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FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said May 7 that he called for the release of Mark R. Frerichs, ab American citizen captured by Taliban-linked militants in discussions with Taliban leadership as continued violence threatens to scuttle a peace deal to end America’s longest-running war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

May. 23, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan...

Fort Campbell soldiers return, helped with virus response

May. 23, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Eighteen soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division have returned to Fort Campbell after spending more than a month in New Jersey helping with COVID-19 response operations. Fort Campbell officials said Friday that the soldiers deployed April 14 to help provide...

South Carolina soldier dies in Afghanistan

May. 23, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, of Spartanburg, died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base from a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident...

Woman's body found in search of missing kayaker off Cape Cod

May. 23, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a woman while searching for a missing kayaker off the coast of Cape Cod. The U.S. Coast Guard's First District tweeted that a body matching the description of the woman reported missing was found at 6:30 a.m. Saturday along the shore...

Nevada launches system to accept gig workers' weekly claims

May. 23, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has launched a system to accept weekly claims from non-traditional workers for unemployment benefits authorized by the federal government. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced late Saturday morning that residents eligible for the...

Tour former newsroom turned into overflow hospital

May. 23, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In roughly one month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors have turned The Commercial Appeal’s former building at 495 Union Ave. into a 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients, and a media tour of the building Monday showed a space that’s massively...

In this Wednesday May 20, 2020 photo, Food Bank of Delaware, DelDOT, the Delaware Army National Guard and scores of volunteers come together to serve as many as many as 2,500 families in the Food Bank's Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. William Bretzger/The News Journal via AP)

Food Bank of Delaware feeds 2.5K households in 2 hours

May. 23, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — When the Food Bank of Delaware previously held large mobile pantry events, they planned for 300 to 500 households showing up for food distribution. “That would be considered a big event,” Chad Robinson of the Food Bank said. But that changed with the impact of the COVID-19...

Esports thrives during absence of traditional sports

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Esports has attempted to bridge the gap between the urge for competition and the necessity of physical contact to do so. Chance Crawford, one of the organizers of MGM Esports and Gaming, says esports in Montgomery can address the gap people feel in social distancing, strengthen...

Minnesota National Guard offers free testing at 6 armories

May. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard is offering free coronavirus testing at six armories across the state this holiday weekend. Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across the six sites, for a total of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend....

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tennessee gov offers National Guard to test at businesses

May. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Friday promised business leaders that he would send the National Guard to help their companies with COVID-19 testing should they ask for it. Lee made the announcement while speaking on a livestream for a Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry event, where the...