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Librarians honor books by Luiselli and Higginbotham

Jan. 26, 2020 7:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. The awards for fiction and nonfiction were...

FILE - In this Thursday Sept, 19, 2019 file photo, Zimbabwean medical staff march on the streets of Harare. A billionaire has offered to pay striking doctors in Zimbabwe to help end a months-long protest over grave hospital conditions as the economy crumbles, and a doctors' group on Thursday Jan. 23, 2020, said it was encouraging members to embrace the money and return to work. But Dr. Masimba Ndoro, vice president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, warned that “nothing much has changed” in the conditions at public hospitals that include the lack of basic items such as bandages and gloves. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Billionaire's cash helps Zimbabwe's doctors back from strike

Jan. 23, 2020 5:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A billionaire has offered to pay striking doctors in Zimbabwe to help end a months-long protest over grave hospital conditions as the economy crumbles, and a doctors' group on Thursday said it was encouraging members to embrace the money and return to work. But Dr. Masimba Ndoro,...

FILE - This Dec. 4, 2008 file photo shows the exterior of the Poe house and Museum, a historic landmark in Baltimore. A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. A division of the American Library Association has added the Poe house to its national registry of Literary Landmarks. The museum will host a dedication ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, which coincides with the celebration of the 211th anniversary of Poe's birth. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore named literary landmark

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A national association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. A division of the American Library Association has added the Poe house to its national registry of Literary Landmarks. The museum will host a dedication ceremony on Sunday, which...

In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland rejects European legal experts' opinion as 'parody'

Jan. 16, 2020 12:10 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Pending legislation in Poland that gives politicians the authority to fire or fine judges would further undermine judicial independence in the country and violates European Union principles, European legal experts said Thursday. Members of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission...

FILE - This Jan. 5, 2020 file photo shows actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio's environmental organization will donate $3 million to help the efforts toward the wildfire relief in Australia.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

DiCaprio's Earth Alliance gives $3M to Australia fire relief

Jan. 9, 2020 7:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

Jan. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete...

Missing journalist's body found in Mexico's Michoacan state

Jan. 9, 2020 10:35 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The body of a Mexican radio journalist was found more than a month after his disappearance, authorities in the state of Michoacan said. Fidel Ávila Gómez had disappeared Nov. 29, 2019 after leaving Huetamo, Michoacan for an event in the city of Altamirano, Guerrero on the...

An Indian student sits bleeding inside a bus after he was detained by police during a protest march towards the presidential palace against a recent attack on students by masked men inside Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The protest march Thursday of students and faculty of the esteemed university in New Delhi that was the site of a mob attack earlier this week was violently broken up by police, with police wielding batons to force demonstrators onto buses. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Police violently end student protest in central New Delhi

Jan. 9, 2020 9:54 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police chased and stuck protesting students with batons after they marched through India's capital Thursday to demand the resignation of a university official following an attack at their school by masked assailants. About 1,000 students and faculty from Jawarhalal Nehru University marched...

A student is seen through broken glass as she walks inside the hostel canteen room vandalized after Sunday's assault by masked assailants at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. More than 20 people were injured in the attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Attackers beat protesting students at Indian university

Jan. 6, 2020 6:55 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Masked assailants beat students and teachers with sticks on the campus of a prestigious university in India’s capital, injuring more than 20 people in an attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. Videos that emerged after the assault late Sunday showed people...

Judge allows California's shift to energy saving light bulbs

Dec. 31, 2019 6:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday allowed California’s updated light bulb efficiency standards to take effect with the new year. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento rejected a petition from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting...