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Britney Spears Asks Judge to Free Her from Conservatorship

By Andrew Dalton | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Britney Spears asked a judge Wednesday to end court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008.

Hungary Fans Bemused by Rainbow-Flag Reception in Munich

By Ciarán Fahey | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Rainbow flags outnumbered German flags when soccer fans arrived for a European Championship game in Munich on Wednesday.

PM Draghi Defends Italy from Vatican Objections to LGBTQ Law

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Premier Mario Draghi defended the independence of Italy's parliament on Wednesday in the face of formal objections by the Vatican to a proposed law that would extend additional discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.

Brian Stokes Mitchell Hosts a Talk Show with Broadway Stars

By Mark Kennedy | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell will be hosting a new streaming talk show focusing on fellow artists like him who have made the jump from stage to film, television or music.

Column: Nassib's Video Shatters Decades-Old Sports Barrier

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
In a 59-second video, Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active player in the NFL's 101-year history to publicly declare he is gay and in the bargain, burst through a barrier that went unchallenged for decades.

Elton John Adds Dates to Final Tour, Including Stadium Shows

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Elton John has announced the final dates for his farewell tour, which includes stops at big stadiums in the U.S.

Biden Urges Shots for Young Adults as Variant Concern Grows

By Zeke Miller | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to get younger Americans vaccinated for COVID-19 as the White House acknowledges the spread of a new variant that threatens to set the country back in the months ahead.

Walt Disney World Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Party October 1

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary. All four parks at the Lake Buena Vista, Florida, resort will take part in "The World's Most Magical Celebration," beginning Oct. 1.

Italy Welcomes Tourists From US, Canada, Japan

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Italy's leader is pitching for tourists to start coming from the United States, Canada and Japan to give a vitally needed boost to Italian hotel and restaurant businesses.

Louisiana Governor Vetoes Transgender Sports Ban Proposal

By Melinda Deslatte | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday struck down a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from competing on girls' sports teams in Louisiana schools, pushing back against legislation that has passed several Southern states.

American Airlines Cutting Flights as Summer Season Starts

By David Koenig | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
American Airlines will cut hundreds of flights over the next three weeks to avoid overloading its operation as demand for summer air travel rises faster than once expected.

EU Says UEFA has No 'Excuse' for Blocking Rainbow Protest

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
A top European Union official said he can't find "any reasonable excuse" for UEFA to reject host city Munich's plans to display rainbow colors during a match between Germany and Hungary at the European Championship.

Hungary's PM Uses Soccer to Push Vision of Right-Wing Europe

By Justin Spike | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Hungary's populist prime minister has used soccer to advance his right-wing politics, and now widespread international criticism of a new law seen as targeting the LGBTQ community turned the European Championship into a stage to challenge liberal values.

As Passengers Return to Air Travel, Bad Behavior Skyrockets

By David Koenig | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Air travel can be difficult in the best of times, with cramped planes, screaming babies, flight delays and short tempers. Throw in a pandemic, and the anxiety level can rise quickly.

Special Tony Awards Given to 2 Shows, 1 Advocacy Nonprofit

By Mark Kennedy | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
The Tony Awards may be months away, but three groups can already celebrate: The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, "David Byrne's American Utopia" and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Freestyle Love Supreme" are getting special awards.

Britney Spears to Make Rare Remarks to Conservatorship Judge

By Andrew Dalton | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to address a judge overseeing the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star's money and affairs since 2008.

Japanese Soccer Player Yokoyama Comes Out as Transgender

By Mari Yamaguchi | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
Japanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama said they are transgender — a revelation praised in the U.S. where they play in the National Women's Soccer League but an identity not legally recognized in Japan.

Uber Eats Tackles App Profile Issue that Outs Trans Drivers

By Roxana Hegeman | Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
A civil rights group warned Uber Eats that its app profiles place transgender drivers at risk of harassment and violence, prompting the company to apologize Tuesday.

Florida Beach Town Writes Amazon TV Series to Lure Tourists

By Kelli Kennedy | Tuesday Jun 22, 2021
Travel marketers in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida commissioned an original, scripted TV series, seeking to draw quarantine-weary tourists to the area's sugar sand beaches.

UEFA Declines Munich Application for Rainbow-Colored Stadium

By Ciarán Fahey | Tuesday Jun 22, 2021
UEFA has declined the Munich city council's application to have its stadium illuminated in rainbow colors for Germany's final European Championship group game against Hungary on Wednesday.

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