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Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appeal for a revival of multilateralism — the foundation…

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Politics creates economic illusion in Houdini’s hometown

APPLETON, Wis. -- Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus.Rice reveres the president the way Wisconsin loves the Green Bay Packers. He has painted “T-R-U-M-P” on his lawn, spelled…

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‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy.“Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked.Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than being seen as a local celebrity. But now she had been elected the only…

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COVID beds fill up as virus pressure builds in Marseille

All five intensive care beds dedicated to COVID patients are full in the Laveran Military Training Hospital in Marseille, and its doctors are bracing for moreBy DANIEL COLE Associated PressSeptember 11, 2020, 5:34 PM• 6 min readMARSEILLE, France -- All five intensive care beds dedicated to COVID patients are in use at the Laveran Military…

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In white Adirondacks, racism may be toughest hill to climb

Far from city streets filled with demonstrators, racial reckonings also are playing out in rural areas like New York's Adirondack MountainsBy MICHAEL HILL Associated PressSeptember 14, 2020, 6:30 PM• 5 min readLAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Nicole Hylton-Patterson moved to the Adirondack Mountains to help make this vast, and overwhelmingly white, region more welcoming to people…

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Lives Lost: Beloved aunt would ask: ‘Where’s the party at?’

For family and friends, Lydia Nunez always had jokes, hugs and lots of love.She was the “glue” that brought people together, the one who remembered birthdays, spoiled her nieces and nephews and brought a spark to any room she entered. “Where's the party at?” was one of her favorite phrases.So when she died at 34…

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Doctors working to crack the mystery of ‘long haul’ COVID-19 sufferers

Lisa Fitzgerald and her husband Chip came down with COVID-19 at around the same time. Both experienced those telltale symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue, and both tested positive for the virus in July. But even as Chip began to recover from the illness, Lisa experienced persistent symptoms.Her fatigue got worse, and she even…

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