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After 4 years as pawn in US-China game, Seattle man is home

Nov. 24, 2021 05:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Daniel Hsu, a U.S. citizen, fought for four years to escape China. The Seattle resident was barred from leaving despite having committed no crime. Then earlier this month, just four days before a virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese...

After 4 years as pawn in US-China game, Seattle man is home

Nov. 24, 2021 05:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Daniel Hsu, a U.S. citizen, fought for four years to escape China. The Seattle resident was barred from leaving despite having committed no crime, a pawn in a geopolitical game between two giant superpowers. Then earlier this month,...

US urged to help more people escape Taliban-led Afghanistan

Nov. 15, 2021 18:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of organizations working to evacuate people who could be targeted by the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan appealed Monday for more assistance from the U.S. government and other nations as conditions deteriorate in the country. Members of the...

Biden boosts crime fighting efforts on Native American lands

Nov. 15, 2021 17:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday ordered several Cabinet departments to work together to combat human trafficking and crime on Native American lands, where violent crime rates are more than double the national average. Speaking at a White House summit on...

Afghan refugees await new life while at New Mexico air base

Nov. 14, 2021 11:11 AM EST

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — In the town square recreation area in Aman Omid Village on Holloman Air Force Base, children and parents play in the cool mid-morning early November weather. Near the outdoor recreation area is the Women’s Morale, Welfare and...

US faces 'heightened threat' in holiday season, DHS says

Nov. 10, 2021 18:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. faces a “heightened threat environment” from domestic extremists and people inspired by foreign terrorist groups with the approach of the holiday season, the Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday. While DHS said it had no...

The AP Interview: Justice Dept. conducting cyber crackdown

Nov. 04, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping up actions to combat ransomware and cybercrime through arrests and other actions, its No. 2 official told The Associated Press, as the Biden administration escalates its response to what it regards as an urgent economic and national...

Inside Biden’s border plans: How optimism turned to chaos

Nov. 03, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For about four months before President Joe Biden took office, advisers engaged in intense internal debate about how quickly they should undo his predecessor's hardline border policies. The answer, almost always, was that Donald Trump's mark...

US limits immigration arrests at schools, 'protected' areas

Oct. 27, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will limit arrests at schools, hospitals and other “protected” areas under guidelines issued Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security, part of a broader effort to roll back the approach to enforcement under President Donald Trump. ...

Progress on National bio-defense lab in Kansas delayed again

Oct. 27, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Construction on a national bio-defense laboratory in Manhattan has been delayed, federal officials said. Officials said earlier this year that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would be substantially completed by this October. ...