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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in South Africa. South Africa’s anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn there is a risk of a resurgence of poaching of one of Earth’s most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to prevent a resurgence of killings of the country’s rhinoceros, South African officials and wildlife activists say, as World Rhino Day is marked Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

South Africa's rhino poaching drops during virus lockdown

Sep. 22, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn of a possible resurgence of poaching of one of Earth's most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to protect the country's...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray, left, Michael Porter Jr. (1) and Nikola Jokic (15) defend as Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers vow not to let up against resilient Nuggets

Sep. 19, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

With one comeback after another in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets showed themselves to be a team that falls down but doesn't stay down. The Los Angeles Lakers noticed. They watched the Nuggets repeatedly rally from big deficits against Utah and then the Los Angeles Clippers — and, obviously, are aware...

Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' on National Book Awards longlist

Sep. 17, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” her acclaimed study of racism in the United States, is among 10 nominees on the National Book Award longlist for nonfiction. The poetry list features works by Natalie Diaz and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, whose “Travesty Generator” features...

Memorial Stadium's north stadium video board projects the news of the return of Big Ten NCAA college football, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Lincoln, Neb. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the Big Ten conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. (Francis Gardler/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Column: College football whiffs in tackling the coronavirus

Sep. 16, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

When it came time to confront a global pandemic, we should've known college football would whiff on the tackle. This flimsy collection of largely autonomous fiefdoms, each concerned mainly with hoarding wealth and power, was never going to make the right call against a fearsome opponent like the coronavirus. Not...

Scott Rice sits in his living room watching a Fox News Channel interview with President Donald Trump in Appleton, Wis., Aug. 20, 2020. Nothing can shake Rice's faith that Trump will save the U.S. economy, not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the coronavirus. But in Appleton, a city of 75,000 people along the Fox River, the health of economy isn't judged on jobs numbers, personal bank accounts or union contracts. Instead, it's viewed through partisan lenses, filtered through the facts voters want to see and hear, and those they don't. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Politics creates economic illusion in Houdini’s hometown

Sep. 16, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus. Rice reveres the president the way Wisconsin loves the Green Bay...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, pedestrians pass a store window for luxury brand Louis Vuitton, in New York. There are plenty of designer and luxury brands on the market, and in part because of Instagram’s fashion bloggers and influencers, they’re all the rage. Whether you want to invest in a quality item to last for years or you just want to treat yourself to a luxury label every once in a while, you can reduce your costs by shopping secondary markets or outlet stores.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Millennial Money: How frugal fashionistas can stay on trend

Sep. 15, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

Nowadays, it’s not just celebrities who wear high-end clothing and accessories. The influencers filling your social media feed likely wear them, too. Millennials love buying luxury names, according to Thomai Serdari, academic director of the Fashion & Luxury MBA at NYU Stern School of Business and...

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, visits with Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, before a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Bloomberg to spend at least $100M to help Biden in Florida

Sep. 13, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing at least $100 million to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in the crucial battleground state of Florida. Bloomberg’s late-stage infusion of cash reflects Democrats’ concerns about the tight race in a...

Black smoke rises from a fire at warehouses at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 10. 2020. A huge fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic among residents traumatized by last month's massive explosion that killed and injured thousands of people. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Huge fire at Beirut port sows panic after last month's blast

Sep. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A huge fire broke out at Beirut’s port Thursday, raising new panic among residents still struggling with the traumatic effects of the catastrophic explosion at the same site last month. Some sought safety in closed bathrooms or threw open their windows to guard against shattering...

This undated handout provided by Minor League Baseball shows Pat O'Conner. Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner abruptly announced his impending retirement amid talks between the minors and Major League Baseball to dramatically restructure baseball's developmental pipeline. O'Conner was with MiLB for 28 years, including a 13-year run as president. He was re-elected to serve a four-year term last December, but he said in a statement Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, that he will retire on Dec. 31. (Minor League Baseball via AP)

Minor League president retires amid contraction talks

Sep. 8, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner abruptly announced his impending retirement amid talks between the minors and Major League Baseball to dramatically restructure baseball's developmental pipeline. O'Conner was with MiLB for 28 years, including a 13-year run as...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates get to Bauer, earn doubleheader split with Reds

Sep. 4, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates knew they weren't going to get many chances against Cincinnati's Trevor Bauer. Thanks in large part to an influx of speed they've received over the last week, they didn't let their limited opportunities go to waste. Rookie third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes scored from...