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Juror removed from Durst's murder trial for reading news

May. 18, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A juror was removed Tuesday from the murder trial of multimillionaire Robert Durst because she violated the court's order not to read about the case. Judge Mark Windham said he was removing the juror after she said she read about defense...

Biden adviser makes personal appeal to young to get shots

May. 18, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide made his pitch for young people to get vaccinated personal, sharing the struggles his own son has dealt with on an ongoing basis since contracting COVID-19 last fall. Andy Slavitt, President Joe Biden's senior adviser for the...

GOP Leader McCarthy opposes Jan. 6 commission ahead of vote

May. 18, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that he won’t support a proposal to form an independent, bipartisan commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, almost certainly eroding GOP support ahead of a vote and positioning his party...

WH memo sees economic strength where critics see fragility

May. 18, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are seeking to quell anxiety about inflation and the pace of hiring — issuing a memo Tuesday that highlights robust economic gains as the United States gets vaccinated and recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The memo,...

Democrats step up pressure on Biden on Israel-Hamas battles

May. 18, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his envoy reached out to Palestinian and regional Arab leaders Tuesday on a ninth day of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, while some House Democrats split on whether to step up pressure for a cease-fire and for more forceful U.S....

Thousands of NC sexual assault kits in backlog now tested

May. 18, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than half of the untested sexual assault kits recently accounted for in law enforcement evidence lockers across North Carolina have now been tested or are awaiting testing at private labs, Attorney General Josh Stein said on Tuesday. Giving an...

Most virus-related restrictions lifted for Kentucky courts

May. 18, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ended most coronavirus-related restrictions for the state's court system effective immediately, Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said Tuesday. The high court entered administrative orders eliminating most health and...

Conservatives push big issues to fore at Supreme Court

May. 18, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion. Guns. Religion. A Trump-fortified conservative majority is making its presence felt at the Supreme Court by quickly wading into high-profile social issues that have been a goal of the right for decades. For years, frustrated conservatives,...

US envoy: Fear of Taliban conquering Kabul are overblown

May. 18, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe...

Val Demings plans to challenge Marco Rubio in FL Senate race

May. 18, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio next year, giving Democrats a boost in a competitive race that could be among a handful that determine control of the Senate, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. The...