THE LATEST LIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT HEADLINES FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lifestyle

Campaigner Heidi Crowter looks on after speaking to the media after her court case, outside the Hig...

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

LONDON (AP) — A woman with Down syndrome lost a court challenge against the British government Thursday over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others took the Department of Health and Social Care to court, arguing that part of the Abortion Act […]
2 days ago
European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton speaks during a media conference on a comm...

One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

LONDON (AP) — The European Union announced plans Thursday to require the smartphone industry to adopt a uniform charging cord for mobile devices, a push that could eliminate the all-too-familiar experience of rummaging through a drawer full of tangled cables to find the right one. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, proposed legislation that […]
2 days ago
FILE  - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, a view of the medal to be presented to Nobel Laur...

Nobel Prize ceremonies to be curtailed again due to pandemic

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize ceremonies will be reined in and scaled-down for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foundation behind the coveted prizes said Thursday. The winners of this year’s prizes in chemistry, literature, physics, medicine and economics, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, are set […]
2 days ago
This undated image provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office of public af...

Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Mesopotamian king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq. The $1.7 million cuneiform clay tablet was found in 1853 as part of a 12-tablet collection in the rubble of the […]
2 days ago
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa holds a speech during the 4th Budapest Demographic Summit in B...

Pence hopeful the Supreme Court will restrict abortion in US

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he is hopeful the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court created during his and President Donald Trump’s administration will soon overturn abortion rights in the United States. Pence spoke at a forum devoted to demographics and family values in Budapest, Hungary, […]
2 days ago
Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept...

Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption on one of Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising fears Thursday that the molten rock might fan out further in coming days and wreak more destruction instead of just flowing out into the sea. One giant river of lava 600 meters […]
2 days ago
Rear Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo shares a joke with a military nurse during a visit to a vaccin...

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was accomplished. A lot of the credit is going to Rear Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo. With his team from the […]
2 days ago
Claudine Humure, of Rwanda, takes a step with her new prosthetic leg as Arthur Graham, prosthetist ...

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — She was orphaned during Rwanda’s genocide and lost much of one of her legs to childhood cancer, but Claudine Humure has dreams of giving back to her once war-torn homeland. First, though, she needed a new leg to propel her on the next part of her journey. The 29-year-old, who spent […]
2 days ago
Woody Faircloth hugs Sheri Roen as her family donates their motorhome to EmergencyRV.org on Sunday,...

Wildfire victims left with nothing get hope from donated RVs

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome complete with carpet and drapes. At his side, his 9-year-old daughter, Luna, quizzes a family who has just donated the recreational vehicle, appropriately called Residency. In the distance, above hills dotted with sagebrush, smoke billows from […]
2 days ago
Is the delta variant worse for kids than the original virus?(AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)...

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? Experts say there’s no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it’s more contagious. Delta’s ability to spread more easily makes it more of a […]
2 days ago
In this photo taken from video, South Africa's President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa remotely addresse...

‘Vaccine apartheid’: Africans tell UN they need vaccines

As wealthy countries begin to consider whether to offer their populations a third COVID-19 shot, African nations still waiting for their first gave this stark reminder to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday: “No one is safe unless we are all safe.” That message was repeated throughout the day as the inequity […]
2 days ago

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2021. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering Black teenager Emmett Till. (The two men later admitted to […]
2 days ago
FILE - A lone base jumper floats under the New River Gorge Bridge during the annual Bridge Day fest...

Parachutists bail in pandemic on West Virginia’s Bridge Day

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Parachutists won’t jump off the nation’s third-highest bridge next month due to worries about sufficient emergency health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, an organizer said Wednesday. Marcus Ellison, an organizer for BASE jumpers, told the Bridge Day Commission on Wednesday that the group will not participate in Bridge Day, the state’s […]
2 days ago
FILE - U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks during a change of command ceremony at the n U...

Former US defense secretary testifies in Holmes fraud trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified Wednesday in the trial of fallen tech star Elizabeth Holmes, saying the entrepreneur misled him into believing she was on the verge of rolling out a blood-testing breakthrough that he hoped would help save lives of troops in battle. Mattis’ appearance came […]
2 days ago
FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University tea...

Suits against Ohio State over sex abuse by doc are dismissed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge dismissed some of the biggest unsettled lawsuits over Ohio State’s failure to stop decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, saying Wednesday it’s indisputable Strauss abused hundreds of young men but agreeing with OSU’s argument that the legal window for such claims had passed. “For decades, […]
2 days ago
FILE - This May 8, 2019, file photo, shows a sign for Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. On W...

Suits against Ohio State over sex abuse by doc are dismissed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed some of the biggest remaining lawsuits over Ohio State’s failure to stop decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, saying it’s undisputable he abused hundreds of young men but agreeing with OSU’s argument that the legal window for such claims had passed. “For […]
2 days ago
FILE - This file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a fee...

Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa

LONDON (AP) — Scientists have found evidence of a resistant form of malaria in Uganda, a worrying sign that the top drug used against the parasitic disease could ultimately be rendered useless without more action to stop its spread. Researchers in Uganda analyzed blood samples from patients treated with artemesinin, the primary medicine used for […]
2 days ago

New Florida bill replicates Texas’ sweeping abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against doctors who violate it. The legislation filed by Republican Rep. Webster Barnaby immediately met with opposition from Democrats who want to […]
2 days ago
FILE - In this July 10, 2017, file photo, Cameron Maynard stands at attention by the monument to Co...

South Carolina’s Confederate monument protection law upheld

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature’s permission is legal. But in the same ruling, the justices struck down a requirement that two-thirds of the General Assembly […]
2 days ago
FILE - In this May 11, 2003, file photo, protesters lie on the pavement opposed to the proposed Yuc...

New push on to expand nuclear radiation compensation in US

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. Advocates have been trying for years to bring awareness to the lingering effects of nuclear fallout surrounding […]
2 days ago
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Hea...

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The new guidelines signed by Dr. Joseph […]
2 days ago

Mother, daughter accused of ‘outlaw’ buttocks augmentations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mother and daughter have been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of performing “outlaw” buttocks augmentation procedures on women, including one who died, police said Wednesday. Libby Adame, 51, and Alicia Galaz, 23, are accused of performing the “inherently unsafe, FDA unapproved” cosmetic procedures at non-medical facilities, the Los Angeles […]
2 days ago
Migrants, many from Haiti, line up to receive food at an improvised refugee camp at a sport park in...

Feeling trapped, migrants’ fears grow in Mexican border city

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — After more than a week at this crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, Haitian migrant Nelson Saintil felt like the walls were beginning to close in on him and his family. Saintil was along the banks of the Rio Grande on Wednesday morning with his wife and four children, ages 5, […]
2 days ago
A man carries a boy across the Rio Grande river as migrants, many from Haiti, leave Del Rio, Texas ...

Feeling trapped, migrants’ fears grow in Mexican border city

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — After more than a week at this crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, Haitian migrant Nelson Saintil felt like the walls were beginning to close in on him and his family. Saintil was along the banks of the Rio Grande on Wednesday morning with his wife and four children, ages 5, […]
2 days ago