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Tanner instills a love of music in new generation

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — People need artistic outlets, especially during stressful months of isolation and worry like we’ve been experiencing. Montgomery resident Sarah Tanner is doing something to help. Along with being an artist and a classical pianist, the Prattville native passes along a love of...

Young artists protest in front of the doors of the Ministry of Culture, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Dozens of Cuban artists demonstrated against the police evicting a group who participated in a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Artists say Cuba government agrees to dialogue, tolerance

Nov. 28, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals say they won an unusual government vow of greater tolerance for independent art on Saturday after a demonstration in front of the Culture Ministry. About 20 artists had gathered Friday and the crowd grew to 200 by late night, when Vice Minister...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Nov. 28, 2020 11:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. ___ NBC’s...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The college quarterbacks class is shaping up nicely, just in time to perhaps rescue some NFL teams from themselves. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

On Football: NFL QB quandaries from coast to coast

Nov. 28, 2020 10:54 AM EST

The college quarterbacks class is shaping up nicely, just in time to perhaps rescue some NFL teams from themselves. Right at the top are Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State's Justin Fields and Florida's Kyle Trask, depending on who (likely all) become eligible for the 2021 draft. BYU's Zach Wilson and North...

Illinois panel featuring film on mental illness and courts

Nov. 28, 2020 10:18 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Mental Health Task Force and the chief justice of the Supreme Court will conduct a screening of a new documentary on mental illness and criminal justice. Chief Justice Ann Burke will join the task force Tuesday for a presentation of “The Definition of...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019 file photo, Kathy Mattea arrives at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.  The country music star, who returned to West Virginia this Nov. 2020,  to host Mountain Stage for its second live, audience-free, streaming-only show at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston — bought a house with her husband, Jon Vezner, the year before.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Country singer returns to W. Virginia to host radio show

Nov. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kathy Mattea was just starting to unpack boxes when much of the country shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country music star — who returned to West Virginia this month to host Mountain Stage for its second live, audience-free, streaming-only show at the...

This image released by ABS shows contestant Ken Jennings with a trophy on

Champion Ken Jennings will be first interim 'Jeopardy!' host

Nov. 28, 2020 8:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday. Producers announced Monday that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's “Greatest of All...

The new bronze rattle snake sculpture installed in front of the Center for Access and Student Success Building on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Artist brings authenticity to Rattler sculpture at FAMU

Nov. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EST

Brad Cooley Jr., whose seven-times life-sized bronze rattler sculpture recently ignited a social media stir upon its arrival on the campus of Florida A&M University, didn’t have to look far for creative inspiration. “I worked from an actual rattlesnake my Dad put in the freezer about 10 years...

N. Carolina families left with memories after COVID deaths

Nov. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The statistics are staggering. More than 11 million COVID-19 cases. More than a quarter of a million deaths. And those are just in the United States. Here in Cumberland County, more than 8,300 COVID-19 cases have been reported since March, including more than 110 deaths. And the...

How ballet changed four lives in South Carolina

Nov. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Ballet. The word itself seems to define it, filling our heads with an array of associations. Swirling colors in pastel and pink, sounds of the melding of classical instruments, soft pink slippers covering tipping toes, tutus twirling. But those familiar with ballet – they...