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Biden doubling vaccine purchase, calls for more global shots

Sep. 22, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year. The stepped-up U.S....

Top US military officer holds talks with Russian counterpart

Sep. 22, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. ...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 22, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. The federal...

Racism, climate and divisions top UN agenda as leaders meet

Sep. 22, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, the climate crisis and the world’s worsening divisions will take center stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the U.N. chief issued a grim warning that “we are on the edge of an abyss.” For the first time since the...

GLIMPSES: Britain's Johnson rides rails to meet Amtrak Joe

Sep. 21, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oh, the conversations that happen when powerful people meet. Could the “very special relationship” between the U.S. and the United Kingdom become even more secure now that President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have bonded over their...

Biden promises 'relentless diplomacy' to skeptical allies

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and...

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

Sep. 22, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking...

Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind '18 tax story

Sep. 22, 2021 02:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters. ...

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

Post-Trump, Democrats push to curb presidential powers

Sep. 21, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to rein in executive powers that they say President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. The legislation, expected to be introduced Tuesday, would...

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House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 22, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. The federal...

Top US military officer holds talks with Russian counterpart

Sep. 22, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. ...

Hidden History Weekend begins Friday in West Virginia

Sep. 22, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Hidden history will be explored this weekend at free programs in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock and Pipestem Resort. Offerings include auto tours and self-guided walking tours throughout...

7 Kentucky schools get national recognition

Sep. 22, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Seven Kentucky schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, the U.S. Department of Education said. The recognition is based on a school’s academic performance or its progress in closing achievement gaps, Education Secretary...

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

Sep. 22, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking...

Asian shares mostly lower after mixed trading on Wall Street

Sep. 21, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after major indexes ended mixed on Wall Street. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai and Taiwan but rose in Sydney. Markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for holidays. The Bank of Japan kept its...

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

Sep. 21, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Body recovered, half-brother sought around Yellowstone lake

Sep. 21, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Rescue crews in Yellowstone National Park recovered the body of a 67-year-old Washington state man and searched around a lake Tuesday for his half-brother after the pair failed to return from a backcountry canoe trip. A 10-person...

Airman on trial in Arizona in death of Mennonite woman

Sep. 21, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause was a devout Mennonite woman, often immersed in books, who easily quoted scripture and occasionally taught Sunday school before her body was found in a forest clearing in northern Arizona. Mark Gooch was raised in a Mennonite...