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DISPATCH: In tornado's wake, navigating a reluctant town

Jun. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It was 7:54 a.m. when I awoke to the news that a tornado had struck North Carolina’s coast overnight, killing three people and injuring 10 others. After getting the call from my editor, I started packing — hand sanitizer, N-95 masks and a face...

Hong Kong leader says US 'beautifying' security offenses

Jun. 22, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Foreign governments are “beautifying” acts that endanger national security in Hong Kong when they criticize the recent crackdown on a pro-democracy newspaper, the leader of the semiautonomous Chinese territory said Tuesday. Hong Kong leader Carrie...

Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest

Jun. 21, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua police announced late Monday they had placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of ex-President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state. There was no mention of Aleman or his...

Feinberg named managing editor of Idaho Press newspaper

Jun. 21, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Press has named Teddy Feinberg as its new managing editor. Feinberg, who has been a news editor at The Bakersfield Californian for 2 1/2 years, was selected after a nationwide search, the Idaho Press announced Monday. He succeeds Holly...

Review: Journalist brings rare nuance to take on Appalachia

Jun. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

“Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning” by Alan Maimon (Melville House) In the preface to his new book, Alan Maimon writes that he's “not here to take shots at J.D. Vance's ‘Hillbilly Elegy,'" but then he eviscerates Vance's bestseller with stiletto...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 21, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. June 17, 2021. Editorial: Revel in joy, remember pain of Juneteenth The theme of Juneteenth 2020 was the theme of every American tradition and celebration during the year of COVID-19: separation from loved ones. But unlike...

Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says it may shut down

Jun. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s embattled pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily reported Monday that its board of directors has asked authorities to unfreeze some assets so it can pay salaries and avoid labor violations, and that the board will meet again on Friday to decide if the newspaper...

Australia accused of 'excessive and unnecessary' secrecy

Jun. 20, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world’s most secretive democracies. Last week, a former Australian spy was convicted...

Editor of paper that endured newsroom shooting says goodbye

Jun. 19, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The editor of the Capital Gazette, which won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its newsroom, is leaving the Maryland newspaper. Rick Hutzell, who worked at the Annapolis paper for more than...

Editor, CEO denied bail in Apple Daily case in Hong Kong

Jun. 19, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court ordered the top editor of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and the head of its parent company held without bail Saturday in the first hearing since their arrest two days ago under the city's national security law. Ryan Law, the...