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A villa in Rome, containing the only known ceiling painted by Italian artist Caravaggio, went on the auction block Tuesday, January 18. Its estimated value is 471 million euros, or 533 million dollars. A judge ordered the auction of Villa Ludovisi following an inheritance dispute between the heirs of a noble family and their step-mother, a Texas-born princess.
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse say they are not surprised following a long-awaited report on the handling of cases in Germany's Munich diocese in the 1970s and 1980s, adding they want to see action. The report faults retired Pope Benedict XVI. (Jan. 20)
PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from domestic flights, restaurants, sports events and other venues. “(The pass) ... is necessary if we want to preserve and increase our vaccination coverage in the event of new variants,” Castex said Thursday. The so-called vaccine pass “clearly puts constraints on the unvaccinated,” he added. As of Monday
As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities. The nation's oldest civil rights organization's birthday next month comes as it undergoes a restructuring to reflect a membership and leadership that is trending younger, to people in their mid-30s. As a result, it is adding endeavors like
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden launched into his second year in office Thursday with a new focus on making fatigued Americans believe they’re better off under his leadership as he embraces a pared-back agenda before the midterm elections. The persistence of the coronavirus, rising inflation and congressional gridlock have exacted a bitter toll on Biden’s approval rating and threaten a midterm routing for his party, but the president sees no need for a major shift in direction. Instead, Bi
The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor at the school (Jan. 19)
Black women voters tell The Associated Press they want promises fulfilled on protecting access and voting rights. (Jan. 20)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Thursday announced that the province would begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions starting on Jan. 31. Restaurant dining rooms, gyms, cinemas, museums and zoos, which have been closed since early this month, can re-open at 50 per cent capacity, and spectator areas of sporting events, concert venues and theatres can operate at half capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — This season was supposed to be Diego Simeone’s chance to firmly establish Atlético Madrid as Spain’s top team and cap his incredibly successful decade as its coach. While Barcelona lost Lionel Messi and Real Madrid had to replace coach Zinedine Zidane, Atlético strengthened its championship squad with the return of Antoine Griezmann and the signing of attacking players Rodrigo de Paul and Matheus Cunha. It looked like the perfect scenario to repeat as Spanish league champ
TORONTO — The sex assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard is set to begin in May after it was postponed multiple times due to COVID-19 restrictions. The trial, which will be heard by a jury, is now scheduled to start May 2 and continue until early June. Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, was initially set to stand trial in January of last year but it was postponed by several months, and then again to this month. The trial was delayed again because new jury trials have been put o
U.S. President Joe Biden is predicting a Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying a 'minor incursion' would elicit a lesser Western response than a full-blown invasion. Ukrainian officials worry the comment gives Vladimir Putin a green light to act.
BERLIN (AP) — Hardy Kruger, considered one of post-war Germany’s best actors, has died. He was 93. His Hamburg-based literary agent, Peter Kaefferlein, said Thursday that Kruger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife, American-born writer Anita Park. Kruger starred in the 1957 British movie “The One That Got Away” about a captured German fighter pilot who stages a series of daring attempts to escape the Allies and, as the title suggests, fina
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man who stood outside the home of a former Dutch foreign minister shouting and waving a burning torch was sent to prison Wednesday for six months, Dutch media reported. Threats aimed at Dutch politicians have increased in recent years amid a polarization fueled by the pandemic and lockdown measures. Prime Minister Mark Rutte last week called such intimidation “completely unacceptable.” The suspect, identified as Max van den B., was detained two weeks ago outside t
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces that some data shows Alberta has reached and surpassed the peak of the Omicron wave of COVID-19, but that does come with a word of caution.
In 1967, The Monkees topped the U.K singles chart with “I’m A Believer.” (Jan. 19)
NEW YORK (AP) — Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s. It's especially important now with health care systems under strain, and with people in higher-risk situations such as crowded, indoor settings for extended periods, says Linsey Marr, who studies viruses at Virginia Tech. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updat
ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor who’s investigating possible attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia on Thursday called for a special grand jury to help move the case along. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis began her investigation soon after taking office last January. The investigation includes a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump repeatedly and falsely a
A British Columbia judge has overturned orders evicting people living at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver park, a decision law experts and advocates say could carry precedent and lessons for Halifax. In a ruling delivered last week at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Justice Matthew Kirchner concluded the Vancouver Park Board was not justified in issuing the eviction orders on July 8 and Sept. 7 of last year. The judge's reasons included the board's lack of notice to park reside
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he didn’t know until this week that his justice minister had called Edmonton’s police chief 10 months earlier about a traffic ticket. "I do recall at some point last year hearing that minister (Kaycee) Madu had gotten a ticket (and) had paid for it," Kenney told a news conference Thursday. "I got fully briefed on all of this, including about the call and the details, on Monday afternoon following media inquiries. "Shortly thereafter, I called minister
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a self-appraisal that didn't always fit with the facts, President Joe Biden on Wednesday made the dubious assertion that he's outperformed all expectations on the pandemic in his first year and inflated his contribution to COVID-era economic growth. A look at some of Biden's comments in a news conference that stretched for nearly two hours: PANDEMIC BIDEN on COVID-19: “I didn’t overpromise. I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen.” THE FACTS: That's a