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Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Dem. fervor

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, — Primary election season is still young, but the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is already celebrating. Democratic voters have chosen decidedly liberal candidates in several closely watched congressional primary ...

Senate pushing to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems ...

Bill Gates influences education policy

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help ...

Where ‘Great Gatsby’ writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb

By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As she sat in the house where "Great Gatsby" writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. "I tried to imagine how maybe Scott would tell a joke and Zelda would ...

Ryan Reynolds: ‘Deadpool 2’ is about kindness (truly)

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES — After being stuck in development for over a decade, "Deadpool" broke box-office records and shattered preconceived notions about what an R-rated superhero movie could do when it debuted in February 2016. Now the foul-mouthed mercenary is ...

Honors for Iraq vet, K-9 portrayed in film ‘Megan Leavey’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the military dog she served with during the Iraq War have been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Cpl. Megan Leavey and a German shepherd named Sgt. Rex were wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. The ...

Travolta dances his way through Cannes again with ‘Gotti’

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer CANNES, France — John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting "Grease," and he's still dancing along the Croisette. The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new mafia boss John Gotti biopic "Gotti," ...

Another O’Keeffe emerges for exhibit

By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The abstract painting of a lighthouse caught the eye of Dallas Museum of Art curator Sue Canterbury as she visited a private collector about five years ago. Struggling to identify the artist, she walked up to the work and looked at the ...

Singing the blues

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Study of pop music finds rise in sadness NEW YORK— A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the ...

Student takes Danny DeVito cardboard cutout to prom

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student took an unorthodox approach to prom and brought a cardboard cutout of actor Danny DeVito to the dance. WHTM-TV reports Allison Closs and her famous two-dimensional date joined other Carlisle High School seniors Friday for prom. ...

Stevie Wonder to perform 5 shows on Las Vegas strip resort

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Musician and singer Stevie Wonder will perform a series of shows in Las Vegas in August. Casino giant MGM Resorts International and entertainment company Live Nation Las Vegas announced Tuesday that Wonder will play five shows at the Park Theater starting Aug. 3. The ...

Ash in plume above Hawaii volcano decreases

By SOPHIA YAN Associated Press HONOLULU — Warnings to pilots remained in effect Wednesday after more unrest at Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. The volcano spewed ash about 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) in the air Tuesday because of rocks falling into the summit, U.S. Geological ...

Man pleads guilty to killing four

By MICHAEL R. SISAK By Associated Press DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Two cousins accused of killing together could find themselves pitted against one another in court after one took a plea deal Wednesday and the other rejected one in the gruesome deaths of four young men found buried last summer on ...

Philadelphia honors journalist with mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ed Bradley, the award-winning television journalist who broke racial barriers at CBS News, is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia with a mural. Mural Arts Philadelphia says it will dedicate the work on Saturday in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where ...

Sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion. Hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on ...

TODAY IN 1532

By The Associated Press In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and a small band of soldiers landed on the northwestern coast of Peru. In 1703 (Old Style calendar), the Russian city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great. In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the ...

More US adults try vaping but current use is down

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — New research shows 1 in 7 U.S. adults have tried electronic cigarettes. That's an increase but it's offset by a small decline in the number currently using the devices. About 3 percent of adults were current users in 2016, down from ...

Young adults feel stress of long-term care

By EMILY SWANSON Associated Press WASHINGTON — Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for ...

Hawaiian home owners ask: Am I covered?

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Associated Press HONOLULU — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and others who have recently lost homes to the lava-spewing ...

Facebook: We’re better at policing nudity than hate speech

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday. In a ...