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In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India’s limits on speech

Jul. 05, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid thumps his chest rhythmically in the music video, swaying to the guitar and letting his throaty voice ring out through the forest: “What kind of soot has shrouded the sky? It has turned my world dark. ... Why has the home been entrusted to strangers?” ...

Joey Chestnut is chomp champ again in July 4 hot dog contest

Jul. 04, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut put a protester in a chokehold while gobbling his way to a 15th win Monday at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, powering down 63 hot dogs and buns at the annual exhibition of excess. In...

Dior does folklore in Paris couture, riffing on Ukraine art

Jul. 04, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Images of traditional embroideries and floral paintings adorned the walls of Dior’s celebrity-laden runway homage to Ukraine as Paris' four-day Couture Week kicked off Monday. The set, from Ukrainian artist Olesia Trofymenko, was the starting point for designer Maria...

Judge in Italy ends detention for Haggis in sex abuse case

Jul. 04, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in southern Italy on Monday ordered film director Paul Haggis released from detention at his hotel while prosecutors decide whether to pursue their investigation of whether he allegedly had sex with a woman without her consent over two days, his lawyer said. ...

Heard seeks to throw out verdict in Depp defamation trial

Jul. 04, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard's lawyers have asked a judge to throw out the $10.35 million verdict against her in the defamation case filed by ex-husband Johnny Depp, arguing that the verdict was not supported by the evidence and that one of the jurors may not have been properly vetted by the...

Tacoma woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $600,000

Jul. 04, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 40-year-old Tacoma woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud involving a scheme to defraud friends and acquaintances out of more than $600,000. Sabrina Taylor admitted to lying about her health, employment status, and education to steal money from people who had...

Olympic luge champ Natalie Geisenberger expecting 2nd baby

Jul. 04, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

German slider Natalie Geisenberger, who has won the last three Olympic women's luge gold medals and is considered by many to be the most dominant athlete in her sport's history, is pregnant with her second child. Geisenberger made the announcement over the weekend on social media....

Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families

Jul. 04, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christopher Ford was a baby when his father was sentenced to 28 years in prison for participating in a murder-for-hire scheme that led to the killings of two people at a car dealership. After serving 25 years, prison officials told Robert Glenn Ford he would...

Film reveals Macron’s diplomatic bids amid war in Ukraine

Jul. 04, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — “Vladimir .... tell me what your intentions are.” Four days before President Putin ordered Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron was making a last-ditch attempt to prevent the war in a key phone call revealed in a French TV documentary....

3 dead, 3 critically wounded in shooting at Denmark mall

Jul. 03, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall in the Danish capital Sunday, killing three people and critically wounding three others, police said. A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested after the shooting, Copenhagen police inspector Søren Thomassen...