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VIRUS TODAY: Holiday party defiance, mask wearing in 2021

Here's what's happening Tuesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: — The promising advances with vaccine development do not mean that people can stop wearing masks and socially distancing anytime soon. That's because it will take months...

 

Taylor Swift 'folklore' concert film coming to Disney+

NEW YORK (AP) — A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+. The singer announced Tuesday that "folklore: the long pond studio sessions" will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday. The...

 

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas

They may be one of Hollywood's most beloved couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use that unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again. Since 1987's "Overboard," they've received hundreds of...

 

White House Rose Garden adds Japanese American's sculpture

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Rose Garden has a new addition, but it isn't a floral variety. Melania Trump announced Friday that artwork by Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi has been installed on the east terrace of the famous garden,...

 

Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K

BOSTON (AP) — A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for a total of $495,000. Boston-based R.R. Auction said Friday the collection...

 

Lessons from COVID-19 pandemic teaching educators too

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Lincoln-Douglas third-graders Emma Smith and Alaina Nichols sat at their table, brainstorming ideas about a Thanksgiving parade float for a writing assignment. Alaina settled on a pumpkin pie theme. "Pumpkin pie goes with...

 

Pickleball popularity continues to grow in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — It might be an unusual name, but the sport of pickleball is gaining interest among people of all ages. The game is a combination of a few sports, including tennis, table tennis and badminton. The activity can be played around t...

 

GM to recall 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 m...

 

Michigan sanctuary gives respite for wounded animals, people

OSSINEKE, Mich. (AP) — Everyone needs to be wanted, from humans to horses to a sheep named Special Ed. On an unpretentious parcel of land south of Ossineke, the Sunrise Animal Sanctuary offers refuge and welcome for animals that have been abused,...

 

Trump to meet Michigan leaders in bid to subvert election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan state legislators headed to the White House on Friday as President Donald Trump made an extraordinary and sure-to-be futile attempt to block Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state and subvert the results of the 202... Full story

 

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City....

 

Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K

BOSTON (AP) — A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for $495,000. Boston-based R.R. Auction said Friday the collection privately held...

 

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A look at false and misleading claims and videos circulating after the presidential election and news about COVID-19 vaccines. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here... Full story

 

Heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. Thousands of cases have...

 

Justices put off case over access to Russia probe grand jury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is putting off upcoming arguments about whether Congress should have access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The Democratic-controlled House of...

 

Illinois teen charged in protest slayings posts $2M bail

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Illinois who is charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin and whose case has become a rallying cry for some conservatives posted $2 million bail Friday and was released from custody. Kyle...

 

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia didn't have to lift a finger. In the weeks before the U.S. presidential election, federal authorities warned that Russia or other foreign countries might spread false information about the results to discredit the...

 

Pompeo, in Israel, vows new action against boycott movement

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. will regard the Palestinian-led boycott movement as "anti-Semitic" and cut off government support for any organizations taking part in it, a step that could deny funding...

 

African continent hits 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African continent has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases as the top public health official warned Thursday that "we are inevitably edging toward a second wave" of infections. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and...

 

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace's nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and deh...

 

EXPLAINER: What's with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask. But the issue has proven a thorny one. Health authorities have changed their guidance on who should wear masks and when to wear them....

 

Tokyo sees record number of new cases amid nationwide spike

TOKYO (AP) — Authorities in Tokyo announced nearly 500 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the biggest daily increase in the Japanese capital since the pandemic began, amid a nationwide spike in infections and as the country discusses with O...

 

Pompeo expected to visit Israeli settlement in parting gift

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's expected tour of a West Bank winery this week will be the first time a top American diplomat has visited an Israeli settlement, a parting gift from an administration that has taken...

 

A rusty Giuliani returns to the courtroom on Trump's behalf

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Representing a client inside a courtroom for the first time in nearly three decades, Rudy Giuliani showed some rust as he tried to make the case that President Donald Trump has been robbed of re-election. The former...

 

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm...

 

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