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Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Oct. 17, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Penn. (AP) — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91. Rice died of congestive heart failure Oct....

Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...

Weather, protest cloud Beijing flame-lighting rehearsal

Oct. 17, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — A sunburst at the overcast birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece was too short-lived to light the backup flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Sunday’s dress rehearsal. It was the second blip of the day, after two...

2 arrested in Athens for protesting Beijing Olympics

Oct. 17, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two women attempted to hang a banner from the Acropolis in Athens Sunday morning in protest at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, and were detained by Greek police. The activists, 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old exiled...

University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

Oct. 16, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to reinstate a professor who was acquitted of federal charges that had accused him of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants, a letter obtained by the Knoxville News...

Taiwan's leader pays respects to 46 dead in building inferno

Oct. 16, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Saturday paid her respects at a morgue to the dozens of people killed in a deadly inferno that ripped through an aging tower block earlier in the week. The fire in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed at least 46 people,...

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Oct. 16, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a...

Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing

Oct. 16, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event. The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test...

Today in History

Oct. 16, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2021. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers...