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Fierce Capitol attacks on police in newly released videos

Jun. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police officer with a flagpole and tackling him to the ground. Federal judges ordered the release of the...

GOP needs new health care target; 'Obamacare' survives again

Jun. 18, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” signals anew that the GOP must look beyond repealing the law if it wants to hone the nation's health care problems into a winning political issue. Thursday's 7-2...

Biden to announce 300M COVID-19 shots given in 150 days

Jun. 18, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is marking another milestone in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and help Americans return to a more normal way of life. Biden will announce that 300 million COVID-19 shots have been administered in the 150...

Republicans point to inflation in bid to retake Congress

Jun. 18, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices have whizzed past $3 per gallon in much of the nation. The cost of used cars and new furniture, airline tickets, department store blouses, ground beef and a Chipotle burrito are on the rise, too. Many economists say the price increases are...

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Jun. 18, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. ...

Senator: Military justice changes must go beyond sex cases

Jun. 18, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can overcome wariness about broader changes she’s seeking to...

Convention circuit of delusion gives forum for election lies

Jun. 18, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) — For a few hours last weekend, thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters came together in a field under the blazing Wisconsin sun to live in an alternate reality where the former president was still in office — or would soon return. Clad in red...

Biden's silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray

Jun. 18, 2021 06:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, especially since an unprecedented spate of executions by his predecessor ended just days before Biden took office. ...

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently...

'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, though increasingly conservative in makeup, rejected the latest major Republican-led effort to kill the national health care law known as “Obamacare” on Thursday, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The...

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Coast Guard: 4 rescued on sinking boat 32 miles off Virginia

Jun. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued four people on a boat taking on water and sinking about 32 miles off Virginia’s Eastern Shore. After receiving a report via VHF-FM radio on Thursday, the Coast Guard dispatched boats and a helicopter from stations at...

3 indicted in drug plot that included mail carrier abduction

Jun. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men authorities say participated in a plot in which drugs were sent through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island — and which included the alleged kidnapping of a mail carrier — have been indicted, federal prosecutors said Friday. ...

Biden picks career water policy adviser to lead water agency

Jun. 18, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Camille Touton, a veteran congressional water policy adviser, has been nominated to lead the agency that oversees water and power in the U.S. West. President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Touton to be the next commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of...

US stocks slump; S&P 500 has its worst week since February

Jun. 18, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street Friday, sending the S&P 500 to its worst weekly loss since February. The index fell 1.3% and gave back 1.9% over the course of the week. Banks and other stocks that soared earlier this year on expectations for the economy and inflation...

Man admits threatening Missouri, Tennessee congressmen

Jun. 18, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has admitted that he threatened U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee because he was upset by comments they made. Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, pleaded guilty Thursday...

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

Top U.S. health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Friday on a visit to Denver that is part of the Biden administration's effort to promote COVID-19 vaccines among hesitant minority communities that have some of the lowest inoculation...

Evacuation order lifted after Illinois chemical plant blast

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents near a northern Illinois chemical plant were cleared to return to their homes Friday, four days after officials issued an evacuation order following a massive explosion at the plant. Rockton fire chief Kirk Wilson lifted the evacuation...

Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

Pilot killed in plane crash near North Carolina drag strip

Jun. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane was killed when their aircraft went down near a drag strip in North Carolina, authorities said. News outlets reported the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office said the aircraft crashed around 8:30 p.m. Thursday near Kinston...