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  • New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more. Quibi — a snappy amalgam of “quick” and “bite” — is a mobile phone-only platform that […]
  • Dog food delivered to western Alaska amid virus concerns

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of dogs living in largely Alaska Native villages in southwest Alaska won’t go hungry this spring after more than 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg) of dog food were delivered, a humanitarian effort coordinated by two of the nation’s largest animal welfare groups in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 242, 30-pound […]
  • Chicago’s new top cop guided by Dallas tenure, son’s death

    CHICAGO (AP) — As daunting as the challenges that await him as the new chief of a Chicago Police Department under pressure to implement sweeping court-ordered reforms may seem, they pale compared to what David Brown Sr. had to overcome 10 years ago following an afternoon phone call on Father’s Day. His son was dead, […]
  • ‘Disaster’ feared if sick moved to California nursing homes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California directive that could open the way for some patients sickened with COVID-19 to be sent from overburdened hospitals to nursing homes is being criticized by industry officials who fear vulnerable, elderly residents would be placed at risk. The California Association of Health Facilities, which represents most skilled nursing homes […]
  • Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense leaders are backing the Navy’s decision to fire the ship captain who sought help for his cornonavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, even as videos showed sailors cheering him as he walked off the vessel. Videos went viral on social media Friday, showing hundreds of sailors gathered on the ship chanting and applauding […]
  • Ohio mayor pleads for church to stop in-person services

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mayor pleaded with a local church to “reconsider” holding in-person services amid concerns of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Monroe Mayor Jason Frentzel sent a letter Thursday to Solid Rock Church asking church officials to halt service, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. “While I understand that you have the […]
  • Arizona Senate campaigns get creative amid virus scare

    PHOENIX (AP) — Martha McSally is volunteering at the Salvation Army. Mark Kelly is using his background as an astronaut to entertain kids stuck at home. The global pandemic that is shaking up the nation’s way of life is also forcing Arizona’s U.S. Senate candidates to reinvent the political playbook when rallies are verboten, door-to-door […]
  • McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens. McGrath’s campaign released a TV ad Friday lambasting the Kentucky Republican for “taking a victory lap against the coronavirus.” It’s a quick […]
  • Judge demands FBI provide new details about its surveillance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief judge of a secretive national security court demanded Friday that the FBI provide him with details about some of its investigations after the Justice Department inspector general identified problems with more than two dozen wiretap applications. The order from Judge James Boasberg signals growing concerns from the court that authorizes […]
  • New Orleans calliope tribute for jazz great Ellis Marsalis

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tourist riverboat calliope blasted hymn and gospel tunes across New Orleans’ French Quarter on Friday as a tribute to the late jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis, who taught generations of jazz players, including four of his six sons, died Wednesday of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19. On Friday, […]