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Progressive Democrats pressure Pelosi to discipline Boebert

Dec. 08, 2021 18:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of progressive Democrats on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to punish firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, whose recent comments likening a Muslim member of Congress to a bomb-carrying terrorist they decried as a “bigoted”...

Court suggests religious schools OK to get Maine tuition aid

Dec. 08, 2021 16:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to rule that religious schools can't be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations' access to taxpayer money. After nearly two hours of...

Slovakia eases virus lockdown but not for the unvaccinated

Dec. 08, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government decided Wednesday to ease the country's current lockdown for vaccinated people and those who have recovered from COVID-19 but the restrictions for the unvaccinated. Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky said starting on Friday, all...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 08, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 7 The Kansas City Star on Sen. Bob Dole and the spirit of compromise: Robert J. Dole — war hero, senator, presidential candidate, Kansan — has died, at the age of 98. ...

Facebook broadens ban on military-linked Myanmar companies

Dec. 08, 2021 04:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Facebook’s parent company Meta said Wednesday it has expanded its ban on postings linked to Myanmar’s military to include all pages, groups, and accounts representing military-controlled businesses. It had already banned advertising from such businesses in February. ...

High court to hear pastor’s case against virus charges

Dec. 07, 2021 22:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear arguments in a pastor’s fight against criminal charges he faces for violations of pandemic gathering limits that were in effect last year. Tony Spell got national attention when he began to flout...

Motorcycle bombing in southern Iraqi city of Basra kills 4

Dec. 07, 2021 08:09 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off in the center of Iraq's southern city of Basra on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding four others, according to Iraqi security forces. The blast set ablaze two other vehicles and sent a column of black...

Memphis' Rhodes College appoints new president

Dec. 07, 2021 04:01 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rhodes College has announced the appointment of Jennifer M. Collins as the Memphis school's 21st president. Collins has served as dean of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Texas since 2014, according to a news release on the...

Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians

Dec. 07, 2021 03:56 AM EST

KUJE, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria's capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine for the rough ride ahead. The rocky and rugged pathway — Bawa described it as a...

Maine city inaugurates first Muslim mayor

Dec. 06, 2021 16:11 PM EST

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine official who is believed to be the first Muslim elected to the South Portland City Council is now the city's mayor. Deqa Dhalac was scheduled to become mayor of the state's fourth-largest city on Monday. Voters elected Dhalac to the council in...