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Martin Luther King III takes a moment by George Floyd's casket Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Celebrities, activists, others gather to remember Floyd

Jun. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mural of George Floyd projected above his golden coffin, where mourners knelt and cried, paused and prayed at his memorial service Thursday had a simple message: “I can breathe now.” Celebrities, civil rights activists, politicians and family members of Floyd gathered...

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

Jun. 4, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House. Despite significant Democratic...

FILE- In this June 6, 2020 file photo, an emotional Stephen Ambrose, the National D-Day Museum founder, acknowledges applause as he is introduced at opening ceremonies for the museum in New Orleans. Director Steven Spielberg applauds at right as Tom Brokaw of NBC News applauds at center left. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. The National D-Day Museum was designated the National World War II museum a few years after it opened. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, file)

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online

Jun. 4, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled tickets and holding all anniversary commemorations - including an annual D-Day...

This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed. (AP Photo)

Ill-considered posts lead to lost jobs amid protests, crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A writer from a “Law & Order" spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles greets members of the public as he leaves the RSC or Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, during his tour of Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Prince Charles in a interview with Sky News on Thursday June 4, 2020, said he missed giving his family members a hug during the long weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and also acknowledged that he had not seen his father, Prince Philip, for many weeks. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Prince Charles misses hugging his family amid virus lockdown

Jun. 4, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles says he has missed giving his family members a hug during the long weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Prince of Wales also acknowledged in a interview with Sky News on Thursday that he had not seen his father, the Duke of Edinburgh for many weeks. Prince...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jun. 4, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

1. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press) 4. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)...

In this Feb. 22, 2019 photo, players gather around a table of craps at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City N.J. Commercial casinos in 25 U.S. states won $43.6 billion from gamblers in 2019, an increase of nearly 4% from the previous year, according to a report issued late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

US commercial casinos won $43.6 billion in 2019, up 3.7%

Jun. 4, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Helped by the continuing spread of legal sports betting, commercial casinos in the U.S. won $43.6 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 3.7% from the previous year. In a report issued late Wednesday, The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national...

FILE -  In this May 4, 2017 file photo, actor Brian Cox poses for photographers at the premiere of the film

With 'Succession' shut down, Brian Cox takes on other roles

Jun. 4, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “Succession” may be temporarily shut down, but star Brian Cox is still finding projects to keep him busy. Not that he's a fan of being an actor working from home. Cox recently filmed “Little Room,” a “whodunnit” for the Zoom age. The story centers...

FILE - In this July 15, 2018, file photo, Jason Priestley waves the green flag to start an IndyCar auto race in Toronto. The stars of IndyCar were in Florida preparing to start their season when the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on those plans 48 hours before the green flag.  Almost three months later, the series is finally set to go racing.  The 2020 season will open Saturday night, June 6, 2020, at Texas Motor Speedway in NBC's first ever primetime IndyCar race. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

IndyCar ready to race after pandemic delayed start of season

Jun. 4, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

The stars of IndyCar were in Florida preparing to start their season when the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on those plans 48 hours before the green flag. Almost three months later, the series is finally set to go racing. The 2020 season will open Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway in NBC's first...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, signs about social distancing and other protocols are seen about the theme park as guests walk by at Universal Orlando Resort Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday, June 5. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida’s theme park industry, which was left temporarily moribund by...