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Seven female Afghan taekwondo athletes resettle in Australia

Sep. 21, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A sports association official says seven female taekwondo athletes who fled Taliban-controlled Afghanistan have resettled in Melbourne. Australian Taekwondo’s chief executive Heather Garriock said Wednesday the women are completing...

'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

Biden nominee confirmed as federal judge for New Mexico

Sep. 21, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces-based defense and civil rights attorney Margaret Strickland was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge in New Mexico, where two prior nominees from former President Donald Trump were sidelined in the runup to the 2020 election. ...

Biden promises 'relentless diplomacy' to skeptical allies

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and...

China's Xi, like Biden hours earlier, turns to calm language

Sep. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Choosing calm language as tensions with the United States grow, Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated his nation's longtime policy of multilateralism on Tuesday, telling world leaders at the United Nations that disputes among countries “need to be handled through dialogue...

After outcry, Catholic school renews lacrosse coaching offer

Sep. 21, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — A Catholic school in suburban Chicago reversed course Tuesday, offering a job to a girls lacrosse coach that had been rescinded when school officials learned the woman is in a same-sex marriage. A day earlier, word of the rescinded job offer sparked...

Republicans sue over excess campaign donations to Whitmer

Sep. 21, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party on Tuesday sued to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign from collecting excess donations, contending that an exception letting her raise unlimited amounts because of attempts to recall her from office is unconstitutional. ...

University to pay $1.6M to students assaulted by employee

Sep. 21, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The payment is...

NCAA places Ga Tech women's hoops team on 3 years probation

Sep. 21, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA placed Georgia Tech's women's basketball program on probation for three years Tuesday, citing violations committed under former coach MaChelle Joseph that included players being forced to practice longer than the rules allow and on scheduled off days. ...

Florida House picks conservative to serve as next speaker

Sep. 21, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House formally voted to pick its next speaker on Tuesday, a former U.S. Navy commander who outlined his firmly conservative beliefs during his acceptance speech. Republican Rep. Paul Renner will lead the House after next November's...