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Charles Polevich at the Nassau County Courthouse for sentencing on Wednesday in Mineola, N.Y. Polevich, the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed the father of rapper Nicki Minaj last year has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 06:20

Charles Polevich pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and tampering with evidence in the crash on New York's Long Island that killed Robert Maraj.

Chinese soldiers wearing masks guard the entrance to the military museum in Beijing on Aug. 1. China says military exercises by its navy, air force and other departments are underway in six zones surrounding Taiwan.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 05:49

China has fired several waves of missiles, hitting targets in the waters that encircle the island of Taiwan, after a visit from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi triggered a tense military standoff.

President Biden started his presidency only selectively referring to his predecessor as "the former guy." But he's talking about Donald Trump frequently in recent weeks and months.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 05:31

With the midterms approaching and lots of chatter about whether Biden will run in 2024, Donald Trump is a useful foil for the president once again.

Grant Schroeder and Emma Ferguson first connected over their mutual love of cats. The couple got married on July 24.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 05:00

When Grant Schroeder commissioned a drawing of his cat, Luna, he figured that was it. But he got a lot more when Emma Ferguson, who also had a cat named Luna, took notice. Soon a romance bloomed.

Will her bike wind up in that canal?
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:00

Each year, thousands of bikes are thrown into waterways. Author Jody Rosen explains the history, and possible motivations for this strange phenomenon.

A woman cools off at a fountain at the Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy, on July 13. You can do a lot to look out for those who are at higher risk of heat-related illness.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:00

Heat waves can take a toll on our health, and some people are especially vulnerable. But you can do a lot to look out for those who are at higher risk of heat-related illness.

A Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station in April 2014.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:00

Retired Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Terry Virts commanded the ISS in 2014 and 2015, but says he wouldn't want to partner with Russia in space until it leaves Ukraine and pays for the damage.

Brittney Griner holds a picture of her Russian basketball team as she stands inside a defendants' cage before a court hearing in Khimki, outside Moscow, on Thursday.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 03:23

The ruling came nearly six months after Griner was detained. Russia has indicated that any potential deal or prisoner swap to secure her release would have to wait until after a verdict in her case.

This photo supplied by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) shows diseased corals at a reef in the Cairns/Cooktown on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, April 27, 2017.
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 01:04

While higher water temperatures led to a coral bleaching event in some areas in March, the temperatures did not climb high enough to kill the coral, according to the Australian government.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, welcomes Paivi Nevala, minister counselor of the Finnish Embassy, left, and Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden's ambassador to the U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 23:00

Wednesday's vote for the candidacy of two Western European nations took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 17:07

Jake Sullivan, the president's national security adviser, discusses the war in Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and the U.S. drone strike that took out al-Qaida's leader.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 16:27

The memoir is not a phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes tale. Instead, Nietfeld refuses silver linings and focuses on the toll of contorting oneself into a "perfect, deserving" victim.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hands flowers to Alina Kabaeva after awarding her with an Order of Friendship during a ceremony at the Kremlin in June 2001.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 16:06

Rumors of a relationship between Putin, 69, and Alina Kabaeva, 39, date back more than a decade. Putin and the former Olympic gymnast are thought to have had at least three children together.

A plane carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation departs Taipei on Wednesday.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 15:59

From the Philippines to Singapore, countries are worried the status quo could turn from tension to conflict. Southeast Asia especially feels the strain of living in the shadow of U.S.-China rivalry.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during the team's training camp on Monday in Berea, Ohio.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 15:55

The NFL is appealing a disciplinary officer's decision to suspend Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy over sexual misconduct allegations.

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