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Lorli von Trapp Campbell, of 'Sound of Music' family, dies

Oct. 21, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family was famous for being depicted in the musical and beloved movie “The Sound of Music," has died. She was 90. Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell died Sunday in Northfield, Vermont. The...

UK palace says queen, 95, spent night in hospital for checks

Oct. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in a hospital for checks this week after canceling an official trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to the private King...

EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

Oct. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders struggled to find a common ground during a long debate Thursday on how to ease the pain of soaring energy bills. The hours-long energy discussion at the EU leaders’ summit came amid spiraling prices that are pummeling households...

EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law

Oct. 21, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pressured a defiant Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Thursday to fall back into line on recognizing that EU law trumps national decision-making, hoping that dialogue will stave off a crisis in the bloc. Morawiecki instead...

France offers motorists cash assistance to help pay for fuel

Oct. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday that millions of lower- and medium-income motorists would each be given 100 euros ($116) in one-off financial assistance to help them cope with rising gasoline prices. Castex said on TF1 television it...

Lawyers: Berlusconi is acquitted in Italy corruption trial

Oct. 21, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian premier, was acquitted of judicial corruption charges on Thursday evening in a trial in Italy, his lawyers said. Various Italian media, reporting from Siena, Tuscany, said Judge Simone Spina, in reading the verdict, said...

Strong storm causes 4 deaths in Poland, damage across Europe

Oct. 21, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A powerful autumn storm blasted across parts of Europe on Thursday, killing four people in Poland and causing damage and disruption across a large swath of the continent. According to reports in Polish media, the hardest-hit area was around the...

Greenpeace chief warns of 'greenwashing' at UN climate talks

Oct. 21, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday warned against efforts by countries and corporations at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow to “greenwash” their ongoing pollution of the planet. The summit hosted by Britain has been...

World's biggest triceratops sells for $7.7 million in Paris

Oct. 21, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, known as “Big John,” was sold for 6.6 million euros ($7.7 million) Thursday to a private collector at a Paris auction house. The enormous skeleton, estimated to be over 66 million years old, was found in 2014...

Cyprus aims for Mars with X-Ray rock dating instrument

Oct. 21, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Tiny Cyprus aims to join the global space exploration drive by developing a compact, X-Ray instrument capable of dating Martian soil and rock samples relatively accurately to potentially reveal more about the Red Planet's geological history and offer a glimpse of...