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Paulette strengthens to a hurricane on approach to Bermuda

MIAMI — A strengthening Paulette gained hurricane status late Saturday as it approached Bermuda, threatening to bring storm surge, coastal flooding and high winds to the territory over coming days.
Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" wins top prize at Venice Film Fest

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" wins top prize at Venice Film Fest

VENICE, Italy — Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, which was held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

LONDON — Oxford University announced Saturday it was resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a U.K.
Spartacus the serval cat found safe after escape from home

Spartacus the serval cat found safe after escape from home

MERRIMACK, N.H. — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) African serval cat named Spartacus has been found safe and sound after escaping from his home and spending days in the New Hampshire wild.
Worker falls several stories in 2nd collapse at Atlanta site

Worker falls several stories in 2nd collapse at Atlanta site

ATLANTA — A concrete slab at a parking deck under construction in Atlanta collapsed Saturday — the second collapse at the site in as many days — sending a worker trying to shore up the structure plunging several stories below, authorities said.
Iran executes man whose case drew international attention

Iran executes man whose case drew international attention

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV on Saturday reported that the country’s authorities executed a wrestler for allegedly murdering a man, after President Donald Trump asked for the 27-year-old condemned man's life to be spared.

Indiana murder trial starts with warning of gruesome photos

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.
Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77

Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77

NEW YORK — Toots Hibbert, one of reggae's founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and "Funky Kingston," has died. He was 77.

Fire destroys historic South Carolina mental institution

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An early morning fire has devastated an iconic building whose architectural beauty and past as South Carolina's state mental institution have long been features of both the capital city's skyline and historic lore.
More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo

KINSHASA, Congo — More than 50 people are dead after landslides caused the collapse of three artisanal gold mines near the city of Kamituga in eastern Congo’s South Kivu province on Friday, officials said. Heavy rains for days led to the disaster.