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Burn-proof edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' up for auction

May. 24, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Atwood has imagined apocalyptic disaster, Dystopian government and an author faking her own death. But until recently she had spared herself the nightmare of trying to burn one of her own books. With a flamethrower, no less. She failed, and...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 19, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

New York Post. May 17, 2022. Editorial: NY’s leaders still in denial on COVID reality How long will it take for New York’s leaders to catch up with evolving COVID reality? The state is spending taxpayer cash to distribute 16.5 million tests, which...

New 'disinformation' board paused amid free speech questions

May. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board's work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself. ...

Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

May. 18, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president. Because of the disciplinary...

Musk's China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

May. 17, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter. Other companies that want access to China give in to pressure to follow Beijing's positions on Taiwan and other issues. But...

Questions and snafus on eve of Cannes Film Festival

May. 16, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — After two years of pandemic, the 75th Cannes Film Festival is getting going with a familiar dose of controversy and some new snafus as it readies for its largest gathering on the French Riviera since the 2019 edition. Preparations were in full swing up and...

Chicago alt-weekly survives column clash, going nonprofit

May. 15, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Reader, the city's famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner's column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children. The publication was on track to be sold to the new nonprofit...

Gov. DeSantis taps state lawmaker as new secretary of state

May. 13, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday appointed state Republican Rep. Cord Byrd as the new secretary of state, following the resignation of Laurel M. Lee. In a statement, DeSantis, a Republican, called Byrd a “staunch advocate for election security, public...

Nampa school board votes to ban 22 books from libraries

May. 11, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school board in southwestern Idaho has permanently banned 22 popular books from the district's libraries, including Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale” and Khaled Hosseini's “Kite Runner.” The Nampa School Board made the vote on Monday, the Idaho...

Florida students win yearbook flap over "Don't Say Gay" bill

May. 11, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — After an outcry from students and parents over yearbook censorship, a Florida school board overruled their superintendent's plan to cover up a page showing students waving rainbow flags and a “love is love” sign during a walkout against the state's so-called “Don't Say...