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Blame it on Bieber: Iceland canyon too popular with visitors

May 19, 2019 19:30 PM

A large sign warns motorists that Iceland’s Fjadrárgljúfur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road. A ranger at a roadblock has to explain why no one can pass: The vulnerable landscape cannot sustain more visitors. Blame Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star with a worldwide reach.

Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president

May 19, 2019 18:30 PM

LILONGWE, May 19: Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country’s main opposition party.

Saudis say they don’t want war, but will defend themselves

May 19, 2019 17:30 PM

DUBAI, May 19: Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf after attacks on the kingdom’s energy sector.

Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

May 19, 2019 17:00 PM

DALLAS, May 19: A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.

Abortion rights demonstration held on Cannes red carpet

May 19, 2019 15:48 PM

Ahead of Saturday’s premiere of an Argentine documentary on abortion, dozens of women demonstrated for abortion rights on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Women, including the filmmakers and activists seen in the film, waved green handkerchiefs and carried a large banner while walking the Cannes carpet at the premiere of Argentine director Juan Solanas’ “Let It Be Law.” The documentary depicts Argentina’s battle to legalize abortion.

Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

May 19, 2019 14:22 PM

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old quickly recovered and said, “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

Final round of voting underway in India’s marathon elections

May 19, 2019 10:43 AM

KOLKATA, INDIA, May 19: Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a 6-week-long long, grueling campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party seeking reelection for another five years.

Barbie joins prestigious ranks of fashion council honorees

May 18, 2019 12:15 PM

Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Michelle Obama. Barbie? The Council of Fashion Designers of America will follow up those prestigious honorees of its Board of Directors’ Tribute Award with the ever-evolving doll. The council said in a statement Thursday the idea is to celebrate Barbie as a fashion icon, coinciding with her 60th anniversary.

Zucchini or summer squash makes for a colorful pasta dish

May 18, 2019 11:15 AM

A combination of pasta and summer squash results in a light, flavorful dish that’s full of color. We decided against peeling the squash, as the skin helped to keep the pieces intact throughout the cooking process. Because summer squash contains so much liquid, we salted and drained it to keep our sauce from ending up watery and bland.

Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran

May 18, 2019 11:12 AM

BAGHDAD, May 18: When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside.

Cardi B tops BET noms, Nipsey Hussle up for 1

May 17, 2019 14:04 PM

Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated Press late Thursday that Cardi B’s nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year — with her hits ‘Money’ and ‘Please Me,’ with Bruno Mars. She is also competing for best female hip-hop artist, the viewer’s choice award and album of the year with her Grammy-winning major-label debut, ‘Invasion of Privacy.’

A list of nominees at the 2019 BET Awards

May 17, 2019 13:02 PM

A list of nominees at the 2019 Bet Awards, to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.

‘Big Bang Theory’ exits TV airwaves with emotional episode

May 17, 2019 11:54 AM

“The Big Bang Theory” closed out its run as television’s top-rated comedy with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show’s group of geeky misfits.

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

May 17, 2019 11:00 AM

DUBAI, May 17: Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch “surgical” strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Trump changes immigration plan focus to ‘merit’ over family

May 17, 2019 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON, May 17: Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs.

Prince Harry accepts apology for intrusive images

May 16, 2019 20:07 PM

Prince Harry settled privacy and data protection claims Thursday against a news agency that hovered over his home in a helicopter and took photos directly into his living room and bedroom. Harry accepted substantial damages and an apology from Splash News and Picture Agency. The figure was not disclosed.

Rolling Stones North American tour to start in Chicago

May 16, 2019 19:58 PM

The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment.

DJ Khaled releasing collaboration with Nipsey Hussle

May 16, 2019 19:45 PM

DJ Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles. Khaled announced on Twitter on Wednesday that all proceeds from “Higher” will be donated to Hussle’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross.

Iran claims right to respond to ‘unacceptable’ US sanctions

May 16, 2019 19:30 PM

DUBAI, May 16: Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are “unacceptable” but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unravelled amid rising tensions.

Osaka wins first of 2 matches in a busy day at Italian Open

May 16, 2019 16:39 PM

ROME, May 16: Top-ranked Naomi Osaka comfortably beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 in the first of her two matches at the Italian Open on Thursday.