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Senators: Bipartisan police overhaul talks end with no deal

Sep. 23, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices have ended without an agreement, top bargainers from both parties said, marking the collapse of an effort that began after killings of unarmed Black people by officers sparked protests across the U.S. ...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 23, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in Congress ahead of...

Today in History

Sep. 23, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2021. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and...

California 1st to set quota limits for retailers like Amazon

Sep. 22, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday became the first state to bar mega-retailers from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that grew from Amazon's drive to speed goods to consumers...

Biden taps Georgia's Smyre as Dominican Republic ambassador

Sep. 22, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated a key Georgia state lawmaker to become the United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Black Democrat from Columbus first elected in 1974, must be confirmed by the Senate before...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

Lawmakers OK $55B budget bills; $7.5B in virus relief left

Sep. 22, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers who finished passing the state budget Wednesday will next turn to allocating an unprecedented amount of federal COVID-19 rescue funding — money that largely is flexible and can be spent however the state decides. For months,...

South Carolina's Confederate monument protection law upheld

Sep. 22, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, ...

Judge considers request to block Arizona abortion law

Sep. 22, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for several Arizona abortion providers urged a federal judge Wednesday to block a new state law that would allow prosecutors to charge doctors who knowingly terminate a pregnancy solely because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. ...

California governor signs privacy laws for abortion patients

Sep. 22, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday that aim to protect the privacy of abortion providers and their patients, declaring California to be a “reproductive freedom state” while drawing a sharp contrast with Texas and its efforts to limit the procedure....