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Oldest living National Spelling Bee champion reflects on his win 70 years later

May. 31, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — In medical school and throughout his career as a neonatologist, William Cashore often was asked to proofread others’ work. Little did they know he was a spelling champion, with a trophy at home to prove it. “They knew that I had a very good sense of...

FACT FOCUS: Trump distorts use of 'deadly force' language in FBI document for Mar-a-Lago search

May. 23, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump pointed to standard language in an unsealed FBI document to baselessly claim that the Biden administration wanted to kill him during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, nearly two years ago. “WOW! I just came out of the Biden...

China is accelerating the forced urbanization of rural Tibetans, rights group says

May. 21, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is accelerating the forced urbanization of Tibetan villagers and herders, Human Rights Watch said, in an extensive report that adds to state government and independent reports of efforts to assimilate rural Tibetans through control over their language and traditional...

Matt Gaetz evokes 'standing by' language adopted by Proud Boys as he attends court with Donald Trump

May. 16, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz evoked language adopted by the far-right Proud Boys extremist group as he appeared at court Thursday to support Donald Trump at his hush money trial, reflecting the undercurrent of activist elements present among the presumptive GOP nominee's supporters as he seeks a return to...

Music Review: SEVENTEEN's '17 Is Right Here' is a study of their impressive evolution

Apr. 29, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

K-pop boy band SEVENTEEN ventures into confident adulthood with their latest compilation album, “17 Is Right Here.” After a fantastic 2023, where they finished as one of the biggest selling artists of the year with their EP “FML,” the 13-members did not rest on their...

Dubious claims about voting flyers at a migrant camp show how the border is inflaming US politics

Apr. 17, 2024 16:05 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A humanitarian organization in northeastern Mexico said it did not create flyers urging migrants to vote for President Joe Biden that were filmed at its shelter in a viral video that sparked a firestorm of conservative outrage this week. Accusations that...

'I was afraid for my life' — Orlando Bloom puts himself in peril for new TV series

Apr. 17, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando Bloom wanted to test himself for his latest adventure project. Not by eating something gross or visiting a new country. He wanted to risk death — with not one but three extreme sports. The Peacock series“Orlando Bloom: To the Edge” sees the “Pirates...

Big banks warn of uncertain year ahead after mixed financial performances in the first quarter

Apr. 12, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Big banks warned of an “uncertain” year ahead after mixed financial results during the first quarter in an environment of stubbornly high inflation and geopolitical clashes in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. JPMorgan reported a modest 6% rise in profits...

National Teacher of the Year helps diverse students and their families thrive in rural Tennessee

Apr. 03, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Ali Aglan joined Missy Testerman's second grade class, his family had just moved from Egypt to rural east Tennessee, where his parents now run an Italian restaurant. Coming home from school one day in the town of Rogersville, he told his mother that no one would talk...

German state of Bavaria bans gender-sensitive language in schools and other public bodies

Mar. 19, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German state of Bavaria on Tuesday banned the use of gender-sensitive language in classrooms and university lecture halls, the latest salvo in an often-rancorous debate about whether the German language should become more inclusive. The Bavarian state government...