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Apple The Apple Watch Series 4 represents one of the best redesigns since the smartwatch’s launch three years ago.

All You Need To Know About Apple latest Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 4 now comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm. But for those who, like me, have a stash of Apple Watch bands, fret not – the old 38mm watch bands will work with 40mm Series 4 and the 42mm watch bands will work with the 44mm Series 4.

The new smartwatch now comes in only aluminum and stainless steel cases. The aluminum models use Ion-X glass to protect the watch face, while the stainless steel models use the more scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to do so. The back of all Series 4 models is made of black ceramic and sapphire crystal for the improved cellular reception.

The Apple Watch Series 4 GPS models are priced from $599 and the Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular versions start from $749.

Compared with the Series 3 watches, the new watches have screen sizes that are over 30 percent larger. The watch case is slightly taller and wider, but thinner and smaller in volume.

This is achieved by having thinner bezels and curving the screen’s corner to match the shape of the watch. The new watches look sleeker than their predecessors, and my review unit felt great on the wrist.

The user interface and apps have been re-designed to fully utilize the bigger screen. The text has become larger, making it easier to read.

The complications in the corners are also optimized for curved edges while showing more information than before. For example, it will not only show the current temperature but also the day’s temperature range using a curved line.

Other interesting watch faces include the Vapor watch face, which displays cool dynamic animations when lit up. The only downside? The watch still does not support third-party watch faces.

The Series 4’s Digital Crown now comes with haptic feedback for a more mechanical and responsive feel. You will feel the incremental clicks as you scroll with the crown, which is unlike the lifeless scrolling action of previous models. You will also notice that menu interface changes will correspond to the clicks of the crown – a neat touch.

Speaker volume is now 50 percent louder and – according to friends I called using the watch – crystal clear even when I was talking while walking along the road.

One of the best features in Series 4 has to be the improved heart rate monitor. Apple has added a new electrical heart sensor, made up of electrodes that are built into the Digital Crown and the back’s sapphire crystal, to complement its existing optical heart rate sensor.

But what is available now is the fall detection feature. “Falls can have serious effects, so we designed this feature to automatically connect users to emergency services when Apple Watch detects a hard fall,” Mr. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, told The Straits Times.

In terms of steps tracking, the Series 4’s readings were very close to those of my calibrated Series 2 watch, with a difference of only 2 percent. That’s not bad for a smartwatch that was not calibrated.

Apple said the watch can last a whole day. But in my test, in which I paired the watch to my phone all day with notifications turned on, and with a 5km jog thrown in, it still has around 60 percent battery life left when I put it to charge at bedtime.

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Warren County COVID update Sunday, Sept. 26

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WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On September 26, Warran County Health Services reported 11 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday along with 32 recoveries.

Health Services is monitoring 169 active COVID cases as of Sunday, 161 of them involving mild illness. Eight are hospitalized as of Sunday, one fewer than Saturday. One is in critical condition and seven others have moderate illness.

All of Sunday’s new cases involved the community spread of COVID-19. One involved an individual who had been on campus in the Warrensburg Central School district. New COVID cases in recent days continue to stem from workplace exposures, household exposures, out-of-state travel, and youth sports practices.

This includes younger people, as Warren County Health Services has worked with two people under the age of 40 this month who were hospitalized with a critical illness.

Two of Sunday’s cases involved individuals who had been fully vaccinated. Cumulatively as of Sunday, 415 of 43,241 fully vaccinated Warren County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

To date, 390 of 415 had mild illness, while 14 became moderately ill, two seriously ill, and one critically ill before recovering. Seven passed away, all of them elderly with extensive health issues, five of them at one nursing home.

Warren County Health Services will hold the following free COVID-19 vaccination clinics open to the public ages 12 and over in the coming days:

  • Monday, September 27, first doses, SUNY Adirondack Student Center, 12:30-1:30 p.m. — students and staff only. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer available.
  • Tuesday, September 28 Third dose clinic, Warren County Municipal Center’s COVID-19 testing facility from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available.
  • Tuesday, September 28 First dose clinic, Warren County Municipal Center’s COVID-19 testing facility from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna offered.
  • Tuesday, October 5 at Warren County Municipal Center’s Human Services Building from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna offered.

The vaccine team remains available for in-home vaccinations, school clinics, and workplace clinics. Please call 518-761-6580 for details or questions about vaccination protocols. 

As of September 24, Warren County’s breakthrough cases break down by vaccine as follows – 178 Pfizer, 132 Moderna, 51 Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, and 18 unknown.

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List of inactive players for NFL games in Week 3

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By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE

Colts: WR Mike Strachan; RB Marlon Mack; CB BoPet Keyes; RT Braden Smith (foot/thumb); OL Will Fries; DE Isaac Rochell; DT Taylor Stallworth.

Titans: CB Caleb Farley (shoulder); WR Josh Reynolds; FB Khari Blasingame; OLB Derick Roberson (knee); OL Dillon Radunz; TE Anthony Firkser (knee); DT Naquan Jones.

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

Bears: QB Andy Dalton (knee); NT Eddie Goldman (knee); S Tashaun Gipson Sr. (hamstring); WR Rashard Perriman; DB Artie Burns; TE Jesper Horsted.

Browns: LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring); T Chris Hubbard (triceps); S Richard LeCounte III; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; G Michael Dunn; DT Tommy Togiai.

WASHINGTON AT BUFFALO

Washington: DT Matt Ioannidis (knee); TE Sammis Reyes; OL Saahdiq Charles; DE Shaka Toney; CB Darryl Roberts.

Bills: RB Matt Breida; OT Tommy Doyle; DE Efe Obada; DE Boogie Basham; DT Harrison Phillips.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at KANSAS CITY

Chargers: DB Chris Harris (shoulder); DL Justin Jones (calf); RB Joshua Kelley; TE Tre’ McKitty; OL Brenden Jaimes; QB Easton Stick; LB Amen Ogbongbemiga.

Chiefs: DE Frank Clark (hamstring); CB Charvarius Ward (quad); OL Austin Blythe (abdomen); OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; WR Daurice Fountain.

BALTIMORE AT DETROIT

Ravens: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle); DE Derek Wolfe (back, hip); DB Ar’Darius Washington.

Lions: LB Trey Flowers (shoulder, knee); LB Jamie Collins; DE Kevin Strong (concussion, thigh); WR Tom Kennedy; RB Jermar Jefferson.

ARIZONA AT JACKSONVILLE

Cardinals: OL Kelvin Beachum (ribs); WR Andy Isabella; QB Chris Streveler; RB Eno Benjamin; CB Luq Barcoo; CB Tay Gowan; LB Victor Dimukeje.

Jaguars: CB Tre Herndon (knee); DL Roy Robertson (ankle); CB CJ Henderson (groin); DE Jordan Smith; DT Jay Tufele.

CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGH

Bengals: WR Tee Higgins; OL Fred Johnson; G Xavier Su’a-Filo; CB Trae Waynes; DT Tyler Shelvin; CB Nick McCloud.

Steelers: LB T.J. Watt; LB Alex Highsmith; WR Diontae Johnson; DE Carlos Davis; QB Dwayne Haskins; OL Rashaad Coward; CB Ahkello Witherspoon.

NEW ORLEANS AT NEW ENGLAND

Saints: C Erik McCoy (calf); QB Ian Book; DT Albert Huggins; WR Lil’Jordan Montgomery; C Desmond Trufant.

Patriots: T Trent Brown (calf); LB Josh Uche (back); RB Rhamondre Stevenson; CB Shaun Wade; LB Ronnie Perkins; TE Devin Asiasi.

ATLANTA AT N.Y. GIANTS

Falcons: WR Frank Darby (calf); WR Russell Gage (ankle); CB A.J. Terrell (concussion); RB Wayne Gallman; TE Parker Hesse; DL John Cominsky.

Giants: LB Cam Brown (hamstring); S Nate Ebner (quad); CB Josh Jackson; RB Devontae Booker; LB Justin Hilliard; CB Sam Beal.

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China Declares Cryptocurrency Illegal: How Is This Different From Previous Crackdowns?

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The Chinese government has declared all cryptocurrency activities as illegal. Edward Smith/Getty Images

Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies plummeted on Friday after the Chinese government declared all cryptocurrency activities (including overseas transactions) illegal and vowed to clamp down on businesses related to digital currencies.

In a public notice posted on Friday local time, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said businesses that offer trading, token issuance and derivatives for cryptocurrencies are all prohibited. Overseas crypto exchanges providing services in mainland China are also illegal, according to the notice.

The PBOC, as well as China’s internet and securities regulators, will develop “new systems” to monitor and reduce risks posed by cryptocurrencies. Employees working for foreign crypto exchanges will be investigated.

In a statement on Friday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a macroeconomic management agency, said the government will begin shutting down crypto mining operations and prohibit new mining projects.

Bitcoin fell about 5 percent Friday morning on the news. Ethereum tumbled more than 8 percent.

The central bank warning is the latest in a series of tough talk on cryptocurrencies from Beijing this year. In May, China’s vice premier Liu He told a group of finance officials that the government would “clamp down on Bitcoin mining and trading activity” as part of its goal to achieve financial stability.

Since then, the PBOC has ordered banks and other institutions to stop providing services related to digital currencies.

The China-induced crypto sell-off isn’t new to investors. And analysts expect the latest market shock to subside soon.

“We previously saw a short-term sell-off and a shift in mining away from China, followed by a swift recovery throughout July and August,” Constantine Tsavliris, head of research at crypto data site CryptoCompare, said about market reaction to May’s warning in an interview with CNBC.

“The recent news by China serves as an extension of previous announcements in May regarding a crackdown on cryptocurrency mining and bans on financial and payment institutions from crypto-related services,” Tsavliris said.

“We’ve seen this play out many times in the past, with such dips being inorganic and bought up quite quickly especially in environments where crypto is in a bull market cycle,” said Vijay Ayyar, head of Asia Pacific at digital currency exchange Luno, in the same interview.

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Investigators probe Amtrak derailment that killed 3

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Sheriff’s office: At least 3 killed in Amtrak derailment

By AMY BETH HANSON and ANITA SNOW

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials sent a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said.

The westbound Empire Builder was en route to Seattle from Chicago, with two locomotives and 10 cars, when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200.

The train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members and had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.

A 14-member team including investigators and specialists in railroad signals would look into the cause of the derailment on a BNSF Railway main track that involved no other trains or equipment. said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

The accident scene is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border.

Most of those on the train were treated and released for their injuries, but five who were more seriously hurt remained at the Benefis Health System hospital in Great Falls, Montana, said Sarah Robbin, Liberty County emergency services coordinator. Two were in the ICU, another spokeswoman said.

Another two people were at Logan Health, a hospital in Kalispell, Montana, spokeswoman Melody Sharpton said.

Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson said the names of the dead would not be released until relatives are notified.

Robbin said nearby residents rushed to offer help when the derailment occurred.

“We are so fortunate to live where we do, where neighbors help neighbors,” she said.

Amtrak said it sent emergency personnel and other officials to the site to help passengers, employees and local officials. It said company officials were “deeply saddened” to learn of the deaths.

Because of the derailment, Sunday’s westbound Empire Builder from Chicago will terminate in Minneapolis, and the eastbound train will originate in Minneapolis.

Passenger Megan Vandervest told The New York Times she was awakened by the derailment.

“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, of Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”

She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted, the one behind that was tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”

Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where some passengers were being taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”

Residents of communities near the crash site quickly mobilized to help.

Chester Councilwoman Rachel Ghekiere said she and others helped about 50 to 60 passengers who were brought to a school.

“I went to the school and assisted with water, food, wiping dirt off faces,” she said. “They appeared to be tired, shaken but happy that they were where they were. Some looked more disheveled than others, depending where they were on the train.”

A grocery store in Chester, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the derailment, and a nearby religious community provided food, she said.

The passengers were taken by buses to hotels in nearby Shelby, said Ghekiere, whose husband works for the local emergency services agency and was alerted to the crash.

Photos on social media showed rail cars on their sides and passengers standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage. The images showed sunny skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks.

Allan Zarembski, director of the University of Delaware’s Railway Engineering and Safety Program, said he didn’t want to speculate but suspected the derailment stemmed from an issue with the train track or equipment, or a combination of both.

Railways have “virtually eliminated” major derailments by human error after the implementation of positive train control nationwide, Zarembski said.

“I would be surprised if this was a human-factor derailment,” Zarembski said.

NTSB findings could take months, he added.

Bob Chipkevich, who oversaw railroad crash investigations for several years at the NTSB, said the agency won’t rule out human error or any other potential causes for now.

“There are still human performance issues examined by NTSB to be sure that people doing the work are qualified and rested and doing it properly,” Chipkevich said.

Chipkevich said track conditions have historically been a significant cause of train accidents. He noted most of the track that Amtrak uses is owned by freight railroads and it depends on those companies for safety maintenance.

Other recent Amtrak derailments include:

— April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The lead engine of the train derailed.

— March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.

— Oct. 5, 2015: A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge. The locomotive and a passenger car spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

— May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.

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Snow reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Tom Krisher in Detroit, Martha Bellisle in Seattle and Michelle Liu in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed.

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Digital sports strategist for The Denver Post. Previously he was the online prep sports editor. Prior to that, he covered Adams County and Aurora in the YourHub section. He also writes about beer, professional wrestling and video games.

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The Taliban Is Reportedly Seeking Afghanistan’s Bactrian Treasure

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A folding gold crown from Tillya Tepe at the British Museum on March 1, 2011. BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

New reports indicate that the Taliban’s leaders are actively searching for a cache of “Bactrian Treasure,” a series of largely gold artifacts which were discovered at a site called Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan in 1978. Although the Bactrian treasure was reportedly last put on display in Afghanistan’s presidential palace in February 2021, its present location is unknown. Additionally, since the Taliban successfully usurped the existing Afghanistan government and assumed control of the country, many questions have arisen regarding the future of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, museums and other antiquities that communicate narratives essential to the country’s national identity.

The primary object amongst the Bactrian treasure is a 5 inch tall crown made of gold leaf and which, in an ingenious flourish of design, folds in order to be transported more easily. However, the treasure also includes daggers, gold belts, Roman coins, and a medallion bearing a depiction of Buddha. The Bactrian Treasure has traveled the world over the years, but more recently the collection has been much less public facing.

In February, the Taliban released a statement saying that the group had an “obligation to robustly protect, monitor and preserve” items that were culturally relevant to Afghanistan, but the Taliban’s track record when it comes to safeguarding precious items isn’t the best. A study found that Afghanistan ultimately lost around half of its cultural heritage during the time in which it was last controlled by the Taliban.

In a particularly noteworthy incident, the Taliban destroyed two enormous, 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in Bamiyan in March of 2001. It’s not known what the group’s plans for the Bactrian treasure involve. “The situation for culture heritage is not OK, because right now no one is taking care of the sites and monuments,” archaeologist Khair Muhammad Khairzada told LiveScience. “All archaeological sites in Afghanistan are [at] risk….[there is] no monitoring, no treatment and no care, all departments in all provinces [are] closed, without money and other facilities.”

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This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City

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As in-person theater stages a careful but eager re-entrance following eighteen months of lockdown, the season seems pretty diverse. There are buzzy imports from London (The Lehmann Trilogy, Six); a gender-flipped revival of a Broadway classic (Company); and a splashy new musical about a global icon (Diana). But what about real diversity? Black-authored shows about Black subjects that could bring in new audiences? This season delivers. We’re highlighting a few works opening on Broadway and Off this fall — all different — but each exploring inequity and structural racism in American society and theater. (It’s not even a complete list for this fall; there’s the already opened Pass Over, as well as Chicken and Biscuits and Clyde’s.) The shows are listed in order of the year the story is set. As a movement Black Lives Matter may have arisen in recent years, but the theatrical conversation around systemic racism has been going on much longer.

Trouble in Mind at the American Airlines Theatre (Oct 29–Jan 9)

Originally performed Off Broadway in 1955, actor and playwright Alice Childress’ exposé of racism in theater finally arrives on Broadway. Set in the mid-’50s, this backstage drama centers on a group of actors rehearsing a new play by a white writer about sharecroppers in the South. Veteran performer Wiletta Mayer (the incandescent LaChanze) is excited to finally make her Broadway debut, but how much dignity will she surrender to an overbearing white director and the acting conventions of the stage? Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the play was way ahead of its times in charting micro-aggressions in the theater world, and the hypocrisies of white liberals. 

Caroline, or Change Roundabout Theatre Company

Caroline, or Change at Studio 54 (Oct 8-Jan 9) 

While the creative team behind this 2003 musical — book writer Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori — are white, this groundbreaking work deserves a place on this list. Set in 1963 right around the time of JFK’s assassination, the story follows a Black maid in Louisiana who works for a Jewish family that has relocated from the north. Caroline (the acclaimed Sharon D. Clarke in this revival) develops a wry, maternal-like bond with Noah, the Gellmans’ eight-year-old son, until money found in dirty clothes bound for washing — the “change” of the title — tears them apart. A sung-through work of intense beauty and complexity, the piece shows a strong Black woman who is not a cardboard saint or avenging angel; she’s angry and tired but won’t let the world’s injustice warp her soul. Tesori embraces blues, R&B, and art song — it’s one of the best scores of the past 20 years. Set at the height of the Civil Rights Era (a vandalized Confederate statue figures in), Caroline is heartbreaking and a call to allyship. 

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at Signature Theatre Company (Oct 12–Nov 14)  

The title alone may give you a clue as to the subject: the L.A. riots that followed the not guilty verdict in the trial of cops who savagely beat Rodney King. To create this fast-moving panorama of the five days of looting, burning, shooting, and its aftermath, Smith spoke to 350 residents of the Los Angeles area. She impersonated about four dozen of them — with astonishing precision and accuracy — in her solo docudrama, which premiered in 1994 at the Public Theater. Now Smith remounts her iconic exploration with director Taibi Magar for an ensemble cast of five actors: Elena Hurst, Wesley T. Jones, Francis Jue, Karl Kenzler, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart. If you weren’t around in the ’90s to witness the riots, just imagine what might have happened in Minneapolis had the murder of George Floyd gone unpunished. 

Cullud Wattah at the Public Theater (Nov 2–Dec 5) 

The year is 2016 and the tap water in Flint, Michigan is undrinkable. The electrifying young playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza sets her “Afro-surrealist” drama 936 days into the Flint Water Crisis, as an embattled family seeks justice from both General Motors and the city government, fighting for their very survival. BLM is often cited in cases of police violence, but here, Dickerson-Despenza dramatizes a social travesty where the white power structure (and infrastructure) literally acted as if Black lives were worthless. (In 2017, a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report concluded that decades of systemic racism allowed the lead contamination of the water.) Using a fluid and poetic approach, the author blends ideas of poison, contamination and filtering.  

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Playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Thoughts of a Colored Man at the John Golden Theatre (opens Oct 31) 

After regional runs in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. two years ago, this new play — written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III — takes its Broadway bow. Thoughts, set on a single day in Brooklyn, lets us eavesdrop on the inner lives of seven Black men mulling over joys and sorrows, as well as their gentrifying community. Scott employs a range of rhetorical styles suited to each character — spoken word, slam poetry, rapping — creating a kind of Under Milk Wood for BK. In the allegorical conception of the piece, characters represent major human traits: Wisdom, Depression, Passion and so forth. (In case you’re worried this world has too much testosterone, there are two women in the cast!)

What to Send Up When It Goes Down at Playwrights Horizons (Sept 24–Oct 17) 

We could put a date on this cathartic piece written by Aleshea Harris and directed by Whitney White — if Black people weren’t being shot every day by police. A fusion of ritual, protest, exorcism, and funeral rite, What to Send Up When It Goes Down has been presented before, most recently this summer at BAM, but until there’s justice, it will exist in past, present, and future. A seven-member ensemble welcomes the audience and makes clear the event they’re about to share is for the healing and reflection of Black audiences. White spectators are welcome — as witnesses to a tragedy in which they are complicit. Playwrights Horizons presents this re-mount of the interactive work, updated with the pictures and names of victims of racist violence. 

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Inside the “What To Send Up When It Goes Down” rehearsal at the Fishman Space in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. Playwrights Horizons

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Harry and Meghan visit UN during world leaders’ meeting

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year.

The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later Saturday at the Global Citizen Live concert in New York’s Central Park.

“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters.

The U.N. said Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.

Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances staged in locations from New York to Paris to Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, South Korea.

The United Nations is in the midst of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple didn’t participate in the speeches in the assembly hall.

The former Meghan Markle has been involved with the U.N. women’s agency, becoming an “advocate for political participation and leadership” several years ago. Harry visited the children’s agency UNICEF at in New York in 2010.

Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan visited a New York City school, the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower and the Sept. 11 museum, among other stops in New York.

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HOLBROOK, N.Y. — Mourners began arriving at a Long Island funeral home viewing on Sunday for Gabby Petito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend.

A line had formed outside the funeral home in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, by noon, and groups of firefighters were seen filing past. A fire truck sat on each side of the building, each with its ladder raised.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito

Across the street from the funeral home, a chain link fence was adorned with posters featuring Petito’s image and messages such as, “She touched the world.”

Petito was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents after she didn’t respond to calls and texts for several days while she and Brian Laundrie visited parks in the West.

Her body was discovered last Sunday in a remote area in northwestern Wyoming. Laundrie and Petito grew up on Long Island but in recent years moved to Florida.

Petito’s death has been classified as homicide, meaning she was killed by another person, but medical examiners in Wyoming haven’t disclosed how she died pending further autopsy results.

The couple posted online about their trip in a white Ford Transit van converted into a camper. They got into a physical altercation Aug. 12 in Moab, Utah, that led to a police stop for a possible domestic violence case. Ultimately, police there decided to separate the quarreling couple for the night. But no charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.

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Memorials for Gabby Petito are scattered across her hometown of Blue Point, New York on Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)

Investigators have been searching for Laundrie in Florida, and searched his parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.

On Thursday, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundrie with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging he used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 during the period in which Petito went missing. They did not say who the card belonged to.

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My AP top-25 ballot: Alabama remains No. 1 while Notre Dame climbs, Arkansas soars

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My AP top-25 ballot: Alabama remains No. 1 while Notre Dame climbs, Arkansas soars

Highlights from the ballot …

— No changes at the top with Alabama, followed by Georgia, Penn State, Iowa and Oregon.

— Notre Dame climbed seven spots after trouncing Wisconsin at Soldier Field to improve to 4-0.

(For loose context on an upcoming matchup, consider: The Irish beat Purdue soundly; Purdue beat Oregon State; and Oregon State just smashed USC. Could be a lopsided affair when the Trojans visit South Bend next month.)

— Arkansas was the big mover of the week, jumping to No. 9 (from No. 25) after beating Texas A&M and completing a sweep of the top Lone Star State programs. (Two weeks ago, the Razorbacks hammered Texas.)

Admittedly, we undervalued the Hogs until now but are endeavoring to rectify the situation with the 16-position jump.

The opening month is all about ridding AP ballots of inevitable preseason bias; major moves are the best way to create a ballot that accurately reflects the results.

— Fresno State entered the ballot following yet another win … but not entirely because of the victory over UNLV.

Rather, LSU was the key to configuring the bottom of the ballot.

We aren’t completely sold on the Tigers. But their win at Mississippi State added some credibility to UCLA’s head-to-head victory over LSU. And that, in turn, increased the legitimacy of Fresno State’s head-to-head win at the Rose Bowl.

As a result, all three teams are included on the ballot.

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Penn State
4. Iowa
5. Oregon
6. Notre Dame
7. Florida
8. Ohio State
9. Arkansas
10. Oklahoma
11. Michigan State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Texas A&M
14. Cincinnati
15. Auburn
16. Brigham Young
17. Michigan
18. Mississippi
19. Coastal Carolina
20. Wisconsin
21. Baylor
22. Fresno State
23. UCLA
24. Kansas State
25. LSU

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