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Tuesday 09/29/2020
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:32 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has acknowledged that he never asked the grand jury to consider homicide charges against police in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Stocks move lower as investors wait for presidential debate
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 10:46 am

Stocks moved lower in mid-morning trading Tuesday, as the market cooled off from the rally the day before and as investors waited for the debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:48 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco and another rural blaze that killed three people.

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:48 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and her family had to face it on their own.

How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 9:17 am

How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?

Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 9:18 am

NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. This year, they dominate.

AP PHOTOS: Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine country
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 9:17 am

ST. HELENA, California (AP) — Giant blazes taking down buildings, residents fleeing their homes, exhausted firefighters working around the clock: These are some of the scenes from the wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country.

The Latest: Arkansas school superintendent dies from virus
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:48 am

ATKINS, Ark. — An Arkansas school district says its top leader has died from the coronavirus.

NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 8:30 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms this week as New York City enters a high-stakes stage of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic, which is keeping students at home in many other big U.S. school systems.

No more UK soldiers to be charged over Bloody Sunday deaths
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:48 am

LONDON (AP) — No more British Army veterans will be charged over the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” killings of 13 civil rights protesters in Londonderry, prosecutors in Northern Ireland said Tuesday.

James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 8:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

A viral march across the planet, tracked by a map in motion
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:48 am

On a Thursday night in early January, the disease that would become known as COVID-19 claimed its first victim, a 61-year-old man who succumbed to the newly identified coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, in the People’s Republic of China.

Iowa Manufactured Homes Stand Up to ‘Inland Hurricane’
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:48 am

DES MOINES and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — One thing Iowans are familiar with is wild weather, says the Iowa Manufactured Homes Association (IMHA). Positioned in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa’s weather ranges from extreme cold and snow to temperatures in the triple digits. And let’s not forget tornadoes. Iowans see virtually everything mother nature can throw, but on August 10, 2020, the state was in for a record-setting weather incident.

Election 2020 Today: Debate stakes high, Trump's tax bind
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:32 am

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Election 2020, 35 days until Election Day:

Integro Builders Expands Reach with New Western Michigan Headquarters
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:34 am

GRAND JUNCTION, Mich., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Integro Builders, an award-winning general contractor for custom luxury homes and commercial interiors in Chicagoland and Western Michigan, announced today their new headquarters based in Grand Junction, Michigan, breaking ground on the company’s strategic growth initiative.

Survey Finds Employers Remain Committed to Health Benefits, Focused on New Payment Strategies and Open to Government Reforms
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 8:31 am

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with record disruption in healthcare services and the economic downturn, employers are staying the course or accelerating (71% for 2021 and 63% for 2022) their health benefit strategies. These are among the findings of a survey of employers and other private purchasers of healthcare conducted by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) and its members.

CHR Builders Launches New Website to Showcase Hospitality Renovation Services in Southern California
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:21 am

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 95Visual is pleased to announce the launch of CHR Builders’ new website: https://www.chrbuildersinc.com.

Millennial Money: Try touchless payment to avoid dirty money
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:24 am

If you’re looking for a self-improvement task in this pandemic era, try teaching yourself to use contactless payments with your phone or “tap-to-pay” credit and debit cards.

DAPA Products Shares Tips for Homeowners to Protect Their Home From Winter Pests
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:03 am

JASPER, Ala., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — DAPA Products, a window and door components manufacturer, provides winning ideas on how to keep winter pests out of a home.

A Major Part of James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder Surfaces
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 6:32 am

OAKDALE, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sixty-five years after the infamous crash, a major component of the James Dean Porsche 550 Spyder has surfaced. Found in rural Massachusetts, the original and complete transaxle assembly will see the light of day after being stored in a wooden crate and hidden from public view for over 30 years. Porsche collector Don Ahearn unveils this discovery from the car that many Porsche enthusiasts consider to be the most famous of the marque.

Capital Office Products Supports its Community and Local Businesses by Supplying Essential Items
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 6:18 am

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Capital Office Products keeps clients stocked as they navigate new workplace solutions through the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses have faced many challenges in 2020 and they are constantly changing, particularly in Los Angeles which has approached reopening the city with caution.

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:04 am

PARIS (AP) — France's environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms.

Willow.ai™ and TECVINE Offer the Next Generation of AI
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 5:33 am

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., Sept. 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Willow.ai, provider of a proprietary pre-trained artificial intelligence solution called Willow™ that analyzes insights, automates workflows, and optimizes everyday business tasks, announces today its new partnership with TECVINE, a leading provider of network, cloud, and mobility infrastructure solutions for enterprise organizations.

Analysis: In debate, a last chance for Trump to define Biden
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 5:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump seized control of the White House race and never let go. He masterfully defined and denigrated his opponents with cutting nicknames and a say-anything debate style, and repeatedly drew his rivals into the controversies he created.

Monday 09/28/2020
Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump's debt
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 12:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to.

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 12:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.

Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 12:05 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult.

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St rally ahead of US debate
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 11:33 pm

Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Today in History
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 12:05 am

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew.

3 killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee
Posted: September 28, 2020 - 10:43 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

Lawyer: Driver who hit counterprotesters sought police help
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 9:48 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organizer of a Southern California rally against racism who drove into a crowd of counterprotesters had asked police for help from a hostile crowd but was ignored, her lawyer said Monday.

Armenia, Azerbaijan clash in separatist region for a 2nd day
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 9:32 pm

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks that reportedly killed and wounded dozens as the decades-old conflict has reignited.

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 9:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.

US official: 2020 census to end Oct. 5 despite court order
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 1:47 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge's ruling last week allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted by the Census Bureau on Monday.

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump's debt
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to.

Times' tax story is talker, but perceptions mostly hold
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando Sentinel Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson was curious how readers in polarized central Florida would react to her newspaper leading Monday's edition with a report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017 — and no income tax at all in 10 of the previous 15 years.

Feds to ship millions of tests in bid to reopen K-12 schools
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urged governors to use them to reopen schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

AP OPINION: Trump falsehoods on Ohio economy, health care
Posted: September 28, 2020 - 4:38 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of their first debate, President Donald Trump made exaggerated claims about economic gains in northeastern Ohio and falsely accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of wanting to provide free health care to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally in a spate of events aimed at promoting his administration's record.

Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 8:17 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the prospect of tiny, swimming Martian life.

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday.

Trump went even further than other uber-rich to shrink taxes
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax-avoidance strategies that President Donald Trump capitalized on to shrink his tax bill to essentially zero are surprisingly common among major real estate developers and other uber-wealthy Americans.

Q&A: Will the Trump administration be able to ban TikTok?
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores.

Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:33 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult.

Belarus detains 500 at weekend anti-government protests
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:48 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained about 500 people during weekend protests against the country's authoritarian president, who has claimed a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.

Dissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Assange
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:04 pm

LONDON (AP) — The dissident Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside London's Old Bailey court on Monday against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he is wanted on an array of espionage charges.

Healthy US economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 1:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid growth that the United States enjoyed before the viral pandemic paralyzed the economy this spring failed to reduce racial disparities in Americans' income and wealth from 2016 through 2019, according to a Federal Reserve report Monday.

As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 11:33 am

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — If there were any signs that Staff Sgt. Jason Lowe was struggling, the soldiers he served alongside didn’t see them.

NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 11:17 am

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report in The New York Times.

Amazon to kick off holiday shopping with October Prime Day
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year.

World News

Tuesday 09/29/2020
Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:48 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Armenia says warplane downed; Azerbaijan and Turkey deny it
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:16 am

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia said one of its warplanes was shot down Tuesday by a fighter jet from Azerbaijan’s ally Turkey, killing the pilot, in fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan denied it.

Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:16 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official declaration: "Women's rights are human rights.”

Amnesty Int'l halts India operations, citing gov't reprisals
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 9:32 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday that it is halting its operation in India, citing reprisals by the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities.

AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 9:01 am

BEIRUT (AP) — In less than a year, Lebanon has been hit by an economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port.

No more UK soldiers to be charged over Bloody Sunday deaths
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 7:48 am

LONDON (AP) — No more British Army veterans will be charged over the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” killings of 13 civil rights protesters in Londonderry, prosecutors in Northern Ireland said Tuesday.

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 11:04 am

PARIS (AP) — France's environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms.

AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end
Posted: September 29, 2020 - 1:50 am

EISENACH, Germany (AP) — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up.

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 10:03 am

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder.

Monday 09/28/2020
Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 5:46 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village.

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 12:05 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St rally ahead of US debate
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 11:33 pm

Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Tampa Bay beats Dallas to win Stanley Cup; NHL the 1st major North American sports league to crown champion in pandemic
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 10:17 pm

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay beats Dallas to win Stanley Cup; NHL the 1st major North American sports league to crown champion in pandemic.

Armenia, Azerbaijan clash in separatist region for a 2nd day
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 9:32 pm

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks that reportedly killed and wounded dozens as the decades-old conflict has reignited.

Coronavirus remakes South Koreans' Thanksgiving traditions
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 8:33 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The coronavirus forced 84-year-old Chung Seong-ran to do something new to celebrate South Korea's Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter.

Woman pleads not guilty, denied bail over Trump ricin letter
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 3:47 pm

BUFFALO (AP) — A woman charged with making threats against President Donald Trump by mailing a package containing ricin to the White House was ordered held without bail Monday by a judge in Buffalo who cited “a very strong case" against her based on an indictment in Washington, D.C.

Belarus detains 500 at weekend anti-government protests
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:48 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained about 500 people during weekend protests against the country's authoritarian president, who has claimed a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.

Dissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Assange
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:04 pm

LONDON (AP) — The dissident Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside London's Old Bailey court on Monday against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he is wanted on an array of espionage charges.

Pakistan's top court accepts appeal by Daniel Pearl's family
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 12:01 pm

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday accepted an appeal by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl seeking to keep a British-born Pakistani man on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter.

Milan fashion gives small opening to Black Lives Matter
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 10:32 am

MILAN (AP) — When asked why there aren’t more people of color in the Italian fashion industry, officials have cited a lack of candidates in homogeneous Italy. Five African-born designers in Italy want to put that view to rest with their inclusion on the official Milan Fashion Week calendar Sunday.

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 10:18 am

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer-relevant era, think again.

India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reaches 6 million cases
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:01 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reached 6 million on Monday, keeping the country second to the United States in number of reported cases.

AP PHOTOS: Migrants face more misery in Bosnian crackdown
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 7:48 am

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Remote woods, abandoned run-down buildings and roadsides in northwestern Bosnia are steadily filling with makeshift camps where migrants and refugees from the Mideast, Asia and North Africa are bracing for more misery as autumn’s chill and rains set in.

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:16 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a church agency said Monday.

Rabbis ponder COVID-19 queries of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 1:34 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Must an observant Jew who has lost his sense of taste and smell because of COVID-19 recite blessings for food and drink? Can one bend the metal nosepiece of a surgical face mask on the Sabbath? May one participate in communal prayers held in a courtyard from a nearby balcony?

Food trucks provide rare bright spot in hard-hit West Bank
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 12:02 pm

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus crisis has hit West Bank restaurants hard. But one part of the dining sector is bucking the trend: food trucks.

Sunday 09/27/2020
Asia shares up ahead of China holiday, presidential debate
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 12:04 am

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher in muted trading Monday, ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate and a national holiday in China later in the week.

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 8:16 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than those it faced at its birth.

Arrests in Portland protest follow fairly calm rally
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 5:17 pm

PORTLAND (AP) — Several people in Portland, Oregon, were arrested in anti-police brutality protests that continued into early Sunday, hours after demonstrations ended with few reports of violence.

Fighting erupts between Armenia, Azerbaijan; 18 killed
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 4:03 pm

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has erupted again over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the territory’s defense ministry said 16 soldiers and two civilians have been killed and more than 100 others wounded.

Valentino closes Milan Fashion Week with lush live show
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 3:32 pm

MILAN (AP) — It’s been a season of disruption at Milan Fashion Week.

100,000 march in Belarus capital on 50th day of protests
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 4:47 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 100,000 demonstrators marched in the Belarusian capital calling for the authoritarian president’s ouster, some wearing cardboard crowns to ridicule him, on Sunday as the protests that have rocked the country marked their 50th consecutive day.

UN: Yemen's warring sides to swap more than 1,000 prisoners
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 12:31 pm

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Yemen’s warring sides agreed Sunday to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners, marking the first phase of a prisoner-release plan reached earlier this year.

UK university students furious over virus restrictions
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 12:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — As authorities sought to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at British universities Sunday, some students complained they were being “imprisoned” in their dormitories and politicians debated whether young people should be allowed to go home for Christmas.

Swiss reject nationalist plan to limit jobs for EU citizens
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 12:02 pm

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland on Sunday strongly defeated a nationalist party's proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country.

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 7:30 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work.

North Korea accuses South of intrusion to find dead official
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 9:00 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a South Korean official recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea denied the accusation.

Israelis mark Yom Kippur under 'painful' virus lockdown
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 1:02 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, begins on Sunday in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown.

France vows to protect its Jewish community after stabbing
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 9:00 am

PARIS (AP) — France’s interior minister promised Sunday to protect France’s Jewish community from extremists after a double stabbing in Paris blamed on Islamic terrorism.

Morocco faces down COVID spread with tough rules
Posted: September 27, 2020 - 3:18 am

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — With air and sea borders closed for months and eight cities barring people from entering or leaving, Morocco has been pulling out the stops to stanch the spread of coronavirus.

Facing IS, last embattled Sikhs, Hindus leave Afghanistan
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 1:02 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members now counts fewer than 700.

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn't kill us, climate change will
Updated: September 27, 2020 - 1:02 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will.

Saturday 09/26/2020
Informant in top Venezuela case accused of lying to feds
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 6:00 pm

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A key informant against one of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s closest aides has been accused of lying to his law enforcement handlers in a case involving millions of dollars transported on private jets in violation of U.S. sanctions, The Associated Press has learned.

The U.S. reckoning on race, seen through other nations' eyes
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 7:18 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America's critics have taken note too, using recent months' demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the United Nations' gathering of world leaders this year.

Armani, Ferragamo premiere short films at Milan Fashion Week
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 4:32 pm

MILAN (AP) — To show or not to show: Each Milan fashion house had to make a difficult decision how to reach the fashion public this season under the safety constraints imposed by the coronavirus.

London police, protesters clash at COVID-19 demonstration
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 3:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — London police clashed with demonstrators on Saturday as they broke up a protest in Trafalgar Square against COVID-19 restrictions amid rising tensions over limits on everyday life as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in infections.

Scores arrested in protest against Belarus' president
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:47 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus’ capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.

Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:47 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged.

Alps surprised by early snowfall, Swiss town sees new record
Posted: September 26, 2020 - 1:21 pm

BERLIN (AP) — Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany were surprised by unseasonably early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Lebanese nominated premier resigns, in blow to Macron plan
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 12:45 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country.

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