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Philip, in role with no job description, was queen’s bedrock

Apr. 09, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip married the heir to the British throne, he knew he was stepping into virtually uncharted territory. There was no official role for the husband of a sovereign queen, no constitutional duty or legal responsibility. ...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 09, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House...

'Blue wall of silence' takes hit in Chauvin's murder trial

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off body cameras to refusing to cooperate with investigators. But that's not the case with Derek Chauvin, with many colleagues quick to condemn...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Apr. 09, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. After months of...

Gaetz faces probe by House ethics over potential misconduct

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct by the Florida Republican, the panel's leaders said Friday. The deepening of the scrutiny of the congressman comes as Gaetz has...

'Nothing less than a giant': Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

Apr. 09, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — DMX, the raspy hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)" who had one of rap's most distinctive voices — literally and metaphorically — has died, according to a statement Friday from his family. He was 50. ...

No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hospitals in Turkey and Poland are filling up. Pakistan is restricting domestic travel. The U.S. government will send more help to the state with the country's worst infection increase. The worldwide surge in coronavirus cases and deaths includes...

Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine's east

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian civilians there, a stark warning that comes amid a Russian troop build-up along the border. The statement by Russian President...

Airlines pull Boeing Max jets to inspect electrical systems

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

Airlines pulled dozens of Boeing Max 737s out of service for inspections after the aircraft maker told them about a possible electrical problem, the latest setback for the plane. Boeing said Friday that the issue affected planes used by 16 airlines. The company did not...

Caitlyn Jenner considers run for California governor

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner has been an Olympic hero, a reality TV personality and a transgender rights activist. Her next step could be candidate for California governor. The 71-year-old longtime Republican has been consulting with GOP advisers as she considers...

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Federal marshals shoot, kill man sought for threats to judge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A man wanted for making threats to a judge was shot and killed Friday by U.S. Marshals when he fired at them as they tried to arrest him, authorities said. The shooting occurred at a home in Bethel Township, though it wasn't immediately...

Former head of Alabama school district pleads in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tom Sisk, former superintendent for Limestone County Schools, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy to...

Hogan creates panel to address rising anti-Asian hate crimes

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland U.S. attorney will chair a panel to address anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur will lead the statewide workgroup to develop strategies, recommendations and...

FEMA to open coronavirus vaccination center in Tulsa

Apr. 09, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The White House and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that a mega coronavirus vaccination center will open in north Tulsa, offering up to 21,000 shots per week. The center will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in...

Mrs. World gives up crown after onstage melee in Sri Lanka

Apr. 09, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The reigning Mrs. World on Friday relinquished her title while defending her decision to pull the crown off the head of this year's Mrs. Sri Lanka title holder, whom she claimed was unqualified to take part in the contest because she is divorced. ...

Woman fatally hit by train in Tennessee

Apr. 09, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman was fatally injured when she was struck by a train in Tennessee on Friday, police said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was walking with a man along tracks in North Knoxville shortly after 2 p.m. when they heard a train...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd's death

Apr. 09, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and compressed his neck “was just more than Mr. Floyd could take,” given the condition of his heart. Dr. Andrew Baker, the...

The Latest: Ex-Greek king calls Philip 'remarkable man'

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ___ ATHENS, Greece -- The former King of Greece says Prince Philip, his relative, was “a remarkable man who dedicated his entire life to duty and service for his country and the...

Evers orders removal of slabs from UW System headquarters

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers took the unusual step Friday of ordering workers to remove all concrete slabs hanging over the entrances and exists of the University of Wisconsin System headquarters building, days after two slabs fell off the facade and crashed to the sidewalk outside...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...