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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...

Mississippi painter gives people ‘something to talk about’

Aug. 15, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mississippi native Carl Moore’s “American Gothic” series of paintings borrows its name from Grant Wood’s famous 1930 portrait of a grim-faced white man and woman posed in front of an Iowa farmhouse, the man grasping a trident pitchfork that seems as much a...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets veteran Bill Redston following the national service of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of V-J Day at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, England, Saturday Aug. 15, 2020. Following the surrender of the Nazis on May 8, 1945, V-E Day, Allied troops carried on fighting the Japanese until an armistice was declared on Aug. 15, 1945. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

UK remembers Far East war on 75th anniversary of V-J Day

Aug. 15, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. marked the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II on Saturday, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip leading tributes to those who fought during the six-year campaign. In a special message on Victory over Japan Day, the queen and Philip offered their...

In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. The conventions, which will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus, will be Aug. 17-20 for the Democrats and Aug. 24-27 for the Republicans. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus upends conventions, changes TV coverage

Aug. 15, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Democratic and Republican conventions will lack for crowds but not television coverage. The standard political gatherings that were to unfold for the Democratic Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for the GOP in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be largely virtual, constrained by the...

Thunder Basin High School senior Brian Jackson marches in line with classmates as the school's marching band preps for the upcoming season during a morning band camp session in Gillette, Wyo., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has the local high school musicians marching to a different drummer.   (Mike Moore/Gillette News Record via AP)

Wyoming high school marching bands reunite amid COVID-19

Aug. 15, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has local high school musicians marching to a different drummer. That was evident during the morning hours of week-long of band camps for Campbell County and Thunder Basin high schools as band members practiced the fundamentals without their instruments....

Keiron Marshall and Hannah White play a song on their guitars as they test the sound sytem at the Sound Lounge in London, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. More than 400 grassroots music venues in Britain are said to be at imminent risk of closure, although the government is currently pledging 2.25 million pounds in a “culture recovery package”,  that wont be enough to reach the grass roots according to organisers. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The year the music might die: British clubs face closure

Aug. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Keiron Marshall was 15, he found his way out of a desperate situation with help from an unexpected source: Eric Clapton. The guitar great was host at the first gig Marshall ever went to, and he was joined on stage by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, The Who's Pete Townshend and Beatle Ringo...

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, works the floor against Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Play-in time: Blazers, Grizzlies to play Game 1 on Saturday

Aug. 15, 2020 3:57 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Heroics were needed to get Portland and Memphis on the doorstep of the playoffs. For the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard averaged more than 50 points — with a shot from a step inside midcourt in there as one of his many highlights — to lead the way in three...

Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund (11) scores on Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) during the second period in the first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Another shorty for Flames in 2-0 win over Stars for 2-1 lead

Aug. 15, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund scored Calgary's second short-handed goal in as many nights, Cam Talbot stopped 35 shots in his second shutout this postseason and the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference playoff series. The goal by...

Liz Snyder Kenosha Opera Festival founders Kaila Bingen, left, and Nicholas Huff Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in the Biergarten Petrifying Springs County Park in Kenosha, Wis., to talk about the inaugural Kenosha Opera Festival online concert. (Elizabeth Snyder /The Kenosha News via AP)

Kenosha Opera Festival debuts online during COVID pandemic

Aug. 15, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Don’t tell Nicholas Huff and Kaila Bingen that opera belongs to stuffy old folks in formal wear. “Live music, including opera, can be accessible to everyone,” Bingen said. “The stories in opera connect to the world today: Romance, tragedy and the joyful...

Multicolored lights illuminate a bowling alley at the new indoor entertainment center on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Thunder Road in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Thunder Road indoor entertainment complex nears completion

Aug. 15, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — It’s been over two years since planning began on the project, and the new indoor entertainment center at Thunder Road is almost ready to open. The complex brings a variety of new gaming experiences to the park. Highlights include an elaborate blacklight laser tag arena,...