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  • What you need to know before 2020 Census starts in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, giving students a lesson on […]
  • Alaska company takes pizza to new heights with air delivery

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska company has taken pizza to new heights by providing airplane deliveries around the state. Papa Murphy’s in Anchorage flies hundreds of miles to deliver about 150 pizzas each week, Alaska Public Media reported Thursday. Owner Tyler Williams said the shop offers assembled pizzas for its Anchorage customers to take […]
  • US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla’s electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government that […]
  • Officials: Iraq’s top cleric discharged from hospital

    KARBALA, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s most powerful cleric was discharged Friday from a hospital following a risky surgery for a fractured bone and returned to his home in southern Iraq, medical officials said. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who turns 90 later this year, fractured a thigh bone when he slipped while bathing before evening prayers […]
  • Top Brazil culture official fired after Nazi-linked comments

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian culture secretary Roberto Alvim was fired on Friday after using phrases similar to some used by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Alvim made the comments while discussing a new art prize in Latin America’s largest democracy. Alvim had held the post since November. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro removed him after […]
  • Protests close Louvre museum in Paris amid pension strikes

    PARIS (AP) — Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the Louvre museum and forced the famous Paris landmark to close Friday while they denounced the French government’s plans to overhaul the pension system. The protesters, who included some Louvre employees, staged the demonstration against President Emmanuel Macron’s proposals after several hard-left trade unions appealed […]
  • Protests against citizenship law continue unabated in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators perched themselves on the steps of an iconic mosque in the Indian capital on Friday to protest against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants. Demonstrators carried placards and shouted slogans accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government of pursuing policies aimed at forcing people to […]
  • Groom accused of sexual assault at reception gets probation

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage waitress at his wedding reception has been sentenced to probation. Matthew Aimers, 32, of Willingboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on Thursday to indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and simple assault. Under terms of a plea agreement, a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced Aimers to six […]
  • French chef Bocuse restaurant loses 3rd star after 55 years

    PARIS (AP) — The restaurant of French chef Paul Bocuse, who died two years ago, has lost one of its Michelin stars after holding three since 1965, a world record. The Michelin guide announced Friday that the restaurant in Collonges-au-Mont-d’or, near the French city of Lyon, has been downgraded to two stars. Dubbed by critics […]
  • Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

    HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said in a statement Friday that it began requiring such tests in February 2019, after concerns were raised by Saipan authorities, to ensure U.S. […]