No masks, no distance: Pandemic wedding horrors…

Wedding planners, photographers and other bridal vendors who make the magic happen have a heap of new worries in the middle of the pandemic

Researchers Have Grim Warning on Mississippi

Florida is currently the No. 1 state when it comes to new coronavirus cases per capita—but Mississippi is on track to overtake it, NPR reports. In a grim Twitter thread , Harvard researcher Ashish Jha says Mississippi is "doing VERY badly but has received little attention." Testing is down 8%...

Isaias batters the North Carolina coast

AccuWeather's Jonathan Petramala recorded as Oak Island, North Carolina, was hit by Isaias' northern eyewall on Aug. 4.

Parents unhappy with school options assemble…

As the coronavirus pandemic has clouded hopes of reopening schools nationwide, parents who want more than remote instruction have been scrambling to hire tutors and private teachers for small groups of children

Trump Hints at Executive Order on Mail Voting

President Trump escalated his criticism of mail balloting in a big way on Monday, first in a press conference in which he hinted at using executive action to curtail it and also in an interview. Coverage: Two months: In a sit-down with Axios on HBO , Trump said widespread mail voting...

On This Day: 4 August 2015

In 2015, The Muppet power couple Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy announced they had split up. (Aug. 4)

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Isaias, again a tropical storm, spawns wild…

Tropical Storm Isaias is spawning tornadoes and dumping rain over eastern Virginia and Maryland after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Gohmert's Daughter Calls Him Out on COVID…

"My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID." That's the official word from Caroline Gohmert, Louie Gohmert's daughter, on the congressman's coronavirus diagnosis. "Wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue. The advice of medical experts shouldn't be politicized," the younger Gohmert, who is a musician going by BELLSAINT,...

Buildings catch on fire as Isaias makes landfall

Multiple buildings in Ocean Isle Beach caught fire as Isaias made landfall in North Carolina, on Aug. 4.

World shares mixed after Asian markets track Wall…

Shares are mixed in early European trading after a strong day of gains in Asia, while U.S. futures edged lower

Cape Cod Island Opens to Public for First Time in…

A Cape Cod island is open to the public for the first time in three centuries. Sipson Island, located in Pleasant Bay off the coast of Orleans, Mass., opened to visitors last month, marking the first time the public has been welcomed to the island since 1711, the Cape Cod...

ShowBiz Minute: West, Braxton, Johnson

Kanye West submits petitions to appear on Arkansas ballot; WEtv to honor Tamar Braxton's request to end future work; Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson acquires XFL. (Aug. 4)

AP Exclusive: Mine consultant agreed Nevada plant…

A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act

Chad Daybell Hears Wife With Police on Recording

A courtroom that included her husband, Chad Daybell, heard Lori Vallow tell police officers on a recording made last November, "I look like a suspect, but I'm a good person." The officers had come to the couple's home in Rexburg, Idaho, to ask about their two missing children, the New...

Homes flood as storm surge races through roads

Homes were flooded as storm surge from Isaias swept through Oak Island, North Carolina, on Aug. 3.

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Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in…

Housing advocates fear that they could see a wave of evictions in the coming months, as states end moratoriums put in place during the coronavirus pandemic

Graduate's Choice: Remove Mask or Miss Ceremony

"Are you still not hearing us," John Holmes asked rhetorically during an interview Sunday. Last week, his son was told he could not take part in the procession at his high school graduation in Pennsylvania unless he took off his Black Lives Matter mask. School officials offered Dean Holmes another...

3 men write SOS in sand, rescued from island

Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say. The men were missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days. (Aug. 4)

St. Louis prosecutor chided by Trump faces…

The top prosecutor in St. Louis is facing a primary challenge after drawing criticism from President Donald Trump for filing charges against a couple who displayed guns at protesters marching near their home

'Pathetic!': Trump Blasts COVID Adviser Birx

President Trump isn't shy about expressing displeasure with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and on Monday he slammed fellow COVID adviser Dr. Deborah Birx for the first time, reports Axios . Trump's criticism came after Birx issued a dire coronavirus outlook for the US, saying the disease was in a "new phase" and...

Isaias lashes coast with powerful wind and heavy…

Isaias unleashed strong wind and heavy rain on New Bern, North Carolina, on Aug. 3.

Missouri voters to decide on health care for more…

Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults

Goodnight Moon Gets a Modern Twist

Goodnight Moon , meet Good Morning Zoom . The children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown is getting a pandemic-themed update. Philomel Books said Monday that Good Morning Zoom , written by Manhattan banking exec Lindsay Rechler, will be released on Oct. 6, reports the AP . Rechler has two children, ages 2 and 4,...

AP Top Stories August 4 A

Here's the latest for Tuesday August 4th: Hurricane downgraded after making landfall; Congress working on COVID relief deal; Protesters confront state troopers in Portland; Three men rescued from tiny Pacific island.

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Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders' power to…

Establishment Republicans are seeking to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach’s bid for Kansas’ open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary

Worrying Pandemic Trend: a Rise in Homicides

Chicago has logged 430 homicides so far this year, up 51% from this point last year, reports the Sun-Times . And while Chicago has drawn much of the attention over rising homicides, it's far from alone among big US cities. A Wall Street Journal analysis finds that 36 of the nation's...

Isaias powerful winds knock power out

As Isaias hit North Carolina on Aug. 3, the storms powerful winds lashed the area, knocking out the power to this area in Wilmington.