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R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The...

Hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

Sep. 27, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

Hospitals and nursing homes around the country are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With such ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island...

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...

Safety officials seek answers in deadly Amtrak derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators examined overturned rail cars and a stretch of tracks Monday as they worked to figure out why an Amtrak train derailed in rural Montana over the weekend, killing three people. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from...

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Police: Man shot, killed while eating breakfast at cafe

Sep. 27, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The victim of a weekend shooting in Providence was having breakfast in a restaurant when he was killed, police said Monday. Jorge Garcia, 38, was eating at the counter of Roque’s Cafe with a friend at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the shooter...

Middlebury College to strip chapel name over eugenics role

Sep. 27, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

Middlebury College will remove the name of a former Vermont governor from the campus chapel because of his “instigating role” in eugenics policies of the early 1900s that “sought to isolate and prevent the procreation of so-called ‘delinquents, dependents, and defectives,’” the...

Documents: Virus outbreaks at nearly quarter of Iowa schools

Sep. 27, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly a quarter of Iowa public school students are in districts that have experienced significant COVID-19 outbreaks this year, according to a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent the state from enforcing a law banning mask mandates in schools. ...

Massachusetts extends school mask mandate another month

Sep. 27, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — State education officials on Monday extended Massachusetts' public school indoor mask mandate an extra month. The mandate that applies to students, staff and faculty, was scheduled to expire on Oct. 1, but will now run through at least Nov. 1, state...

Safety officials seek answers in deadly Amtrak derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators examined overturned rail cars and a stretch of tracks Monday as they worked to figure out why an Amtrak train derailed in rural Montana over the weekend, killing three people. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from...

Kansas undersheriff arrested for aggravated domestic battery

Sep. 27, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

KINSLEY, Kan. (AP) — The undersheriff of a south-central county in Kansas was arrested Monday in relation to a domestic violence incident over the weekend. Edwards County Undersheriff Robert “Bobby” Blackwell was arrested for aggravated domestic battery, the Kansas...

Hawaii food distributor sued for supervisors' alleged racism

Sep. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Supervisors of a Hawaii food distribution company discriminated against a Black employee by subjecting him to racial slurs and racist references to slavery, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit,...

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

Sep. 27, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law. The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban...

Army: Soldier says she was assaulted by Afghan refugees

Sep. 27, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

A soldier reported that she was assaulted by a small group of Afghan refugees at a shelter complex set up for the refugees in New Mexico, Fort Bliss officials said. A Fort Bliss statement said the assault happened Sept. 19 at the Fort Bliss Doña Ana County Range Complex...

R&B star R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial after decades of allegations about sexual misconduct with minors

Sep. 27, 2021 15:42 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial after decades of allegations about sexual misconduct with minors.