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Some Colorado GOP hardliners fall short in primary elections

Jun. 29, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Voters in Colorado's Republican primaries opted Tuesday for candidates widely considered stronger challengers to Democrats' stranglehold on the state's top offices, decisively rejecting right-wing candidates for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state. Voters...

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

Government missile attack kills 9 insurgents in north Syria

Jun. 29, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces conducted a missile strike on a vehicle carrying members of a Turkey-backed armed opposition faction in a rebel-held part of the country’s north Wednesday, opposition activists said, and nine gunmen were killed. The attack happened just south of the...

Hard-line conservative Reps. Boebert, Miller win primaries

Jun. 29, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of Congress’ staunchest conservatives repelled more centrist alternatives to lock up Republican nominations on Tuesday, even as the party’s voters chose to turn out a six-term incumbent in Mississippi. Illinois Republican Rep. Mary Miller won her primary...

Big 12 picks Roc Nation's Brett Yormark as next commissioner

Jun. 29, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Brett Yormark, an executive with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and former CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, was named Big 12 commissioner Wednesday, another unconventional hire by a major conference amid the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics. Yormark is taking over for Bob...

WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling 'a setback,' will cost lives

Jun. 29, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. calling the decision to no longer recognize a constitutional right to abortion “a setback” that would ultimately cost lives. WHO...

Unilever sale puts Ben & Jerry's back in West Bank, kind of

Jun. 29, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new agreement in Israel will put Ben & Jerry's ice cream back on shelves in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank despite the ice cream maker's protest of Israeli policies, according to Unilever, the company that owns the brand. But it's unclear...

Chief: Officer hit woman at abortion rally, should be fired

Jun. 29, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The chief of police in Rhode Island's capital has recommended that a city officer charged with assaulting a woman during an abortion-rights protest should lose his job. Patrolman Jeann Lugo's “disturbing, egregious, assaultive and unprofessional behavior...

CEO and Florida museum part ways following Basquiat raid

Jun. 29, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Museum of Art has parted ways with its CEO in the days after the FBI raided the Florida museum and seized more than two dozen paintings attributed to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that are the subjects of an investigation into possible wire fraud and conspiracy. ...

Bed Bath & Beyond CEO ousted after another dour quarter

Jun. 29, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

The top executive at Bed Bath & Beyond's CEO was ousted Wednesday as the home goods retailer continues to struggle to figure out what people want to buy. Board member Sue Gove will take over as interim CEO, the company said Wednesday, replacing Mark Tritton. Bed Bath &...