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Investigation? Review? Biden faces a messaging dilemma

Jan. 19, 2023 18:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Hillary Clinton was running for president, her campaign wanted a gentler way to talk about the criminal investigation into her private email server, so they called it a “security review.” Now President Joe Biden's team is using similar language when...

Tirana protests UK official's 'verbal lynching' of Albanians

Jan. 16, 2023 10:28 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Monday handed a verbal note to the British ambassador to Tirana to protest what it called a “verbal lynching” by a U.K. official in comments about Albanian immigrants in the country. The paper expressed “concern on the last statement of the...

Benedict’s 2013 resignation shook a routine Vatican ceremony

Jan. 01, 2023 03:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Veteran reporter Giovanna Chirri was starting to doze off in the Vatican press room on a slow holiday when all of a sudden the Latin she learned in high school made her perk up — and gave her the scoop of a lifetime. It was Feb. 11, 2013, and Chirri was...

Purdue reprimands campus official for mocking Asian remark

Dec. 22, 2022 18:04 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University said Thursday its Board of Trustees had formally reprimanded the top official of its northwestern Indiana campuses over his mocking of Asian languages during a recent commencement ceremony. The faculty senate of Purdue University Northwest...

Faculty: Purdue Northwest CEO must resign for racist remarks

Dec. 18, 2022 16:23 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The faculty senate of Purdue University Northwest is demanding the resignation of CEO and Chancellor Thomas Keon after he mocked Asian languages during commencement. The open letter signed by eight members of the senate's executive committee called for Keon to...

Spain’s Queen Letizia visits Los Angeles to promote language

Dec. 13, 2022 19:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spain’s Queen Letizia was in Los Angeles on Tuesday where she celebrated the opening of a center that promotes the Spanish language and culture throughout the world. Letizia Ortíz opened the West Coast's first branch of the Cervantes Institute, which was...

YMCA program for Latino immigrant families creates community

Dec. 11, 2022 00:11 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Maria Belen Mendieta first moved to Charlotte from Ecuador in 2015, she longed for a sense of community. While researching English speaking classes at Central Piedmont Community College, a parent told her about the Harris YMCA’s Parents as Teachers...

Biography of poet John Donne wins UK nonfiction book prize

Nov. 18, 2022 14:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book that argues Elizabethan poet John Donne should rank alongside William Shakespeare as a literary genius has won Britain’s leading nonfiction book award British writer Katherine Rundell’s biography “Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne” was...

Happy hygge! Scrabble dictionary adds hundreds of words

Nov. 16, 2022 09:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's the sitch, Scrabble stans. Your convos around the board are about to get more interesting with about 500 new words and variations added to the game's official dictionary: stan, sitch, convo, zedonk, dox and fauxhawk among them. Out this month, the add-ons in...

Words on bronze hand may rewrite past of Basque language

Nov. 16, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The discovery of five words inscribed on a 2,000-year-old bronze hand may help rewrite the history of the Basque language, one of Europe's most mysterious tongues. Investigators in northern Spain said this week they discovered what they believe to be the...