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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2000 file photo, Larry King, host of CNN's Larry King Live, asks a question to the Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. John McCain, Alan Keyes, and Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, during the Republican presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.  King, who interviewed presidents, movie stars and ordinary Joes during a half-century in broadcasting, has died at age 87. Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted that King died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Eric Draper, Pool)

Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

Jan. 23, 2021 4:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company, Ora...

Kentucky reports nearly 3,800 new COVID cases, 49 deaths

Jan. 23, 2021 4:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky, (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 3,800 new coronavirus cases and 49 virus-related deaths Saturday as the statewide rate of positive COVID-19 cases stayed below 11% for a second straight day. Virus cases in Kentucky have surpassed 344,000 since the pandemic began, while the statewide death...

Hutchinson notes decline in new Arkansas coronavirus cases

Jan. 23, 2021 4:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson noted a decline in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases from the same time last week, saying he hopes the trend will soon be reflected in a decrease in the number of deaths caused by the virus. The latest figures from the Arkansas Health Department...

Maryland's Eric Ayala (5) and a teammate double-team Minnesota's Liam Robbins, center, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Maryland gets another road upset, 63-49 vs. No. 17 Minnesota

Jan. 23, 2021 4:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wire-to-wire 63-49 victory over No. 17 Minnesota on Saturday. Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins had eight points and 10 rebounds for the...

New Hampshire schools face virus-related loss of funds

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

School districts across New Hampshire are losing money because the state’s funding formula is based on metrics heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sixteen mayors and school board leaders wrote to Gov. Chris Sununu and legislative leaders this week expressing their concerns. They explained that...

An iconic Alabama steakhouse and the woman who keeps it up

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The night of her high school prom, Bernadine Birdsong went to the old Michael’s Sirloin Room on Birmingham’s 20th Street South for a steak dinner before the big dance. “I went to the prom in the hotel that was right across the street from Michael’s, the...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mexican leader says Biden offers $4B for Central America

Jan. 23, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first calls to foreign leaders went to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors. Mexico's president said Saturday that Biden...

With Mardi Gras parades canceled, New Orleans eats king cake

Jan. 23, 2021 3:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Will Samuels wasn’t sure what to expect this year at the King Cake Hub, his three-year-old seasonal shop offering the Mardi Gras confection from 15 New Orleans bakeries. So far, business has been brisk. He has been selling nearly 1,000 king cakes a day. “It’s...

Baltimore opts not to privatize troubled water meter system

Jan. 23, 2021 3:43 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore is reversing a decision by his predecessor to outsource the city’s water meter program to a private company. Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday that members of Department of Public Works meter shop staff will remain in place and receive training to ensure they...

More than 12,300 new virus cases, 150 new deaths in Florida

Jan. 23, 2021 3:37 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported an additional 12,311 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, as well as more than 150 new deaths from the virus. As of Saturday, Florida has had more than 1.6 million virus cases and 25,561 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida had a...