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Record Store Day celebrates indie retail music sellers as they ride vinyl's popularity wave

Apr. 20, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Special LP releases, live performances and at least one giant block party are scheduled around the U.S. Saturday as hundreds of shops celebrate Record Store Day during a surge of interest in vinyl and the day after the release of Taylor Swift's latest album. There...

A Nigerian chess champion plays the royal game for 58 hours — a new global chess record

Apr. 19, 2024 22:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate has played chess nonstop for 58 hours in New York City’s Times Square to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon. Tunde Onakoya, 29, hopes to raise $1 million for children's education...

USC cancels graduation keynote by filmmaker amid controversy over decision to drop student's speech

Apr. 19, 2024 22:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California further shook up its commencement plans Friday, announcing the cancelation of a keynote speech by filmmaker Jon M. Chu just days after making the controversial choice to disallow the student valedictorian from speaking. The...

New York closing in on $237B state budget with plans on housing, migrants, bootleg pot shops

Apr. 19, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are on the verge of passing a $237 billion budget that includes sweeping plans to build housing, shutter unlicensed cannabis storefronts and help manage the city's migrant crisis. The raft of proposals is expected to pass through the...

Police to review security outside courthouse hosting Trump's trial after man sets himself on fire

Apr. 19, 2024 16:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police officials said they were reviewing whether to restrict access to a public park outside the courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial after a man set himself on fire there Friday. “We may have to shut this area down,” New York City Police...

How to get rid of NYC rats without brutality? Birth control is one idea

Apr. 19, 2024 14:08 PM EDT

New York lawmakers are proposing rules to humanely drive down the population of rats and other rodents, eyeing contraception and a ban on glue traps as alternatives to poison or a slow, brutal death. Politicians have long come up with creative ways to battle the rodents, but some...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 19, 2024 09:17 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. ___ Trump says New York judge won’t let...

Police arrest dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia, including congresswoman's daughter

Apr. 18, 2024 19:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York police removed a pro-Palestinian protest encampment at Columbia University on Thursday and arrested more than 100 demonstrators, including the daughter of a prominent Minnesota congresswoman. Several students involved in the protest said they also were...

Meta's newest AI model beats some peers. But its amped-up AI agents are confusing Facebook users

Apr. 18, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Facebook parent Meta Platforms unveiled a new set of artificial intelligence systems Thursday that are powering what CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls “the most intelligent AI assistant that you can freely use.” But as Zuckerberg's crew of amped-up Meta AI...

Not only New York casinos threaten Atlantic City. Developer predicts Meadowlands casino is coming

Apr. 18, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City casinos are facing threats on multiple fronts from new competitors not just in New York, but from within their own state. That's not great news for a seaside resort in which the amount of money won from in-person gamblers continues to lag,...