‘The noose was real’ – NASCAR releases photo from Talladega

Declaring “the noose was real,” NASCAR officials on Thursday released a photo of the rope found in the speedway garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace that prompted a federal investigation into whether he had been the target of a hate crime. The incident has put racism front and center for the stock car series […]

Veteran AP journalist Alvin Orton Jr. dies in Ohio at age 84

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Al Orton, a veteran Associated Press journalist who spent much of his career on the overnight shift, mentoring dozens of reporters along the way, has died in Ohio. He was 84. Orton, who used his full name of “Alvin Orton Jr.” in his byline, died Wednesday in Columbus of a heart […]

FDA finds contamination in several brands of diabetes drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall their versions of a widely used diabetes medication after laboratory tests found elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that several batches of the drug metformin tested positive for unsafe levels of a chemical […]

Lives Lost: Family of doctors loses 2 shining lights

NEW YORK (AP) — Priya Khanna may have been destined to practice medicine all along, and not necessarily because she grew up in a family of doctors. The middle daughter of a surgeon and pediatrician who had immigrated from India and settled in northern New Jersey in the early 1970s, Khanna tested the waters in […]

MLB stars say it’s time to pull Landis name off MVP plaques

NEW YORK (AP) — Something still bothers Barry Larkin about his Most Valuable Player award. The other name engraved on the trophy: Kenesaw Mountain Landis. “Why is it on there?” said Larkin, the Black shortstop voted National League MVP in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds. “I was always aware of his name and what that […]

Jean Kennedy Smith dies at 92; last surviving sibling of JFK

Jean Kennedy Smith, who was the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and who as a U.S. ambassador played a key role in the peace process in Northern Ireland, has died, relatives said Thursday. She was 92. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Smith’s nephew, confirmed her death Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. […]

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. […]

Rayshard Brooks struggled in system but didn’t hide his past

ATLANTA (AP) — Rayshard Brooks didn’t hide his history. About five months before he was killed by Atlanta police in a Wendy’s parking lot — before his name and case would become the latest rallying point in a massive call for racial justice and equality nationwide — Brooks gave aninterviewto an advocacy group about his […]

Band’s pandemic diversion leads to every-night gig in park

NEW YORK (AP) — What started as a way for two musicians to get out of the house during the pandemic has turned into nightly concerts at the boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park — with fans who expect them to play three to four hours a night, seven nights a week. The musicians, accustomed to […]

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing

Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been fully read in on.

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