Florida man gets 8 years for fatal hate-crime attack

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in the hate-crime beating death of a Guatemalan man. T...

Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

MILAN (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with i...

Taiwan's National Palace Musuem unveils world mask exhibition at Chiayi branch

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new exhibition in Chiayi showcasing exquisitely made masks from four continents explores the diverse traditions and cultures of various societies. The National Palace...

Thierry Henry returns to MLS as Montreal Impact coach

MONTREAL (AP) — Thierry Henry is returning to Major League Soccer to coach Montreal Impact. Montreal says in a statement the former France and Arsenal great signed a two-year contrac...

German prosecutors: Soldier may have fabricated attack story

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors say they are investigating whether a soldier with Turkish heritage made up a claim that he was assaulted by men who told him he didn’t have the right to wear a German ...

Google, Israel’s National Library team up to digitize books

JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel is working with Google to digitize 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use. ...

Democrats' wins could help bring down Confederate statues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia's landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly...

Golf Glance

PGA TOUR MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC Site: Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Course: El Camaleon GC. Yardage: 6,987. Par: 71. Television: Thur...

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair has spent her life writing well-received biographies of ...

Broadcaster apologizes for Cherry's comments on immigrants

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian broadcast company has apologized for hockey commentator Don Cherry's remarks about what he believes are new immigrants not honoring the country's fallen soldiers. ...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags are newly topped with sprawling steel power...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land wi...

Total signs agreement for $111 million Notre Dame donation

PARIS (AP) — Oil company Total says it has signed an agreement to pay 100 million euro ($111 million) toward the reconstruction of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral that it pledged shortly after April's dev...

Iconic Pacific bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land wi...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the ...