State prosecutors struggle with human trafficking cases

BOSTON (AP) — Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven't come close to matching the success their...

Hong Kong must abandon extradition bill that threatens journalists: RSF

TAIPEI (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Hong Kong Legislative Council members to reject extradition bill that would allow Beijing to legally prey on residents and visitors, including jou...

Pennsylvania accuses financial firms of bond price-fixing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's treasury department is accusing about a dozen large financial firms of working together to illegally inflate the price of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie M...

In Serie A, 4 teams fight for 2 Champions League places

MILAN (AP) — Trying to figure out which Italian teams will qualify for the Champions League could get a bit complicated this weekend. Going into the final day of the Italian league s...

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

LONDON (AP) — Judith Kerr, author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95. HarperCollins chief ex...

Revisiting France, and recalling D-Day's horror and triumph

Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarte...

Review: A cool concept lost in execution in 'Brightburn'

"Brightburn " is a one idea movie. What if a baby from another planet crash lands on earth and is adopted and raised by a nice childless couple living on a farm? This kid doesn't get hurt, never bleed...

Hilary Mantel ready to complete trilogy of Cromwell novels

NEW YORK (AP) — British author Hilary Mantel is ready to complete her million-selling trilogy of Thomas Cromwell novels. Henry Holt and Company announced Wednesday that "The Mirror &...

UN rights expert slams UK welfare spending cuts

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert has sharpened his criticism of cuts to social support in Britain, describing recent changes as window-dressing and calling for a "new vision." ...

US author Siri Hustvedt receives prestigious Spanish award

MADRID (AP) — American writer Siri Hustvedt, author of international bestsellers including "What I Loved" and "The Summer Without Men," has won this year's Princess of Asturias award for literature. ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, ...

Oman author Joka Alharthi wins Booker International Prize

LONDON (AP) — An author from Oman has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies," the story of three sisters and of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past an...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBook charts for week ending May 19, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Howard Stern Comes Again by H...

Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is...

Accused New Zealand mosque shooter charged with terrorism

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police have filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Police say they have charged...