Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift seem stalled over bishops

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein BEIJING (AP) — The Vatican’s efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with each side still unwilling to accept controversial bishops appointed by the other. In recent months, Beijing has appeared to take a...
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Did 'Thelma & Louise' move the needle for female-led films?

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan NEW YORK (AP) — When Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon clasped hands, stepped on the gas and flew over the canyon ridge in that memorable ending to “Thelma & Louise,” many in Hollywood believed they were launching more than that turquoise...

Mitchell Lead Webcom Tour Finals Opener; Mahan Shoots 68

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Keith Mitchell took the lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Thursday, four days after missing a PGA Tour card by a stroke in the Web.com Tour’s regular-season finale. Mitchell had a 6-under 65 on...

Votto Homers, Gives Bat, Jersey To 6-year-old Cancer Patient

CINCINNATI (AP) — A young cancer patient got quite a souvenir when Reds star Joey Votto hit a home run. A couple of them, in fact. After Votto rounded the bases in the seventh inning during a 7-2 win over the Mets on Thursday, , who was sitting in the front row near the...

Susan Vreeland, who blended fiction, visual art, dies at 71

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Vreeland, a popular and well-regarded novelist who blended her love for literature and visual art in “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and other works of fiction, has died at age 71. Vreeland’s agent Barbara Braun said the author died Aug. 23...

Cavs Encouraged By Sudden Twist In Arena Makeover Project

CLEVELAND (AP) — A group opposing a $140 million renovation to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena has dropped its petitions for a city referendum, clearing the way for the project to be approved. Earlier this week, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert pulled out of paying for half of...

Operators Not To Blame In Deadly Ride Accident At Ohio Fair

Investigators believe two people tossed from a thrill ride when it broke apart in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair this summer were latched in even though some witnesses said it appeared one of the safety harnesses wasn’t securely locked. The State Highway...

Susan Vreeland, blended fiction and visual art, dies at 71

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Vreeland, a popular and well regarded novelist who blended her love for literature and visual art in “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and other works of fiction, has died. Vreeland’s agent Barbara Braun tells The Associated Press Thursday that...
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Chemicals burning at Texas plant are unstable if not cooled

AP Photo/Gregory Bull WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemicals that exploded at a Texas plant are so unstable hat they must be kept cool or they can ignite a runaway scenario. Experts say that’s what happened when the Arkema Inc. chemical plant lost power after Harvey engulfed...

Utah theater wins 'Deadpool' case over law banning booze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A U.S. judge is striking down a Utah law that landed a movie theater in trouble for serving alcohol during a showing of superhero film “Deadpool.” The ruling Thursday says the state violated Brewvies’ freedom of speech when it...