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AP Photos: Disabled Romanian children given chance to shine

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 11:06

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - During Romania's communist era, children with disabilities were shunned, often locked away in institutions or kept at home and deprived of schooling and social interactions.

Recent shows in which children with Down syndrome had the starring roles illustrate how much that has changed since communism fell ...

53 dead in Landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 10:21

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 53 people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday.

Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in the ...

Spanish parliament debates formation of left-wing government

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:37

MADRID (AP) - Spain's lawmakers debated Saturday whether to approve interim Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's proposal to form a left-wing coalition government for the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Sánchez’s Socialist Party wants to form a coalition with the far-left, anti-austerity United We Can party for his next government but needs support ...

As Idahoans farm hemp in Oregon, lawmakers plan legislation

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - It was 2018, and after years of running a successful business in the Boise area - Same Day Electric - Patty Fletcher and her husband, Randy, wanted a change of pace.

They landed on what might seem like an odd choice: farming. And then landed on ...

Woman dies after falling off highway overpass

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:00

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A woman who was standing by her vehicle Friday morning after getting into a crash on central Florida's busiest highway fell off an overpass when another car hit her vehicle, authorities said.

The woman had gotten out of her vehicle after getting into the crash on ...

A woman survived a 2018 hippo attack.Here's her story.

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:00

TAMPA, Fla (AP) - Kristen Yaldor looked down at her leg, mangled and gashed open. She sat in a canoe that had been rowed to shore, and the beast that had attacked her was out of sight, somewhere in the Zambezi River. She never saw its face.

It was Dec. ...

Exotic new crop could put Florida on world spice map

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:00

MIAMI (AP) - Vanilla has an undeserved reputation for being blah, as in plain vanilla, the flavor for people who consider chocolate too daring.

The truth is a vanilla bean is an exotic thing - the only edible fruit of the orchid family - and an essential ingredient in a ...

First Florida panther death of 2020 reported

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:00

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have reported the first Florida panther death of 2020.

The 2-year-old female was found dead Thursday from an apparent vehicle strike just south of the Spirit-of-the-Wild Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

A total of 27 ...

2 dead after SUV crash into tree

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:00

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A woman who crashed her SUV and a man who tried to help her both died in Florida, authorities said.

The woman was driving near Ocala when her vehicle struck a tree and burst into flames, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A man driving by in ...

Thousands in Baghdad mourn Iranian general killed by US

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:59

BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders killed in a U.S. airstrike that has caused regional tensions to soar.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security ...

Search in Cambodia resumes after building collapse kills 5

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:33

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Search and rescue teams in Cambodia removed rubble Saturday for a second day to find any more survivors from a building collapse that killed at least five people and injured about 20.

Prime Minister Hun Sen went to the coastal province of Kep on ...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's gallery includes New Year’s celebrations in Germany and China; Orthodox Jews standing near ...

Illinois woman inspires with positive mentality

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) - Dawn Maxey dropped her tap cane.

When it fell down a flight of stairs at a training center for adults who are blind, it became a turning point.

The instructor, Maxey remembers, told her she had two choices. She could dig herself an emotional hole ...

Breast milk depots growing in Wisconsin to help more babies

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

Breast milk depots are expanding in Wisconsin, helping a milk bank near Chicago supply birth centers in Madison and elsewhere with pasteurized milk for fragile babies whose mothers don’t have adequate supply.

Meanwhile, a raw breast milk exchange aimed at healthy babies continues in Madison, and a similar program has ...

Minnesota hardware store features nails, hammers, groceries

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

BUTTERFIELD, Minn. (AP) - The smell of coffee was already wafting through the True Value Hardware Store by the time the sun started to rise on a Wednesday morning in the southern Minnesota town of Butterfield. Christmas music played softly in the background. Customers stomped the snow off their shoes ...

Some churches move toward armed security during services

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A shooting at a Texas church in which two armed congregants fatally shot a gunman who had killed two people during church services Sunday highlighted a juxtaposition religious leaders have been struggling with in recent years. Churches are sanctuaries, places where a message of peace and ...

Closed labs mean autopsy delays, extra cost for Scott County

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The loss of access to two of three forensic pathology labs in Iowa is translating into high costs for autopsies out of Scott County.

The Scott County Medical Examiner's Office lost access in June to the lab at the University of Iowa because of a temporary ...

Minot man is enthusiastic for birds

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

FOXHOLM, N.D. (AP) - He put down his binoculars in favor of a more powerful spotting scope. The improved magnified view gave Ron Martin exactly what he was hoping for, a better chance of identifying specific waterfowl out of a gathering of a thousand or more enjoying a small patch ...

Beloit man carves out happy place through woodworking

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - Tom Schroeder fell in love with woodworking when he was a boy, and now he wants to share his passion with the Stateline Area and beyond.

Schroeder is known amongst friends as The Wood Wizard, and it’s easy to see why. He started refinishing ...

Female Minnesota bodybuilding champ learns to love herself

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:01

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) - A self-described extrovert, Dawn Shafer Forbes greets guests with a grin, an exuberant welcome and a very firm handshake.

“I love people,” she said.

Over the past decade, she’s also learned to love herself.

The 54-year-old bodybuilder from Arden Hills who once hated her brawny ...