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  • Bye, Bismarck: 144 cities could lose status as metro areas

    Bye-bye, Bismarck. So long, Sheboygan.
  • Running crew celebrates Black culture on foot

    BALTIMORE - A little past 8 a.m. on a recent Sunday, a group of Baltimore runners stopped partway through their route, near the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues, at the Black Arts District. They posed for a picture at the Arch Social Club, where a mural honours Charm City artists like Billie Holiday and Ta-Nehisi Coates. One of the leaders talked about Baltimore’s famous entertainers and the city’s authors while pointing out Everyone’s Place, a Black-owned mom and pop bookstore.
  • The Latest: Europe records 1M coronavirus cases last week

    MILAN — Europe recorded 1 million new coronavirus cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Tennessee panel deemed vaccinating inmates a 'PR nightmare'

    NASHVILLE - A Tennessee advisory panel tasked with deciding in what order residents should receive the COVID-19 vaccine acknowledged that prison inmates in the state were high-risk, but concluded that prioritizing them for inoculation could be a “public relations nightmare.”
  • Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

    PLAINS OF UR, Iraq - Pope Francis and Iraq's top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during a historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf.
  • Biden getting 1st shot at making mark on federal judiciary

    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the influential appeals court in the nation's capital that regularly feeds judges to the Supreme Court.
  • Egypt's president el-Sissi visits Sudan amid rapprochement

    CAIRO - Egypt’s president visited Sudan on Saturday, his first visit to the country since a popular uprising led to the military’s overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
  • Fighting Biden virus aid, GOP rekindles Obama-era strategy

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemic that’s almost over.
  • Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe

    MILAN - The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive.
  • Protesters say out with Cyprus' 'Satanic' Eurovision entry

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - Dozens of Orthodox Christian faithful held up wooden crosses and sang Church hymns outside of Cyprus' state broadcaster on Saturday to demand the withdrawal of the country’s controversial entry for the Eurovision song contest — titled “El Diablo” — that they say promotes satanic worship.

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