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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. 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...

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...

Wray: Afghanistan unrest could inspire extremism inside US

Sep. 21, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The possibility of a 9/11-type attack has diminished over the last 20 years, but the Taliban victory in Afghanistan could embolden U.S.-based extremists at the same time that the FBI is confronting increasing threats from individuals motivated by racial and political...

Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Sep. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The...

Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms

Sep. 21, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. intelligence officer suffered symptoms linked to a series of suspected directed-energy attacks known as “Havana syndrome” while traveling with CIA Director William Burns in India this month. Experts are in the process of verifying the...

Lawmakers attempt to revive nationwide eviction moratorium

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Several progressive lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reimpose a nationwide eviction moratorium at a time when deaths from COVID-19 are running at their highest levels since early March. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the...

White House blacklists Russian ransomware payment 'enabler'

Sep. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration sought Tuesday to choke the finances of criminal ransomware gangs, announcing sanctions against a Russia-based virtual currency brokerage that officials say helped at least eight ransomware gangs launder virtual currency. The...

Oregon redistricting talks adjourn early over COVID case

Sep. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps — and as questions lingered whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol — legislators were sent home Tuesday following reports of a...

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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...

The Latest: California virus spread lower than other states

Sep. 21, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California is seeing lower coronavirus transmission than other U.S. states as virus cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 decline following a summer surge. The state is currently the only one experiencing “substantial” coronavirus transmission, the...

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...

Longtime upstate NY member of Congress, Boehlert, dead at 84

Sep. 21, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, who represented upstate New York for 24 years, died at age 84, according to a statement from former staff members. The Utica-area resident died late Monday at a local hospice after a brief illness,...

Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY

Sep. 21, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York demanded the release of inmates and closure of New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex after another inmate was reported dead at the facility. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler,...

Governor: Nevada getting first 150 Afghans for resettlement

Sep. 21, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. State Department plans to resettle 150 Afghans in Nevada, with about 100 expected to go to northern areas including Reno and Sparks and about 50 to the Las Vegas area, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office said Tuesday. Immediate resettlement...

Lawmakers to consider 6th extension of Lamont's COVID powers

Sep. 21, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol next week to decide whether to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic until early February. The state Senate is scheduled to...

Iowa focuses on masks as coronavirus deaths rise

Sep. 21, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months after Iowa's first coronavirus case, the state finds itself in a protracted argument over the value of wearing masks, especially in schools where children are increasingly becoming infected with the virus. As the COVID-19...