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Court orders dismissal of Trump Muslim travel ban challenges

The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Monday ordered a lower court to toss out legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s 3-year-old ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, finding that a judge misinterpreted a Supreme Court ruling that found the ...

Protesters say ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become a rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as ...

Brazil expunges coronavirus death toll

The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation. Saturday’s move came ...

Proposed Hawaii affordable housing project draws opposition

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of an Oahu community have expressed opposition to plans to build a rental apartment complex with primarily low-income units. The complex in Kailua would include 73 apartments almost entirely intended for residents with low incomes, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Hawaii fisherman gets $260 fine for illegal haul worth $37K

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has imposed a $260 fine on one of three fisherman in Hawaii who was accused of violating the state’s ban on aquarium fishing and recovered an illegal catch worth more than $37,000 in February, court officials said. “This is outrageous,” said Inga Gibson of Pono ...

‘What a ride it’s been!’: McGregor retires again

The Associated Press Conor McGregor has announced his retirement for the third time in four years. McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019. “Hey ...

Spurs coach Popovich on Floyd: ‘Embarrassed as a white person’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’s “embarrassed as a white person” that George Floyd could die in such a “nonchalant” manner. The 71-year-old Popovich addressed Floyd’s death in a video released Saturday by the Spurs as part of the team’s ...

Nunes dominates Spencer, defends featherweight belt

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes’ impressive reign atop two UFC divisions is showing no signs of decline. In fact, her dominance is making history. Nunes became the first UFC fighter to defend two championship belts while actively holding the titles in both weight classes Saturday, earning ...

What’s next for NBA? Testing plan is big key

For the NBA, it is not officially time to play. It’s getting closer, but the league isn’t there yet. The move to agree on a 22-team format for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season is a major step forward, but it was just the first of many major decisions that has to be ...

Nunes’ power could sell a UFC 250 show light on stars

UFC 250 will be a fairly stiff test of the current hunger for live sports among homebound fans. The UFC led the sports world’s return to competition amid the coronavirus pandemic, gaining robust television ratings and increased exposure in the process. But one look at the card for this ...

Christian Cooper showed us the power of self-control

I come here not to condemn Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police and falsely claimed that an African American man named Christian Cooper was attacking her, but rather to praise Christian Cooper, who had done nothing more than ask her to leash her dog. The confrontation happened in New ...

Joe Biden formally clinches nomination

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest. “It was an honor to compete ...

‘Get your knee off our necks!’

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of George Floyd’s golden casket Thursday for a fiery memorial service for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time ...

Vegas, baby! Casinos reopen after COVID-19 closure

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Mask use was spotty among customers as casinos in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada reopened Thursday for the first time since March following a closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “Wash your hands while saying, ‘Vegas Baby!’ 20 times,” ...

Tourism chief to retire as virus fallout continues

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Hawaii’s tourism agency announced he plans to retire as the industry continues to experience the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic that has significantly reduced travel to the state. Hawaii Tourism Authority President and Chief Executive Officer ...

With apology, Brees takes first step toward fixing relationships

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees now realizes he’d fallen out of touch. His contemporaries drove that home when they pilloried him this week for repeating a long-held conviction he’d always felt comfortable expressing. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, ...

NBA owners approve plan for 22-team season restart

The Associated Press The NBA took a major step toward getting back on the court Thursday, with the league’s Board of Governors approving a 22-team format for restarting the league season next month at the Disney campus near Orlando, Fla. The vote was 29-1, with Portland casting the ...

MLB players reaffirm pay stance, no deal in sight

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games. More ...