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  • Review: Bosch and Ballard combine forces in “The Night Fire”

    “The Night Fire,” Little, Brown and Co., by Michael Connelly In “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly, John Jack Thompson, Harry Bosch’s first mentor when he became a police officer, dies. He leaves behind a gift for Bosch: a murder book that highlights a cold case from almost 30 years ago. At first glance the […]
  • Thailand bans use of paraquat and other toxic farm chemicals

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government has agreed to ban the use of three farming chemicals widely regarded as dangerous to human health. The government’s National Hazardous Substances Committee voted Tuesday to put the herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the insecticide chlorpyrifos in the category of banned chemicals, automatically barring their use under existing law. The […]
  • Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown. Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, president of the office that manages the Vatican’s real estate and other assets, told the Avvenire newspaper of the Italian bishops’ […]
  • Zimbabwe declares new public holiday to protest US sanctions

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest U.S sanctions it says are hurting its economy — and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival. Anti-Sanctions Day will be commemorated on Oct. 25, acting information minister Amon Murwira said Monday, calling it a chance to “further amplify the importance of […]
  • Berlin state government agrees on 5-year rent freeze

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin’s state Cabinet has agreed on a rent freeze for five years to counter rising rents in one of Germany’s hottest real estate markets. The German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that Berlin’s left-wing coalition government wants to freeze the rent for apartments that were built before 2014. Only a minority of […]
  • Louvre exhibit acclaims Da Vinci, 500 years after his death

    PARIS (AP) — Much about Leonardo Da Vinci remains an enigma: the smile of the “Mona Lisa”; why the world’s most famous painter left so many works unfinished; and more recently, who bought the contentious “Salvator Mundi.” A new exhibit at the Louvre, however, opening Thursday and marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master’s […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2019. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all […]
  • Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

    TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of “Banzai!” rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation’s 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an elaborate, ritual-laden ceremony to […]
  • Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in the #MeToo era. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office had presented the case against Monsignor Frank Rossi on Monday, more […]
  • Macy’s to stop selling real fur by end of fiscal year 2020

    NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s Inc. says it will stop selling real fur by the end of its fiscal year 2020 at its namesake stores, Bloomingdale’s, as well as at its discount outlets. As part of the announcement, the department store chain says it will close its fur vaults and salons. In statement, Macy’s CEO […]