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Biden to urge G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — The United States plans to push democratic allies on Saturday to publicly call out China for forced labor practices as the Group of Seven leaders gather at a summit where they will also unveil an infrastructure plan meant to compete with Beijing’s efforts in the...

Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice

Jun. 12, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. ...

Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

UK-EU Brexit spat over N Ireland clouds G7 leaders summit

Jun. 12, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

FALMOUTH, England (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday on the sidelines of a G-7 summit, as post-Brexit turbulence strains relations between Britain and the EU. ...

The Latest: Climate change protests hit beach near G7 summit

Jun. 12, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — Hundreds of environmental protesters took to the Cornish seaside Saturday morning in a bid to draw the attention of world leaders and the international media outlets that have...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom

Jun. 12, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran...

AP wins 2 Pulitzers for photos of pandemic pain, US unrest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

Associated Press photographers awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Friday had dodged tear gas to capture protests against racial injustice and patiently built trust with elderly people to empathetically document the toll of the coronavirus pandemic. AP’s chief photographer in...

China's wandering elephants on the move again

Jun. 12, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s famed wandering elephants are on the move again, heading southwest while a male who broke from the herd is still keeping his distance. The group left a wildlife reserve in the southwest of Yunnan province more than a year ago and has trekked...

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Mike Pence, wife buy suburban Indianapolis home for $1.93M

Jun. 12, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have purchased a $1.93 million suburban Indianapolis house that sits on a 5-acre spread and features seven bedrooms, a swimming pool and an indoor basketball court. Pence and his wife, Karen, took out a...

DNR enrolling property owners in hunting access program

Jun. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is enrolling private property owners in some parts of the state in a program that pays them to allow controlled public hunting access on their land. Interested landowners should have at least 40 acres...

CTA hopes to win back Chicago riders after pandemic slump

Jun. 12, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Commuters returning to the buses and trains run by the Chicago Transit Authority will be greeted by employee volunteers acting as “ambassadors,” part of a campaign to bring riders back as coronavirus restrictions end. The CTA launched the campaign in...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

Co-pastors receive outpouring of love after Va. house fire

Jun. 12, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jeff Lynch had just finished mowing the grass and was talking to his mom on the phone when he saw smoke in front of the house. “When I got up and looked, smoke was pouring out of the back of the house,” Lynch said during an interview in front of...

Torah ark desecrated inside Frankfurt Airport prayer room

Jun. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading Jewish group in Germany on Saturday condemned the antisemitic desecration of a Torah ark inside the Jewish prayer room at Frankfurt's international airport. Frankfurt police said a swastika was painted on the cabinet inside the prayer room, which...

Teen pulled from pool at Dedham graduation party dies

Jun. 12, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A teenager who was in critical condition after being pulled from a pool during a graduation party at a Dedham home last weekend has died. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s office announced on Friday that Alonzo Polk, 17, of Dedham had died....

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Maryland inmates grow organic produce for local families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WESTOVER, Md. (AP) — Their work begins just after 8 a.m. each day. Five or six men are assigned to tend to each of three gardens, where more than a dozen varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown. There’s no irrigation system. The men do it all...

Pharrell Williams to open Va. school for low-income families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Singer Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent — the group declined to specify where — for students in...