• Lucille Ball Comedy Festival goes virtual in its 29th year
    by LYNN ELBER on August 12, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going virtual with help from Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Cho, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more than two-dozen others working in the realm of humor. The festival, presented by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will stream conversations with the artists over […]

  • Another thing that will never be the same: Office clothes
    by Sarah Halzack on August 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Commentary | At first, work-from-home arrangements felt temporary, and so, too, did the wardrobe adaptations. Now, not so much. […]

  • Hungary to buy air defense missiles from US for $1 billion
    by The Associated Press on August 12, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary signed a declaration of intent Wednesday to purchase air defense missiles from the United States for around $1 billion. The agreement was signed by Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko and David Cornstein, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary. The U.S. Embassy described the deal as Hungary’s “largest-ever defense procurement from the […]

  • Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September
    by DAVE SKRETTA on August 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    The Big 12 Conference reaffirmed its decision to press on with college football and other fall sports Wednesday, joining the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall. There is a […]

  • American hopes to charm Brits in soccer series ‘Ted Lasso’
    by Mark Kennedy on August 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Sudeikis was a huge sports fan growing up in Kansas, especially basketball. Not so much that game where you kick a ball into a goal. “The beautiful game? I didn’t get it a couple of years ago. I thought, ‘Well, good for them for getting that nickname.’ But now I […]

  • Picture perfect? Woman receives ID with photo of empty chair
    by The Associated Press on August 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    CENTERVILLE, Tenn. — 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 only showed an empty […]

  • Georgia city votes to remove pavilion where slaves were sold
    by SUDHIN THANAWALA on August 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Officials in a small city in rural Georgia have voted to remove a rare, 18th century pavilion where slaves were once sold, though the decision must still clear legal hurdles, the city administrator said Wednesday. The Louisville City Council at its meeting on Tuesday night voted 4-1 to take down the Market House, or Slave […]

  • Pliskova, Mertens reach quarterfinals of Prague Open
    by The Associated Press on August 12, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    PRAGUE (AP) — Kristyna Pliskova upset second-seeded Petra Martic 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Prague Open on Wednesday. Pliskova, ranked 69th, hit nine aces and 28 winners on the way to her first win over her 14th-ranked opponent. It’s the eighth clay-court quarterfinal for the hard-serving Czech since she was runner-up […]

  • Boston Fed chief: States’ rush to reopen slowed US recovery
    by CHRISTOPHER RUGABER on August 12, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Federal Reserve criticized the decision by many states to reopen businesses this spring before getting the virus fully under control, and said those choices have hindered an economic recovery in the U.S. Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said states in the South […]

  • Survivor said she smelled gas before Baltimore explosion
    by The Associated Press on August 12, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who survived an explosion that leveled three Baltimore row homes said she smelled gas before hearing a “loud boom” on Monday morning. Anita Moore told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that “everything else was a daze” after that. The 55-year-old’s account of smelling gas supports statements by authorities that the […]