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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. The presidential office in Seoul said Tuesday, July 27, 2021, Moon and Kim have agreed to restore suspended communication channels and improve ties. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

Koreas restore communication channels, agree to improve ties

- Associated Press

North and South Korea have restored suspended communication channels between them and their leaders agreed to improve ties, both governments said Tuesday, despite a 2 1/2 year-stalemate in U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

In this Sunday, March 21, 2021, file photo, a nun stands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy

- Associated Press

A cardinal who allegedly induced an underling to lie to prosecutors. Brokers and lawyers who pulled a fast one over the Vatican No. 2 to get him to approve a disastrous real estate deal. A self-styled intelligence analyst who bought Prada and Louis Vuitton items with the Vatican money that she was supposed to send to rebels holding a Catholic nun hostage.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Library Director Jennifer Ramirez, right, loads boxes into her work vehicle at the public library in Wilmer, Texas. The Associated Press has learned new details about a ransomware attack that affected roughly two dozen Texas communities two years ago. Thousands of pages obtained by AP and interviews with people involved show Texas communities struggled for days with disruptions to core government services as workers in small cities and towns endured a cascade of frustrations brought on by the sophisticated cyberattack. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

'Holy moly!': Inside Texas' fight against a ransomware hack

- Associated Press

It was a steamy Friday two Augusts ago when Jason Whisler settled in for a working breakfast at the Coffee Ranch restaurant in the Texas Panhandle city of Borger. The most pressing agenda item for city officials like him that morning: planning for a country concert and anniversary event.