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Annual Virginia Beach festival canceled for first time

Jul. 9, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Organizers of an annual festival on the Virginia coast have announced that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the three-day event scheduled for September has been canceled. An announcement on its web page said the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, set for Sept. 25-27, was...

First Black man nominated to lead Air Force Academy

Jul. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An African American man was nominated for the first time to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, officials said. The Air Force announced Thursday that President Donald Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Richard Clark to be the school's next superintendent, The Gazette...

Gov. Greg Abbott addresses a news conference at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, about the coronavirus pandemic Monday, June 22, 2020. Abbott said he has no plans to shut down the state again.

Texas hits 5,000 new cases for first time as virus surges

Jun. 23, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers in Texas reached bleak new milestones Tuesday as the state surpassed 5,000 new cases in a single day for the first time and hospitalizations again hit record numbers, leading the largest pediatric hospital in the U.S. to begin treating adult...

Auditor's race poses historic first for candidates of color

Jun. 17, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's two major political parties have nominated candidates of color for state auditor general, a historic step that means that voters will for the first time elect a racial minority to lead a statewide executive branch office. Nina Ahmad, who came to the United States from...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 21, 2006 file photo, Britain' Queen Elizabeth II, centre, with Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Michael of Kent celebrate after the horse Ouija Board won the Prince of Wales Stakes on the second day of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting, in Ascot, England. Queen Elizabeth II will not be attending the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting for the first time during her 68-year reign. The meeting, which commences Tuesday, June 16, 2020 is one of the country’s most high-profile horse racing meetings and one that effectively launches a great British summer of sport that also includes Wimbledon tennis and golf’s Open Championship.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Queen Elizabeth misses Royal Ascot for first time in reign

Jun. 16, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nothing has kept Queen Elizabeth II away from the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting during her 68-year reign as U.K. monarch — not pregnancy, a speech to Parliament or even an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. But this year, the 94-year-old queen will not be attending Royal Ascot,...

First-year coaches deal with learning curve in sports return

Jun. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — The upheaval of the sports has had a major effect on high school football coaches across Alabama, but for first-year head coaches like Central-Phenix City’s Patrick Nix and LaFayette’s Juan Williams, making the best use of their limited time is even more important as...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Jordyn Kiedas wipes down a chair at the city owned waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas has 2,000 virus patients in hospitals for first time

Jun. 10, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 2,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time Tuesday, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said "everything remains largely contained" as the state prepares to lift more restrictions this week. It marked the second consecutive day of Texas reporting a new high...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy listens during his daily coronavirus news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. Only about a third of U.S. states have enacted laws addressing police use-of-force in the six years since a national protest movement emerged over the killings of black men by white police officers. Murphy has said the state will update its policies for first time since 2000. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool)

Murphy addresses criticism over rallies during pandemic

Jun. 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy responded to critics Monday who thought he should not have attended a rally and vigil over the weekend as part of the worldwide police brutality protests because of the state's coronavirus directives. The rallies came as the state continued emerging from...

Annual UMass culinary conference goes virtual for first time

Jun. 6, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — An annual UMass-Amherst culinary conference that tackles issues facing the food service industry is going virtual for the first time in its 26-year history. The Chef Culinary Conference, expected to attract more than 800 participants, is scheduled to be held in a virtual format...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020, photo, Tom Cummings waits in his car as volunteers place groceries in the trunk during a food distribution drive sponsored by Island Harvest Food Bank in Valley Stream, N.Y.  The Valley Stream stream donations were just one of many events Island Harvest has conducted throughout the area recently. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Respect them': Even in wealthy areas, food bank demand high

Jun. 5, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — One was a nurse, another a retiree. Others had recently lost jobs with an insurance company and a country club. On a humid day last week, in the parking lot of this Long Island town’s largest park, they had a common bond. Each was making their first visit to a food bank...