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Pope Asks for Prayers for Sex Abuse Summit at Vatican

Pope Asks for Prayers for Sex Abuse Summit at Vatican

NEWS | Feb 18
Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time."

Retailers, Fashion Brands Struggle With Racial Insensitivity

Retailers, Fashion Brands Struggle With Racial Insensitivity

NEWS | By Anne D'Innocenzio | Feb 18
Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happening?

'Black Panther' Costume Designer Blazes Trail to Inspire

'Black Panther' Costume Designer Blazes Trail to Inspire

ENTERTAINMENT | By Jonathan Landrum Jr. | Feb 18
Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her.

School Board in Virginia May End Transgender Bathroom Ban

School Board in Virginia May End Transgender Bathroom Ban

NEWS | By Ben Finley | Feb 18
For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school.

Disgraced Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner Released from Prison

Disgraced Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner Released from Prison

NEWS | Feb 18
Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017.

Smollett Developments Leave Some Baffled, Others Outraged

Smollett Developments Leave Some Baffled, Others Outraged

NEWS | By Lindsey Bahr | Feb 18
The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media.

Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On 'Better Path'

Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On 'Better Path'

HEALTH/FITNESS | By Rachel Bluth | Feb 18
A means to divert addicted patients into treatment remains elusive, creating a missed opportunity in the health system.

Sex Abuse Survivors to Meet with Vatican Summit Organizers

Sex Abuse Survivors to Meet with Vatican Summit Organizers

NEWS | By Nicole Winfield | Feb 18
Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders.

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

NEWS | By Mae Anderson And Jill Lawless | Feb 18
British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules on Facebook to keep it from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws.

Besieged IS Militants Refuse to Surrender, Ask for an Exit

Besieged IS Militants Refuse to Surrender, Ask for an Exit

NEWS | By Sarah El Deeb | Feb 18
More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed Syrian forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday.


Entertainment

Chicago Police Seek Follow-Up Interview with Jussie Smollett

Chicago Police Seek Follow-Up Interview with Jussie Smollett

CRIME | By Sara Burnett and Greg McCune | Feb 18
Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.


Business

AP FACT CHECK: Trump Spins Fiction about Diversity Visas

AP FACT CHECK: Trump Spins Fiction about Diversity Visas

LEGAL | By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen | Feb 18
President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction.


Technology

Year in Space Puts U.S. Astronaut's Disease Defenses on Alert

Year in Space Puts U.S. Astronaut's Disease Defenses on Alert

SCIENCE | Feb 17
Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.


Cars

Edmunds: Top Car-Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Edmunds: Top Car-Buying Mistakes to Avoid

AUTO NEWS | By Ronald Montoya | Feb 16
Here are some of the most common car-shopping mistakes people make when buying or leasing a car. Avoid them and you'll have a better car-buying experience.


Style

15 Looks From Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week

15 Looks From Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week

FASHION | Feb 17
It was classic Jacobs at his best — high drama and fairytale whimsy, with big shapes and signature touches like oversized ruffles and flounces and bold florals, and deliciously roomy coats that beckoned. (Photos: AP/Andres Kudacki)


Health/Fitness

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging

SCIENCE | By Lauran Neergaard | Feb 16
Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.


Travel

Stay a While: 3 Can't-Miss Luxury Hotels Opening This Spring

Stay a While: 3 Can't-Miss Luxury Hotels Opening This Spring

Feb 18
Three new luxury hotels in breathtaking destinations will begin welcoming guests this spring, including Comporta in Portugal, Raa Atoll in The Maldives and Santa Teresa de Cobano in Costa Rica.