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Laid-off Disney World employees find unity in Facebook group

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Feeling survivor’s guilt that she kept her job during the economic crisis, Disney World employee Maxine Wild wanted to make a difference. “I needed to help. I needed to do something,” Wild said as she watched colleagues get furloughed during the pandemic. The ...

Memphian creates cartoon series for Oprah Winfrey Network

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis filmmaker has created an animated series for Oprah Winfrey, inspired by the coming election. “We wanted to make something that is thought-provoking, but hopefully funny, too,” said Munirah Safiyah Jones, who was tagged by Oprah Winfrey Network executives ...

Vaccines must be held to the highest standards of safety

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I read recently that a coronavirus vaccine is scheduled for release in late October or early November in the very early stages of clinical trials. Although the manufacturer has offered assurances that the vaccine is safe, this seems awfully early. I ...

Today in History

By the Associated Press On Oct. 22, 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. On this date: In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) made the ...

Bat rehabilitator saves ‘underdog’ amid fear, disease

By FRANK BODANI York Daily Record via AP MARIETTA, Pa. — Her epiphany came in a dark, abandoned building in nowhere Texas. She knew, as she sat alone that night, that she would become “Batwoman.” It’s been 30 years of work now for Rosemarie Curcio, one of only a handful of ...

Woman missing for two weeks found safe in Zion National Park

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — A California woman who was missing for about two weeks in Zion National Park in Utah has been found and left the park with her family who had feared the worst, authorities said. Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, of Los Angeles, was found Sunday by search and rescue crews ...

CMT Music Awards to feature trio of hosts, outdoor stages

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A trio of new hosts will lead fans through a new look at this year’s CMT Music Awards, which replaced the live arena audience with performances in scenic outdoor locations around Nashville, Tennessee. Country singers Kane Brown and Ashley McBryde join “Modern ...

Review: Charming ‘Over the Moon’ gets lost in lunar orbit

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer The acclaimed animator behind such powerful figures as Ariel, Aladdin, Tarzan and Rapunzel has a new heroine and she’s going further than any of his creations — the moon. Twelve-year-old Fei Fei builds a handmade rocket to blast into outer ...

US spacecraft diving to asteroid for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid ...

Stolen Mao calligraphy worth millions found cut in half

HONG KONG (AP) — A calligraphy scroll by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong estimated to be worth millions of dollars was cut in half after it was stolen last month in a high-profile burglary in Hong Kong, police said. The scroll was found damaged when police arrested a 49-year-old man in ...

700-year-old Chinese scroll sells for $41.8M in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. The 6.6-feet scroll, titled “Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese ...

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled ...

Democrats: Justices’ 4-4 tie in election case ominous sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Amy Coney Barrett expected to join the Supreme Court as early as next week, the court’s action in a Pennsylvania voting case has heightened fears among Democrats about the court being asked to decide a post-election dispute and with it, the winner of the White ...

After years grappling with Google, Europe has tips for US

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. antitrust crackdown on Google might seem like deja vu for European Union regulators. By U.S. standards, the Justice Department’s move to sue Google this week for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising was a bold move. But it treads on ground already ...

Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. As Democrat Joe Biden holes up for debate prep in advance ...

Judge slams DeVos for rejecting 94% of loan relief claims

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed, according to a federal judge who is ...

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year. Older adults may be most ...

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that ...

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big ...

Francis becomes first pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal ...