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Syracuse appoints diversity director

SYRACUSE (AP) — Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack has added a position to his department, bucking a trend toward athletic cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. Salatha T. Willis was named associate athletic director for diversity, culture and climate this week. He is charged with ...

MCSD to hold meeting virtually

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield Central School District has scheduled the monthly meeting remotely via WebEx beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For access information, go to the board of education page on the mayfieldk12.com website, according to a news release.

Tropical Storm Fay makes landfall in New Jersey

By KAREN MATTHEWS and MICHAEL HILL The Associated Press NEW YORK — Fast-moving Tropical Storm Fay made landfall in New Jersey on Friday amid heavy, lashing rains that closed beaches and flooded shore town streets. The storm system was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain, with ...

Country stars talk of Charlie Daniels’ faith at his funeral

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars, veterans and longtime friends talked about the faith and patriotism of Charlie Daniels at a funeral Friday for the country singer and fiddler. Daniels, who died Monday at the age of 83, was given a star-studded salute by artists Travis Tritt, Trace ...

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s sentence

By JILL COLVIN and ERIC TUCKER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called Roger Stone to inform his longtime political confidant that he would commute his sentence for crimes related to the Russia investigation, Stone told The Associated Press on Friday, just days ...

NY eases visitor ban aimed at curbing virus in nursing homes

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY — Certain nursing homes in New York can allow visitors — with restrictions — starting Wednesday as the state eases a ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly residents. Only nursing homes and long-term ...

Wall Street rallies as optimism returns to cap erratic week

NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts may halt the economy’s recent upswing. The S&P 500 climbed 1 percent, and the biggest gains came from cruise ship operators, airlines, ...

Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans

By JOHN MARSHALL The Associated Press Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week. They’re getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages. Yes, it’s very strange. “It ...

Big Ten scraps nonconference football games due to pandemic

By JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in ...

Cindric wins Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

By GARY B. GRAVES The Associated Press SPARTA, Ky. — Austin Cindric won the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway, charging past Chase Briscoe on an overtime restart Thursday night for his first victory of the season and first on an oval. Cindric spent most of ...

Still testing positive, Frittelli among 3 back to work

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Dylan Frittelli says it was hard not to feel like an outcast Thursday at the Workday Charity Open in a group of three players who tested positive for the coronavirus and keep doing so. But at least he was playing. “It was fun to get out there,” Frittelli said after ...

No longer White’s dream, UFC’s Fight Island is real

By GREG BEACHAM The Associated Press The imagery evoked by Dana White’s crazy idea was undeniably intoxicating: An octagon perched amid swaying palm trees on a white sand beach, waves lapping at the canvas while mixed martial arts fighters traded blows in the tropical sun. A few months ...

Revolution down Impact, 1-0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gustavo Bou scored in the 56th minute to give the New England Revolution a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact in the MLS is Back tournament Thursday night. Bou maneuvered atop the penalty area before a blast that goalkeeper Clement Diop couldn’t stop in ...

NBA practices begin at Disney

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting ...

Feds feared Epstein confidante might kill herself

By MICHAEL BALSAMO The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Federal officials were so worried Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and sheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, an ...

Justices rule swath of Okla. remains tribal reservation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos. The court’s 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means ...

Ousted N.Y. prosecuter in Capitol Hill

By LISA MASCARO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump’s allies arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee as the panel deepens its probe of politicization ...

Female soldier to join team

By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For the first time, a female soldier has graduated from the Army’s elite Special Forces course and will join one of the all-male Green Beret teams, capping a yearslong campaign to move women into the military’s front-line combat ...

Trump faced issues with Asians before COVID-19

By SALLY HO The Associated Press SEATTLE — Sonny Vinuya hasn’t decided if he’ll vote again for Donald Trump in the battleground state of Nevada. The Filipino American businessman in Las Vegas is personally offended by the president’s use of a racist slur at recent re-election ...

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing their visas

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as ...