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Biden proposes DACA workaround: a rule to shield 'Dreamers'

Sep. 27, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, proposing to do so via regulation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy's legality. ...

Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote

Sep. 27, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc pushed Monday for a quick agreement on a coalition government, but Europe’s biggest economy could still be in for weeks of uncertainty after an election that failed to set a clear direction. ...

Taliban, ex-Afghan government dispute ends with no UN speech

Sep. 27, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dispute between Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and its former government over who should speak at the United Nations' annual meeting of world leaders finally has an answer: no one. The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the...

Small islands caught between tourism economy, climate change

Sep. 27, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Come visit the Maldives, its president entreated the world at this year's United Nations General Assembly, moments before switching to an impassioned plea for help combating climate change. The adjacent appeals illustrated a central dilemma for many small island developing...

Biden plan seeks to expand education, from pre-K to college

Sep. 27, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the most comprehensive package of...

Facebook puts Instagram for kids on hold after pushback

Sep. 27, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13, to address concerns that have been raised about the vulnerability of younger users. “I still firmly believe that it’s a good thing to build a version of...

John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, to be freed from oversight

Sep. 27, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago, can be freed from all remaining restrictions next year if he continues to follow those rules and remains mentally stable. U.S. District Court Judge Paul...

Investigators seek cause of deadly Montana train derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire...

Anita Hill still waits for change, 30 years after testimony

Sep. 27, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

America had yet to really understand sexual harassment when Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas in front of an all-male Senate panel in October 1991. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court anyway, but Hill’s work was just beginning. Now, three decades later,...

'SNL' returning with all but one incumbent cast member

Sep. 27, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After an off-season of some mystery involving several favorite performers, “Saturday Night Live” said it was returning for its 47th year this weekend with all but one of its incumbent cast members on board. Only Beck Bennett, known for impersonations...

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Ex-coach tells of faking athletic credentials

Sep. 27, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Southern California testified Monday during the first trial in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal that she regularly created fake athletic profiles with exaggerated accomplishments coupled with images...

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair

Sep. 27, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit on the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a young man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon. A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron...

Police: 2-year-old finds gun, accidentally shoots herself

Sep. 27, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina toddler was in stable condition on Monday, a day after accidentally shooting herself, police said. The Columbia Police Department reported on Twitter that the 2-year-old girl found an unsecured gun in a bedroom on Sunday evening...

UK mulls calling in army to help ease gas shortages at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Lines of cars formed at British gas stations for a fourth day on Monday, as the government mulled sending in the army to help ease supply disruptions triggered by a shortage of truck drivers. As unions called for emergency workers to be given priority for...

No classes for Rio Rancho schools due to internet outage

Sep. 27, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has canceled class because of an internet service outage. Officials with Rio Rancho Public Schools made the decision not to hold classes Monday. They sent a letter to parents Sunday saying a damaged fiber optic...

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

Sep. 27, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facing a Justice Department lawsuit over Alabama's notoriously violent prisons, state lawmakers on Monday began a special session on a $1.3 billion construction plan that would use federal pandemic relief funds to pay part of the cost of building massive new lockups....

Gucci launches Vault vintage site during Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 27, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Fashion houses trying to figure out how to reach new eyeballs after the long ordeal of the pandemic have centered around a singular idea: collaborations. Many are doing it, in big ways and small. Gucci, which famously “hacked” Balenciaga last season,...

Mississippi gov: Still no word on medical marijuana session

Sep. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday was still not saying whether he will call legislators into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and consider other issues that House and Senate leaders are promoting. “Nothing today,”...

Global Citizen Live generates $1.1 billion to fight poverty

Sep. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert that featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges over the weekend to fight extreme poverty. ...

Graves of 19th century migrants found on trail in Idaho

Sep. 27, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Cadaver dogs have found what are probably seven graves of mid-1880s migrants who died in south-central Idaho on the California Trail while crossing what is now the City of Rocks National Reserve. Experts with the Oregon-California Historic...