TOKYO | Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary

TOKYO — Japanese director Naomi Kawase, named Tuesday to make a documentary film about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said she hopes to focus on reconstruction efforts in the northern Fukushima region of the country. The area was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami and a resulting nuclear disaster. The Japanese government hopes the … Continue reading TOKYO | Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary

HARTFORD, Conn | Payday loan job shadows exec’s run for Connecticut governor

HARTFORD, Conn. — In his run for Connecticut governor, Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski touts his stints with blue-chip companies like General Electric and UBS Investment Bank. But the role getting all the attention is his most recent job as CEO of a global payday lending company. Rivals have piled on criticism of Stefanowski’s involvement with … Continue reading HARTFORD, Conn | Payday loan job shadows exec’s run for Connecticut governor

MAZATLAN, Mexico | Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

MAZATLAN, Mexico — Authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up shelters as an “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Willa with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast dotted with high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. Farther south, meanwhile, Mexican officials reported late … Continue reading MAZATLAN, Mexico | Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

Technology News: STL.News adds business directory listings to website

ST LOUIS, MO – St. Louis Media, LLC, owner of STL.News, has launched an online business directory to help promote businesses across the country. The directory listings will include a description of the business along with all relevant contact information. Additionally, they plan to deep-link to subscriber websites to help assure that members websites are … Continue reading Technology News: STL.News adds business directory listings to website

VATICAN CITY | Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are scarce. Pope Francis has convened a meeting of South American bishops next year focusing on the plight of the … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

ATLANTA  | Abrams defends burning state flag, Confederate symbol in ’92

ATLANTA  — The campaign of Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams is defending her involvement in burning the state flag, which contained a prominent Confederate symbol, during a protest while in college more 25 years ago. Abrams’ role in that flag-burning protest resurfaced in The New York Times on Monday, the eve of her … Continue reading ATLANTA  | Abrams defends burning state flag, Confederate symbol in ’92

MOSCOW  | The Latest: Polish leader calls treaty move ‘understandable’

MOSCOW  — The Latest on John Bolton’s meetings in Moscow (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Poland’s president says President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to pull the United States out of a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty is “understandable” in light of Russian activities. President Andrzej Duda was asked in Berlin on Tuesday whether Poland … Continue reading MOSCOW  | The Latest: Polish leader calls treaty move ‘understandable’

NEW YORK | Rosie O’Donnell is engaged, no wedding date set

NEW YORK— Rosie O’Donnell is getting married. The 56-year-old confirmed to People magazine on Monday her engagement to 33-year-old Elizabeth Rooney. O’Donnell says their wedding date is “a long time in the future.” They’ve had a long-distance relationship because O’Donnell lives in New York and Rooney lives in Boston. O’Donnell says the Army veteran is … Continue reading NEW YORK | Rosie O’Donnell is engaged, no wedding date set