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World responds to Lebanon's plight, France's Macron to visit

World responds to Lebanon's plight, France's Macron to visit

PARIS — As Lebanese rescuers counted the dead and combed rubble for signs of life a day after a huge explosion shattered swaths of Beirut, nations near and far pledged Wednesday that the country, already trapped in a deep economic crisis, would not b

Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

LIBERTY, Mo. — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker.
Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S.

Minnesota man sells '57 pickup for $75 he paid 44 years ago

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man sold the 1957 Chevy pickup he drove for 44 years for $75, the same price he paid decades ago. Bob Sportal of Prinsburg handed over the key last month to the grandson of the man he bought the truck from, KARE-TV reported.
Biden won't go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination

Biden won't go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signalling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

NEW ORLEANS — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91.
Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook's Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects.

Iowa governor signs order restoring felon voting rights

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to felons.
Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the self-taught, street-wise newspaper columnist whose love affair with New York inspired a colorful and uniquely influential journalistic career and produced several books of fiction and nonfiction, died Wednesday morning.
McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press' West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson's death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news co-operative's global entertainment and lifestyle