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Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial

Apr. 19, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community...

Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93

Apr. 19, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died. He was 93. Mondale’s family says he died Monday in Minneapolis. ...

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Apr. 19, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands. Gaetz, a...

Medical ruling: Capitol cop Sicknick died of natural causes

Apr. 19, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner's office ruled Monday, a finding that lessens the chances that anyone...

Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

Apr. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. Public health officials who have juggled...

Repeated Guard missions in DC trigger frustration, denials

Apr. 19, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after more than 25,000 National Guard troops poured into the nation's capital to secure President Joe Biden's inauguration, Defense Department and Guard officials are losing patience and are denying some of the city's recurring requests for troops to protect...

AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center can now begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a senior defense official told The Associated Press on Monday, months after a plan to inoculate them was scuttled over outrage that many Americans weren’t eligible to receive the...

VP Harris sits at counter where Greensboro Four made history

Apr. 19, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris took a detour while visiting North Carolina on Monday to sit at the same lunch counter where four Black college students known as the Greensboro Four conducted a peaceful sit-in 61 years ago that became defining moment in the civil rights movement. ...

US warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

Apr. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Monday urged Americans reconsider any international travel they may have planned and said it would issue specific warnings not to visit roughly 80% of the world's countries due to risks from the coronavirus pandemic. The United...

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday with 40 world leaders, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on climate change efforts not only in...

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California lawmakers revive virus tax break for businesses

Apr. 19, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday revived a multibillion-dollar tax break for some businesses after the Biden administration assured them the proposal would not jeopardize the state's own federal coronavirus aid. The federal government has given...

Repeated Guard missions in DC trigger frustration, denials

Apr. 19, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after more than 25,000 National Guard troops poured into the nation's capital to secure President Joe Biden's inauguration, Defense Department and Guard officials are losing patience and are denying some of the city's recurring requests for troops to protect...

N. Carolina lieutenant governor won't run for Senate in 2022

Apr. 19, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson announced late Monday he will not seek the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2022. Robinson, who was elected five months ago to the state's No. 2 executive position in his first run for elected office, said...

Garland returns to Oklahoma City for bombing memorial

Apr. 19, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Although 26 years have passed since a truck bomb ripped through a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, the same domestic extremism that led to the attack still exists today, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday. ...

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Apr. 19, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands. Gaetz, a...

Scrutiny of Tesla crash a sign that regulation may be coming

Apr. 19, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The fiery crash of a Tesla near Houston with no one behind the wheel is drawing scrutiny from two federal agencies that could bring new regulation of electronic systems that take on some driving tasks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

Judge in Chauvin trial calls Waters' comments 'abhorrent'

Apr. 19, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd on Monday called recent comments by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters “abhorrent," saying they could lead to a verdict being appealed and overturned. Waters, a...

Underwriter withdraws from Alabama prison lease project

Apr. 19, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The underwriter for a project to build two prisons in Alabama announced that it is pulling out following criticism that it was breaking a promise not to get involved in for-profit prisons. Barclays confirmed that it would no longer be involved...

Volunteer medic hit by tear gas canister sues federal agents

Apr. 19, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A volunteer medic who was hit in the chest with a tear gas canister fired by a federal officer during racial injustice protests in Portland last summer sued U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and agents Monday. Nate Cohen had just doused a...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption likely to pass House

Apr. 19, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday was expected to pass a contentious bill that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year. Democratic House Speaker Matt Ritter of...