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Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that is known to have infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41, according to officials.  (Chinatopix via AP)

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported...

Davis/White, Meissner, Casey entering skating Hall of Fame

Jan. 25, 2020 2:34 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As they enter the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. “One of the things that makes it so special is we are friends with and respect so much so many previous...

FILE - In this June 14, 2007, file photo, Abraham Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat of questioned authenticity is photographed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Now that there is no concrete evidence that the felted beaver-fur hat ever sat atop Lincoln's 6-foot-4 frame, the foundation that bought the hat as part of a 1,500-piece, $23 million deal with California collector Louise Taper is not considering asking for a refund. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

If the $6.5M hat isn't Lincoln's, why not ask for a refund?

Jan. 25, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In 2007, Springfield's gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president's stovepipe hats. A dozen years and as many studies and...

Morneau elected to Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

Jan. 25, 2020 11:32 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Morneau will be inducted during a ceremony at Target Field before the May 23 game against the Chicago White Sox. Morneau played 14 seasons in the major leagues, including 11 with the Twins from 2003...

J. Terry Dougherty, curator of the Spotsylvania County Museum, gives a brief tour of the museum's collection to (from left) Karen Robison, Linda Struebing and Dennis Gallahan at the First Day of Chancellorsville Park in Spotsylvania, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.(Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

Civil War-era sword finds a home in Virginia museum

Jan. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EST

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — The sword soon to be displayed at the Spotsylvania County Museum was pulled, not out of stone like Excalibur, but from under the floorboards of a historic church at Spotsylvania Courthouse. And, after spending parts of three centuries in some unusual places, the U.S. Cavalry saber...

Baker says remaining in Shoals was a good decision

Jan. 25, 2020 12:02 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Gary Baker said he's still trying to process the fact that he will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, alongside people like Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, Rick Hall and others. After all, he wasn't born in Alabama, but the majority of his body of work as a musician,...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Jan. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development...

In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo, Holocaust survivor Bronia Brandman talks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, about losing her parents and all but one sibling after being taken by German soldiers to the Auschwitz concentration camp. After 50 years of remaining silent about her suffering, Brandman now shares her story through the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

For Auschwitz survivor, telling her story is reason to live

Jan. 24, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bronia Brandman pulls up a sleeve on her leather jacket and shows the blue tattoo inked on her forearm that is a mute testimony to her pain under the Nazis at Auschwitz. For 50 years, she said, she couldn’t speak about it; for 25 years, she couldn’t laugh; and to this day,...

Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection...

Wyoming's Teton National Park sees high annual attendance

Jan. 24, 2020 1:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park stayed near its highest visitation levels in 2019, while Yellowstone National Park had its slowest tourism year since 2014, officials said. Grand Teton's 2019 attendance trailed only 2018 for tourists visiting the park, The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported...