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  • Bishop alleged missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

    BEIJING (AP) — A Catholic news service says a bishop who has resisted demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details. […]
  • Group calls for bigger Seoul role in tackling TB in NKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.S.-based nonprofit group has called for South Korea to take stronger steps to fight a tuberculosis crisis in North Korea it says has worsened under strengthened U.S.-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile program. Stephen Linton, chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, on Friday criticized Seoul’s supposed lack […]
  • David Hockney painting fetches record $90M at NYC auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Among his famous “pool paintings,” ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is considered one of his premier works. The […]
  • Fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

    CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Fire refugee Anna Goodnight sat on an overturned shopping cart Thursday in a Walmart parking lot as she ate scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser. The couple was trying to put a good face on a weeklong ordeal that left them uncertain of the fate of […]
  • Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

    Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn’t work for everyone and many can’t handle what it requires: purposely recalling traumatic events and confronting […]
  • Study finds robust polar bear population in Chukchi Sea

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population study of polar bears in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE) Sea between Alaska and Russia finds that the population is thriving for now despite a loss of sea ice because of climate change. Lead author Eric Regehr (rehg-EER) of the University of Washington says the study estimates nearly 3,000 Chukchi bears. […]
  • South Dakota turkeys head to White House seeking pardons

    HURON, S.D. (AP) — A pair of South Dakota turkeys will make their way to the nation’s capital in the hopes of receiving presidential pardons and avoiding ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House. Tourism officials in the birds’ hometown of Huron paraded the turkeys around the city on Wednesday as part of […]
  • Golden Globes group gives $300,000 to wildfire victims

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California’s deadly wildfires. The organization best known for creating and organizing the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday announced the donation to four organizations that also include money for victims and families of last week’s mass shooting in Southern […]
  • Nurse’s kidney donation triggers bi-state transplant chain

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nurse’s decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that led to three people getting new organs at two Kansas City-area hospitals. Christa Jordan, a nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, wanted to donate to her friend and patient, Dayshanae Hosman, […]
  • Statue of Liberty’s original torch moved to museum site

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty’s original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island on Thursday to its new home in a museum that will open next year. Visitors watched as the base and the detached […]