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Jamie Lee Curtis working to get stand-in LGBTQ mom onscreen

OKLAHOMA CITY — Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is trying to tell the story of an Oklahoma woman whose pledge to stand in as a mom at same-sex weddings went viral.
Dam with mine waste collapses in Brazil; 7 dead, 200 missing

Dam with mine waste collapses in Brazil; 7 dead, 200 missing

SAO PAULO — A dam that held back mining waste collapsed Friday in Brazil, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing.
Travel groups praise deal on shutdown after flight delays

Travel groups praise deal on shutdown after flight delays

Politicians couldn't overcome their differences and end the government shutdown over five weeks. Six air traffic controllers might have done it in a day.

Gunman kills 3 men in separate shootings, then kills himself

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A gunman opened fire at a hotel bar near Penn State's main campus, killing two men and wounding a woman, broke into a stranger's house and fatally shot the 83-year-old homeowner, and then killed himself, authorities said.
Icy blast reminds of 2014 'polar vortex,' with worst to come

Icy blast reminds of 2014 'polar vortex,' with worst to come

FARGO, N.D. — An arctic blast spread painful cold across the Midwest on Friday, closing schools, opening warming centres and even intimidating ice fishermen in a taste of the even more dangerous weather expected next week.
Greek lawmakers ratify Macedonia name-change deal

Greek lawmakers ratify Macedonia name-change deal

ATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement Friday to end a nearly three decade-long dispute over neighbouring Macedonia's name, in a landmark vote that will see the small country renamed North Macedonia and clear its path to NATO membersh

Judge won't block Miss America Org from state changes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences.
Rapper Nelly seeks dismissal of lawsuit alleging sex assault

Rapper Nelly seeks dismissal of lawsuit alleging sex assault

ST. LOUIS — The rapper Nelly is asking a U.S. court to dismiss a British woman's lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted her after a concert in England. The federal lawsuit was filed in November in St. Louis, the rapper's hometown.

Pennsylvania lawmaker urged to resign over sex assault claim

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania state House Republicans on Friday stripped a member of his committee chairmanship and recommended he resign over allegations that he had sex with an incapacitated woman against her will. Eight-term Rep.
Civil rights museum reoffers honour to Angela Davis

Civil rights museum reoffers honour to Angela Davis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama civil rights museum reversed course after a public outcry and reinstated a human rights award to activist Angela Davis that it had previously rescinded, the organization announced Friday.