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Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Aug. 18, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous and violent protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this...

ESPN documentary shows Bleier's emotional return to Vietnam

Aug. 18, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier's visit to Vietnam — the first time he had been back since being injured in battle...

Strangers come for miles to mourn El Paso shooting victim

Aug. 17, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of strangers came to say goodbye to a woman who was killed in a mass shooting in El Paso after hearing her longtime companion had few family members left. Antonio Basco had told reporters he felt alone in planning the funeral for Margie Reckard, one of 22 people killed when...

New Mexico oil production improvements cause economic boom

Aug. 17, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic boom in southeast New Mexico has been attributed to skyrocketing oil production. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that New Mexico's revenue exceeded projected levels allowing lawmakers to authorize a $663-million spending increase for the budget year that started in...

It's not just 'any old Mickey Mouse' collection

Aug. 17, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Mickey Jilton was born to be a Mickey Mouse collector. The 85-year-old Johnson City businessman said he was named partly for the famous Walt Disney animated character. His mother was taken with an early Mickey Mouse cartoon and his father's favorite baseball player was Mickey...

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' animator Richard Williams has died

Aug. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on...

Recording studio opens at Mississippi entertainment museum

Aug. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A recording studio is now open at a museum called The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The Meridian Star reports the Governor's Recording Studio is equipped with technology for recording and for musical rehearsals and tracking and session work. It can also handle...

125 poets in lineup for weekend Boston Poetry Marathon

Aug. 17, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Ready, set, recite: The Boston Poetry Marathon is back. The annual event began Friday and runs through the weekend at the Community Church of Boston in Copley Square. It gathers poets of all kinds from around the world. Organizers say each poet gets eight minutes to read their work. More than...

Roller skating evolves into dance, acrobatics, a lifestyle

Aug. 17, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Every Thursday night at the Neville Roller Drome, the Steel City Rollers and other skaters flow out on the floor, some of them performing dance moves, others practicing in a synchronized line. The 14-member group of African American skaters is a vibrant part of a disappearing pastime....

Walton's World: Big Bill brings unique musings to baseball

Aug. 17, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this weekend's...