WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: 3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence flood

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 9:45 a.m. State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market. Officials previously had estimated that about 1.7 … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: 3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence flood

NEW YORK | ‘Sesame Street’ wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay

NEW YORK — The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay. Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday that the characters are best friends and have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” In a follow-up tweet, it says “Sesame Street has … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘Sesame Street’ wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay

KAMPALA, Uganda | Uganda’s opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

KAMPALA, Uganda— Uganda’s pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is charged with treason over his alleged role in an August incident … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Uganda’s opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

MINNEAPOLIS | Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death. The petition to the U.S. Attorney‘s Office has been signed by more than 6,000 people. One of the petition’s organizers, Nicole Welage, says more answers are needed about the rock star’s accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016. … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince’s death

PYONGYANG, North Korea | North and South Korea say they plan bid for 2032 Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or how … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | North and South Korea say they plan bid for 2032 Olympics

SOMERVILLE, Mass. | Too soon? Fans find Red Sox division title banner in street

SOMERVILLE, Mass.— The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled. Friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri tell WFXT-TV they were out for coffee in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Monday morning when they spotted something in the road. … Continue reading SOMERVILLE, Mass. | Too soon? Fans find Red Sox division title banner in street

TOKYO | US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan

TOKYO— Naomi Osaka’s homecoming couldn’t have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Osaka was in control of the second-round match from the outset, … Continue reading TOKYO | US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark— The chief executive of Denmark’s largest bank resigned Wednesday after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that “the vast majority” of transactions were deemed to be “suspicious.” Danske Bank commissioned the probe last year following reports that dirty money was flowing through the Baltic subsidiary … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal