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In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap

GREENWOOD, Mississippi - A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases in recent months by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent about their claims, The Associated Press has … more

Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in Colombia

LA GUAJIRA, Colombia - It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus. A disease that ravages banana crops has made its long-dreaded … more

Dorian aims for U.S., causes limited damage in Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Dorian caused limited damage in the northern Caribbean as it left the region and gathered strength late Wednesday, setting its sights on the U.S. mainland as it threatened to grow into a Category 3 … more

Group to help Chicago clear pot arrests during legalization

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A nonprofit with the technology to analyze criminal records nearly automatically will help the county that includes Chicago clear tens of thousands of convictions for marijuana possession as Illinois gets set to allow the … more

Spurning Amazon aid, Brazil brings up Notre Dame fire

JACUNDA NATIONAL FOREST, Brazil (AP) - Brazil insisted on Tuesday that it would set conditions for accepting any aid from the world's richest nations to help fight Amazon fires, saying France couldn't protect the Notre Dame Cathedral from fire … more

Invitation of Iran's foreign minister to G-7 could lead to U.S. meeting

BIARRITZ, France (AP) - The surprise invitation of Iran's foreign minister on the sidelines of the G-7 summit offers a "roadmap" to end a U.S.-Iran nuclear impasse and a proposed meeting between the leaders of the two countries, France's president … more

Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker in opioid suit, orders $572M payment

NORMAN, Okla. - An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to clean up the problem. Cleveland County District Judge … more

Florida nursing home employees surrender after patient deaths

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Three employees of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat after a hurricane cut power turned themselves in on Monday to face charges, their attorneys said. It was unclear if a fourth person … more

Teacher shortage, protests complicate educator pay dynamics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal jumped to a nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and … more

Don't want to buy? You can borrow (more than books) from some libraries

Amanda Blum enjoys trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, but like many home cooks she's reluctant to buy expensive and bulky kitchen appliances. So she was delighted to learn about Kitchen Share, a nonprofit near her home in … more

Health officials: Illinois patient's death may be 1st in U.S. tied to vaping

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois health officials said Friday that a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, which could make it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with … more

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard

CHICAGO (AP) - Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and … more

Brazilian army will fight fires in Amazon

PORTO VELHO, Brazil - Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. Brazilian forces will deploy … more

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump angrily escalated his trade fight with China on Friday, raising retaliatory tariffs and ordering American companies to consider alternatives to doing … more

Florida to execute killer of 6 gay men

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast a quarter century ago was scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, was set to … more

Poll: 62% disapprove of how Trump is handling his job

NEW YORK - About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the … more

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster … more

U.N.: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

GENEVA - The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created … more

Kansas fights claim by man wrongly imprisoned for 23 years

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is fighting the compensation claim of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated his convictions, which were secured despite a complete lack of physical evidence and motive tying him … more

What makes Greenland so appealing that Trump would want it?

By The Associated Press U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a visit to Denmark next month after his offer to buy Greenland was rejected has thrust this ice-covered semi-autonomous Danish territory into the spotlight. Here's a look at … more
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