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Utah State players opt out of Colorado State game in protest

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State has cancelled its football game against Colorado State amid concerns voiced about religious discrimination during the search for a new football coach.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under security law

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been charged under the city’s national security law as authorities step up a crackdown on dissent, local media reported.
Trump, Congress avert shutdown, buy time for COVID-19 talks

Trump, Congress avert shutdown, buy time for COVID-19 talks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a temporary government-wide funding bill into law on Friday, averting a federal shutdown at midnight and buying Congress time for on-again, off-again talks on COVID-19 aid.

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris indicted on new child sex charges

CHICAGO — “Cheer” star Jerry Harris, already facing federal child pornography charges, has been indicted on new charges that allege he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to send him obscene photographs a
EU leaders agree to reduce emissions after all-night talks

EU leaders agree to reduce emissions after all-night talks

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc’s net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N.

Mexican experts find 119 more skulls on Aztec 'trophy rack'

MEXICO CITY — Archaeologists in Mexico City said Friday they have found another section of 119 skulls that were part of the Aztec capital’s main trophy rack of sacrificed humans.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year

Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year

LOS ANGELES — Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom, but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year.
Correction: Virus Outbreak-Unemployment Benefits story

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Unemployment Benefits story

WASHINGTON — In a story December 10, 2020, about slowing economies in the U.S. and Europe, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Montrell McGraw is a member of an advocacy group called “Stand Up Louisiana.
Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films

Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films

NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday, as the studio unveiled a galaxy’s worth of new streaming offerings including plans for 10 “Star Wars” series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+.
Time magazine names BTS its Entertainer of the Year

Time magazine names BTS its Entertainer of the Year

NEW YORK — BTS has had more than just a “Dynamite” year — they've become such a global phenomenon that Time magazine named the South Korean group its 2020 Entertainer of the Year.