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State police investigating shooting by Bridgeport officer

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport police officer shot and wounded a person Tuesday night while working with a federal and local law enforcement task force, authorities said. State police said Wednesday that the person was treated at a hospital for...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. It seemed only a matter of time before Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania hopped on the “election audit” bandwagon. Turns out, they’ve...

South Africa marks anniversary of Soweto student protests

Jun. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's high rate of unemployment has cast a pall over Youth Day, the holiday honoring the 45th anniversary of the Soweto student protests which played a key role in ending apartheid, the previous regime of racist, minority rule. On June 16,...

China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

Jun. 16, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. Radiation rose...

EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on US tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is recommending that its 27 member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on...

Richmond council votes to hold referendum on casino

Jun. 16, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has voted to hold a referendum on building a casino. News outlets report that the council voted 8-1 on Monday to approve the addition of the November referendum on whether to permit the casino to be built. Councilwoman...

Malaysian king says Parliament must resume despite emergency

Jun. 16, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king said Wednesday that Parliament, which has been suspended under a coronavirus emergency since January, must resume as soon as possible, but stopped short of saying the emergency should end. The monarch's comments contrasted...

The Latest: Biden-Putin meeting opens with reporters shoving

Jun. 16, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — GENEVA — President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin began with minutes of unusually fierce shoving and shouting among U.S. and Russian journalists and security forces. Organizers at Wednesday’s summit in Geneva opened the...

Leaders of Islamist group in Tanzania freed, charges dropped

Jun. 16, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Leaders of an Islamist group that advocated for independence for Tanzania’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar have seen terrorism-related charges against them dropped, officials said Wednesday. The two top leaders of the civil society group...

The Latest: France eases masks outdoors, ends nightly curfew

Jun. 16, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

PARIS — France is easing mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on Sunday. The announcement by French Prime Minister Jean Castex comes as France reports about 3,900 daily virus cases on average, down from 35,000 in the...