Associated Press

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Unvaccinated Missourians Fuel COVID

By Heather Hollingsworth | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country.

As Pandemic Restrictions Wane, Hope Rises for Europe Travel

By Urooba Jamal | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
As pandemic restrictions start to ease, travelers and the businesses in Europe that rely on them are eager for a return to something resembling normal.

Turkey Welcomes Back Tourists

By Mehmet Guzel, Zeynep Bilginsoy | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Hotels in Turkey's popular Antalya region are ready to reopen after Moscow announced it was lifting flight restrictions to Turkey. Tourism representatives are hoping that their sector — a key component of the Turkish economy — can now recover some of its

EU Leaders Defend LGBTQ Rights Amid Concern Over Hungary Law

By Lorne Cook and Samuel Petrequin | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Several European Union leaders insisted Thursday that discrimination must not be tolerated in the 27-nation bloc, setting the scene for a heated summit over new legislation in Hungary that would ban showing content about LGBTQ issues to children.

Britney Spears Tells Judge: 'I Want My Life Back'

By Andrew Dalton | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the "abusive" case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved.

Jim Bakker, his Church Settle Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Claims

By Jim Salter | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Jim Bakker and his southwestern Missouri church will pay restitution of $156,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the TV pastor of falsely claiming a health supplement could cure COVID-19.

What to Know About the Delta Variant

By Aniruddha Ghosal | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Viruses constantly mutate, and most changes aren't concerning. But there is a worry that some variants might evolve enough to be more contagious, cause more severe illness or evade the protection that vaccines provide.

British Travel Industry Urges Swifter Reopening of Sector

By Pan Pylas | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
The U.K.'s travel industry held a day of action Wednesday, pressing the British government to allow more quarantine-free travel and provide cash-strapped businesses with much-needed financial support.

Testosterone Rule Keeps Transgender Runner out of Trials

Thursday Jun 24, 2021
Transgender runner CeCe Telfer will not be allowed to compete in the women's 400-meter hurdles at U.S. Olympic trials.

Expert: Transgender Olympic Athlete Could Polarize Opinion

By Steve McMorran | Thursday Jun 24, 2021
An expert on transgender rights says the participation of trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard at the Tokyo Olympics might inspire others, but could also become a focus for anti-LGBTQ activists.

Britney Spears Asks Judge to Free Her from Conservatorship

By Andrew Dalton | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Britney Spears asked a judge Wednesday to end court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008.

Hungary Fans Bemused by Rainbow-Flag Reception in Munich

By Ciarán Fahey | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Rainbow flags outnumbered German flags when soccer fans arrived for a European Championship game in Munich on Wednesday.

PM Draghi Defends Italy from Vatican Objections to LGBTQ Law

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Premier Mario Draghi defended the independence of Italy's parliament on Wednesday in the face of formal objections by the Vatican to a proposed law that would extend additional discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.

Brian Stokes Mitchell Hosts a Talk Show with Broadway Stars

By Mark Kennedy | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell will be hosting a new streaming talk show focusing on fellow artists like him who have made the jump from stage to film, television or music.

Column: Nassib's Video Shatters Decades-Old Sports Barrier

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
In a 59-second video, Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active player in the NFL's 101-year history to publicly declare he is gay and in the bargain, burst through a barrier that went unchallenged for decades.

Elton John Adds Dates to Final Tour, Including Stadium Shows

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Elton John has announced the final dates for his farewell tour, which includes stops at big stadiums in the U.S.

Biden Urges Shots for Young Adults as Variant Concern Grows

By Zeke Miller | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to get younger Americans vaccinated for COVID-19 as the White House acknowledges the spread of a new variant that threatens to set the country back in the months ahead.

Walt Disney World Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Party October 1

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary. All four parks at the Lake Buena Vista, Florida, resort will take part in "The World's Most Magical Celebration," beginning Oct. 1.

Italy Welcomes Tourists From US, Canada, Japan

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Italy's leader is pitching for tourists to start coming from the United States, Canada and Japan to give a vitally needed boost to Italian hotel and restaurant businesses.

Louisiana Governor Vetoes Transgender Sports Ban Proposal

By Melinda Deslatte | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday struck down a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls' sports teams in Louisiana schools, pushing back against legislation that has passed several Southern states.

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