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Pelosi appoints 2nd GOP critic of Trump to Jan. 6 committee

Jul. 25, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot and pledged that the Democratic-majority panel will “get to the truth.” Kinzinger said he “humbly...

Fauci says US headed in 'wrong direction' on coronavirus

Jul. 25, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The United States is in an ``unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. ``We’re going in the wrong...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump is relentless in election fabrications

Jul. 25, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In mid-May, partisan investigators hired by Arizona state lawmakers backed off their allegation that the state's most populous county had destroyed its 2020 election database. Confronted with proof that the data still existed, they admitted everything was there. ...

Rep. Luria's pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

Jul. 24, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When members of Congress head home to connect with their constituents, some hit tractor pulls. Others might stop by mom-and-pop stores. For Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, whose Virginia district includes the world's largest naval base, a recent swing included boarding an...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...

As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges

Jul. 23, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At first glance, Herschel Walker has a coveted political profile for a potential Senate candidate in Georgia. He was a football hero at the University of Georgia before his long NFL career. He’s a business owner whose chicken products are distributed...

Trump inaugural committee chair to be released on $250M bail

Jul. 23, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee was ordered freed Friday on $250 million bail to face charges he secretly worked as an agent for the the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s foreign policy. ...

At odds on myriad issues, US, Russia to hold strategic talks

Jul. 23, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold the first round of strategic and arms control talks of the Biden administration next week in Switzerland, the two countries announced on Friday. Wednesday’s discussions in Geneva come as the two countries are...

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own strength and...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

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Pelosi appoints 2nd GOP critic of Trump to Jan. 6 committee

Jul. 25, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot and pledged that the Democratic-majority panel will “get to the truth.” Kinzinger said he “humbly...

Investigation: East St. Louis failed to pay police overtime

Jul. 25, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The city of East St. Louis violated labor standards for not tracking or paying police overtime hours, according to a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. According to a recent news release, the city's police department had employees sign...

Florida man's walk on water ends short of goal to reach NYC

Jul. 25, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A man in a cylindrical floating contraption washed ashore in Florida Saturday in an apparent attempt to walk on water to New York. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reported that the man left St. Augustine in the vessel with the goal of reaching...

White House has whale conservation rule proposal for review

Jul. 25, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review. The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about 360. They...

SC senators hold first of 10 public redistricting hearings

Jul. 25, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of South Carolina senators will travel around the state this week holding public hearings on how to draw new districts for South Carolina House and Senate seats as well as the U.S. House. The Senate subcommittee handling redistricting is...

New Hampshire adopts rules for wake surfing

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is enacting new rules for wake surfing, though they won’t take effect until fall. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill this week adding wake surfing regulations to the state’s boating laws. Wake surfing refers to...

Buckley Space Force Base prepares for the next frontier

Jul. 25, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For more than two decades, Col. Marcus Jackson’s fatigues have been emblazoned with the cinnamon font synonymous with the U.S. Air Force. The newest commander of Aurora’s longtime Air Force installation has been a career military man with...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Jul. 25, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary...

Navajo advocates take community approach to sexual violence

Jul. 25, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah (AP) — Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty wore her grandmother’s delicately patterned yellow, blue and purple scarf as she spoke before members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Montezuma Creek on Wednesday. The...

AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 25, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...