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Apple to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse

Aug. 05, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused by governments looking to surveil their citizens. Apple said its...

The Latest: Italy requiring regional travel vaccination pass

Aug. 05, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

MILAN — Italy will require a vaccination pass on long-distance transportation, including high-speed trains and ferries between regions, from Sept. 1. Italian government ministers met Thursday to decide additional requirements for the so-called Green Pass, which will be...

7 Western nations condemn Russian forces in Georgia areas

Aug. 05, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western nations are marking Saturday's 13th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with renewed condemnation of Moscow’s “illegal military presence” in two Georgia regions and calls for the withdrawal of its forces “without delay.” ...

Illinois sees record pot sales, with boost from Lollapalooza

Aug. 05, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois dispensaries sold a record $127.8 million in recreational marijuana in July, with a big boost coming from out-of-state fans who converged on Chicago for the Lollapalazoo music festival. The month's sales were 10% higher than May's record of...

Q&A: Democrat Shontel Brown on how she won Ohio primary

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shontel Brown's surge came almost out of the blue. Over just a few weeks, she surmounted a double-digit lead that progressive Nina Turner had built over months and easily won the Democratic nomination for a Cleveland-area congressional seat. But...

Montana schools get $127 million to address virus fallout

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday approved Montana's plan to use federal coronavirus relief funds, distributing $127 million to the state's K-12 schools. The most recent round of funding is the third and last delivering the $382 million...

Baltimore becomes latest US location requiring masks indoors

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore will become the latest U.S. city to return to indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 infection numbers rise, city leaders announced Thursday. Mayor Brandon Scott said indoor masking regulations will take effect Monday morning, giving businesses and...

Boston seeking better ways to respond to mental health calls

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is trying to come up with better ways to aid individuals experiencing an emergency mental health crisis in part by reducing the role of police officers in responding to some 911 calls. Proposed changes include efforts to dispatch teams of...

Jurisdictional question revived in suits over coastal loss

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The question of whether lawsuits blaming big oil companies for loss of vulnerable Louisiana coastal wetlands will be tried in state courts, as local parish governments want, or in federal courts, as the oil companies want, has been revived by a federal appeals panel. ...

Kansas' most populous county mandates masks for K-6 schools

Aug. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most populous county on Thursday imposed a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in hopes of checking the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. The Johnson County Commission voted 5-2 for a mask requirement for schools...