Column: Let's hope gay Olympians spark even greater change

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They are the stars of the Winter Games, and not for what they've done on the ice and slopes. Gay athletes have made their presence felt like never befor...

Hirscher gets gold again, Braaten wins slopestyle

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Two events, two gold medals for Marcel Hirscher. The 28-year-old Austrian has a good chance to leave the Pyeongchang Olympics with one more. ...

Braaten is 1st, Kenworthy last in Olympic slopestyle

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Norway's Oystein Braaten captured the gold medal in Olympic ski slopestyle Sunday, far outdistancing American Gus Kenworthy, who failed to land any of his three runs an...

Self-proclaimed 'icon' Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms t...

Column: A medalist now too, Rippon embraces role at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — He's 28, which is awfully old for a figure skater in the Olympics. That might have been the storyline on Adam Rippon at this Olympics, and it's not a ...

Drag queen to star in Rio samba parade at Brazil Carnival

SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro's most storied samba schools as Brazil's Carnival celebrations continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and p...

Kenworthy embracing LGBT flag-bearer role in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the Sochi Games, he was the medal-winning athlete who overshadowed that achievement by rescuing five stray dogs. In Pyeongchang, he's vacuuming up attention with his...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2018. There are 323 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 19...

South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the...

US skater Rippon wants Pence spat to take backseat to games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon doesn't want his monthlong dispute with Mike Pence over the vice president's record on gay rights to overshadow his long-awaited Olympic performance. ...

Taiwan International Documentary Festival unveils 2018 award nominees

Award nominees for the upcoming Taiwan International Documentary Festival were unveiled Feb. 6 in Taipei City, spotlighting culturally significant and high-quality works from home and abroad.   ...

UN rights chief: Intolerance making inroads in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says "strains of intolerance" once thought alien to Indonesia are making inroads in the world's most populous Muslim nation and warned the governm...

Edmund White, Edna O'Brien receive PEN literary awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Edmund White and Edna O'Brien are receiving lifetime achievement awards from PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announced Tuesday that White has ...

Staid Sao Paulo is getting in on Carnival fun in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — For Dayana Barros, Carnival always meant leaving Sao Paulo for the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, where she participated in its famous street parties throughout her childhoo...

$300M health care system cost to protect religious rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $...