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WWII surrender ceremony in Hawaii limited to local veterans

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — possibly the last opportunity for many elderly U.S. veterans to commemorate the day — will be limited to survivors of the war living in Hawaii because of coronavirus concerns. The plan ...

Biden seeks Democratic, national unity in convention finale

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is accepting the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, achieving the pinnacle — so far — of his nearly five-decade political career on the final night of the most unorthodox national convention in modern history. The former vice president is ...

Utah sets pandemic safeguards for people with disabilities

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the fifth state Thursday to overhaul crisis guidelines that could have deprived people with disabilities of doctors' care if hospitals become overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes approved by federal officials settle a complaint from ...

A growing list: Trump associates ensnared in legal troubles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest Thursday of President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon adds to a growing list of the president's associates ensnared in legal trouble. Bannon pleaded not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a ...

Alabama restarts prep football in test of virus precautions

THORSBY, Ala. (AP) — It's mostly quiet in the Alabama farming community of Thorsby aside from trucks and trains that rumble through bound for someplace larger. Remembering directions to the town's football stadium isn't hard; there aren't that many roads to take or turns to miss along the ...

To keep pets in homes, animal welfare groups help owners

Early in May, Nydia Bonefont was concerned when her dog wouldn't eat and seemed lethargic. She realized that Papi, a 9-year-old Beagle/Cavalier mix, must have hurt himself — he cried when he was touched. But she was without income to pay for vet care. "I lost my job a while ago, and then the ...

No immediate ruling on motion to dismiss Lee statue lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge heard arguments Tuesday but did not immediately rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to remove an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond's famed Monument Avenue. An injunction issued in the ...

Cities sue Census Bureau over ending 2020 head count early

More than a half-dozen cities, counties and civil right groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying there was no justification for its decision to cut the 2020 census short by a month, and it will lead to the undercounting of minority communities and an inaccurate head count of ...

Fear and empathy at LA funeral home serving Black families

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Candy Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. There were too many unknowns, and Boyd didn't feel like her employees had the training or equipment to safely ...

Census Bureau adds emails, phone calls to door-knocking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less ...