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Tennessee fields 1 school "prohibited concepts" complaint

Aug. 13, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have been smack dab in the middle of the national hoopla about bans limiting what can be discussed about race and gender in public schools. Legislators outlined those boundaries in a bill passed in 2021. But during the most recent school...

Russian shelling heavy in east; Ukraine strikes key bridge

Aug. 13, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive to try to take back an occupied southern region, striking the last working bridge over a river in the Russian-occupied Kherson region,...

Conspiracies complicate voting machine debate in Louisiana

Aug. 13, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The need for Louisiana to replace its voting machines is not in dispute. They are badly outdated — deployed in 2006, the year after Hurricane Katrina struck -- and do not produce paper ballots that are critical to ensuring election results are accurate. ...

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on lecture stage in New York

Aug. 13, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied...

Dooky Chase’s, Leah Chase subject of new TV series

Aug. 13, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Known today as a community staple for authentic Creole cuisine and historically as a meeting place for Civil Rights movement leaders, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is now the set of a new series honoring its matriarch, the late Leah Chase, also known as “The Queen of Creole...

Today in History: August 13, East Germany seals the border

Aug. 13, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2022. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a...

Column: One last salute to four of our greatest athletes

Aug. 12, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

To call them four of the greatest athletes in the history of women's sports is a bit of a slight. Let's just call them four of the greatest. Period. In what should be a melancholy, reflective time for all sports fans, Serena Williams, Sue Bird, Sylvia...

Jury: Democratic PAC defamed Roy Moore, awards him $8.2M

Aug. 12, 2022 23:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed him in a TV ad recounting sexual misconduct accusations during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid in Alabama. Jurors found the Senate...

Two years after Zoom incident, Jeffrey Toobin leaving CNN

Aug. 12, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Toobin, who rejoined CNN as a legal analyst after stepping away in the wake of exposing himself to colleagues in a Zoom call, said Friday that he was leaving the network after 20 years. Toobin announced the move in a tweet, saying he was glad to spend his...

Idaho Supreme Court won't block strict abortion bans

Aug. 12, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges over the laws play out in court, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling means potential relatives of an embryo or fetus can now sue abortion providers over procedures...