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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 15:48 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 ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and...

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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Oklahoma-based Devon Energy agrees to $6.15M settlement

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation has agreed to a $6.15 million settlement agreement with the federal government over allegations it underpaid royalties on federal leases, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. The settlement...

London police charge man with murder of teacher Sabina Nessa

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police charged a 36-year-old man on Monday with the murder of Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked to meet a friend in London. The Metropolitan Police force said Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne on England's south coast, faced...

Novant Health fires more than 175 for not getting vaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that more than 175 of its workers have been fired for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 employees had been suspended and...

Blackstone selling Vegas hotel Cosmopolitan in $5.65B deal

Sep. 27, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The owner of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the New York private equity firm Blackstone, is selling the 3,000-room Las Vegas Strip hotel in a $5.65 billion deal with a partnership that plans to contract with casino giant MGM Resorts International to operate the property. ...

Detention deputy arrested twice over domestic incidents

Sep. 27, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County sheriff's detention deputy was arrested twice Sunday stemming from separate incidents involving his domestic partner. Detention deputy Aareon White was arrested by Wichita police on allegations of misdemeanor domestic violence...

West Virginia leaders hopeful that pandemic peak is waning

Sep. 27, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As deaths from the coronavirus in West Virginia continued a staggering climb in September, Gov. Jim Justice deflected attention toward his hope that the latest pandemic peak is starting to wane. Active cases have been cut in half over the past...

Greece, France, expected to announce major warship deal

Sep. 27, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and France are expected to announce a major, multibillion-euro deal in Paris on Tuesday involving the acquisition by Greece of at least six French-built warships, Greek state ERT TV reported. ERT said Monday that Greece was...

The Latest: Massachusetts extends public school mask mandate

Sep. 27, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MALDEN, Mass. — 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...

Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics on Monday assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts as rigged in favor of Republicans, alleging they dilute the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting...

Booster shot registration open to 75 and older in Vermont

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

More older Vermonters are eligible to sign up for booster shots against COVID-19 this week. Registration opened Monday for Vermonters ages 75 and older to get the Pfizer vaccine booster. On Wednesday, people 70 and older can start signing up followed by the 65 and older...