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State Dept Pushing to See Griner; NBA Commissioner Weighs In

State Dept Pushing to See Griner; NBA Commissioner Weighs In

NEWS | By Tim Reynolds | May 19

The State Department said Tuesday that it still pushing to have regular contact with WNBA star Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, who has been detained in Russia for nearly three months.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

NEWS | By Larry Neumeister | May 19

Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company.

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health

ENTERTAINMENT | By Darlene Superville | May 19

Selena Gomez joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health.

No More Streaming-Only Debuts for Oscar Hopefuls

No More Streaming-Only Debuts for Oscar Hopefuls

ENTERTAINMENT | May 19

The Oscars are getting back to normal, eligibility-wise. After two years of pandemic-related adjustments, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Oscar hopefuls will once again have to launch their films in movie theaters.

2022 is the Year of All-Inclusive Travel, and Here's Why

2022 is the Year of All-Inclusive Travel, and Here's Why

TRAVEL | By Sally French, NerdWallet | May 19

The image of all-inclusive travel is changing, as hotel companies expand their offerings, while redefining what all-inclusive means.

Elton John Doc 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Lands at Disney

Elton John Doc 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Lands at Disney

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lindsey Bahr | May 19

Sir Elton John is preparing to say goodbye in fabulous splendor, with the help of a documentary crew and the Walt Disney Co.

Jonny McGovern Seeks First GoGo Superstar on Reality Competition

Jonny McGovern Seeks First GoGo Superstar on Reality Competition

ENTERTAINMENT | By Steve Duffy | May 18

For his latest project, queer influencer Jonny McGovern turns to a staple of LGBTQ culture — the GoGo boy — and goes all "Drag Race" with them.

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

NEWS | By Mike Stobbe | May 18

Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe.

Watch: 'Queer as Folk,' Uncensored 'Bros' Trailers Arrive

Watch: 'Queer as Folk,' Uncensored 'Bros' Trailers Arrive

ENTERTAINMENT | By Emell Adolphus | May 18

The trailers for Peacock's "Queer as Folk" reimagining and Billy Eichner's upcoming rom-com "Bros." The latter is set to hit theaters 9/30, but its trailer is already making a steamy debut. "Queer as Folk" is set for a June premiere on TV.

Taylor Swift Gets Honorary Degree from New York University

Taylor Swift Gets Honorary Degree from New York University

ENTERTAINMENT | By Nardos | May 18

Taylor Swift has Grammys galore and now she has a new title — "doctor."

News

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

NEWS | May 18

A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president.

Business

Consumers Shift Again, Flummoxing Big Retailers Like Target

Consumers Shift Again, Flummoxing Big Retailers Like Target

BUSINESS | By Anne D'Innocenzio | May 19

The pandemic vastly changed the way Americans spend money and now as they return to pre-pandemic behavior, they're tripping up retailers again.

Technology

With Roe in Doubt, Some Fear Tech Surveillance of Pregnancy

With Roe in Doubt, Some Fear Tech Surveillance of Pregnancy

TECHNOLOGY | By Maryclaire Dale | May 19

Online searches. Period apps. Fitness trackers. Advice helplines. GPS. The often obscure companies collecting our health history and geolocation data may know more about us than we know ourselves.

Cars

French Carmaker Renault to Sell Russian Operations to Moscow

French Carmaker Renault to Sell Russian Operations to Moscow

CARS | May 18

Russia will take control of French car manufacturer Renault's operations in the country and resurrect a Soviet-era auto brand, officials said Monday.

Style

Green Options Transforming a Wedding Industry Prone to Waste

Green Options Transforming a Wedding Industry Prone to Waste

STYLE | By Leanne Italie | May 19

The wedding industry remains fraught with waste, but a growing contingent of couples is pushing for more sustainable changes.

Health/Fitness

UK Officials: 4 Men Infected With 'Rare' Monkeypox in London

UK Officials: 4 Men Infected With 'Rare' Monkeypox in London

HEALTH/FITNESS | May 16

British health authorities say they identified four "rare and unusual" cases of the disease monkeypox among men who appear to have been infected in London and had no history of travel to the African countries where the smallpox-like disease is endemic.

Travel

White House Moves to Loosen Remittance, Flight Rules on Cuba

White House Moves to Loosen Remittance, Flight Rules on Cuba

TRAVEL | By Zeke Miller, Andrea Rodriguez, and Aamer Madhani | May 17

The Biden administration says it will expand flights to Cuba, take steps to loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift Trump-era restrictions on remittances.