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Wendy Williams has frontotemporal dementia. What is FTD?

Feb. 22, 2024 15:51 PM EST

Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with a form of dementia, according to a statement released Thursday on behalf of her caretakers. The 59-year-old former talk show host was diagnosed last year with with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia “after undergoing a...

Wisconsin school district releases tape of Black superintendent's comments that led to resignation

Feb. 21, 2024 20:24 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay school district on Wednesday released the recording of its first Black superintendent's appearance on an Atlanta radio show in which he made blunt comments about race relations, criticized the community and derided one of the district's principals. ...

Japan's government OKs new foreign trainee program to attract more workers as its population shrinks

Feb. 09, 2024 05:14 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government adopted plans on Friday to scrap its current foreign trainee program, which has been criticized as a cover for importing cheap labor, and replace it with a system it says will actually teach skills and safeguard trainees' rights as Japan desperately seeks more...

Ohio attorney general opposes speeding up timeline for lawsuit over proposed voting rights amendment

Feb. 05, 2024 17:54 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost told the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday that rushing a lawsuit filed against him by a coalition of civil rights organizations seeking to place a package of voter protections on the November ballot is unjustified. In a court...

Ukrainian and Hungarian foreign ministers meet but fail to break a diplomatic deadlock

Jan. 29, 2024 12:09 PM EST

KAMIANYTSIA, Ukraine (AP) — A years-long diplomatic conflict between Ukraine and Hungary took a step toward resolution on Monday during a meeting of their foreign ministers, but no breakthrough was reached on Hungary's blocking of a crucial European Union financial aid package for Kyiv. ...

Pennsylvania's governor says he wants to 'get s--- done.' He's made it his slogan, profanity and all

Jan. 25, 2024 17:40 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Josh Shapiro has a new slogan for how he wants to run Pennsylvania — and it's not fit for kids' ears. “We’ve got a GSD attitude in the Shapiro administration that means we focus on getting, you know, stuff done,” he told a news conference Monday...

IRS will start simplifying its notices to taxpayers as agency continues modernization push

Jan. 23, 2024 14:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS wants to rewrite its complicated letters to taxpayers and speak to people in plain English. The federal tax collector is rewriting and sending out commonly received notices ahead of the 2024 tax filing season as part of its new “Simple Notice...

Haley’s frequent reference to new anti-DeSantis website falls flat with some supporters in Iowa

Jan. 11, 2024 19:09 PM EST

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley revived some of the debate-stage critiques she leveled against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as she campaigned in Iowa on Thursday, even as some of her supporters said they didn't think her performance the night before had been her strongest. ...

Lily Gladstone is the Golden Globes' first Indigenous best actress winner

Jan. 08, 2024 00:10 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When Lily Gladstone took the stage Sunday night to accept her first Golden Globe, she spoke to the live TV audience in the Blackfeet language. “This is a historic win,” she said, becoming the Globes' first Indigenous winner of best actress in a...

New migrants face fear and loneliness. A town on the Great Plains has a storied support network

Dec. 24, 2023 11:37 AM EST

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — Magdalena Simon's only consolation after immigration officers handcuffed and led her husband away was the contents of his wallet, a few bills. The hopes that had pushed her to trudge thousands of miles from Guatemala in 2019, her son’s small frame...