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Ivory Coast's former president Gbagbo attends Mass in public

Jun. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has made one of his first public appearances since returning home after nearly a decade in exile, attending Mass on Sunday as residents of his hometown made preparations for his visit. Gbagbo, who...

Armenia votes in election triggered by war defeat

Jun. 20, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Polls have closed in Armenia’s national parliamentary election that was held to try to resolve tensions over last year’s defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Sunday’s early election was...

Remains of 10 more Native American kids to be disinterred

Jun. 20, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of 10 more Native American children who died more than a century ago at a boarding school in central Pennsylvania are being disinterred and will be returned to their relatives, authorities said. A team of archaeologists began work...

Diplomats: Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Top diplomats said Sunday further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was abandoned by the Trump administration. They said it was now up to the governments...

Montana health officials struggle with changes to state law

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Legislation aiming to protect businesses from COVID-19 restrictions imposed by local authorities was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte more than a month ago, but across the state, elected officials, public health officers and attorneys are left with wildly...

Oxford mulls designated parking for taxis, ride-share cars

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Officials in the city of Oxford are considering a new ordinance that would create designated spots for taxis and ride-share vehicles to drop off and pick up people in the downtown square. The Oxford Eagle reports that if...

Meridian expands open container ordinance to six days a week

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The city of Meridian has passed a new ordinance allowing open containers of alcohol to be carried in the downtown area every day but Sunday. The new rule goes into effect on July 1. The Meridian Star reports that in 2020,...

Public drinking citations tick up in Charleston-area beaches

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina beach towns are ticketing more people for public drinking as summer visitors flock to the coast. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that open container citations on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island have risen above...

Louisiana sees racial gaps in dual enrollment courses

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana continues to see major racial gaps in which students take high school classes for college credit, an education consultant told public school and college leaders. The Advocate reports the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and...

Alabama museum to return art to 2 Alaskan tribes

Jun. 20, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A city-owned museum will return works of art to two Alaskan Native American tribes that requested the items back in 2017, decades after they were acquired for collections. A vote by the Birmingham City Council cleared the way for the Birmingham...