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IRS to the rescue? Tax audits eyed for infrastructure cash

May. 15, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans say they won’t raise taxes on corporations. Democrats say they won't raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year. So who is going to pay for the big public works boost that lawmakers and President Joe Biden say is necessary for the country? ...

Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

May. 15, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Problems peaked Thursday night, and service should return...

Rep. Greene's combative behavior could spark ethics review

May. 15, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year before her election to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene searched for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her Capitol office, taunting the New York Democrat to “get rid of your diaper” and “talk to the American citizens,” as shown in video unearthed by CNN. ...

Virginia GOP nominee's independence from Trump up for debate

May. 15, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — If Glenn Youngkin was looking to pivot back to the political center after winning the GOP's nomination for governor in Virginia, Donald Trump made it a little tougher by giving the nominee a big bearhug of an endorsement. “Glenn is...

Let's face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

May. 15, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers...

McKissick easily wins 3rd term as South Carolina GOP chair

May. 15, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republicans on Saturday selected Drew McKissick to lead them for a third term as chairman, turning back a challenge from a recent transplant to the state who portrayed himself, over the current chairman, as the candidate most closely aligned with...

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

May. 14, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. ...

Conservative group boasts of secret role in voting laws

May. 14, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

The head of a national conservative group told supporters it secretly helped draft legislation in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country as part of a coordinated network of organizations pushing to tighten voting laws across the country. Jessica Anderson,...

In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

May. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik to a leadership post Friday, highlighting how the party whose lodestar has long been conservative policies increasingly views allegiance to Donald Trump as its indispensable key to electoral success. ...

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The Latest: Egypt, Saudi Arabia call for Gaza cease-fire

May. 15, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Saudi Arabia are calling for an...

Statement: AP 'horrified' by Israeli attack on its office

May. 15, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely. AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has...

Rep. Golden takes a break for birth of daughter

May. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden took a break from Washington this week but he had a good reason. He became a father. Golden posted a photo Saturday of himself, his wife Izzy and their newborn baby, Rosemary Calderwood Golden. ...

Israeli strike destroys Gaza building with AP, other media

May. 15, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Hours later, Israel bombed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a top leader of Gaza’s ruling militant Hamas...

Portland police, FBI respond to threats of gun violence

May. 15, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Citing intelligence that there are “imminent” efforts from outside groups to “engage and advance gun violence” this weekend, the Portland City Council announced police and the FBI will be on the streets of the city for the next few days. ...

Chileans choose assembly to draft a new constitution

May. 15, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The face of a new Chile begins taking shape this weekend as the South American country elects 155 people to draft a constitution to replace one that has governed it since being imposed during a military dictatorship. Nearly 80% of voters in a...

US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease

May. 15, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A national terrorism alert issued Friday warns that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to conduct attacks. The alert does not cite any specific threats. But it warns of potential danger from an increasingly...

Don't Fall Back: Alabama seeks permanent daylight saving

May. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is joining the states seeking to permanently switch to daylight saving time if the U.S. Congress ever authorizes it. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's office announced Thursday she signed the bill. The legislation was approved by state lawmakers...

The Latest: China cancels attempts to climb Mount Everest

May. 15, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

BEIJING — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says the closure was confirmed in a notice from...

Soldier killed in Korean War to be buried in South Carolina

May. 15, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

UNION, S.C. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army soldier killed during the Korean War are being interred in his South Carolina hometown, 70 years after his death. A funeral for Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman will be held Saturday at Lewis Funeral Home in Union, according to...