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Divided Reactions in US as Pope Backs Same-Sex Civil Unions

By David Crary and Elana Schor | Thursday Oct 22, 2020
LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis' endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he's done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said he was blatantly contradicting church teaching.

James Randi, Dazzling Magician and Skeptic, Dies at 92

By Matt Sedensky | Thursday Oct 22, 2020
James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country's foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. He was 92.

Mixed Philippine Reaction on Pope Nod on Gay Civil Unions

Thursday Oct 22, 2020
Pope Francis' endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia's bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff's remarks with relief.

Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee Top Billboard Latin Music Awards

Thursday Oct 22, 2020
Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Wednesday, claiming seven trophies apiece at the pandemic-delayed show.

Short-Video App Quibi Shutting Down Just Months After Launch

By Tali Arbel | Thursday Oct 22, 2020
Short-video app Quibi said it is shutting down just six months after its early April launch, having struggled to find customers.

Viewers' Guide: After Chaotic Debate, Trump, Biden Try Again

By Michelle L. Price | Thursday Oct 22, 2020
After meeting last month in perhaps the most chaotic debate in modern history, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will take the stage Thursday to give it another go.

CDC Redefines 'Close Contact'

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
U.S. health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters.

New App Aims to Help Unblock Global Air Travel

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
A new smartphone app could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements

Next in Hunt for COVID-19 Vaccine: Testing Shots in Kids

By Lauran Neergaard | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year.

Giuliani Caught in Hotel Bedroom Scene in New 'Borat' Film

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Rudy Giuliani is shown with his hand down his pants after flirting with an actress playing a young woman pretending to be a television journalist in a scene in Sacha Baron Cohen's latest mockumentary, a sequel to his hit "Borat" film.

Trump the Dancer? His Moves to 'YMCA' at Rallies are a Hit

By Jill Colvin | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
President Donald Trump, a man who is famously particular about his appearance, is fully embracing doing a dad dance to the Village People's "YMCA" as the finale to his rallies in the campaign's closing stretch.

Judge Slams DeVos for Rejecting 94% of Loan Relief Claims

By Collin Binkley | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed.

An Electric Hummer? Battery-Powered Trucks Head to Showrooms

By Tom Krisher | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Seven auto companies have plans to roll out new battery-powered pickup trucks over the next two years, aiming to cash in on a popular and lucrative market for expensive vehicles.

Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

By Nicole Winfield | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Barrett was Trustee at Private School with Anti-Gay Policies

By Michelle R. Smith and Michael Biesecker | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren't welcome.

Director Stephen Daldry Exits 'Wicked' Film Adaptation

By Lindsey Bahr | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
The long-gestating film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Wicked" has hit another snag. Director Stephen Daldry is exiting the project, a studio representative confirmed Tuesday.

Worsening Opioid Crisis Overshadowed in Presidential Race

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
"I just think that Trump doesn't understand addiction," said Diane Urban, 53, a Republican from Delphos, Ohio, who voted for the president in 2016 and whose son died from an overdose in 2019.

Polish Academics Protest 'Fundamentalist' Education Minister

By Vanessa Gera | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth.

'Gimme Some Lovin' Rock Star Spencer Davis Dead at 81

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Spencer Davis, a British guitarist and bandleader whose eponymous rock group had 1960s hits including "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man," has died. He was 81.

Netflix Reports a Summer Slump in Subscriber Growth

By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay | Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Netflix's subscriber growth slowed dramatically during the summer months after surging in the spring fueled by pandemic lockdowns that corralled millions of people in their homes.

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