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Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State's head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Eric Shelton/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

‘Match made in heaven’: Deion Sanders to coach Jackson State

Sep. 21, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking. Jackson State’s new football coach then stated “I believe” many times about what he envisions happening on and off the field. “I have a commitment to excellence in each and every thing I...

Cowgirls of the West Museum Director Pam Cooper, left, and museum co-founder Gerrie Bishop pose for a photo inside the museum on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Cheyenne, Wyo. The museum is reopening on Saturdays amid efforts to keep it alive through the coronavirus pandemic. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

Donors, others, step up to help Cheyenne cowgirl museum

Sep. 20, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming was built on the tradition of the American cowboy. It’s evident in everything from one of the state’s nicknames to the university’s mascot. But the women who made it possible for those men to settle the so-called Equality State aren’t always given...

Buffett inducted into Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame

Sep. 20, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally and the late B.B. King are among the latest inductees to the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame. This year's ceremony was held online instead of in-person because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, WLOX-TV reported. During the Thursday event,...

Chicago museum to receive emergency grant during pandemic

Sep. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has been named among 12 art museums nationwide to receive money through an emergency grant program aimed at helping institutions struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York, said the...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020 file photo, a man covers himself from rain with an umbrella as he walks in front of the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore.  With every face mask, bottle of hand sanitizer and pair of disposable gloves it acquires, the Baltimore Museum of Art is moving one more socially distanced step closer to reopening fully to the public, six months after locking its doors as the coronavirus pandemic descended on Maryland. The state’s largest museum began welcoming visitors Sept. 16, though the capacity was limited and galleries will reopen in phases.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Baltimore Museum of Art reimagines safe museum experience

Sep. 20, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — With every face mask, bottle of hand sanitizer and pair of disposable gloves it acquires, the Baltimore Museum of Art is moving one more socially distanced step closer to reopening fully to the public, six months after locking its doors as the coronavirus pandemic descended on Maryland....

Ex-electrician wants NASA to make ‘little people’ honorees

Sep. 20, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — Skip Laisure’s dad wasn’t very strict with his three sons when they were growing up in Ohio. But when a space shuttle launched, Paul Laisure insisted that they come and sit in the living room to watch the lift-off on their Admiral TV. “He was extremely proud of...

Self-taught woodcarver whittles her way into books for kids

Sep. 19, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

ISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Out in the mountains just a stone’s throw from where she grew up, you can usually find Minnie Adkins, 86, sitting in a recliner holding a knife. With a towel on her lap and a soft piece of wood in one hand, the elderly but spunky woman whittles until the faces of foxes, bears,...

Delaware museum uncovers artwork by ‘hidden gem’ Jack Lewis

Sep. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Taylor Collins got the surprise of a lifetime early in her artistic career. While looking at art books at the Dover Public Library back in the mid-70s, she came across works by famed Delaware artist Jack Lewis. “I loved what he did. He had the painting and then he told a story...

This undated photo provided by Carnegie Museum of Natural History shows the the 19th century

Dramatic diorama raises ethical issues for Pittsburgh museum

Sep. 17, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh museum decided a dramatic diorama that has been on display for more than a century should remain out of public view while it considers ethical issues about its accuracy and appropriateness. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has covered up the popular “Lion...

Tribes' ancestral remains return home to American Southwest

Sep. 17, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what's now a national park in Colorado. A Swedish researcher unearthed the remains of about 20 people and more than two dozen funerary objects from southwestern Colorado in 1891....