RALEIGH, N.C. | Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina’s election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election. GOP candidate Mark Harris gave up his fight Thursday to be declared winner of November’s 9th congressional … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?

SAN FRANCISCO | Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children. A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids. The comments reportedly included timestamps that showed where … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

KANO, Nigeria | Nigeria leader says many feared ‘the worst’ after vote delay

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president in a final appeal to the nation before Saturday’s election says many “thought the worst might happen” after a surprise week-long delay but he pledges that people can go to the polls free from fear. President Muhammadu Buhari spoke Friday morning, nearly 24 hours before polls open across Africa’s … Continue reading KANO, Nigeria | Nigeria leader says many feared ‘the worst’ after vote delay

MANILA, Philippines | Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines are in Manila to be sworn in as administrators of a new Muslim autonomy region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions. President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony Friday to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France’s bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France’s statute of limitations. “We have agreed in principle to make a financial gesture,” Vincent Neymon, … Continue reading PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the “Empire” television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

ATLANTA | Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say. Atlanta’s Cyclorama depicts charging horses, … Continue reading ATLANTA | Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Australia says coal holdups at China ports are not a ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia’s trade minister says that while there might be some delays in processing of coal shipments at Chinese ports, he has no reason to believe China is banning Australian coal. Simon Birmingham told reporters Friday in Adelaide that he did not see any problem in the relationship between the two … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Australia says coal holdups at China ports are not a ban