ASTI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis honored his northern Italian roots on Sunday by celebrating a special Mass in his father’s hometown and encouraging younger generations to not be indifferent to the poverty and misery all around them.
PORTACOMARO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis made a rare personal getaway Saturday, returning to his father’s birthplace in northern Italy for the first time since ascending the papacy to celebrate the 90th birthday of a second cousin who long knew him as simply “Giorgio.”
JABALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Twenty-one victims of a fire that tore through a top-floor apartment in the Gaza Strip during a birthday party were members of the same family, two of their relatives said Friday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Veteran cricket allrounder Glenn Maxwell will miss Australia's summer schedule after breaking his leg in a freak accident at a birthday party in Melbourne.
The 34-year-old white-ball specialist fractured his left fibula after slipping on Saturday evening and underwent surgery at a Melbourne hospital on Sunday, Cricket Australia confirmed in a statement.
FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Twelve children were taken to the hospital after a possible chlorine leak at at YMCA pool in Mississippi, officials said.
The children were at a birthday pool party Sunday in Flowood when they were sickened, the Clarion Ledger reported.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Black family says racism prompted officials at a suburban Kansas City water park to cancel a private pool party for their 17-year-old son's birthday during the weekend.
Chris Evans said he signed a contract with Summit Waves Aquatic Facility in Lee's Summit to host 250 people for the party on Saturday.
BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix baker is getting some sweet support after an order was canceled over her race.
Victoria Hernandez, a licensed home baker and owner of Mariah's Butterfly Bakery, shared texts on social media of a racist exchange with a client.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital receiving medical care for what her family described Tuesday as “some unexpected health issues.”
DAYTON, Nev. (AP) — A 102-year-old northern Nevada woman known locally as “Motorcycle Mama” celebrated her latest birthday on the back of a Harley Davison.
Velma Thornburgh’s daughter organized the trek in Dayton on U.S.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson woman attributes her longevity to a healthy lifestyle and keeping busy.
Helma Lein celebrated birthday number 106 with family and friends at her retirement home this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City FC signed 14-year-old midfielder Maximo Carrizo to a homegrown contract Monday, making him the youngest first-team signing in MLS history.
Carrizo celebrated his 14th birthday on the same day he signed his contract, which runs through the 2027 season with an option for 2028.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman soon will celebrate a milestone birthday. How old? Look at her decorative upper arm.
Gloria Weberg has “NY NY 1922” tattooed on her left arm, the year and place of her birth.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine family that long ago gave up on a lost family cat is being reunited — more than six years and 1,500 miles later.
Denise Cilley, of Chesterville, said she was shocked to get a voicemail last week announcing her cat, Ashes, had been located in Florida.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police are trying to piece together how a 16-year-old ended up shot in the leg at a St. Paul birthday party.
The Star Tribune reported shots were fired into the crowded party around 9:30 p.m.
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that its summer home in Tanglewood will host a full schedule of concerts this year for the first time since 2019.
The 2022 season that runs from June 17 through Sept.
HONG KONG (AP) — One of two people who attended a large gathering with senior Hong Kong officials and was believed to be infected with COVID-19 turned out to be a false positive, meaning about 80 of more than 180 attendees may no longer face a lengthy quarantine.
Afternoons with Grammy. Birthday parties. Meeting other toddlers at the park. Parents of children too young to be vaccinated are facing difficult choices as an omicron variant-fueled surge in COVID-19 cases makes every encounter seem risky.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — One of New Haven’s neighborhood icons is on the verge of having a street corner named after her as she marks her 100th birthday.
Mary Etta Atkinson Joyner is the daughter of a Newhallville minister who has been a quiet source of inspiration for decades, by helping people in need pay their rent and utility bills and providing food and clothing.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A body found floating in an Orlando lake has been identified as a man who went missing while celebrating his 24th birthday, police said.
A paddleboarder discovered the body on Friday morning floating in Lake Ivanhoe, Orlando police spokeswoman Heidi Rodriguez told news outlets.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was shot and wounded during a Sunday night birthday party for a 16-year-old at an Airbnb rental in Fresno, police said.
Lt. Paul Cervantes said no adults were present at the party, which was advertised on social media and turned into a melee, the Fresno Bee reported.
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) — There it was, the finish line, beckoning me to cross it.
There I was, running at top speed, eager to be over it.
I'd been on my best behavior since March 2020, when the pandemic reached the United States.
Hugs with friends. Birthday parties indoors. Pillow fights. Schoolchildren who got their first COVID-19 shots Wednesday said these are the pleasures they look forward to as the U.S. enters a major new phase in fighting the pandemic.
NEW YORK (AP) — They make cakes and cupcakes sparkle and shine, but popular decorative glitters can contain toxic metals and aren’t always safe to eat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the products known as “luster dust" aren’t all meant to be eaten even if they're labeled “nontoxic." Some should be used for display only, like on a cake topper that's removed.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama man who had been celebrating his birthday at a Mississippi casino died late Friday after he fell from the top of a parking garage, authorities said.
Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer identified him as 45-year-old Joseph Baynes of Daphne, Alabama.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flea had a funky birthday. So did the music school he co-founded that has become an LA institution.
As the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist turned 59 on Saturday, and his Silverlake Conservatory of Music turned 20, they celebrated with a joint party in the parking lot for the Los Angeles school that often serves as a de facto performance space for its faculty and students.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine Black students who first integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957, celebrated her 80th birthday at the school with the help of about a dozen students.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who is believed by many to be the oldest living American has celebrated her 115th birthday.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that Thelma Sutcliffe marked her birthday quietly at the facility where she lives in Omaha.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who reached his 100th birthday has been celebrated by the elementary school students he helps get through morning traffic and safely to class.
LONDON (AP) — London finally honored the late Princess Diana Wednesday with a blue plaque at the place she called home in the two years before she married Prince Charles and her life in the goldfish bowl began.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville woman turned 50 this week, but 16 turned out to be a more important number.
That was the number of people who went to a hair salon Thursday and got a COVID-19 vaccination.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Banana bread was served at a recent birthday party at Melfort Old People’s home, where a group of residents mustered a raspy happy birthday tune.
Just a week after arriving at the facility, Rodrick Bhatare, in his 90s, said he felt a bittersweet moment at the celebration for a 103-year-old fellow resident.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday.
Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — A World War II veteran on the Mississippi Coast celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend.
Talmage Byrd of Vancleave was born in 1921 and joined the U.S. Navy when he was 20 years old.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station astronaut is celebrating her 50th birthday with the coolest present ever — a supply ship bearing ice cream and other treats.
SpaceX’s latest cargo delivery showed up Monday at the International Space Station after a day in transit.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Boston men were shot and killed outside a nightclub in Providence early Saturday morning.
The men were identified by police on Monday as Mario Diaz, 27 and Kerwins Pimental, 29, WPRI-TV reported.
LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has shown her comic side in a video she released Wednesday to launch a mentoring project for women as she marked her 40th birthday.
The initiative will see 40 celebrities and public figures each commit 40 minutes of their time to help a woman in their community return to the workplace.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared an end to the state's indoor mask requirement Sunday as a $1 million winner was revealed in a drawing for residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine.
LONDON (AP) — Fresh from charming leaders at the Group of Seven summit, Queen Elizabeth II was back at her residence at Windsor Castle on Saturday to view a military parade to mark her official birthday.
LONDON (AP) — On what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday, his youngest child said he would not have been looking forward to any celebrations to mark the occasion.
In an interview with the BBC that was broadcast Thursday, the 57-year-old Prince Edward said the royal family would have “loved” the chance for Philip to be able to experience his centenary, even if his late father would have balked at “all the fuss and bother.”
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta celebrated his 25th birthday with a no-hit bid that was ended by Arizona's Nick Ahmed with one out in the eighth inning.
Ahmed blooped a soft single into left field on Peralta's 109th and final pitch Friday night.
LONDON (AP) — Britain will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne with four days of festivities beginning with her ceremonial birthday parade on June 2, 2022.
Buckingham Palace on Wednesday announced the schedule of public events and community activities to mark the 95-year-old monarch's Platinum Jubilee, which will be celebrated over a special four-day holiday weekend next year.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — When Eduardo Rey celebrated his 69th birthday at home with 10 family members in Uruguay's capital, he didn't suspect it would start a mortal race to find medical care amid a surging pandemic
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of two people killed after shooters opened fire on a party bus driving on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway have identified them as two teenagers who were celebrating a friend's 21st birthday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A fresh lettuce and watermelon “cake” and a cold hose drizzle awaited Henry the rhinoceros at his milestone birthday party.
Henry, a 4,600-pound Indian rhinoceros, on Saturday celebrated his 40th birthday at Carson Springs Wildlife in northeast Alachua County, his home for the last five years.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least two shooters opened fire on a party bus driving on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway early Tuesday, killing two women and wounding at least five others, authorities said.
ATLANTA (AP) — One day after celebrating his 36th birthday, Matt Ryan acknowledged his age has many wondering how long he'll continue to lead the Atlanta Falcons offense.
He also knows it was an especially hot topic before the NFL draft.