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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2008, file photo Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, D-Del., left, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, wave during a rally at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Biden's long political evolution leads to his biggest test

Jan. 17, 2021 5:47 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party. Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing in school...

Col. Robert Hilliard, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, speaks during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Jan. 17, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection...

President-elect Joe Biden listens during an event at The Queen theater, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

Jan. 17, 2021 11:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday. Biden...

Michigan to distribute $58.5 million in grants to businesses

Jan. 17, 2021 9:37 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Relief is coming to Michigan businesses after a board last week approved $58.5 million in grants for economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that has strained the state's economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month signed into law a spending plan to help repair the economic...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, Italian Senator, former premier and head of the political party 'Italia Viva' (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic. The outcome Renzi’s powerplay - orchestrating the resignations of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia Viva party -  will play out this week, when Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses both houses of Parliament in a bid to win support and form what would be his third coalition government since elections in 2018. (Alberto Pizzoli/pool via AP)

EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

Jan. 17, 2021 9:33 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down Italy's coalition government at a critical juncture in the coronavirus pandemic. Renzi orchestrated the resignations of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia...

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 A Romanian gendarme leaves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. Across the Balkans and the rest of the nations in the southeastern corner of Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process. In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, skeptics have ranged from former presidents to top athletes and doctors. Nations that once routinely went through mass inoculations under Communist leaders are deeply split over whether to take the vaccines at all.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Jan. 17, 2021 2:45 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — overshadowed by heated political debates and conspiracy theories. In countries like the Czech...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Biden outlines 'Day One' agenda of executive actions

Jan. 16, 2021 9:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday. The opening salvo would herald a 10-day blitz of...

UK chooses Cornish village as site for G-7 summit in June

Jan. 16, 2021 5:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has chosen an English village on the coast of Cornwall as the site for the next annual summit of leading industrial nations, saying Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the June event to promote a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The seaside resort of Carbis...

Montana bill would limit rulemaking by local health boards

Jan. 16, 2021 1:11 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House is considering a bill that would make decisions by local health boards in response to crises subject to approval by elected officials. Under existing Montana law, the boards, which are appointed by elected officials, have the authority to issue rules to address...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

Jan. 16, 2021 12:43 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity. On Friday,...