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As Spider-Man turns 60, fans reflect on diverse appeal

There are legions of fans of Spider-Man, who this month marks 60 years in the vast, imaginative world of comic books, movies and merch. The fans say Spider-Man character’s classic costume, complete with wide-eyed and web-patterned mask, is a key ingredient to the character’s appeal across race, gender and nationality. Almost anyone can imagine themselves behind it as this everyman — an underestimated smartypants who, after a quick change into […]

today08/12/2022

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WNBA’s Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

A judge in Russia has convicted American basketball star Brittney Griner of drug possession and smuggling and sentenced her to nine years in prison. Judge Anna Sotnikova said the time Griner has served in custody since her arrest in February would count toward the sentence. Griner showed little emotion to the sentence. The unusually quick verdict came in a politically charged case amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over […]

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Munich’s Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

Germany's annual Oktoberfest festival is finally on again for this fall, following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The head of the famous Bavarian beer festival in Munich said Thursday the celebrations will be held without any pandemic restrictions from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. Some 487 beer breweries, restaurants, fish grills, wine vendors and others will be present and opening hours will be even longer than in […]

today08/04/2022

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Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89

Nichelle Nichols has died. The actor broke ground for Black women on television as the beautiful, no-nonsense communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original “Star Trek” TV series. Martin Luther King told Nichols she was an inspiration, encouraging many to open their minds about civil rights. Co-star William Shatner, who shared TV's first interracial kiss with her, called Nichols a beautiful woman who did much to redefine social issues […]

today08/02/2022

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USDA getting tougher on salmonella in chicken products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new regulations that would force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in some raw chicken products or risk shutdowns. The proposed USDA rules announced Monday would declare salmonella an adulterant — a contaminant that can cause food-borne illness — in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products. That includes many frozen foods found in grocery stores that appear to be […]

today08/01/2022

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Black family sues Sesame Place, alleging discrimination

A Baltimore family is suing a Sesame Street-themed amusement park for $25 million in federal court over claims of racial discrimination. They say multiple costumed characters ignored a 5-year-old Black girl during a meet-and-greet event. The lawsuit comes in the wake of a video, shared widely on social media, showing two other Black girls apparently being snubbed by a costumed employee during a parade at the park. Sesame Place apologized […]

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Ravens begin camp hoping to rebound from injury-filled 2021

The Baltimore Ravens held their first full-squad practice of training camp. They have extra reason to be motivated after only their second losing season of coach John Harbaugh’s tenure. They overcame a slew of injuries for a while before dropping their final six games to finish 8-9. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters — all of whom missed last season because of knee injuries — […]

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Commanders owner Dan Snyder testifies before House committee

Washington Commanders Dan Snyder began testifying Thursday morning before a congressional committee investigating the NFL team's history of workplace misconduct. Snyder is giving a deposition to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform virtually in private. The hearing is not public. Snyder, who is in Israel, agreed to testify voluntarily rather than under the terms of a subpoena. The committee has the discretion to decide what, if any, information […]

today07/28/2022

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NFL enters media streaming marketplace with ‘NFL+’ service

The NFL is making its move into offering its own media streaming platform. The league announced that “NFL+” launched on Monday. Owners were briefed about it during the league meetings in May while Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, confirmed in a column for “Sports Illustrated” last week that it would be starting this season. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press […]

today07/26/2022

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