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This image provided by the Supreme Court shows Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as they ride an elephant in Rajasthan, India, in 1994 . Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2020, the Supreme Court announced. (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

A rapper, an elevator and an elephant: stories Ginsburg told

Sep. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent years Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was surprised to find herself so popular that “everyone wants to take a picture with me.” The justice, who died Friday at 87, had become a feminist icon, with books, movies, clothing and even coloring books devoted to her. People...

A man shouts slogans against the use of face masks as a means of protection against the COVID-19 infection during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Several hundred Romanians, including many families with young children, held a protest in the country's capital against measures meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, especially social distancing and the mandatory use of masks in schools. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Latest: German protesters decry virus restrictions

Sep. 20, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

DUESSELDORF, Germany — Hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Duesseldorf Sunday against government coronavirus restrictions and in support of a host of other causes. People waved signs with slogans like “end to panic, corona pandemic is a lie” and “corona rebels” as songs...

Participants in a demonstration of an alliance for the immediate evacuation of all Greek camps hold protest signs in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. The alliance of Pro Asyl, the Berlin pier and other groups is calling on the federal government to stop blocking the reception of local and state authorities. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

Thousands march in Berlin in support of refugees in Greece

Sep. 20, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Sunday demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp. The crowd marched through the capital to the landmark Victory Column carrying...

In this June 9, 2020 file photo, people wait to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern in Atlanta.  Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary earlier this year became a poster child for election dysfunction.  Election officials say they are making sweeping changes to try to avoid a repeat in November, as Georgia emerges as a potential presidential battleground, turnout is expected to set records and the coronavirus continues to rage. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle

Sep. 20, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary election earlier this year was marred by dysfunction: Hourslong wait times at polling places. Absentee ballots that never arrived. Votes cast after midnight. The problems were most acute in Fulton County, which...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public School students and supporters march from Roosevelt High School to the Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill to protest the cancellation of fall and winter extracurriculars, in Des Moines, Iowa. All in-person activities were suspended this month as the district's classroom instruction remains virtual. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Sep. 20, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during...

US judge approves injunction to delay WeChat restrictions

Sep. 20, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government's actions...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a man counts his banknotes and traveler checks in Tehran, Iran. On Sunday, Sept 20, 2020, Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops

Sep. 20, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran. ...

A fisherman plays with his daughter as he works in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. This once pristine place is discovering that the perils of becoming a can’t-miss destination extend beyond hordes of weekend warriors sapping the unspoiled place of its charm. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

Sep. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by, from left, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence, and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reacts to a question during a news conference on the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Public health officials were already warning Americans about the need to prepare for the coronavirus threat in early February when President Donald Trump called it “deadly stuff” in a private conversation that has only now has come to light. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret

Sep. 20, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations. If the U.S. could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump said, it would indicate that his administration had “done a very good...

The crescent moon sets behind the Commerzbank building in Frankfurt, Germany, late Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages

Sep. 20, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Public sector workers in Germany will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce an agreement, their union said Sunday. The Ver.di union, which represents around 2.3 million federal and local employees, said strikes will start...