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‘Quiet Place 2’ delayed, as Hollywood braces for shut down

NEW YORK (AP) — The entertainment industry, a business predicated on drawing crowds in theaters, cinemas and concert venues, is bracing for possible shutdown in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially putting on pause the normal hum of TV productions, the bustle of ...

Horan endures a stormy 2nd solo album

Niall Horan, “Heartbreak Weather” (Capitol Records) An anxious Niall Horan appears on the cover of his sophomore solo album. He’s standing on a chair in the middle of a street with a nasty-looking thunderstorm brewing behind him. It’s a fittingly awkward image for what turns out is ...

High Court can kill Obamacare

By Jules Witcover Like digging up a body from a graveyard, renewed Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Democratic Affordable Care Act could make federal health care insurance a pivotal campaign issue again later this year. A Texas lower court ruling invalidating the ACA’s ...

Toilet paper trumps stimulus

By ERICK ERICKSON People are beginning to hoard toilet paper. I went on a normal shopping trip to buy toilet paper last week and could not find any because of all the panic-buying. Social media is full of people storming grocery stores and fighting over two-ply. Hand sanitizer is extremely ...

Panic, then pivot

By CONNIE SCHULTZ When is the last time someone told you to calm down, and it worked? I’m not seeing a lot of raised hands. Having someone tell us we’re overreacting is annoying and condescending. Infuriating, even. It makes you want to blind them with the whites of your eyes as you ...

One year later, New Zealand mosque attacks alter many lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Fifty-one people were killed and dozens more injured when a lone gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch last year. New Zealanders will commemorate those who died on the anniversary of the mass killing Sunday. Three people whose lives were forever altered that ...

Accused of abusing 349 children, French surgeon faces trial

SAINTES, Franc — A retired surgeon accused of sexually abusing as many as 349 young children over decades — primarily his patients, in their hospital rooms — is facing justice at last, in the worst such case to come to light in France. The trial that began Friday in the western city of ...

Katerina Sakellaropoulou sworn in as president of Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s first female president, a former high court judge, was formally sworn in to office Friday, nearly two months after the country’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to elect her. The swearing-in ceremony for Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, took place in an ...

Police: Gov. candidate in room where crystal meth was found

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum is named in a police report Friday saying he was “inebriated” and initially unresponsive in a hotel room where authorities found baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Gillum, the former ...

Man convicted of murder in killing of Chicago police officer

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury convicted a man Friday of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of a Chicago police commander. With its verdict, announced after just three hours of deliberation, the jury signaled that it had no trouble rejecting the argument made by Shomari Legghette’s ...

Trump declares pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency in order to free up more money and resources. But he denied any responsibility for delays in making testing available for the new virus, whose spread has roiled markets and disrupted the ...

NCAA plans to extend eligibility of spring sports athletes

By DOUG FEINBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NCAA is planning to extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams by one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The details of how the extra eligibility will work are still being ironed out. All ...

The road to the Masters leads nowhere as golf shuts down temporarily

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — For the last 75 years, the golf landscape never changed. March brought anticipation of azaleas and Amen Corner, of the drive down Magnolia Lane and the chase for a green jacket. The annual road to the Masters took a major ...

Boston Marathon postponed until Sept. 14

By WILLIAM J. KOLE and JIMMY GOLEN Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon on Friday was postponed for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic, sacrificing the customary Patriots Day start in the hopes of preserving the uninterrupted 124-year tradition of the world’s most ...

Bettman: NHL players in isolation while season is on hold

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW The Associated Press The NHL is telling its players and staff to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while hockey is on a hiatus of unknown length during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday he was not aware of any player or ...

Column: The stunning week that sports came to a halt

PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press It was the week the sports stopped. Basketball. Hockey. Baseball. Golf. Soccer. Tennis. Auto Racing. Even football, which is technically out of season but was still around with the fledgling XFL and spring practice on college campuses around the ...

NFL ends in-person visits with prospects

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is ending in-person visits between teams and draft prospects because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The league sent a memo to all 32 clubs on Friday afternoon saying the ban would go into effect until further notice at the end of the business day. The ...

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Kodak Black pleads to weapons charge LOCKPORT (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty Thursday to a weapons charge stemming from a stop at the Canadian border crossing near Niagara Falls last April. The music artist, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was arrested after he drove across the ...

Fun trumps virus fear as Disneyland closes

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Thousands flocked to Disneyland on Friday for glimpses of Mickey and Minnie, a ride on “It’s a Small World” and a last trip to the Galaxy’s Edge before a historically long closure because of the new coronavirus. It was a rare rainy day in Southern California, ...

NASCAR, IndyCar postpone this week’s races

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press NASCAR and IndyCar both reversed course Friday and pulled the plug on racing this weekend, with IndyCar suspending its season through the end of April due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR only suspended Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor ...