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San Francisco Opera prompter Matthew Piatt sits in the prompter's box at the War Memorial Opera House.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 16:25

One of the world's greatest living composers, John Adams, has a new opera, and the prompter keeps 'Anthony and Cleopatra' from flying off the rails.

Adnan Syed enters a Baltimore courthouse prior to a hearing on Feb. 3, 2016. Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to vacate his conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee — a case that was chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial."
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 16:07

Baltimore's state's attorney filed a motion in circuit court, saying a lengthy investigation conducted with the defense had uncovered new evidence that could undermine the murder conviction.

Sali Hafez (center), accompanied by activists, looks at her phone on Wednesday after breaking into a BLOM Bank branch in Beirut, Lebanon, brandishing what she later said was a toy pistol and taking $13,000 from her trapped savings account.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 15:31

She broke into a bank branch, taking $13,000 from her trapped savings amid strict limits on withdrawals set by Lebanese banks. She said she needed the money to fund her sister's cancer treatment.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announces a lawsuit against Amazon in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 15:08

California's antitrust lawsuit alleges the company penalizes sellers and suppliers that offer cheaper prices at rival online stores.

Charlotte Bennett, a former health policy aide to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pauses during an interview in New York on Oct. 12, 2021. Bennett sued Cuomo on Wednesday, saying he sexually harassed her then smeared her reputation.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 14:52

A onetime aide to the former New York governor is suing him, saying he sexually harassed her and then smeared her reputation after she became the second woman to publicly accuse him of misconduct.

Local residents gather on Tuesday to receive humanitarian aid in Balakliia, a town recently liberated by the Ukrainian military as part of its counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 13:21

Ukrainian forces liberated the town of Balakliia in a swift counteroffensive against Russia in the east, where retreating Russian troops left behind tanks, captives and an untold number of casualties.

Brigham Young University's athletics department says it "sincerely apologizes" to the fan who was banned for allegedly yelling racist slurs at volleyball players from visiting Duke University.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 13:21

Brigham Young University says it found no evidence of racial heckling of Black volleyball players during a game against Duke University. Duke's top athletics official says she stands by her players.

The Department of Justice has charged three Iranian nationals for allegedly conducting a global hacking campaign that targeted victims and the U.S. and other countries for extortion.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 12:00

Three Iranian nationals have been charged for allegedly conducting a global hacking campaign that targeted victims and the U.S. and other countries for extortion.

A truck arrives at the Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, N.Y., which became the company's first unionized U.S. facility in the spring.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 12:00

About 400 workers will vote on whether to join the upstart Amazon Labor Union, which in the spring won a historic vote to form the company's first unionized U.S. warehouse in Staten Island.

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:58

The NPR legal affairs correspondent met the future SCOTUS justice in the early '70s, when Totenberg interviewed Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a story about a decision pertaining to women's rights.

Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:08

Nikolas Cruz has already pleaded guilty to killing 17 people and wounding others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. Jurors are deciding whether he'll be executed or spend life in prison.

Grenadier Guards flank the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday. The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four full days before her funeral on Monday.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:04

Her coffin left Buckingham Palace for the last time Wednesday, borne on a horse-drawn carriage and saluted by cannons and the tolling of Big Ben, in a solemn procession to Westminster Hall.

Demonstrators at the Texas State Capitol call for access to abortion at a rally in September 2021 in Austin. Days earlier, Texas had enacted SB 8, which bans most abortions after about six weeks.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 10:53

With abortion illegal in a growing number of states, both groups that help patients access the procedure and those who oppose it are reporting more calls for help.

A 1952 portrait of Greek actress Irene Papas taken in Paris. Papas died Wednesday at age 96.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 10:19

Papas catapulted to international fame in such films as Zorba the Greek, Z and The Guns of Navarone. She also earned acclaim for her work in classical Greek plays. She died Wednesday at age 96.

Pieper Lewis speaks during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Lewis, who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death in June 2020, was sentenced to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man's family.
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 07:39

Teenage human trafficking victim Pieper Lewis was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 to the man's family. She had pled guilty earlier to charges in his death.


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