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Indonesian Muslims fully celebrate Eid al-Fitr after 2 years

May. 02, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia returned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in full swing Monday after two years of subdued festivities due to pandemic restrictions and travel curbs. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, when the faithful...

Family-owned company has made party supplies for 101 years

Apr. 30, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

PERU, Ind. (AP) — In some ways, Mike Kuepper’s life has been one big party. Which makes sense, considering his family has been keeping the party going for 101 years. Today, that party is happening inside a building in Peru. Inside the massive factory that stretches an entire city...

Four months after tornado, Kentucky focuses on rebuilding

Apr. 24, 2022 21:44 PM EDT

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Sundays at the Bullock home in rural Kentucky were filled with lasting memories: big family dinners, cornhole, basketball and karaoke. Those gatherings ended the night of Dec. 10, when a massive tornado obliterated their Dawson Springs house, trapping Chris...

Ramadan kicks off in much of Middle East amid soaring prices

Apr. 02, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan — when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk — began at sunrise Saturday in much of the Middle East, where Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sent energy and food prices soaring. The conflict cast a pall over Ramadan, when large...

Rainbow Gathering planned in Colorado sparks fire concerns

Apr. 02, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes plans to return to Colorado this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The weeks-long confab that draws tens of thousands of hippie campers to public lands announced this week that the national gathering of possibly 30,000 would be returning...

Effort advances to save Montana's territorial Capitol

Apr. 02, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It may not have felt like it, but there are some folks who will swear that March 21, 2022 was a very historic day for Montana. The State Land Board took action that day to support efforts to restore Stonewall Hall in Virginia City, a crumbling structure that...

Ukraine war casts shadow over Ramadan amid soaring prices

Apr. 01, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslim-majority nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, declared that the holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful observe a dawn-to-dusk fast, would begin at sunrise Saturday. But the raging war in Ukraine, which has sent energy...

Mexico to rent out presidential jet for weddings, parties

Mar. 28, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he has now essentially given up on his quixotic bid to sell off the presidential jet, and will rent it out for weddings or parties. López Obrador admitted the government has not been able to sell the...

Families sue W.Va. school district over Christian assembly

Feb. 17, 2022 18:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of parents and students are suing a West Virginia school district for allowing an evangelical preacher to hold a religious revival assembly during the school day earlier this month that some students were required to attend. The suit, filed in a...