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From pop to politics, what to know as Sweden prepares for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

From pop to politics, what to know as Sweden prepares for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

LONDON (AP) — It’s springtime in Europe — time for the annual blossoming of spectacle and sound known as the Eurovision Song Contest .
Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective 'alter ego' solves gripping crimes

Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective 'alter ego' solves gripping crimes

HAVANA (AP) — His novels recount gruesome murders, thefts, scams, bribes and humiliating secrets. But those are not even the most important themes in the stories told by award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura .
New federal rule bars transgender school bathroom bans, but it likely isn't the final word

New federal rule bars transgender school bathroom bans, but it likely isn't the final word

A new rule from President Joe Biden's administration blocking blanket policies to keep transgender students from using school bathrooms that align with their gender identity could conflict with laws in Republican-controlled states.
America’s child care crisis is holding back moms without college degrees

America’s child care crisis is holding back moms without college degrees

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — After a series of lower-paying jobs, Nicole Slemp finally landed one she loved.
With graduation near, colleges seek to balance safety and students' right to protest Gaza war

With graduation near, colleges seek to balance safety and students' right to protest Gaza war

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The University of Michigan is informing students of the rules for upcoming graduation ceremonies: Banners and flags are not allowed. Protests are OK but in designated areas away from the cap-and-gown festivities.
Minnesota and other Democratic-led states lead pushback on censorship. They're banning the book ban

Minnesota and other Democratic-led states lead pushback on censorship. They're banning the book ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As a queer and out youth, Shae Ross was alarmed when she heard that conservative groups were organizing in her community to ban books dealing with sexuality, gender and race.
Rail spikes hammered, bullet train being built from Sin City to the City of Angels

Rail spikes hammered, bullet train being built from Sin City to the City of Angels

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $12 billion passenger bullet train linking Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area was dubbed the first true high-speed rail line in the nation on Monday, with the private company building it predicting millions of ticket-buyers will be
Jury: BNSF Railway contributed to 2 deaths in Montana town where asbestos sickened thousands

Jury: BNSF Railway contributed to 2 deaths in Montana town where asbestos sickened thousands

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal jury on Monday said BNSF Railway contributed to the deaths of two people who were exposed to asbestos decades ago when tainted mining material was shipped through a Montana town where thousands have been sickened.
Alberta introduces legislation to reduce high power bill fees for Calgarians

Alberta introduces legislation to reduce high power bill fees for Calgarians

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is stepping in to stop Calgary residents from being forced to pay hefty surcharges on their power bills.
Labour minister announces inquiry into costly 2023 port strike in B.C.

Labour minister announces inquiry into costly 2023 port strike in B.C.

GATINEAU, Que. — Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan says he has appointed an Industrial Inquiry Commission to dig deeper into the underlying causes of B.C.'s port strike last summer.