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As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts

Apr. 21, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that walloped Texas in February, knocking out power and leaving millions in a deep freeze. Yet as the snow fell and the wind howled,...

Ohio Supreme Court takes case over voting machines purchase

Apr. 21, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A dispute over the purchase of voting machines tied to unfounded allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election has reached the Ohio Supreme Court. At issue before the high court is a feud over the purchase of Denver-based Dominion Voting...

China rejects accusations of abuses in Xinjiang

Apr. 20, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government on Tuesday rejected accusations of abuses in the Xinjiang region after a human rights group appealed for a U.N. investigation into possible crimes against humanity. Accusations of forced labor or detentions in the northwestern region...

GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

Apr. 19, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton County’s nearly 529 square miles — or about one for every...

Missouri chiropractor accused of false COVID-19 cure claims

Apr. 16, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri chiropractor and his company are facing a federal complaint over their claims that zinc and vitamin D products were more effective than vaccines in treating or preventing COVID-19. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it had filed a...

Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report

Apr. 16, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy’s national health institute distanced himself Friday from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response, saying he had no means to interfere with the U.N. agency and had never censored even inconvenient...

Georgia governor gets GOP primary challenge from former Dem

Apr. 16, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Democrat Vernon Jones crowd-surfed across adoring Trump supporters in October after speaking at one of the former president's campaign rallies. Now the scandal-plagued politician hopes to surf their discontent to a Republican primary victory over Gov. Brian Kemp. ...

Beshear: 19 state workers filed false unemployment claims

Apr. 16, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — At least 19 Kentucky state workers received thousands of dollars of unemployment aid while still on the job, according to a state inspector general report. The report found that from April to May of 2020, the unemployment workers employees knew...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Photo shows Biden...

A look at new Biden administration sanctions against Russia

Apr. 16, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out a sweeping set of sanctions on Russia over its election interference, hacking campaigns and other malign activity. A look at those sanctions: ELECTION-RELATED SANCTIONS The Treasury Department sanctioned...