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CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Aug. 03, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until October 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a...

Officer dead, suspect killed in violence outside Pentagon

Aug. 03, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during a burst of violence at a transit center outside the building, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The Pentagon, the headquarters...

Harris to focus on security, economic ties on SE Asia trip

Aug. 03, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Southeast Asia later this month aiming to bolster U.S. engagement in the region in an effort to counter China’s growing influence globally. In an early preview of the goals for her trip to Singapore and...

Senators behind $1T infrastructure plan show off their work

Aug. 03, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people before a key vote expected this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after...

Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

Aug. 03, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms...

Biden chides Republican governors who resist vaccine rules

Aug. 03, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday called on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of vaccine rules aimed at containing the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. He backed city and private mandates requiring people to be vaccinated to go about...

Missouri governor pardons gun-waving St. Louis lawyer couple

Aug. 03, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that he made good on his promise to pardon a couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home in a luxury St. Louis enclave last year. ...

'This attack happened': Medals to honor Jan. 6 responders

Aug. 03, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to award Medals of Honor to the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department for protecting Congress during the Jan. 6 insurrection, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden for his signature. Under the bill, which...

Warden at NYC federal jail charged with killing husband

Aug. 03, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The associate warden at the federal jail in New York City has been charged with killing her husband after she shot him in the face in their New Jersey home. Antonia Ashford is the associate warden at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, which...

Lawmakers debate repealing Saddam-era war measures on Iraq

Aug. 03, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

The Biden administration encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday to finally repeal an authorization for military action in Iraq crafted when Saddam Hussein was still alive, rejecting Republican arguments it would further signal to Iran that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East. ...

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British navy group: 'Potential hijack' of ship off UAE coast

Aug. 03, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy warned of a “potential hijack” of a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday, though the circumstances remained unclear. The incident comes amid heightened tensions between...

Guatemala draws fire for new anti-corruption prosecutor

Aug. 03, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala named a new anti-corruption prosecutor Tuesday, two weeks after the previous one was fired and fled the country, citing fears for his safety. Attorney General Consuelo Porras named Rafael Curruchiche as the new prosecutor. Curruchiche is...

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Aug. 03, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until October 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a...

Judge blocks Texas troopers from stopping migrant transports

Aug. 03, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday blocked Texas from allowing state troopers to stop vehicles carrying migrants on the grounds that they may spread COVID-19 as worries and new cases are rising along the U.S.-Mexico border. The temporary order by U.S....

Ohio primaries may signal mood of 2022 midterm race

Aug. 03, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of special congressional primaries Tuesday in Ohio could serve as litmus tests for the moods of the Republican and Democratic parties heading into next year's midterm elections. After the stinging defeat of one of his endorsed congressional...

US will review oil and gas leasing program in Alaska refuge

Aug. 03, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving ahead with a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Interior secretary said she found “multiple legal deficiencies” in a prior review that provided a basis...

Senators behind $1T infrastructure plan show off their work

Aug. 03, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people before a key vote expected this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after...

Officer dead, suspect killed in violence outside Pentagon

Aug. 03, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during a burst of violence at a transit center outside the building, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The Pentagon, the headquarters...

St. Louis mask mandate temporarily on hold; Kansas City sued

Aug. 03, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

St. Louis County residents will not be required to wear masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least two more weeks, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday against a mask mandate that was issued last month. Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie”...

NLRB preliminary finding revives labor organizing at Amazon

Aug. 03, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A recommendation to nullify the election results of an Amazon union vote in Bessemer, Alabama is breathing new life into the labor movement. The recommendation was issued Monday by a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board, who said that...