Meghan McCain appears at Variety's third annual "Salute to Service" celebration in New York on Nov....

McCain book shares why she left ‘toxic’ times at ‘The View’

NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan McCain says she decided to leave “The View” following her second day back from maternity leave in January when frequent foil Joy Behar said “I did not miss you” during a political argument. McCain, who left this summer after four years as the daytime talk show’s conservative voice, told that […]
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Little Amal, a 3.5-metre-tall puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl, is greeted by children from th...

Puppet Little Amal arrives in UK after journey across Europe

LONDON (AP) — A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child created to symbolize millions of displaced children landed Tuesday on the coast of southeast England on the last leg of a 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey across Europe from the border of Syria. The 11.5-foot (3.5-meter) puppet named Little Amal — a name meaning “hope” in […]
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Two marble statues of angels are seen in this undated image. A British art collector who bought a p...

France returns marble angels stolen from Italy church in ’89

ROME (AP) — A British art collector who bought a pair of 17th-century marble angels from a Neapolitan antiques shop two decades ago has returned the winged “putti” to Italy’s art police after learning that they had been stolen from a church. Italy’s carabinieri art police said the unnamed collector had tried to resell the […]
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Kyndal Nipper, of Midland, Ga., who suffered a stillbirth after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her t...

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes when she’s feeding her infant daughter, Amanda Harrison is overcome with emotion and has to wipe away tears of gratitude. She is lucky to be here, holding her baby. Harrison was 29 weeks pregnant and unvaccinated when she got sick with COVID-19 in August. Her symptoms were mild at […]
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Kim M. Smith, leader of the Utah Deaf Hospital Rig...

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed rule would cut red tape that currently requires hearing exams […]
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FILE - This Dec. 23, 2020 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first roun...

US expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week in an effort to provide flexibility as the campaign for extra shots expands. The upcoming announcement by the Food and Drug Administration is likely to come along with authorization for boosters of the Moderna and Johnson […]
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A man lies on a bed in a corridor of the emergency room, turned into a CODIV-19 unit due the high n...

Romania hits record infections, deaths amid vaccination lag

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania on Tuesday hit daily records in both coronavirus infections and deaths as the country grapples with an acute virus surge amid alarmingly low vaccination uptake. Romania confirmed a record high of 18,863 new COVID-19 infections and 574 deaths in one day. It was the first time the European Union nation […]
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Alabama veterans board wants inquiry into chemical exposure

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s veterans affairs board is pushing for the creation of a program to aid veterans who have health problems that might stem from exposure to toxic chemicals at a former U.S. Army post. The State Board of Veterans Affairs unanimously passed a resolution that urges the Alabama congressional delegation to support […]
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Lázaro “Lachi” González, behind, hugs his partner Adiel González after a video interview out...

In Cuba, divisions over law to allow same-sex marriage

HAVANA (AP) — Adiel and Lachi are anxious to get married, perhaps dressed in black, in a ceremony by the seashore. The idea bothers the Rev. Moises de Prada, who like many of his parishioners opposes a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Cuba. The socialist government recently published a draft Family Law and asked […]
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Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority holds a ...

Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Monday the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery and a meter-long […]
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EDS NOTE: NUDITY - People pose nude for American artist Spencer Tunick as he uses a megaphone to di...

Artist recruits 300 for nude photo near Dead Sea in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Some 300 male and female volunteers stripped naked and donned white body paint for an artistic installation meant to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea. They posed Sunday for the American photographer Spencer Tunick, who has done similar installations in other exotic locales around the world, including French wine country, a […]
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Millennial Money: Experts expect 5 things this Black Friday

What do you get when you cross Black Friday deals with a continuing pandemic, supply chain disruptions and inflation? Answer: a very messy version of the biggest discount day of the year, which happens annually on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, that’s Nov. 26 . Here are five predictions from retail experts about Black […]
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo workers process chickens at a poultry plant, in Fremont, N...

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year, and on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several steps it plans to take to achieve that goal. The USDA says the […]
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Latvia to impose nearly monthlong lockdown as COVID spreads

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia will enter into a nearly monthlong lockdown, including a curfew, on Thursday due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the Baltic country where the vaccination rate is among the lowest in the European Union. Following an emergency government meeting late Monday, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said that the lockdown from […]
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Tyrone Iras Marhguy, 17, pose for a photograph at his home in Accra, Ghana, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. ...

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

Tyrone Iras Marhguy had to make a difficult decision after being accepted to the high school of his choice: his faith or his education. An official at the academically elite Achimota School in Ghana told the teen he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling. For Marhguy, who is a Rastafarian, cutting his dreadlocks […]
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Medics wearing special suits to protect against coronavirus treat a patient with coronavirus, left,...

Russia hits another record of daily coronavirus deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia registered another daily record of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as rapidly surging infection rates raised pressure on the country’s health care system and prompted the government to suggest declaring a nonworking week. The government task force reported 1,015 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of […]
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A woman wears a face mask as she walks in London, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Many scientists are press...

UK faces calls for ‘Plan B’ with virus cases high and rising

LONDON (AP) — Life has returned to normal for millions in Britain since coronavirus restrictions were lifted over the summer. But while the rules have vanished, the virus hasn’t. Many scientists are now calling on the government to reimpose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe’s highest, rise still […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2021 file photo, steam billows out of the cooling towers at a coal-fired p...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can’t find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration electricity if it’s a cold winter. The world is […]
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People visit a pop-up vaccination site, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in suburban Auckland, New Zealand. ...

New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic Tuesday as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland’s two-month lockdown. Health officials found 94 new local infections, eclipsing the 89 that were reported twice during the early days […]
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Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2021. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 2001, U.S. special forces began operations on the ground in Afghanistan, opening a significant new phase of the assault against the Taliban and al-Qaida. On this date: […]
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UN investigator: Gender equality in free speech is far off

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. investigator warned Monday that despite the Nobel Peace Prize to courageous Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, “gender equality in freedom of expression remains a distant goal.” Irene Khan, the special investigator on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, said that “women’s voices are being suppressed […]
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FILE - Bettye Jo Boone, a 30 year employee of Heaven Hill, pickets in front of Heaven Hill Distille...

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky. Union leaders responded that they’re willing to continue negotiations and accused the company of wanting to replace longtime employees with non-union workers. About 420 […]
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Group decries sentencing of Oklahoma woman for miscarriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A national advocacy group for women on Monday blasted the sentencing of a 21-year-old Oklahoma woman to prison for a manslaughter conviction after she suffered a miscarriage while using methamphetamine. Brittney Poolaw, of Lawton, was sentenced to four years in prison this month after a jury convicted her of first-degree manslaughter. […]
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Street musician stunned by John Legend as she sings his hit

BOSTON (AP) — A street musician who performed a rendition of John Legend’s hit “All of Me” in Boston over the weekend had one particularly appreciative audience member — John Legend. The Grammy Award winning singer was visiting Faneuil Hall with his family before his show Sunday night in Boston when he came across Radha […]
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