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FBI arrests Puerto Rico producer in government chat scandal

Jan. 27, 2021 12:23 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI arrested a radio producer Wednesday for allegedly trying to extort money from a government official to prevent the release of private messages that would “burn down Puerto Rico” — communications from an encrypted messaging app that later brought...

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on American manufacturing, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden more bullish on vaccines, open to 1.5M daily shot goal

Jan. 26, 2021 6:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day. Biden signaled on Monday his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing...

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on American manufacturing, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden more bullish on vaccines, open to 1.5M daily shot goal

Jan. 25, 2021 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day. Biden signaled his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing...

President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. Biden plans to sign an executive order Monday, Jan. 25 that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden plans to sign order for govt to buy more US goods

Jan. 25, 2021 5:17 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to sign on Monday an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers, according to administration officials. The United States has shed roughly 540,000 factory jobs since last February as the coronavirus pandemic hurled the world's...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Explains: How is the Defense Production Act relevant?

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Like his predecessor, President Joe Biden is invoking a 1950 law to boost production of supplies needed to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Defense Production Act was signed by President Harry S. Truman during the Korean War. It gives the president broad authority to mobilize the resources and production...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Maduro sent letter to Iran's leader accrediting US fugitive

Jan. 22, 2021 4:48 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran's supreme leader when he was arrested on a U.S. warrant last year, according to a new court filing in a politically charged corruption case ratcheting up tensions with the South...

A man looks through the first wall at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump's wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

Jan. 22, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on...

Colombian businessmen tied to Maduro going to house arrest

Jan. 21, 2021 5:26 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities in the African nation of Cabo Verde said Thursday they have approved transferring a jailed Colombian businessman with close ties to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to house arrest. Alex Saab, 49, has been held in jail by the island nation since June on a U.S....

Former leader of the dissolved Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Thanathorn was charged with defaming Thailand’s monarchy by questioning the government’s procurement of COVID-19 vaccines is standing by his comments and saying the nation deserves more transparency.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Ousted Thai politician defends vaccine procurement criticism

Jan. 21, 2021 7:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A popular ousted politician charged with defaming Thailand’s monarchy for questioning the government’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement stood by his comments Thursday and said the nation deserves more transparency. The government filed charges on Wednesday accusing Thanathorn...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons in California extend to former congressman

Jan. 20, 2021 6:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in illegal gifts from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors, it was considered the largest bribery scandal in congressional history. The disgraced former...