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Decision expected on charges for cop who shot Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 03:27 AM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the nearby murder trial of the ex-officer...

Expert: Ex-cop justified in pinning George Floyd to pavement

Apr. 13, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense for a former police officer charged in George Floyd's death challenged the heart of the case against the officer, calling a use-of-force expert who testified that Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning Floyd and said it might have gone easier if the Black man...

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Apr. 14, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said. Biden will lay out his vision for the way...

Iran president calls 60% enrichment an answer to 'evilness'

Apr. 14, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president on Wednesday called Tehran's decision to enrich uranium up to 60% after saboteurs attacked a nuclear site “an answer to your evilness,” linking the incident to ongoing talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. ...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, with more than 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, according to an AP investigation. ...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Senate filibuster test over Asian-American hate crime bill

Apr. 14, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship on an issue important to many...

Report: Broad missteps left Capitol Police unprepared Jan. 6

Apr. 14, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an...

Royal funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

Apr. 14, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William. ...

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks

Apr. 13, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago. “The certainty was a crucial factor," Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president at the time, said after the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires. Now,...

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Japan's Toshiba president steps down amid acquisition talks

Apr. 14, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of Toshiba Corp. stepped down Wednesday, a week after the Japanese technology and manufacturing giant said it was studying an acquisition proposal from a global fund where he previously worked. Nobuaki Kurumatani tendered his resignation at a...

On Memorial Day, Israel mourns, reflects on vets' trauma

Apr. 14, 2021 04:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel marked its national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers on Wednesday, in a year when national attention has been focused on the plight of veterans suffering from psychological trauma. Memorial Day is the most solemn day on Israel's national...

Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

Apr. 14, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official on Tuesday, according to the Court Circular, the official...

Buffalo Trace joins university on oak tree research project

Apr. 14, 2021 04:46 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Buffalo Trace Distillery and the University of Kentucky are working together on a tree planting and research project aimed at strengthening the white oak industry's sustainability. The study kicked off with the planting of 1,066 trees on the...

Maine company to open COVID-19 swab factory in Tennessee

Apr. 14, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced that one of North America's largest manufacturer of COVID-19 testing swabs will establish a new manufacturing and distribution operations in Tennessee. Puritan Medical Products, a medical supplies manufacturer...

Trump-era spike of Israel settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with more than 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Kentucky Horse Park again offering Run/Walk Club

Apr. 14, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is reviving its Run/Walk Club after canceling it last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The club is set to begin meeting again on May 3, park officials said in a statement. Community...

$1M in federal funding awarded for ag worker training

Apr. 14, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal funding totaling $1 million is being provided for agricultural workforce training in West Virginia. The funding was announced Tuesday by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. The funds...

Man pleads guilty to capital murder and attempted murder

Apr. 14, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder in the death of a pizza delivery woman and one count of attempted murder in the shooting of a convenience store employee. An April 19 sentencing...

India's worst-hit state imposes strict virus restrictions

Apr. 14, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

MUMBAI (AP) — India's worst-hit and richest state Maharashtra will impose stricter restrictions for 15 days on Wednesday in an effort to stem the surge of coronavirus infections that is threatening to overcome hospitals. Top state officials stressed that the closure of...