Nurses’ musical voices give comfort in midst of pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Providing palliative care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center can be taxing for nurses trying to extend and improve the lives of seriously ill patients. It’s become even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, when patients are unable to have family or friends by their side for comfort because of virus fears. […]

Koepka raises notion of not playing a Ryder Cup without fans

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? “Possibly,” Koepka said Wednesday. Rory McIlroy doesn’t think it will come to that. The world’s No. 1 player has said on various […]

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day later, a 1 1/2-year-old black lab […]

Family surprises 13-year-old with parade after coronavirus cancels birthday celebration

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (WDAF) – After a 13-year-old’s birthday plans were crushed due to fears of spreading the coronavirus, one Missouri family got creative and celebrated anyway while maintaining social distancing. Violet turned 13 on Saturday, March 21. “She was going to have a slumber party in a couple of weeks with some girlfriends and […]

China has pain pill addicts too, but no one’s counting them

SHANGHAI (AP) — Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin. Six years later, he was still alive. And still taking OxyContin. Wu said his doctor told him that OxyContin is not addictive, but when Wu tried […]

Federer says a star’s legacy isn’t at risk with late decline

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roger Federer arrives for his interview at the precise appointed time, steering his white sedan into a parking spot in an industrial area dotted by art galleries about 15 minutes from his luxury apartment in this home-away-from-home. After obliging a selfie request from someone on the street, Federer makes […]

Volunteers step in to keep asylum seekers healthy on border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — When the Honduran boy complained of a toothache, Dr. Psyche Calderon asked the obvious question: “When did the pain start?” The answer broke her heart. “When La Mara broke all my teeth and killed all my family,” the 14-year-old said. He said little else about the attack by the infamous Central […]

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