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About 200 women march in solidarity with protesters injured in the latest rallies against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Belarus officials say police detained over 1,000 people during the latest protests against the results of the country's presidential election. (AP Photo)

Hundreds chant 'Shame!' to decry Belarus election, crackdown

Aug. 12, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Hundreds of women rallied across Belarus’ capital Wednesday to protest a brutal police crackdown that left hundreds injured and thousands detained while challenging election results extending the rule of the country’s authoritarian leader. In several parts of Minsk,...

Picture perfect? Woman receives ID with photo of empty chair

Aug. 12, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

CENTERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Driver’s license photos aren't always the best, but when a Tennessee woman received her new ID the picture was perfect — for a furniture store. Jade Dodd renewed her license online and received it last week, but to her surprise, the photo wasn't a picture of her. It...

Confusion as UK tweaks key exam grade rules amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Students and teachers in Britain have been left bewildered and upset after officials announced last-minute changes to how crucial school-leaving grades are awarded, following widespread disruption to education already caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of teenage students had their...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after defeating the Denver Nuggets 124-121 during an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

NBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubble

Aug. 12, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest...

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead the announcement was met by doubts about the science and safety of the vaccine.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Science and politics tied up in global race for a vaccine

Aug. 12, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead,...

No roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fans

Aug. 12, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

The Masters, the major known as much for the roars of the crowd as the raw beauty of Augusta National, will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators. That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans, and the silence figures to be most deafening at Augusta...

FILE - This July 21, 2020 file photo shows The New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are rebounding in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday, Aug. 12, carrying the S&P 500 back toward the cusp of its record high. The benchmark index was up 1% after the first half-hour of trading and on pace for its eighth gain in nine days.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks rebound on Wall Street as S&P 500 nears record again

Aug. 12, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rebounding on Wall Street Wednesday, carrying the S&P 500 back toward the edge of its record high. The benchmark index was up 1.3% in morning trading and on pace for its eighth gain in nine days. It pulled within 0.3% of its record, set in February when the coronavirus ...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College football in the spring: When? How much? Who plays?

Aug. 12, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

Back in April, not long after the NCAA basketball tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the idea of moving the 2020 college football to the spring of 2021 already was being tossed around. A last resort is what it was called by conference commissioners and athletic directors. When it looked...

Driver Bubba Wallace stands during the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bubba Wallace, Columbia Sportswear sign sponsorship deal

Aug. 12, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

Corporate interest in Bubba Wallace has picked up momentum and NASCAR's only Black full-time driver has signed a new sponsor that includes funding for his Richard Petty Motorports team. Columbia Sportswear Co. on Wednesday announced a multiyear sponsorship with Wallace as a brand ambassador that will also put...

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their districts are unable to offer a strong virtual learning...