AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncle

RIO RANCHO, N.M, (AP) — The July Fourth holiday hurts me every year. Waving flags seems out of place, and wearing anything stars and stripes makes me feel like Apollo Creed in “Rocky.” Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless The U.S.A.” doesn’t invoke patriotism inside of me, and I never take advantage of those exclusive, one-day […]

AP Exclusive: Prince Royce gets a wake-up call with COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Bachata singer Prince Royce says he got a wake-up call with a COVID-19 diagnosis and now he wants to try and wake others too. Royce revealed that he is recovering from the virus in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. Royce, 31, said he decided to speak up out […]

Ivanisevic, the coach of Djokovic, tests positive for virus

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who now coaches Novak Djokovic and attended the top-ranked player’s exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia, said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Croatian great, who won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001, wrote on Instagram that […]

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 ‘support bubble’ with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing. The idea, which originated in New Zealand, calls for two people or households to agree to socialize in person only with […]

In Torkelson, Tigers could have hitting prospect they need

DETROIT (AP) — An ace right-hander and a slugging corner infielder. It’s a combination that’s worked before for the Detroit Tigers — and now they have a couple of prospects they hope can bring competitive baseball back to the Motor City. Detroit drafted Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson with the top pick in Wednesday […]

Stretch Your Dollar: Father’s Day gift ideas

This weekend, it’s all about dads, and with more of Connecticut businesses open this weekend, you have a few more options than you had for Mother’s Day. We are stretching your dollar with some gift ideas for the special occasion.

John Lewis says video of George Floyd’s killing made him cry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights icon John Lewis said Thursday that the video of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minnesota “made me cry.” “I kept saying to myself: How many more? How many young black men will be murdered?” said Lewis, D-Ga. “It made me so sad. It was so painful,” […]

One man lays wreaths in Normandy on this unusual D-Day

BENOUVILLE, France (AP) — The essence of war remembrance is to make sure the fallen are never forgotten. All it takes is a wreath, a tiny wooden cross, a little token on a faraway grave to show that people still care about their fallen hero, parent or grandparent. This year, though, the pandemic stepped in, […]

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