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Storybooks, radio connect kids isolated in far-flung Alaska

Storybooks, radio connect kids isolated in far-flung Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — All it takes is a few words from a storybook to connect kids over the crackle of an AM radio station.
Pete Davidson's 'King of Staten Island' to open on-demand

Pete Davidson's 'King of Staten Island' to open on-demand

NEW YORK — Judd Apatow's “The King of Staten Island,” starring Pete Davidson, will release straight to home on-demand video after having its theatrical release cancelled .
Reality TV star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross dies in Georgia wreck

Reality TV star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross dies in Georgia wreck

ATLANTA — Ashley Ross of the reality TV show “Little Women: Atlanta” has died in a head-on crash on a Georgia road, police and her representative confirmed Tuesday. Ross, 34, who was known as “Ms.
Comics keep laughs coming even with clubs closed by COVID-19

Comics keep laughs coming even with clubs closed by COVID-19

LOS ANGELES — Whenever she’s down, Tiffany Haddish says she finds a good joke can bring her right back up.

Mail fraud suspect named Speedy Gonzalez arrested in Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — After months on the run, a mail fraud suspect who lived up to his legal name — Speedy Gonzalez — has been arrested in Georgia.
Oprah to headline Facebook, Instagram graduation event

Oprah to headline Facebook, Instagram graduation event

NEW YORK — Oprah will be the commencement speaker and Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles will offer words of wisdom to the Class of 2020 in a multi-hour graduation streaming event on Facebook and Instagram on May 15.
Consumer confidence plunges in April as millions lose jobs

Consumer confidence plunges in April as millions lose jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence plunged in April as millions lost their jobs, with an index that monitors attitudes about current business and work conditions dropping by the largest amount on record.
US home prices rose before viral outbreak shut economy

US home prices rose before viral outbreak shut economy

WASHINGTON — U.S home prices were rising at a steady pace in February, before the viral outbreak shuttered much of the economy and caused a sharp decline in home sales. March sales of new and existing homes then plummeted as much of the U.S.

Gospel singer Troy Sneed dies from coronavirus complications

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed has died from complications with the coronavirus. He was 52. Sneed’s publicist Bill Carpenter said the singer died early Monday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Winfrey, Roberts to appear in global virus relief livestream

Winfrey, Roberts to appear in global virus relief livestream

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and former President George W. Bush will be among 200 star-studded participants in a 24-hour global livestream event.