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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a court room ater a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:54

Griner's attorney was quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying the appeal was filed, but the grounds of the appeal were not immediately clear.

Morehouse College is one of several historically Black colleges and universities seeing a surge in applications and enrollments in recent years.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:02

Some historically Black colleges and universities have seen increases in application and enrollment numbers after years of decline.

The Kabul airport was a chaotic mess in the weeks leading up the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as Afghans tried to flee the country.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

President Biden was elected on a promise of competency. The bungled exit from Afghanistan undercut that image. His approval ratings took a big hit, and have never recovered.

Kabul is awash in men and boys on rickety bicycles, because they can no longer afford the price of a bus ticket or a taxi.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

For the first time in decades, Afghans are living in relative peace. But with sanctions on the Taliban, the economy is in shambles and hunger is widespread. Girls are still out of school.

Blacktail Deer Creek in Yellowstone National Park, seen here in a 2019 photo from the ecological study known as NEON, is one site where researchers have bubbled sulfur hexafluoride into the water.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

A 30-year, nationwide study of ecological changes — including the effects of climate warming — has been releasing a powerful greenhouse gas, and critics want it to stop.

Elephants at a water pan in Hwange National Park in north western Zimbabwe. The sanctuary has a capacity for 15,000 elephants, but it currently hosts more than 45,000 according to ZimParks, the country's wildlife management authority.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

Zimbabwe's elephant population is growing, but climate change makes rainfall unpredictable. Animals travel further in search of water now, and often end up clashing with villagers for scarce resources

R. Kelly's federal trial is about to begin. He is charged with 13 counts involving child pornography and obstruction of justice.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago is starting. The singer faces a slew of legal battles and was already sentenced in New York to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for the repeal of the Espionage Act.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 04:00

This is the first time in U.S. history a former president has been investigated for possibly violating the 1917 law. But it's not the first time the Espionage Act has been under scrutiny, experts say.

U.S. Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, left, and Democratic House member John Garamendi of California, second left, back, arrive with their wives at the parliament building in Taipei, on Aug. 15, 2022.
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 03:53

The visit comes less than two weeks after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which prompted days of threatening military exercises by China.

Mon, 08/15/2022 - 02:50

An Iranian government spokesperson added that Iran did not "have any other information more than what the American media has reported."

Sun, 08/14/2022 - 22:59

Heche had been on life support after suffering a "severe anoxic brain injury," caused by a lack of oxygen, when her car crashed into a home Aug. 5.

Freya the walrus is pictured sitting on a boat in Frognerkilen in Oslo, Norway, on July 18. Authorities in Norway said on Sunday that they have euthanized the walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding it posed a risk to humans.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 12:00

Authorities had warned people not to get close to her or pose for photos with the massive mammal. As a last resort, officials decided she posed a threat to humans and needed to be euthanized.

Author Salman Rushdie, pictured in 2018, is expected to survive a stabbing attack, his agent says.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 10:32

The author is recovering, but it will be a long process, those close to him say. His injuries include a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

A man takes a picture of a poster paying homage to veteran stock market investor and Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala in Mumbai, India, on Sunday. Jhunjhunwala, died at the age of 62.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 09:48

Jhunjhunwala, a chartered accountant from the northern state of Rajasthan, began investing in the stock market while he was still in college, starting off with capital of just 5,000 rupees ($63).

Police are seen at the barricade where a man crashed his car early Sunday morning. Authorities say the man then exited the car and fired a gun several times into the air before killing himself.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 09:14

A 29-year-old man drove his car into a barricade and fired a gun into the air before killing himself, officials said. Authorities believe he did not appear to be targeting any members of Congress.

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