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Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Jul. 25, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit, the group’s lead Republican negotiator said Sunday. As discussions continued through the...

Trade group: Connecticut could lag in regaining hotel jobs

Jul. 25, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut could lag behind most states in regaining hotel jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according to projections by a national trade group. The Washington, D.C.-based American Hotel and Lodging Association predicts the state will...

AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 25, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

Dems renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh

Jul. 24, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are raising new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI's background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided “all relevant” ones to the White House...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...

Yellen outlines to Congress emergency measures on debt limit

Jul. 23, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that a default would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the...

Houston man charged with pepper-spraying US Capitol police

Jul. 23, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man was arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts from the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, including pepper-spraying police. Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., say Andrew Quentin Taake, 32, was arrested Friday after police...

Capitol Police have new chief after Jan. 6 insurrection

Jul. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — J. Thomas Manger, a former police chief in Maryland and Virginia, is the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, congressional officials announced Thursday. Manger will take charge of the department in the aftermath of the violent Jan. 6 insurrection in which supporters of...

Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence that also includes funding community intervention programs and other neighborhood...

EXPLAINER: As wildfire smoke spreads, who's at risk?

Jul. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on the East Coast. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more intense blazes. ...