggesting Trump branded the virus a hoax. In fact, Trump pronounced...
Sep. 17, 2020

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