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Out of this world: 555.55-carat black diamond lands in Dubai

Jan. 17, 2022 13:50 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world. Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond — believed to have come from outer space — “The Enigma.” The rare gem was shown off on...

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods

Jan. 13, 2022 09:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials said Thursday. ...

Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware

Jan. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers called Wednesday for a committee to investigate rights abuses by European Union governments using powerful spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group. Meanwhile, the Polish Senate formally approved the formation of a committee to...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Jan. 11, 2022 16:59 PM EST

Nonfiction 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 2. Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson, narrated by Will Smith (Penguin Audio) 3. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, narrated by the author (Random House Audio) ...

Trial in Alaska university cold case death to start soon

Jan. 08, 2022 11:33 AM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is set to go on trial for murder in the death and sexual assault of a woman in Alaska nearly three decades ago. Jury selection in the case of Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, Maine, is scheduled for Monday in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Sun Journal reported....

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Jan. 04, 2022 16:25 PM EST

Audible best-sellers for the week ending December 31: Nonfiction 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 2. Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson, narrated by Will Smith (Penguin Audio) 3. The Real Anthony...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 15:09 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...

Authorities: Guardians killed Alaska boy after mom's death

Dec. 30, 2021 21:21 PM EST

A 2-year-old Alaska boy has been killed by his guardians months after his father strangled his mother, authorities said. Steven Melovidov Jr. and Sophie Myers-Melovidov killed the boy in their home on a remote island in the Bering Sea and attempted to mislead investigators,...

Utah tourism industry bouncing back from pandemic setbacks

Dec. 26, 2021 08:01 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — As the world nears its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is at least one industry that is bouncing back — Utah travel and tourism. It’s one of the most profitable industries in the state, contributing $7.07 billion to the economy and supporting...

AP Exclusive: Polish opposition senator hacked with spyware

Dec. 23, 2021 13:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Sen. Krzysztof Brejza’s mobile phone was hacked with sophisticated spyware nearly three dozen times in 2019 when he was running the opposition's campaign against the right-wing populist government in parliamentary elections, an internet watchdog found. ...