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Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

Aug. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — She's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under...

French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed

Aug. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher — all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year — and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber...

Hastings College expands technology, travel opportunities

Aug. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Hastings College has lived through plenty of changes in its 137 years, but few have been as profound as the transformation students will see this school year. In an effort to prepare students for an evolving world and to secure the college's future in the higher education marketplace,...

France honors African veterans of World War II landings

Aug. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's sometimes called "the forgotten D-Day," the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember it 75 years on — and especially, to honor the many soldiers from African sent from...

UEFA postpones Champions League talks as clubs, leagues row

Aug. 15, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

Changes to the Champions League are unlikely to be decided this year after UEFA on Thursday called off joint talks with the heads of European clubs and leagues who have spent months arguing over a potential radical overhaul of the formats of European competitions. European Club Association chairman Andrea...

Emotional Paris ceremony near Notre Dame for Assumption Day

Aug. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Catholic pilgrims have held an emotional procession past fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, singing and parading with a statue of the Virgin Mary rescued from the flames. Hundreds gathered on a bridge near the cordoned-off cathedral for Thursday's Assumption Day procession. They wound along...

From D-Day to Nazi defeat: Marking World War II milestones

Aug. 15, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis. Ten weeks after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France is paying tribute this week to Allied troops involved in another major, but often...

Ton of cocaine found at French port hidden with palm hearts

Aug. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French government official says customs agents found more than a ton of cocaine hidden in a shipment of palm hearts at the Normandy port of Le Havre. Public Accounts Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement on Wednesday that the seizure was the biggest in France so far this year. He said...

The Latest: France presses for Hong Kong talks to end crisis

Aug. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests (all times local): 3 a.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called on all sides, especially authorities in Hong Kong, to restart talks to end violence and bring a "peaceful outcome" to the crisis surrounding pro-democracy...

Stones fell from Notre Dame's ceiling after July heat wave

Aug. 14, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Several stones fell from the vaulted ceiling of fire-ravaged Notre Dame after last month's European heat wave, a French official said Wednesday, urging renewed stabilization efforts to prevent further damage to the iconic Paris cathedral. The Culture Ministry official said the stones crumbled...