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200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

SARDIS CITY, Ala. — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field.

Thousands in Bangladesh protest against French cartoons

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation's capital on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected unde
Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative co
Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic?

Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic?

Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic? Yes, but probably not like you normally would.
Female football star sues for schools to offer girls' teams

Female football star sues for schools to offer girls' teams

SALT LAKE CITY — Sam Gordon's staggering football skills made her famous at age 9. But they didn't make her fully welcome on the field.
Asian shares slip after Wall St's worst day in a month

Asian shares slip after Wall St's worst day in a month

Shares skidded in Asia on Tuesday after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in a month. Stock benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears

Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears

CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Zeta lashed Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts around Tulum with high winds and rain Monday night as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.
Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.
Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power dur
High court won’t extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

High court won’t extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day.