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Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. ...

Biden's gamble: Will pulling troops revive extremist threat?

Apr. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United States. Now it's about over. With bin...

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Apr. 14, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer after government health advisers declared Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and if so, how big the risk really is. ...

Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

Apr. 14, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shields that shattered upon impact. Weapons too old to use. Missed intelligence in which future insurrectionists warned, “We get our president or we die." As Congress pushes for a return to normalcy months after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, a...

Daunte Wright: Doting dad, ballplayer, slain by police

Apr. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

Daunte Wright became a father while he was still a teenager, and seemed to relish the role of a doting young dad, his family and friends said. A family photo shows a beaming Wright holding his son, Daunte Jr., at his first birthday party. Another shows Wright, wearing a...

Defense expert blames George Floyd's death on heart trouble

Apr. 14, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of...

More COVID state shutdowns unlikely, despite CDC suggestion

Apr. 14, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

When one of the nation's top health officials this week suggested states dealing with a spring spike of coronavirus cases should “shut things down,” the remark landed with a thud. Even Democratic governors and lawmakers who supported tough stay-at-home orders and...

Capsized ship off Louisiana: 12 missing, 1 dead, 6 rescued

Apr. 14, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Coast Guard boats and aircraft have covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island to search for 12 people still missing Wednesday off the Louisiana coast after their offshore oilfield vessel capsized in hurricane-force winds. One...

Humanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions

Apr. 14, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ongoing volcanic eruptions have displaced about 20% of people in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as a U.N. official on Wednesday warned of a growing humanitarian crisis. Between 16,000 to 20,000 people were evacuated under...

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New Texas COVID-19 cases count below average, deaths average

Apr. 14, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A below-average number of new COVID-19 cases was reported Wednesday, while deaths matched the Texas average, according to state health officials. Even with the addition of 160 previously unreported cases added to the 3,262 new cases reported...

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

Apr. 14, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of...

Fatal police shooting at hospital caught on officer bodycams

Apr. 14, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officers conducting a routine pat-down of a man in a hospital emergency room found a gun in his waistband, spurring a struggle over the weapon and a standoff that ended in officers killing him, according to police body camera footage released Wednesday. ...

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. ...

Man killed while waiting for dialysis, suspect at large

Apr. 14, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A lifelong Granite Falls resident who served as a U.S. Marine was fatally Saturday while waiting for a dialysis appointment in north Snohomish County, his family said. The shooter was at large on Wednesday and Arlington detectives were searching...

Atlanta school to replace KKK leader’s name with Hank Aaron

Apr. 14, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta high school that was named after a Ku Klux Klan leader will strip the name and instead honor the late baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy to Hank...

Mom suspected in children's deaths pleads in carjacking case

Apr. 14, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California woman suspected of killing her three children pleaded not guilty Wednesday to carjacking during an alleged escape. Liliana Carrillo, 30, entered pleas in a Kern County courtroom to four felony counts of carjacking, attempted...

Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

Apr. 14, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers said the risk of passengers being exposed to the virus from an infected person on the plane could be reduced by 23% to 57% if middle...

Montana high court cancels condition on stolen valor case

Apr. 14, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former judge improperly punished two men who lied about their military service in court, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Former Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski had forced Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson in...

Governor pushes school reopening as many districts resist

Apr. 14, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged all California schools to reopen, emphasizing that there are no state or health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. His frustration was evident: “Money is not an...