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FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Lindell, is weighing a run for governor in Minnesota. If he follows through on a campaign, it could be an early test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

Jan. 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about...

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) and guard Franz Wagner (21) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in College Park, Md. Michigan won 84-73. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

No. 7 Michigan faces stiff test against 2 ranked opponents

Jan. 12, 2021 2:25 AM EST

Michigan has rolled through the first part of its schedule, beating two ranked opponents while opening the season with 10 straight wins. The Wolverines face a stiff challenge this week in an always-tough Big Ten if they're going to keep it going. One of six unbeaten teams left in Division I, No. 7 Michigan faces...

Visitors walk around the recently completed Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in November 2020. The memorial is a tribute to the enslaved people whose work building and maintaining the school founded by Thomas Jefferson had long gone unrecognized. Devon Henry's Virginia construction company completed over 350 projects in 2020 but this one, he said, was the most meaningful by far. Henry, a Black man who faced death threats after it came to light that his company also handled this year's removal of Richmond's Confederate monuments, took his family to visit the Charlottesville site in November. He snapped this shot, which he said more than anything else, exemplifies 2020 for him.

Cellphones offer look back at most personal moments of 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 12:01 PM EST

A year like no other: Americans shambled through it, doing the best they could under circumstances that were uneven at best — and sometimes downright punishing. As they endured, here and there, they pulled out their phones and snapped photos of the world around them. Snapshots of 2020. We all have them....

Wisconsin's Micah Potter tries to get past Maryland's Galin Smith during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Big Ten grind highlights marquee matchups of ranked teams

Dec. 29, 2020 2:34 AM EST

The Big Ten Conference had an astonishing nine of its teams ranked in the Top 25 in the latest poll Monday. Naturally, the best ranked of them would immediately lose to an unranked opponent. Maryland's victory over sixth-ranked Wisconsin on Monday night — along with No. 21 Minnesota's rout of No. 17...

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) reacts after making a 3-point basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Gonzaga, Big Ten continue to dominate Top 25; Wisconsin 6th

Dec. 28, 2020 7:46 PM EST

It's hard to decide who has been more dominant in men's college basketball this season: Gonzaga or the Big Ten Conference. The Bulldogs remained the clear-cut No. 1 on Monday, earning 62 of 64 first-place votes in The Associated Press poll after their latest win over a Top 25 foe, while the Big Ten placed nine...

Minnesota police officers who killed 19-year-old identified

Dec. 8, 2020 9:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota investigators released Tuesday the names of the officers who killed a 19-year-old man they suspected in a drive-by shooting, but didn't provide details on what happened. Estavon Elioff, 19, died Saturday of multiple gunshot wounds in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, the Bureau of...

Mother IDs man killed by deputies in northeastern Minnesota

Dec. 6, 2020 12:34 PM EST

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in northeastern Minnesota shot and killed a man after he fled officers who were investigating a shoplifting report, authorities said. The man who was killed early Saturday afternoon in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, was identified by his mother as 19-year-old...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...