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  • Some Argentines turn to unusual pandemic pets for comfort

    Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms — those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula.
  • Lawsuits: Murdaugh used attorney friend to manipulate

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death steered the family of a housekeeper who died in his home to use a longtime friend as their attorney without revealing their friendship and then tried to take a $4 million settlement, according to the family's lawyer.
  • New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted his resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.
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  • African leaders highlight vaccine inequity in UN speeches

    The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.'s annual meeting of world leaders.
  • Russian plane enters Estonia airspace for 6th time this year

    HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member Estonia said Thursday that a Russian air force plane violated its airspace in what the Baltic nation alleged was the sixth such incident this year by a Russian aircraft.
  • Tropical Storm Sam forms, expected to become hurricane

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sam has formed in the Atlantic and is expected to become a major hurricane.
  • Famed cathedral names artist to replace Confederate windows

    Washington National Cathedral has chosen contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, renowned for his wide-ranging works depicting African American life, to design new stained-glass windows with themes of racial justice that will replace a set with Confederate imagery that the landmark sanctuary removed in 2017.
  • Family marks 2,000 days since UK woman's arrest in Iran

    LONDON (AP) — The husband of detained U.K. charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appealed to the British government on Thursday to be brave in its dealings with Iran as the family marked 2,000 days since her arrest there.
  • McCormack, bishop panned for role in sex abuse scandal, dies

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Retired Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack, who faced criticism for his role in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire’s diocese during its own reckoning, has died.

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