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German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Sep. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens...

Israel says US booster plan supports its own aggressive push

Sep. 25, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is pressing ahead with its aggressive campaign of offering coronavirus boosters to almost anyone over 12 and says its approach was further vindicated by a U.S. decision to give the shots to older patients or those at higher risk. Israeli...

Biden: Budget talks hit 'stalemate,' $3.5T may take a while

Sep. 25, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments. ...

Nationalizing her governor run? 'You bet I am,' Sanders says

Sep. 25, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

CABOT, Ark. (AP) — She's toured the state in an RV emblazoned with her name, launched a TV ad that's airing during Arkansas Razorbacks football games and spoken to packed rooms at restaurants. Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' introduction as a candidate for governor hasn't...

US police departments clamoring for de-escalation training

Sep. 25, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Angry over being fired, a former employee slashed the tires of his boss’ vehicle and still held the knife when police officers arrived. Three officers positioned themselves at a safe distance as the man yelled and ranted. One officer had a stun gun,...

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ cadets see progress

Sep. 25, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Kelli Normoyle was nervous as she arrived at the Coast Guard Academy campus in Connecticut in 2008. She had come out as a lesbian to a few friends near the end of high school, but she faced a military environment where “don’t ask, don’t tell” was still the...

Remote working fueled by COVID pandemic gaining popularity

Sep. 25, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As was the case for many offices, last year’s sudden move to send many people home to work was a stunner for the Le Sueur County Human Services Department. “When we started (remote), it was like pulling off the Band-Aid. We were forced to do...

Pollinator program aims to save rusty patched bumblebee

Sep. 25, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sue Gray is trying to attract an endangered species into her Becker township yard — a rusty patched bumblebee. She hasn’t had much luck yet. After all, the rusty patched bumblebee has declined by 87% in the last 20...

Nonprofits try to meet 'staggering' needs of Afghan refugees

Sep. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a garage behind the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, volunteers sort through donations for the thousands of evacuees from Afghanistan, now staying at Fort McCoy in Monroe County. Much of the work involves opening a mountain of Amazon and Target...

Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...