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UP town will permanently honor author, scientist, engineer

Jun. 27, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula town is honoring three notable residents, including a Michigan Supreme Court justice from the 1950s who wrote a book that was turned into a popular movie, “Anatomy of a Murder.” The foundation was recently poured for the Three Sons of Ishpeming...

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

Jun. 25, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to...

In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Mathematician Ingrid Daubechies is presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree during Harvard University commencement exercises. An international team of mathematicians whose theories have improved the compression of large digital files of data, including images and sound, will be recognized by one of this year's Princess of Asturias awards, one of the most prestigous in the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish foundation that organizes the annual awards announced Tuesday that the 2020 prize for Scientific and Technical Investigation will go to Yves Meyer, Ingrid Daubechies, Terence Tao and Emmanuel Candes. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Mathematicians behind JPEG files honored by Spanish award

Jun. 23, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — An international team of mathematicians whose theories have improved the compression of large digital files of data, including images and sound, will be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish foundation that organizes the annual Princess...

Student fellowship to focus on rare White Mountain plants

Jun. 21, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A Plymouth State University student has been awarded a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship for her study of two rare alpine plants in the White Mountains. Hannah Vollmer, of Thornton, is focusing on the dwarf mountain cinquefoil, or Robbins’ cinquefoil,...

This photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech in June 2020 shows a 3-by-5-inch (8-by-13-centimeter) aluminum plate between the wheels at center and right, which commemorates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and pays tribute to the perseverance of healthcare workers around the world, attached to the Perseverance Mars rover, in Pasadena, Calif. NASA is pressing ahead with a July 20 launch, despite the pandemic. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

NASA's next Mars rover honors medical teams fighting virus

Jun. 17, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s next Mars rover is honoring all the medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle around the world. With just another month until liftoff, the space agency on Wednesday revealed a commemorative plate attached to the rover, aptly named Perseverance....

A statue honoring J. Marion Sims is seen outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Sims, who was white, has been honored as the father of modern gynecology, but he did experimental work on female slaves without anesthesia. Some activists want his statue removed and the University of South Carolina wants to remove his name from a campus residence hall for women. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

University of South Carolina asks to change residence name

Jun. 16, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is joining Clemson University in asking the South Carolina Legislature to change the name of a building that honors a gynecologist who conducted experiments on female slaves. If trustees agree on Friday, the University of South Carolina will ask to...

A woman wearing a face mask walks near a banner showing precautions against the new coronavirus at an exhibition and convention center in Goyang, South Korea, Friday, June 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: China has most new virus cases since mid-April

Jun. 13, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

BEIJING — China is reporting its highest daily total of coronavirus cases in two months after the capital’s biggest wholesale food market was shut down following a resurgence in local infections. Officials say there were 57 confirmed cases in the 24 hours through midnight Saturday. That was the...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including having a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, inclusion standards

Jun. 12, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy...

Spanish award honors Turkish economist wary of globalization

Jun. 11, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Turkish economist Dani Rodrik, whose studies have warned about the flip side of economic globalization, will be this year’s recipient of the Princess of Asturias Social Sciences Award, Spanish organizers announced Thursday. According to the jury, Rodrik, 62, “has strengthened...