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China's Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Jul. 23, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media...

Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

Jul. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department's Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation's capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to...

Louisiana auxiliary deputy, 82, killed working at crash site

Jul. 23, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An 82-year-old auxiliary sheriff’s deputy died Friday in Louisiana when his parked patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a car as the deputy diverted traffic near the earlier crash of two trucks on an interstate, authorities said. Caddo...

San Diego audit faults real estate deals under Faulconer

Jul. 23, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Kevin Faulconer was San Diego's mayor, his administration failed to follow best practices and conduct due diligence when spending hundreds of millions of dollars on real estate purchases, a city audit found. The audit released Thursday,...

Unlikely partners Pelosi and Cheney team up for Jan. 6 probe

Jul. 23, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Nancy Pelosi raised a glass to Liz Cheney, it was the most unlikely of toasts. Democratic lawmakers and the Republican congresswoman were gathered in the House speaker’s office as the group prepared for the first session of the committee ...

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

Jul. 23, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally on Friday 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...

Arizona GOP official: Ballots in recount safe from roof leak

Jul. 23, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Republican official said Friday that ballots stored for the review of the Maricopa County 2020 election were not damaged by water leaking from the ceiling at a state fairgrounds building during Phoenix-area monsoon thunderstorms. “No ballots...

California could cut off water from thousands of farmers

Jul. 23, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought. The Sacramento Bee reported that the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on...

DOJ says no probe into state-run nursing homes in New York

Jul. 23, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, according to a letter sent Friday to several Republican members of Congress. Under former...

To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

Jul. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban...