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Volunteer medic hit by tear gas canister sues federal agents

Apr. 19, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A volunteer medic who was hit in the chest with a tear gas canister fired by a federal officer during racial injustice protests in Portland last summer sued U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and agents Monday. Nate Cohen had just doused a...

On foreign policy decisions, Biden faces drag of pragmatism

Apr. 17, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden this past week found himself in search of a foreign policy sweet spot: somewhere between pulling a screeching U-turn on four years of Trumpism and cautiously approaching the world as it is. In recent days, Biden has piled new...

SolarWinds hacking campaign puts Microsoft in the hot seat

Apr. 17, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The sprawling hacking campaign deemed a grave threat to U.S. national security came to be known as SolarWinds, for the company whose software update was seeded by Russian intelligence agents with malware to penetrate sensitive government and private networks. ...

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

Apr. 16, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from...

Public comment period extended for border surveillance plan

Apr. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period on plans to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along Vermont's border with the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont's congressional delegation said Friday. ...

Synagogue firebombers lose bid to reverse convictions

Apr. 15, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Two men convicted of carrying out attacks on Jewish communities in New Jersey that included the firebombing of two synagogues and throwing a Molotov cocktail into a rabbi's home lost their bids to have their convictions thrown out Thursday. A...

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Apr. 15, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the “bottom line” of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers. The U.S., Britain and their...

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Apr. 13, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. The decision defies a May 1 deadline...

Lawsuit notice filed in fatal shooting of New Mexico officer

Apr. 13, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of a New Mexico State Police officer fatally shot in the line of duty in February has filed a tort claim notice with the state seeking damages, one of the first steps in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Gabriella Jarrott alleged that...

Biden names 2 ex-NSA officials for senior cyber positions

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White House said Monday in moving to fill out a team whose role has grown more urgent after two major hacks that have consumed the...