This image released by HBO shows a scene from the documentary "Nuclear Family." (Limor Inbar/HBO vi...

Filmmaker revisits case that challenged her and her 2 moms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ry Russo-Young knew she had a story worth hearing, but it was one she was struggling to tell. As a youngster, Russo-Young was at the heart of a legal fight that drew headlines in 1990s America: The two mothers who raised her in New York, including one biological parent, were being […]
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Canadian Catholic bishops apologize for residential schools

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Catholic bishops in Canada apologized Friday “unequivocally” to Indigenous peoples for the suffering endured in residential schools, just as Pope Francis prepares to meet with Indigenous leaders at the Vatican later this fall. The institutions held children taken from families across the nation. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more […]
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Palau's President Surangel Whipps is seen on a video screen as addresses the 76th Session of the Un...

COVID at the UN: One topic, used to make many points

For the United States, COVID-19 was about leadership and “a dose of hope.” For Iran, it was about the inhumanity of sanctions. Tiny Palau, largely virus-free, used its precious speech minutes to praise Taiwan for its support during the pandemic — and, not incidentally, to urge the United Nations to re-admit the island as a […]
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FILE - Misoprostol drug, the most common abortion pill, sits on a gynecological table at Casa Fusa,...

EXPLAINER: Medication abortion becomes latest GOP target

Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman’s home rather than a clinic. It’s an option that has become important during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Republican states move to restrict […]
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School system pulls 2 books with graphic sex from libraries

FALLS CHURCH. Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system said it is removing two books from school libraries, including an illustrated memoir that contains explicit illustrations of sexual encounters involving children, after a parent expressed concern about them at a school board meeting. Stacy Langton, a parent in the Fairfax County school system, questioned […]
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo swimmers await the start of the race at the Ironman World ...

Ironman World Championship leaves Hawaii for 1st time

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades because of uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February during the coronavirus pandemic. Competitors will head to St. George, Utah, on May 7 instead, West […]
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Zoo Miami: Orangutan dies following dental surgery

MIAMI (AP) — An orangutan has died at Zoo Miami following a dental surgery, officials said. Kumang, a 44-year-old Bornean orangutan, died Thursday during recovery from anesthesia, according to a statement from the South Florida zoo. “We at Zoo Miami are heartbroken over this terrible loss and our deepest condolences go out to the staff […]
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, a registered nurse holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient i...

Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state’s “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group Justice in Aging asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday to investigate […]
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Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations ...

Japan’s leader says Olympics were ‘symbol of global unity’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At a U.N. General Assembly meeting packed with global gloom, Japan’s outgoing leader highlighted what he cast as a moment of inspiration: the Tokyo Olympics, controversially held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “While humanity has been faced with immeasurable hardships, the Tokyo 2020 Games proved to be a symbol […]
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Court battle ends tree dispute in pricey San Francisco area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tall trees are venerated across California, but one towering Monterey Pine at the center of a heated dispute in San Francisco’s wealthiest neighborhood has to go, according to an appeals court ruling this week. A state appeals court on Wednesday ordered a couple in the hilltop Pacific Heights neighborhood to remove […]
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The solar-powered vehicle is on display on a closed road, in Guyancourt, south of Paris, Friday Sep...

Van Life 2.0: Dutch students’ road trip in solar mobile home

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of Dutch students has reimagined van life and is hitting the road to Portugal. Just don’t call their groundbreaking new solar-powered vehicle a campervan. “We call it a self-sustaining house on wheels,” said Lotte van Dasler, part of a team from the Technical University in the southern Dutch […]
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FILE - This June 8, 2021 file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. On Friday, Sept...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on COVID-19 vaccines or ‘universal vaccination’ CLAIM: After a […]
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Gov. Bill Lee speaks to local media at the front of McConnell Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. ...

Second Tennessee judge blocks Gov. Lee’s mask opt-out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s contentious order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements, ruling that Knox County Schools must implement a mask mandate to help protect children with health problems amid the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge J. […]
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19...

EXPLAINER: Who’s eligible for Pfizer booster shots in US?

Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. A look at the nuts and bolts of this new phase of the vaccination campaign: WHO SHOULD GET THE PFIZER BOOSTER? People who got two Pfizer shots at least six months […]
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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, fields questions from students after she read from her book "The Ben...

Meghan and Harry visit with students at a Harlem school

NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, offered lots of hugs to kids at a Harlem public school Friday where she read her children’s book to about two dozen students who sat cross-legged with her husband in the play yard. The hourlong visit to PS 123, which serves shelters […]
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A woman admires, from left, a black and white preparatory cartoon for the St. Peter painting, by Fr...

Vatican Museums, Uffizi team up to confirm a Raphael is real

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two of the world’s most important art museums, the Vatican Museums and the Uffizi Galleries, joined forces for the first time on Friday to inaugurate a small exhibit of rarely seen works by two Renaissance masters that confirmed a painting long suspected of being by Raphael was indeed his work. “Saints […]
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A model wears a creation for the Sunnei Spring Summer 2022 collection during Milan Fashion Week, in...

Dua Lipa walks the Versace runway, Prada resists normality

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week opened its third day of preview shows for next spring and summer against the backdrop of thousands of young environmental protesters calling out the industry Friday for its wasteful and polluting ways. The question hanging over fashion week is whether after 19 months, the coronavirus pandemic has led to […]
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Students march as part of the Fridays for Future climate movement's initiatives, in Milan, Italy, F...

Milan Fashion Week: Prada deconstructs luxe evening wear

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week opened its third day of preview shows for next spring and summer against the backdrop of thousands of young environmental protesters calling out the industry Friday for its wasteful and polluting ways. The question hanging over fashion week is whether after 19 months, the coronavirus pandemic has led to […]
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FILE - In this May 3, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama points as he arrives at a comm...

Groundbreaking for Obama presidential center set for Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama’s presidential center will move another step closer to its brick-and-mortar future next week when ground is broken after years of reviews, other delays and continued local opposition. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will join Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Chicago on Tuesday for […]
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In this June 24, 2021 photo, lumber is piled at a housing construction site in Middleton, Mass.  Ri...

New homes sales rise for second straight month in August

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Sales of new homes in the U.S. rose modestly in August as rising prices continue to sideline potential buyers. Sales of new homes last month rose 1.5%, the Commerce Department reported Friday, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 740,000. That’s more than economists had expected and follows an increase […]
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UK airports report delays as IT failure shuts e-gates

LONDON (AP) — Travelers arriving at U.K. airports faced delays Friday after electronic passport gates failed, forcing passengers to wait in line for border officers to inspect their documents. London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh airports all reported that a technology failure disrupted gates that allow passengers with biometric passports to quickly pass through border controls […]
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President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of...

US booster shots start, even as millions remain unprotected

The U.S. launched a campaign to offer boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Americans on Friday even as federal health officials stressed the real problem remains getting first shots to the unvaccinated. “We will not boost our way out of this pandemic,” warned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control […]
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Robin Bruce ignites the crowd through breathwork and song at the first in-person Ozark Social held ...

Foundations offer cities help convincing workers to relocate

A year ago, Robin Bruce never thought she would be living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and liking it. That was before she took advantage of a program, largely financed by the Walton Family Foundation, that is offering $10,000 incentives to entice new residents to the Ozarks region. Bruce, a singer, visual artist, and writer, was eligible […]
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FILE- In this Monday March 30, 2020, file photo, the exterior of the Singer Museum is seen in Laren...

Dutch court jails ‘incorrigible’ thief over 2 museum heists

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 59-year-old man, described as an “incorrigible and calculating criminal” was convicted Friday of stealing a painting by Vincent van Gogh and another by Frans Hals from two Dutch museums last year, and sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison. Neither of the paintings, each worth several million euros […]
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