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Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

LOS ANGELES — A firefighter died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender.
Forecasters run out of storm names in busy hurricane season

Forecasters run out of storm names in busy hurricane season

LOXLEY, Ala. — Forecasters ran out of traditional names for storms Friday, forcing them to begin using the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s, with more than two months left in the record-shattering hurricane season.
US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

'The Vanishing Half' nominated for National Book Award

NEW YORK — Two of the summer's most talked about novels, Brit Bennett's “The Vanishing Half” and Megha Majumdar's “A Burning,” are on the National Book Awards fiction longlist.
Poland's senior right-wing party moving to govern alone

Poland's senior right-wing party moving to govern alone

An official with Poland's conservative governing party said Friday that the country's right-wing government coalition has collapsed, but other politicians talked of only a serious crisis.
Egyptian, Mexican, Moldovan exit in race for top post at WTO

Egyptian, Mexican, Moldovan exit in race for top post at WTO

GENEVA — World Trade Organization member countries on Friday trimmed a list of candidates vying to become the next director-general from eight to five.
Book 'em: Police find 'irreplaceable' tomes stolen in 2017

Book 'em: Police find 'irreplaceable' tomes stolen in 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Police in Romania have uncovered a trove of “irreplaceable” books including first editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton that were stolen in a sophisticated 2017 heist from a warehouse in London, police and the
End of the runway? Fashion world mulls post-COVID future

End of the runway? Fashion world mulls post-COVID future

LONDON — It’s the September fashion week season, and in any other year London would be abuzz with fashionistas zipping across town in Mercedes Benzes, hobnobbing with celebrities at glittering catwalk shows before sipping champagne at late-night part
Van Morrison targets virus restrictions in 3 new songs

Van Morrison targets virus restrictions in 3 new songs

LONDON — Van Morrison has never been one to hold back over the years.
'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77.