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Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

Oct. 23, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the promise when releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s manifesto for elections that begin in Bihar state next week. Every Bihar resident...

This photo provided by Air Force Reserve shows a sky view of Hurricane Epsilon taken by Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter team over the Atlantic Ocean taken Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.   Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly as it prepares to sideswipe Bermuda on a path over the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center says it should come close enough Thursday, Oct. 22, evening to merit a tropical storm warning for the island.  (Air Force Reserve via AP)

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirting well east of Bermuda

Oct. 22, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirted well east of Bermuda on Thursday night, prompting officials to lift a tropical storm warning for the Atlantic island. Epsilon's top sustained winds had fallen during the day to 85 mph (140 kph), dropping it from a Category 2 to a Category 1 storm, the U.S....

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...

Tyler Vandermartin, bartender, left, carries sandwiches to a table at Wheel in Pottsville, Pa. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Seated at the table, back, are Joshua Montesdeoca, Sr., left, and Tanazane Wood, right, both of Shenandoah, and seated at the table, front, from left, are Joshua Montesdeoca, Jr., 6, Gabriella Soto, 6, and Jessica Soto, not pictured, all of Shenandoah. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered that beginning Sept. 21, restaurants can increase their indoor occupancy to 50%, and alcohol sales must close at 10 p.m.. (Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via AP)

Wolf offers $20 million relief plan for bars and restaurants

Oct. 22, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

Pennsylvania plans to offer $20 million in relief to the state’s beleaguered hospitality industry, the governor announced Thursday, an amount trade groups called woefully inadequate for helping bars and restaurants survive the pandemic. The state intends to waive liquor license fees in 2021 for more than...

This image released by CBS All Access shows Ace Ruelas-Jimenez, left, with dog Frances in a scene from the episode

Animals, people rescue each other in heartfelt docuseries

Oct. 22, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a new docuseries, a child who uses a walker meets a dog with its own version of wheels. Inmates find solace in training canines for adoption, and pigs strut their stuff in a “body positivity" celebration. That and more is part of “That Animal Rescue Show,” an...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, nurses and their supporters hold signs in the rain as they began a two-day strike outside the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, registered nurses at the hospital approved a new, four-year collective bargaining contract after going on a two-day strike amid disputes over pay and the availability of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic. (John Shishmanian/The Bulletin via AP, File)

Connecticut has 19 communities with 'red alert' virus levels

Oct. 22, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

Eight more communities, many in southeastern Connecticut, were identified Thursday by state public health authorities as “red alert towns” after their daily rates of new COVID-19 infections surpassed 15 per 100,000 people since last week. There are now 19 cities and towns on the weekly list that now...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. A federal judge on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, urged the Trump administration to do more to help court-appointed researchers find hundreds of parents who were separated from their children after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border beginning in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Judge urges US to help find parents deported without kids

Oct. 22, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday urged the Trump administration to do more to help court-appointed researchers find hundreds of parents who were separated from their children after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border beginning in 2017. A court filing revealed this week that researchers have...

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Mauro Cioffari, left, puts a wedding ring on his partner Davide Conti's finger as their civil union is being registered by a municipality officer during a ceremony in Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 21 2020 at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Mexico broadcaster: Pope's civil union quote not broadcast

Oct. 22, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican television broadcaster confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. Broadcaster Televisa said Thursday that the emphasis of its interview was on...

Advocates, restaurants call for extension of meals program

Oct. 22, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Advocates for a program that uses federal coronavirus relief money to distribute free restaurant-made meals intended for people in need during the pandemic and to help those eateries stay afloat are calling for the program to be funded past mid-December. The statewide Everyone Eats...