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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, a volunteer takes a photo of people next to signage promoting the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. The festival, one of the leading launching pads for fall movies and Oscar contenders, announced plans for a smaller 2020 edition with virtual red carpet premieres and drive-in screenings. It is typically a sprawling city-wide affair that hosts between 250-400 feature-length films and the debuts of many of the fall movie season’s top releases. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
June 24, 2020 - 10:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival, one of the leading launching pads for fall movies and Oscar contenders, on Wednesday announced plans for a smaller 2020 edition with virtual red carpet premieres and drive-in screenings. The Toronto festival, held annually in early September...
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In this undated family handout, Margaret Payne poses for a photo on the stairs of her home in Sutherland, Scotland. Payne, the 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday, June 23, 2020 scaling her home’s stairs the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet). That's enough to reach the top of the iconic Scottish peak, Suilven. The feat took her 73 days and kept her busy for 10 weeks while the nation sheltered in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Payne Family via AP)
June 23, 2020 - 2:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — In the end, Margaret Payne scaled her mountain, one step at a time. The 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday. Paybe scaled the stairs at her home the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet) — enough to reach the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is extending a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of 202 and adding many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
June 22, 2020 - 9:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday extended a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of the year and added many temporary work visas to the freeze, including those used heavily by technology companies and multinational corporations. The administration...
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This satellite photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, shows a could of dust coming from the Sahara desert arriving to the Caribbean Monday, June 22, 2020. The massive cloud of dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration level that meteorologists say hasn't been seen in roughly half a century. (NOAA via AP)
June 22, 2020 - 12:26 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A vast cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration that experts say hasn’t been seen in half a century. Air quality across most of the region fell to record “hazardous” levels and experts who nicknamed the event...
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A South Korean soldier wearing a face mask walks near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 21, 2020 - 10:10 pm
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, the first time its daily jump came down to the teens in nearly a month, as health authorities scramble to contain a resurgence of the virus centered around the greater capital area. The figures released by the Korea Centers...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, June 11, 2020, that legislators did not violate the state constitution by allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. A three-judge panel affirmed a ruling last November by the Michigan Court of Claims, which upheld a law authorizing a deal between former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)
June 19, 2020 - 10:28 pm
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer demanded Friday that Enbridge Energy provide proof that the damage to one of its dual oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac will not pose a threat to the area. The Alberta, Canada-based company closed its Line 5 pipeline under the straits on Thursday after...
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In this Wednesday, June 10, 2020, photo, Cod Cove Inn owners Ted and Jill Hugger show a draft of a compliance form that inn owners may be required to have out-of-state guests sign before being allowed to check in at their inn in Edgecomb, Maine. The form is part of the "Keep Maine Healthy" plan the state is proposing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont would be exempt. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
June 19, 2020 - 6:37 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Homebound travelers desperate to venture out for the first time since the pandemic are confronting a vacation landscape this summer that may require coronavirus tests for the family and even quarantines. States from Maine to Hawaii are trying to strike a balance between...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives to meet with with small business owners, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Carlette's Hideaway, a soul food restaurant, in Yeadon, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
June 18, 2020 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign wouldn't let reporters listen to the end of an online fundraiser on Thursday during which he held a “virtual photo line” with investment managers, climate activists and other donors — the third time in recent weeks it has limited media access...
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Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, listens during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
June 18, 2020 - 11:09 am
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ended an Obama-era drive to regulate a widespread contaminant in drinking water linked to brain damage in infants. The agency rejected warnings that the move will mean lower IQs for an unknown number of American newborns. Administrator Andrew Wheeler'...
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In this image from a video provided by Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Chief Executive Takao Kato speaks during its shareholders meeting Thursday, June 18, 2020. Mitsubishi Motors told shareholders Thursday that top executives are getting pay cuts to take responsibility for the Japanese automaker’s financial losses. (Mitsubishi Motors Corp. via AP)
June 17, 2020 - 11:26 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors told its shareholders Thursday that its top executives are taking pay cuts to share responsibility for the Japanese automaker’s financial losses. “I hope we can gain your understanding,” Chief Executive Takao Kato said on how, given the harsh conditions, there will be...
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