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Tom Morello Details Unlikely Friendship with Ted Nugent

Despite starkly different political views, the guitarists are friends. Continue reading…

Why John Lennon Originally Hated the Beatles' 'Twist and Shout'

"You can hear that I'm just a frantic guy doing his best," singer later recalled of throat-shredding 'Please Please Me' song. Continue reading…

Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dies at 73

He was a quiet figure who became one of the genre's founding fathers. Continue reading…

Rock Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Induction Date and Location

Ceremony will take place at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland. Continue reading…

Michael Gudinski, Music Promoter, Dies at 68: Rockers React

Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Sebastian Bach and Bryan Adams write tributes to late industry veteran. Continue reading…

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Oklahoma Class B boys basketball: Roundup of quarterfinal state tournament games

By Cameron JourdanClass B boys began state tournament action Tuesday. Here's what happened: Forgan 59, Red Oak 37Kobe and Jordan McGowan weren't supposed to be on Forgan's boys basketball team this year.The brothers lived in Kansas City.

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved after a crash Tuesday involving an SUV packed with 25 people and a tractor-trailer that left 13 people dead and bodies strewn across a roadway near the U.S. Mexico border.Most of the dead were Mexicans, a Mexican official said.When police arrived, some of the passengers were trying to crawl out of the crumpled 1997 Ford Expedition while others were wandering around the fields.

The Latest: Ontario seniors won't get AstraZeneca vaccine

TORONTO — The health minister of Canada’s most populous province says Ontario seniors won’t receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine since there’s limited data on its effectiveness in older populations.Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says Ontario plans to follow the advice of a national panel that’s recommended against using the newly approved vaccine on people aged 65 and older.Elliott says for anyone over that age, it’s recommended that they receive either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine.There are no concerns that the vaccine is unsafe for use, but Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization said this week that the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are preferred for seniors due to ``suggested superior efficacy.″France said this week it will allow some people over 65 to receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after initially restricting its use to younger populations because of limited data on the drug’s effectiveness.___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:— AP source: Merck to help produce Johnson & Johnson vaccine— Vatican defends pope’s trip to Iraq, stadium mass for 10,000 people— Chinese vaccines sweep across the world, despite some concerns— Pandemic frustrations fuel attacks on health care workers around the world— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand reported no new community cases of the coronavirus for a third consecutive day as the latest outbreak in Auckland appears to have been brought under control.The government placed the nation’s largest city into a weeklong lockdown Sunday after several new community cases were found.Top lawmakers in the Cabinet are meeting Friday to review the lockdown.

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets.Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of Biden's nominees.

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to no longer require one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The announcement in Texas, where the virus has killed more than 43,000 people, rattled doctors and big city leaders who said they are now bracing for another deadly resurgence.

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