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Trial of Maine man in Alaska woman's death underway

Jan. 20, 2022 02:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The trial of a Maine man who is charged in the death of a woman at an Alaska university in the 1990s is underway after numerous delays. Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, is on trial for charges including murder and sexual assault in the death of 20-year-old...

Today in History

Jan. 20, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2022. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their “final...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Jan. 18, 2022 13:44 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) ...

New this week: Mellencamp, Hilary Duff and 'Fraggle Rock'

Jan. 18, 2022 08:24 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi latest masterpiece, “A Hero,” comes to Amazon Prime Video on...

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...