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Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. What they left behind is laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines, smashed because they were judged to be against Islam. Museum workers in Kabul have...

'Summer of Rivera' closes with Yankee Stadium celebration

Aug. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking his familiar position on the Yankee Stadium rubber, Mariano Rivera wound up and delivered his famed cut fastball to his son, Mariano Jr. It was high and outside, but no one seemed to mind. The pitch came Saturday during a pregame celebration for baseball's greatest closer and capped...

Marty Brennaman 1st broadcaster In Reds Hall of Fame

Aug. 16, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Long-time Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will become the first inductee into the team's Hall of Fame who is not a player, manager or general manager. The team announced Friday it will honor Brennaman in April. He said in January he'll retire after this season — his...

Group opposes museum for Pulse nightclub massacre

Aug. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A group of survivors and family members of those killed in a mass shooting at Florida nightclub have formed an organization to oppose the building of a private museum to honor the victims. Members of the Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum said the nightclub should be torn down...

Will populist politics undo a renaissance at Italy's Uffizi?

Aug. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum's director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee's bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli's "Spring" and "Birth of Venus" safe from vandals. The nearly...

NFL at 100: How college football became the pipeline to NFL

Aug. 10, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later. He chose to work at a rubber company and be a part-time coach for his alma mater rather than try to make a living playing football. More than five...

Rhiannon Giddens, Frank Johnson to get Americana award

Aug. 7, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and the late Frank Johnson, the leader of a 19th century black brass band, will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. The Americana Music Association announced the new award on Wednesday in...

Gazans struggle to protect antiquities from neglect, looting

Aug. 7, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Walid al-Aqqad's Gaza home would be the envy of many an antiquities collector. Pieces of Corinthian columns greet visitors in the backyard. Inside, hundreds of ancient pots and other artifacts hang on the walls or are arranged helter-skelter on shelves. They are remnants of...

Prosecutor: Boy lifted, thrown from UK museum in single move

Aug. 6, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A youth court in London ordered a teenager held on an attempted murder charge Tuesday for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a viewing area at the top of the British capital's Tate Modern museum. The French boy was only a short distance from his parents Sunday when he was picked up and...

The Latest: Tony Gonzalez enters Hall of Fame

Aug. 3, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Tony Gonzalez probably could have been a star in the NBA. Instead, he chose the NFL path, and the most productive tight end in history has entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A...