Univ. of Florida ends ‘gator bait’ cheer, cites racism

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations, the school's president announced Thursday in a letter making several other similar changes on campus.

Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
La policía de Harlingen dijo que partes del distrito histórico del centro deberían conectarse con cámaras de seguridad a fines de este mes. - Maricela Rodriguez / Valley Morning Star

Policía de Harlingen aborda incidentes de delitos

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Los comandantes del Departamento de Policía de Harlingen no lo están llamando una ola de crimen, pero se han registrado siete incidents criminals en el disrito histórico del centro de la ciudad desde Julio, por lo que se han agregado recursos adicionales de la policía a esa área.

TSA insider faults agency’s response to coronavirus

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A Transportation Security Administration official charges that the agency helped spread COVID-19 by failing to provide enough protective gear for airport screeners who are in close contact with travelers every day.

US says its embassy in Kabul battling coronavirus outbreak

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. State Department says COVID-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the Afghan capital and affected staff include diplomats, contractors and locals.

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

Turkey says will work with Italy for Libya peace, slams EU

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Italy will continue to work for a lasting peace and political solution in Libya, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday, while slamming the European Union’s naval operation in the Mediterranean that tries to enforce a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-torn country.

In UK court, Depp accuses Amber Heard of ‘hoax’ abuse claims

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LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can't remember while he was under the influence.

In NYC, marking 50th anniversary of Pride, no matter what

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NEW YORK (AP) — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all.

Don DeLillo novel ‘The Silence’ coming in October

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NEW YORK (AP) — Don DeLillo will have something to say this fall about fear and isolation.