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File---File picture taken Aug.3, 2020 shows teacher Francie Keller welcoming the pupils of class 3c in her classroom in the Lankow primary school to the first school day after the summer holidays in Schwerin, Germany. 2020. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, those used to the country’s famous “Ordnung” are instead looking at uncertainty, with a hodgepodge of regional regulations that officials acknowledge may or may not work. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP, File)

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

Aug. 9, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, the...

FILE - The MTV Moon Man appears on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. MTV says it is changing its plans for indoor performances for its upcoming Video Music Awards, opting for outdoor shows spread throughout New York City instead. Organizers had planned for some performances inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Aug. 30 show, but say they will follow the guidance of state and local officials to move them outside. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

MTV VMAS scraps indoor performances, moves to outdoor sets

Aug. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV says it is ditching plans for indoor performances for its upcoming Video Music Awards, opting for outdoor shows spread throughout New York City instead. Organizers had planned for some performances inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the Aug. 30 show, but say they will follow...

Kanye West's nomination papers challenged in Wisconsin

Aug. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West's attempt to get on Wisconsin's presidential ballot as a third-party candidate is being challenged. One challenge filed Friday with the Wisconsin Election Commission alleges that West's nomination papers were delivered too late and don't properly list his residency....

FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West filed signatures on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Ohio, to run for president as an independent candidate in November. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Republicans push Kanye 2020. But will it really hurt Biden?

Aug. 6, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden. The rapper qualified...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, music producer Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, attends the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Detail was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said. The 41-year-old producer was held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Grammy-winning producer Detail accused of sexual assault

Aug. 6, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning music producer Detail faces more than a dozen felony charges including 11 counts of rape involving six women, authorities said Thursday. The producer was arrested Wednesday night and was being held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo is back in Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after recovering from the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera legend’s appearance Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, to accept the award from the Austria Music Theater will be his first in public since recovering from the virus at his home in Acapulco, Mexico.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

After recovering from virus, Domingo vows to clear name

Aug. 6, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Placido Domingo returned to Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after a bout with the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera legend’s appearance Thursday to accept...

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Review: Deep Purple evokes best years on mighty 'Whoosh!'

Aug. 6, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Deep Purple, “Whoosh!” (earMUSIC) “Whoosh!” makes it three-for-three for the pairing of Deep Purple and producer Bob Ezrin, an album that at its numerous heights evokes the band’s most successful era of the early ‘70s. With a stable lineup for nearly 20 years, the hard...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

Aug. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names. The interruptions — including one by a user who shared a screen and took over...

Anthony McCartney, newly appointed global entertainment and lifestyles editor for the Associated Press, appears during a portrait session on May 8, 2017. McCartney will oversee the AP’s entertainment team of text and visual journalists on three continents from Los Angeles, the first time the position has been based there. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

Aug. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press' West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson's death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news cooperative's global entertainment and lifestyles editor. AP deputy managing editor Sarah Nordgren made the...