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Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies

Sep. 19, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming...

Recall vote highlights California's geopolitical divisions

Sep. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California recall election was a blowout win for Gov. Gavin Newsom that reinforced the state's political divisions: The Democratic governor won big support in coastal areas and urban centers, while the rural north and agricultural inland, with far fewer voters,...

One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Sep. 18, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself...

UK's Johnson to urge climate action over 4-day trip to US

Sep. 19, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was travelling to the United States on Sunday with senior Cabinet officials to urge world leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly to take urgent action on climate change ahead of this fall's COP26 climate summit in Scotland. ...

In edgy Washington, police outnumber Jan. 6 protesters

Sep. 18, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a city still on edge after the Jan. 6 insurrection, law enforcement bore down in large numbers on the Capitol on Saturday over concerns that a rally in support of the jailed rioters would turn violent. It didn’t. The crowd was sparse and incidents...

New redistricting commissions splinter along partisan lines

Sep. 18, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

When voters in some states created new commissions to handle the politically thorny process of redistricting, the hope was that the bipartisan panelists could work together to draw new voting districts free of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, cooperation has proved...

Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

Sep. 18, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from...

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California firefighters scramble to protect sequoia groves

Sep. 19, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Hot, dry weather on Sunday added to the challenges facing California firefighters who are battling to keep flames from driving further into a grove of ancient sequoias, where the base of the world’s largest tree has been wrapped in protective foil. ...

Former Nevada congressman James Bilbray has died at age 83

Sep. 19, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. James Bilbray, a Democrat from Nevada who served four terms in Congress, has died, state officials said Sunday. He was 83. The cause of death wasn’t immediately released. “Nevada lost a giant,” Gov. Steve...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

Maine downtowns to get revitalization, preservation help

Sep. 19, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine foundation is slated to receive $750,000 through the National Park Service to revitalize and preserve downtowns in the state. The park service's Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is providing the money to the Maine...

Activists call on jail to stop housing immigration detainees

Sep. 19, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Immigrant rights activists in Massachusetts are planning to rally near historic Plymouth Rock and outside a local jail to call on the facility to stop housing federal immigration detainees. Organizers on Thursday evening...

Group preserves 629 acres of Vermont Appalachian Trail

Sep. 19, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A land conservation group says 629 acres of forest land along the Appalachian Trail through the town of Killington have been protected. The Conservation Fund made the announcement in late August that the land had been conserved in partnership...

U.S. military training jet crashes in Dallas suburb, injuring both pilots and damaging several homes

Sep. 19, 2021 14:55 PM EDT
LAKE WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. military training jet crashes in Dallas suburb, injuring both pilots and damaging several homes.

North Dakota National Guard resumes COVID-19 duty

Sep. 19, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard members are resuming support for the state’s coronavirus pandemic response, military officials said. The Guard announced Friday that about 50 of its members are assisting the state Health Department with...

Federal grant to help supermarkets save on refrigeration

Sep. 19, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I (AP) — The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy that could help dozens of supermarkets save money by better managing the amount of energy they use for refrigeration, officials said. The funding,...

FBI investigates 2 bombs found near northern Michigan stores

Sep. 19, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) — The FBI said two explosive devices recently found outside cellphone stores in northern Michigan are believed to be linked to letters found last month in the Upper Peninsula. The bombs, which were discovered and defused Thursday, were found in...