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The Latest: Hong Kong Catholics suspend Masses over virus

Feb. 13, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Catholic diocese in Hong Kong has announced that Masses will be suspended for two weeks amid the spread of the new virus. In a brief video announcement, Cardinal John Hon Tong wore a surgical mask as he...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning of A baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Diego. Tatis Jr. has become one of major league baseball's most exciting young players, showing an instinct and aggressiveness that make it hard to believe he's only 20. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Tingler: Padres star Tatis Jr. to remain at shortstop

Feb. 12, 2020 5:35 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. will continue to make his diving, spinning moves at shortstop rather than in center field, rookie San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Wednesday. Tingler said he has no plans to give the Padres’ most dynamic player even a few spring training reps in...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, John Davis, then executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, answers lawmakers questions at a hearing at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Special agents from the office of State Auditor, have arrested Davis, and several others in connection with a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme. The indictments include a range of violations involving fraud and embezzlement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Auditor: More than $4M stolen from Mississippi welfare funds

Feb. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor said Thursday that investigators believe at least $4 million in federal welfare money was stolen by the former head of the state welfare agency and others in the nation's poorest state. At least $48,000 of that paid for a luxury drug rehabilitation program...

Police kill knife-wielding man in Brazil missionary center

Feb. 5, 2020 5:44 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Police shot and killed a man on Wednesday after he tried to attack officers with a knife in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' missionary training center in Brazil, church and police officials said. No missionaries or training center employees were hurt, according to a...

Horse trainer sentenced to probation in neglect case

Feb. 4, 2020 4:51 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Creswell woman accused of neglecting 61 horses boarded at her facility has been sentenced to five years of probation, can no longer board horses and must pay restitution for the care of horses that were seized from her property. Gwyneth Davies, 49, received no jail time Tuesday after...

School: Dolls of black figures on tree-like racks removed

Feb. 4, 2020 1:22 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A performing arts center at Michigan State University removed a gift shop display featuring dolls depicting prominent black figures that were hanging from a tree-like rack, said school officials, who added that they will provide racial bias training for workers and volunteers....

FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugee children attend a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Bangladesh to improve schools for Rohingya refugee children

Jan. 29, 2020 7:13 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons, officials said Wednesday. The children, who fled with...

Attorney general's office dismisses parent complaint

Jan. 18, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general's office has declined to investigate a civil-rights complaint a group of parents filed over Seattle Public School's gifted-education program. The group filed the complaint in December alleging that the district is violating state law by not making a...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Belith Ariza, a barista trainer at Starbucks, opens the doors to the community meeting space at a local Starbucks Community Store, in Phoenix. The Seattle-based company plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. That will bring to 100 the total number of community stores Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Starbucks, home of the $4 latte, is moving into poor areas

Jan. 16, 2020 8:07 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Starbucks has a point to prove: There's more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops — and create more jobs...

Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, to announce results of an investigation of the shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. On Dec. 6, 2019, 21-year-old Saudi Air Force officer, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, opened fire at the naval base in Pensacola, killing three U.S. sailors and injuring eight other people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US military training for Saudi students could resume soon

Jan. 16, 2020 12:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. training for more than 800 Saudi Arabian military students could be restarted "in the coming days," the Pentagon said Thursday, nearly six weeks after a shooting by one Saudi trainee killed three sailors at a Florida base. The Pentagon had stopped all flight and field training for...