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Justin Heideman leads the Jeff Davis High School Marching Band in the annual Magic City Classic parade in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday Oct. 26, 2019. (Kirsten Fiscus/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Vanilla Funk: Viral drum major joins Alabama State band

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Justin Heideman flicked through YouTube searching for more videos. His search intensified, as each video he passed excited him. Every video he had flirted with before and he could recall the rhythms that were played, every count and beat of music, the videos’ highlights and,...

A women wearing a face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Asian stocks are mixed after an upbeat open, as hopes for an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis were dimmed by tensions between the U.S. and China over Hong Kong and other issues. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street rally; Hong Kong lower

May. 28, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed after an upbeat open on Thursday, as investors pinned their hopes on an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis. Shares rose in Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai but dropped in Hong Kong, where tensions are flaring over Beijing’s effort to exert more control...

The entrances to the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi are closed following an active shooter threat, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi says the shooter was

FBI says Texas naval base shooting is 'terrorism-related'

May. 21, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead early Thursday was being investigated as “terrorism-related,” the FBI said, but divulged few details as to why. The suspect was identified as Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi, according to three officials familiar...

Wisconsin musicians get creative during pandemic

May. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly two months, Wisconsin musicians have been unable to perform in front of crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they’ve watched their income from live gigs dry up, many have also been laid off from the jobs in restaurants and bars they rely on to make ends...

IU team pursues breathtaking regenerative medicine advances

May. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A dime-size nanochip developed by a world-renowned researcher who recently relocated to Indianapolis could help transform the practice of medicine. It could also turn Indianapolis into a manufacturing and research hub for radically new disease and trauma treatment techniques. It all...

A worker cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Shares are lower in Asia as news of fresh outbreaks of coronavirus cases and more infections among White House staff overshadowed hopes Tuesday over reopening economies. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares decline on jitters over new outbreaks of virus

May. 12, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Tuesday in Asia as worries over fresh outbreaks of coronavirus cases overshadowed hopes over reopening economies. Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1% while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 1.8%. The lackluster start followed a mixed session on Wall Street, where gains for technology...

Health scare survivor grows into top football recruit

May. 10, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

VACHERIE, La. (AP) — Long before he became a top-ranked college football recruit, St. James High School star junior defensive end Sai’vion Jones had to overcome a major health scare that threatened his life as an infant. Jones said he was born with a rare breathing disorder that caused him to have a...

People wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus stand near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 8, 2020. Asian shares surged Friday on optimism the worst of the economic fallout from the pandemic may be over, as Wall Street logged its biggest rally in a week.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Stocks rise on hope that worst of economic plunge has passed

May. 7, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares surged Friday on optimism the worst of the economic fallout from the pandemic may be over, as Wall Street logged its biggest rally in a week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.8% to 20,025.91. South Korea's Kospi jumped 1.3% to 1,954.48. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.8%...

Brian Miller who is nominated to be Department of the Treasury Special Inspector General for Pandemic, testifies before a hearing of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. (Alex Wong/Pool via AP)

Trump pick to oversee virus spending pledges impartiality

May. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice to oversee a significant chunk of the $2 trillion economic rescue law pledged Tuesday to conduct audits and investigations "with fairness and impartiality.'' Brian Miller, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office, told the Senate Banking...

McCormick Cafe manager Charli Perry, left, looks over an order with server Jane Goodridge as the restaurant reopened Monday, May 4, 2020 in Billings, Mont. The state is slowly opening up its economy as some other states extend shutdowns prompted by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

US service sector shrinks; first time since Great Recession

May. 5, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. service sector shrank for the first time in a decade last month as the pandemic forced shutdowns and layoffs nationwide. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index fell to 41.8 in April, compared with a March reading of 52.5. Any reading below...