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Drool, please: University rolls out saliva tests for virus

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Students and staff at the University of Illinois can be tested for the coronavirus with a saliva sample instead of an uncomfortable nasal swab. "We think this is breakthrough technology," said Tim Killeen, university president....

 

Fox's Carlson criticized for saying Democrats hate America

NEW YORK (AP) — Television's most popular political host, Tucker Carlson, says leaders of the Democratic party should be disqualified from running the country because they "despise" it. That led the Biden campaign to accuse the Fox News Channel...

 

UK judge says Amber Heard can be in court for Depp testimony

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun until she is called to give evidence. In a court order published on...

 

U of Illinois researchers to study animals with MRI scanner

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois will be able to closely study mice, rats, pigs and songbirds with the arrival of the campus' first MRI scanner dedicated to animal research. The Bruker 9.4-Tesla MRI has been installed a...

 

National Gallery of Art acquires painting by Native American

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A painting by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is joining works by the legendary pop artists Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol at the National Gallery of Art. Smith's "I See Red: Target" is the first painting on canvas by a...

 

Florida man trapped alone with hundreds of parrots

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — People have been seeing more of their animals since the coronavirus tethered them to their homes. Dogs bark through Zoom meetings. Cats are our "coworkers." Majid "Magic" Esmaeili has a few hundred squawking parrots for company....

 

Tom Hanks on COVID-19, 'Greyhound' and wartime mentality

NEW YORK (AP) — Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, by most measures, busy. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew home after recuperating in Australia, where he had been shooting Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley film. He hosted a...

 

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit "Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer...

 

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert...

 

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are...

 

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will establish a "National Garden of American Heroes," which...

 

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said. Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said the child was killed in the afternoon shooting at the...

 

New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A small northern New Mexico Native American tribe has opened a movie studio in a former casino that it hopes will lure big productions. The Tesuque Pueblo recently converted the building near Santa Fe into a movie studio...

 

Ex-wife of 'Da Vinci Code' author alleges he led double life

BOSTON (AP) — The ex-wife of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging the man known for writing about conspiracies and secret societies led a double life during their marriage that included a tryst with a Dutch horse...

 

Judge temporarily blocks tell-all book by Trump's niece

A tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of claims by the president's brother that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge said Tuesday. New York state Supreme C...

 

Seattle police forcibly clear 'lawless' protest zone

SEATTLE (AP) — Wearing helmets and wielding batons and rifles, Seattle police turned out in force at dawn Wednesday in the city's "occupied" protest zone after the mayor ordered it cleared following two recent fatal shootings. Officers stood...

 

Stonewall Jackson removed from Richmond's Monument Avenue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews wielding a giant crane, harnesses and power tools wrested an imposing statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson from its concrete pedestal along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday, just hours after the...

 

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

PHOENIX (AP) — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona's outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and...

 

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

NEW YORK (AP) — Spurred by broad public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention in August to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of...

 

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health...

 

Man charged with conspiring to hide kids' bodies in his yard

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors accused a man of conspiring with his new wife to keep the bodies of her children hidden on his rural Idaho property, adding to the charges he faces in the strange case that involves the couple's doomsday beliefs and...

 

Background checks, a metric for gun sales, hit all-time high

Historic numbers of background checks to purchase or possess a firearm were done in June, a trend in a year marked by uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a subsequent economic recession, protests over racial injustice and calls to reduce polic...

 

Daytime Emmys: 'The Young and the Restless' wins best drama

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Young and the Restless" won best drama at the first virtual Daytime Emmys along with three acting trophies on Friday night, with some winners speaking out about racial injustice. Ellen DeGeneres accepted the trophy for best...

 

Charles Webb, author of 'The Graduate,' dies in England

Charles Webb, a lifelong non-conformist whose debut novel "The Graduate" was a deadpan satire of his college education and wealthy background adapted into the classic film of the same name, has died. He was 81. Webb died June 16 in Eastbourne,...

 

World leaders, stars unite at event aimed at fighting virus

LONDON (AP) — A summit that included a star-studded virtual concert hosted by Dwayne Johnson has raised nearly $7 billion in cash and loan guarantees to assist the poor around the globe whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic....

 

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