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'There are only so many beds': COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. ...

US to probe Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it was launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. The investigation into the City of...

Belarus runner used quick thinking to avoid being sent home

Aug. 05, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals back home after publicly criticizing her coaches at the Tokyo Games used quick thinking to get help, using her phone to translate a plea and show it to Japanese police as she tried to avoid being forced onto a plane. ...

Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy

Aug. 05, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant...

At river where Tigrayan bodies floated, fears of 'many more'

Aug. 05, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

WAD EL HILU, Sudan (AP) — From time to time, a body floating down the river separating Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region from Sudan was a silent reminder of a war conducted in the shadows. But in recent days, the corpses became a flow. Bloated, drained of color from...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....

'We lost Greenville': Wildfire decimates California town

Aug. 05, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 3-week-old wildfire engulfed a tiny Northern California mountain town, leveling most of its historic downtown and leaving blocks of homes in ashes, while a new wind-whipped blaze also destroyed homes as crews braced for another explosive run of flames Thursday in...

Lawmakers give Cuomo deadline in impeachment probe

Aug. 05, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers told Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday that their ongoing impeachment investigation is almost done and gave him a deadline of Aug. 13 to provide additional evidence. Since March, the Assembly's judiciary committee has been investigating...

Automakers pledge to increase U.S. electric vehicle sales

Aug. 05, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the U.S. must “move fast” to win the carmaking future, President Joe Biden on Thursday touted a commitment from the auto industry to make electric vehicles up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. Biden wants automakers to raise...

Native Hawaiians 'reclaim' surfing with Moore's Olympic gold

Aug. 05, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

Carissa Moore wore a white and yellow plumeria pinned next to her ear for her victory-lap interviews after making history as the first Olympic gold medalist at surfing’s historic debut. Her mother — crowned the Honolulu Lei Queen in 2016 — had given her the flower...

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Most Reno-Sparks bus service suspended as strike continues

Aug. 05, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Regional transportation officials suspended bus service Thursday on all but three routes in Reno-Sparks and Carson City as a strike by about 200 union drivers entered its third day. Teamsters Union Local 533 went on strike at noon Tuesday, citing an...

Ex-Kansas forward de Sousa found not guilty of battery

Aug. 05, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A jury on Thursday found former Kansas forward Silvio de Sousa not guilty of aggravated battery for hitting a man in the face during a New Year’s Day bar fight. De Sousa hugged his lawyer and praised God following the jury’s decision, The...

Defense queries widow of murder victim about affair comment

Aug. 05, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The wife of one of four people killed in an attack at a North Dakota property management firm testified in the murder trial Thursday that comments she made to police about having her husband “taken out” if he ever cheated on her were made in jest. ...

Watchdog: No evidence Giuliani had Clinton probe inside info

Aug. 05, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday that it did not find evidence that FBI agents shared inside information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation with Rudy Giuliani. The question of whether anyone had leaked information to...

St. Louis man wants his guns back after governor's pardon

Aug. 05, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis man who along with his wife was pardoned after waving guns at social justice demonstrators has filed a lawsuit to have the guns returned and to have fines the couple paid returned to them. Mark McCloskey, a Republican candidate for the...

Arizona doctors urge governor to require masks in schools

Aug. 05, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 150 Arizona doctors on Thursday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to mandate masks in public schools, dialing up pressure as coronavirus cases rise and a growing number of school districts require their staff and students to mask up in defiance of a new state law. ...

Defense blasts shoddy job by police in 1984 hammer killings

Aug. 05, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Nevada inmate accused of killing three members of a suburban Denver family with a hammer nearly 40 years ago told jurors Thursday that police did a shoddy job investigating the murders, leaving key evidence untested for DNA evidence. ...

Casino giant MGM Resorts selling land to New York-based firm

Aug. 05, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A New York-based real estate investment firm will emerge as the largest landholder on the Las Vegas Strip under a $17.2 billion property deal between landholding affiliates of casino giants Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International. Combined,...

3 erupting Alaska volcanoes spitting lava or ash clouds

Aug. 05, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three remote Alaska volcanoes are in various states of eruption, one producing lava and the other two blowing steam and ash. So far, none of the small communities near the volcanoes have been affected, Chris Waythomas, a geologist with the...

Noem settles on roomy turboprop for new state airplane

Aug. 05, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's purchase of an updated state airplane was completed Thursday, with the state opting for a bigger, faster and newer turboprop after some lawmakers questioned whether she was hoping to buy a jet. The Department of...