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Biden says 'very gracious' queen 'reminded me of my mother'

Jun. 13, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up...

'In the Heights' makes muted debut, edged by 'A Quiet Place'

Jun. 13, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Just when a party was poised to break out in movie theaters, the below-expectation debut of “In the Heights” dampened Hollywood's hopes of a swift or smooth recovery at the summer box office. Jon M. Chu's exuberant adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's...

G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations

Jun. 13, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations staked their claim Sunday to leading the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, pledging more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, vowing to help developing countries grow while...

Lack of permits cancels large Juneteenth celebration

Jun. 13, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

ALTAMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A large-scale Juneteenth celebration near Albany scheduled for next weekend has been canceled over a lack of permits. The event commemorating the end of slavery was to have taken place on June 19 and 20 at the Altamont Fairgrounds. The...

After charming leaders, Queen Elizabeth sits back for parade

Jun. 13, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Fresh from charming leaders at the Group of Seven summit, Queen Elizabeth II was back at her residence at Windsor Castle on Saturday to view a military parade to mark her official birthday. The 95-year-old monarch sat on a dais to watch the ceremony that...

Singer Brett Young added to Illinois State Fair lineup

Jun. 13, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country singer Brett Young will perform this summer's Illinois State Fair. Young will take the grandstand stage on Aug. 20, with opening act Russell Dickerson, Agriculture Department officials said. Young is an Academy of...

Biologists try to protect bats from deadly fungus in Utah

Jun. 13, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — When bats come to mind, people generally think of horror movies and vampires, but bats actually play an important role in the ecosystem. But they’re in danger. White Nose Syndrome, WNS, was discovered in New York in 2006 and has been affecting...

Mississippi teens to merge civil rights lessons, filmmaking

Jun. 13, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

SUMNER, Miss. (AP) — Fannie Lou Hamer stepped onto the national platform in 1964 after giving powerful testimony about racial violence against Black men and women in the South at the Democratic National Convention. Her stirring stories made her a sought-out speaker. Her...

Saturn Bar’s new owners vow to revive a New Orleans original

Jun. 13, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the constellation of quirky, wonderfully weird New Orleans bars, the Saturn Bar was in an orbit all its own. A product of age, weather, clutter, and a gruff but undeniably compelling presence, it was a bar that couldn’t happen just anywhere. ...

Mississippi author’s novel to be adapted into film

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Oxford author Michael Farris Smith will soon see his fourth novel, “The Fighter,” come to life as production for the film adaptation, retitled “Rumble Through the Dark,” will begin in the Delta at the end of July. It was recently announced...