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Smollett trial to resume with defense possibly calling him

Dec. 06, 2021 10:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — After two brothers spent hours telling a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the actor’s trial resumes Monday will be whether he will tell his side of the story. ...

EXPLAINER: Jussie Smollett's turn to testify. Will he?

Dec. 05, 2021 11:35 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — After two brothers spent hours telling a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the actor's trial resumes Monday will be whether or not he will tell his side of the story. ...

Parkersburg man discusses being openly gay race car driver

Dec. 05, 2021 09:08 AM EST

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An article in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated features a local race car driver and the seeming culture clash he faces as a gay dirt track competitor. “I’m just an old country boy from West Virginia who happens to be openly gay,”...

Decades-old AIDS ministry in Georgia is changing its mission

Dec. 04, 2021 00:02 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One of the area’s oldest organizations dedicated to serving people with HIV is changing its mission, 40 years since the first U.S. case. St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta was founded more than three decades ago when AIDS, the disease caused by...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 03, 2021 16:24 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. December 1, 2021. Editorial: Some of our state’s most serious crimes go unreported The rate of offenses continues to fall in Maine, but that figure doesn’t say it all. There’s a lot to learn from...

State rests case at Smollett trial after star witnesses

Dec. 02, 2021 22:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The state rested its case at Jussie Smollett's trial Thursday after key testimony from two brothers who said the former “Empire" actor plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago and paid them to carry it out. After a three-day...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity

Dec. 01, 2021 20:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled his new HIV/AIDS strategy to end the more than 40-year-old epidemic, calling for a renewed focus on vulnerable Americans — including gay and bisexual Black and Latino men, who his administration says are too often stigmatized...

Head of North Carolina health department stepping down

Nov. 30, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “Dr. Cohen,...

Hungary's parliament approves referendum on LGBT issues

Nov. 30, 2021 08:22 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament authorized the government Tuesday to call a national referendum on LGBT issues, the latest in a series of steps by the country's nationalist leaders that critics say are intended to limit minority rights. Lawmakers from the...