Is Xi losing sleep over the Buddha?

Amid all the upheaval the world is currently experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, China is more concerned about Sinicizing Buddhism — Tibetan Buddhism to be exact. “Tibetan Buddhism...

Iowa's use of pandemic aid for 2nd IT project draws scrutiny

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is planning to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technolog...

Judge considers challenge to CDC order halting evictions

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta is weighing a challenge to a Trump administration directive that halts the eviction of certain renters through the end of the year in an effort to prevent the...

Racial tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing

SENEKAL, South Africa (AP) — A tense standoff between white farmers and Black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal Friday, as two men accused of killing a white farm ...

Indie bookstores launch anti-Amazon 'Boxed Out' campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed with an award-winning advertising agenc...

Landlords are getting squeezed between tenants and lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren't exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almos...

Millennial Money: Use a crisis to build helpful money habits

As millennials, we’ve learned about money the hard way. From the Great Recession to stratospheric student loan debt to a pandemic, there’s been no shortage of life giving us lemons. ...

German police begin clearing notorious Berlin squat

BERLIN (AP) — Police in heavy riot gear began clearing out a notorious Berlin leftist squat on Friday morning, encountering only passive resistance from residents as they carried them individually dow...

Suit: Atlanta area housing site illegally evicted residents

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The owners of an Atlanta area housing site are illegally throwing out residents struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic and have failed to address roaches, bed b...

Bleak outlook without stimulus: More layoffs, anemic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to cut off talks on another government aid package will further weaken an economy straining to recover from an epic collapse, economists say, an...

Tests, background checks can thwart police diversity effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very start of the application process and later as they seek promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more ...

Dissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Assange

LONDON (AP) — The dissident Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside London's Old Bailey court on Monday against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assan...

Business Highlights

___ Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed with solid gains Friday, the latest shift in a recent stretch of turb...

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic, landlords are going to courts, claiming that the national eviction moratorium unfairly strain...

Judge blocks Louisiana landlord from kicking out residents

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana district judge has temporarily blocked the owners of an apartment complex in Lake Charles from kicking out residents after Hurricane Laura. Nearly 200 ...