NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas was hospitalized Sunday night, forcing her to miss a scheduled appearance with her U.S. teammates at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury. She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications,” publicist Lesley Burbridge said in an email to The Associated Press.
Earlier Sunday, 20-year-old Douglas posted on social media that she was out of the hospital.
“Out of the hospital & resting comfortably,” Douglas said on Instagram. “#FinalFive so sad I can’t be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview.”
Douglas had been scheduled to present an award alongside teammates Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman at Madison Square Garden.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee with the West Virginia attorney general’s office has resigned on the day a published report identified her in a video in which she is seen reciting racist views.
Assistant communications director Carrie Bowe resigned in a one-sentence letter dated Thursday. She gave no reason and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office did not say why she left.
The video entitled “Stop White Genocide” was posted to YouTube in 2012. It shows several women reciting racist views. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2cc8T9E ) reports five friends and acquaintances of Bowe independently verified that she was among them.
Agency spokesman Curtis Johnson says the behavior occurred before she worked there and wasn’t disclosed until Thursday. He said it did not meet the office’s transparency requirements.
A listed telephone number for Bowe could not be found.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has an idea for making colleges cheaper — ditch the instructors and start playing online videos for students.
The Republican senator from Wisconsin floated the idea during a question-and-answer session Thursday in Milwaukee.
He called higher education a “cartel” and suggested colleges could cut the number of instructors and increase use of online videos like Ken Burns’ 11½-hour documentary on the Civil War.
Johnson, of Oshkosh, is locked in a tight re-election battle with Democratic challenger Russ Feingold.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The British rock band Coldplay has released a video recorded in Mexico City for its new single “A Head Full of Dreams.”
The video released Friday caused a stir in Mexico’s capital in April when fans discovered the band was shooting scenes in a central neighborhood during appearances in the city. The song is the title track from the band’s seventh studio album.
The video intersperses street scenes with shots of residents looking straight into the camera and band members riding through the streets on BMX bicycles. Eventually they ride onto the stage for a concert before thousands of screaming fans.
Coldplay is touring in the U.S. with a weekend show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles and another Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Apple Music has released new and long-awaited music from Grammy-winning singer Frank Ocean in the form of a 45-minute “visual album.”
The company tweeted a link to the music video “Endless” by the R&B artist on Thursday night. The link is only available to subscribers of Apple’s music streaming service.
The video shows black-and-white footage of Ocean building a staircase in a warehouse over new music, a different approach from the series of connected music videos that Beyonce released on HBO for her visual album, “Lemonade.”
Ocean is credited as the director of the video, and it features a cover of an Isley Brothers song and guest musicians James Blake, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Ocean has been teasing information about his next album on his website boysdontcry.co, but representatives from Universal Music Group and Apple Music didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting the 28-year-old singer’s first album in four years.
Ocean’s widely acclaimed debut album, “Channel Orange,” was released in 2012. The record featured the hit song “Thinkin bout You” and earned him two Grammy Awards, including best urban contemporary album.
Ocean is known for his previous association with the alternative hip-hop group Odd Future. He has also written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. He appeared on two songs from Jay Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, “Watch the Throne.”
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s second largest rebel group released the first proof-of-life video of a politician who handed himself over to the guerrillas to secure his brother’s release last April.
The National Liberation Army’s release of former Choco state Gov. Patrocinio Sanchez Montes de Oca was initially hailed by the government as a peace gesture. But to the amazement of otherwise war-weary Colombians, a darker truth later emerged — that his brother, Odin Sanchez, had taken his place in captivity at the rebels’ demand.
President Juan Manuel Santos, who has ventured further than any of his predecessors in bringing an end to more than 50 years of guerrilla warfare, was forced to break off incipient peace talks with the rebel group.
In the undated, 11-minute video that surfaced Thursday, Odin Sanchez, a former congressman, urges Santos to resume talks with the ELN. Surrounded by heavily armed guerrillas in an undisclosed jungle location, he also complains about living in inhumane conditions comparable to what he calls the “fourth world.”
“The government laid a trap for the people when it said it was ready to initiate conversations and then signaled that other conditions were required, like the liberation of those who are kidnapped, something that wasn’t fully agreed to,” Sanchez says in one of the fiercer critiques of the government in the video.
The ELN is Colombia’s second-largest rebel group, with an estimated 1,500 fighters, and largely finances its insurgency through extortion and kidnappings. Almost four-year-old negotiations with the bigger and far-stronger rebel movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, are expected to conclude in a peace deal in the coming weeks.
Sanchez’s family expressed relief and say they share his wish that Santos resume talks with the ELN. The rebels are demanding a $1 million ransom for Sanchez’s release.