WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Commencement ceremonies in Mississippi are looking a bit different than usual as graduates began to receive their degrees via virtual celebrations.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis celebrated their Independence Day at home Wednesday amid a nationwide lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to religious leaders of all faiths on Saturday “to join forces to work for peace around the world and focus on our common...
Iran’s supreme leader suggests mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid pandemic
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggests mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid pandemic.
M. Ward, “Migration Stories” (Anti- Records)
The borders delineating M. Ward's “Migration Stories” come in terrestrial and celestial forms, with songs inspired by his grandfather's journey...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City postpones its St. Patrick's Day parade because of concerns about the coronavirus.
MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT PARK, Calif. (AP) — A huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods National Monument in California on Christmas Eve, authorities said...
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman who drove to Mexico to deliver Christmas gifts to a sprawling refugee camp housing people waiting for U.S. court dates said Wednesday she was detained by authorities...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the...
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after...
Suspect in shooting at college Halloween party in East Texas that killed 2 and injured a dozen more has been released
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Suspect in shooting at college Halloween party in East Texas that killed 2 and injured a dozen more has been released.
UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a...
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings take the field against New Orleans in their preseason opener, Irv Smith Jr. will be the latest but nowhere close to the last person in the country to...
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When will immigration reform get the attention it needs?
That imposition of tariffs on Mexico was averted is, as we said in our June 9 editorial, good...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Foreign Ministry says Iran has agreed to release a Lebanese man who has been imprisoned there since 2015.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry says it has been...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah commencement ceremony honored a student shot to death on campus by her ex-boyfriend last year.
Some of the nearly 8,500 graduates participated in...
ASHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The New Yorker recently described her as an artist who "grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in the Berkshires."
Actually, Gayle Kabaker lives in Ashfield, which...
The most memorable special occasions often have some elements that are a little offbeat. At weddings, one easy place to add a creative and personal touch is the escort cards, seating charts and...
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — When harpist Lauren Meier performs at a wedding, she doesn't play just the bridal march or Pachelbel's "Canon in D." She might also play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."
The harp is a versatile instrument, which is one of the reasons Meier loves it.
The Grand Island woman also plays the piano, but it's obvious the harp is her preference.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — At first glance, the New Year's Day tradition a group of regional water-skiers has adopted may seem a bit, well, nuts.
But the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts have proven their annual ritual has staying power: Members have braved occasional below-freezing temperatures and lakes encrusted with ice every Jan. 1 for 41 consecutive years.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — Occasionally nibbling at the itchy tag, a precocious 9-week-old goat named Packer pranced around in a red Santa costume that was probably meant for a dog.
Call him one of Santa's helpers and just like the jolly old elf himself, Mark Sopko has been very busy this Christmas season.
But it's not toys that keep Sopko occupied through the holidays.
It's reindeer. He's got two of them, and as one might imagine, they're in high demand this time of year.
"They're wonderful. They bring all that joy around the holiday," said Sopko of Reindeer Magic and Miracles.
ISTANBUL (AP) — The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong.
One was his 39-year-old sister; standing at her side was an elderly woman Idris did not know. Their grins were tight-lipped, mirthless. Her sister had posted the picture on a social media account along with a caption punctuated by a smiley-face.
"Look, I have a Han Chinese mother now!" his sister wrote.
Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and if you are hosting you might already be thinking about how you might plan things better this year, how to make it all a bit less stressful.
While the truly prepared are already polishing their napkin rings, the rest of us are just starting to wonder, "How can I not want to throw a gravy boat out the window?"
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A gathering of jubilant smiles from humans and canines offset the gray Tuesday morning sky at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Opelika's new park.
Located at 409/415 First Avenue, the Henry and Roslyn Stern Community Park was donated to the city from the Henry J. Stern Family Foundation.
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Hard work and a positive attitude seem to be the secret to longevity for Jane Makholm, who turns 100 on July 19.
Makholm, who moved to Beloit Senior Living a year ago from Suring, Wisconsin, lives independently in her on-site apartment, is on the go and is in almost perfect health.
She attends exercise class and book club, does crafts and stops in at happy hour. She enjoys an occasional nip of gin.
PHOENIX (AP) — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua."
Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — On Friday, Nathan Otero, 35, took the day off.
The Bridgeport resident works 50 to 52 hours a week juggling two jobs, so time off is hard to come by. But Friday was a special occasion - his eldest son, Nathaniel Jr., 6, was graduating kindergarten.
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Actor, comedian and author Mindy Kaling is delivering the commencement address at Dartmouth College, her alma mater.
Kaling graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001. Kaling created, wrote, produced and starred in the medical-themed comedy series "The Mindy Project," and also played Kelly Kapoor on the American version of "The Office" for many seasons.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 5 — in 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup — based on a tomatillo salsa — is the perfect dish for the occasion.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's two elder sons have visited Dubai, attending the wedding of the daughter of a billionaire Emirati developer and business partner of the Trump Organization.
Hussain Sajwani shared a picture Friday on Twitter of himself standing with Eric and Donald Trump Jr., saying he was delighted to host the two for the occasion of his daughter's wedding. He described them as "dear friends and business partners."
TEL ARBOUSH, Syria (AP) — The young men and women in traditional costumes of red, blue and white, the colors of the Assyrian flag, jumped into the middle of the park. With feathers or gold tiaras on their heads, they danced, kicking up their feet to a traditional song as the New Year's party reached its peak.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — In an unassuming building on Dedeaux Road, Nadine Hancock transforms material into the stuff of which dreams are made.
Lace, satin, velvet, jersey, chiffon — bolts of fabric used to spin creations for special occasions sit near bolts of bright African print fabrics, all awaiting the inspiration of Hancock and her clients.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized system to track marijuana from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don't drift into the black market.