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Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Apr. 16, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band...

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements. ...

Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

Apr. 16, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showcased the alliance between their two countries as well as their shared resolve in dealing with China as they met at the White House on Friday in Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden hails record job growth, skips caveats

Apr. 16, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a page from his predecessor's boastful ways, President Joe Biden is claiming credit for two months of record job creation as employers bring back many workers sidelined by the pandemic. Though his numbers are right, it's a misleading portrait. ...

Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees

Apr. 16, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday rescinded a Trump-era memo that curtailed the use of consent decrees that federal prosecutors have used in sweeping investigations of police departments. Garland issued a new memorandum to all U.S. attorneys...

Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research

Apr. 16, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

Federal officials on Friday reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research. The changes clear the way for using government money on work that in the past has led to treatments for a variety of diseases, including COVID-19. ...

Ceremony heralds opening of WWI Memorial in Washington

Apr. 16, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., will open to the public Saturday, and its launch was marked by a ceremony and flag-raising in honor of the 4.7 million veterans who served in what's known as America's Great War. In remarks during the...

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

State Dept. watchdog says Pompeo, wife violated ethics rules

Apr. 16, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife violated federal ethics rules by asking staffers to run personal errands and perform non-official work such as making restaurant reservations, shopping and...

US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

Apr. 16, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave, the Biden administration announced Friday. White House officials unveiled a strategy that...

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Justice Department sues Roger Stone over $2M in unpaid taxes

Apr. 16, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It alleges...

SpaceX picked for moonwalkers, on verge of 3rd crew launch

Apr. 16, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose SpaceX on Friday to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon. The announcement came a few hours after SpaceX's most international crew of astronauts yet arrived in Florida for...

Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

Apr. 16, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showcased the alliance between their two countries as well as their shared resolve in dealing with China as they met at the White House on Friday in Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as...

Families await news of missing workers on capsized ship

Apr. 16, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Worried family members were waiting Friday to hear the fate of 11 workers still missing after a lift boat capsized earlier this week off Louisiana while the Coast Guard confirmed it pulled a second body from the Gulf of Mexico's waters. ...

Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba

Apr. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of...

The Latest: New COVID-19 cases rising again in New Mexico

Apr. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The number of new COVID-19 cases is ticking up again in New Mexico as the death toll reaches another milestone. State health officials reported Friday that four more people have succumbed to the virus, pushing the total to 4,001 since the pandemic...

Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

Apr. 16, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old will be key evidence when prosecutors consider a case against the officer and are confronted with both the emotions surrounding the chilling footage and legal precedent that makes it...

US likely to up Afghanistan force to ensure safe drawdown

Apr. 16, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will likely increase its troop presence in Afghanistan temporarily over the coming weeks and months in order to fulfill President Joe Biden's order to safely withdraw all forces from the country by Sept. 11, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon...

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith plans fundraiser at Trump's resort

Apr. 16, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who is considering running for the U.S. Senate, plans to hold a fundraising event at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. An invitation to the April 30 event lists Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and...