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US weighs next steps for J&J virus shot amid clot mystery

Apr. 14, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — a one-dose shot that many countries were eagerly awaiting to help speed virus protection. It’s not...

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer 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...

Expert blames George Floyd's death on heart rhythm problem

Apr. 14, 2021 16:22 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 experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen from the...

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end 'forever war'

Apr. 14, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation's longest war. His...

Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'

Apr. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site. ...

Daunte Wright: Doting dad, basket player, slain by police

Apr. 14, 2021 16:34 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...

Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

Apr. 14, 2021 16:14 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...

Prosecutor: Missing student killed during 1996 rape attempt

Apr. 14, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Missing California college student Kristin Smart was killed in 1996 during an attempted rape by a fellow student and the suspect’s father helped hide her body, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney said Wednesday. Prosecutors filed a...

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...

12 missing from capsized ship after 6 rescued off Louisiana

Apr. 14, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard searched for 12 people missing off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday after finding one person dead and pulling six survivors from rough seas when their commercial vessel capsized in hurricane-force winds. Coast Guard Capt....

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Tiger sharks eat whale carcass that drifted ashore in Hawaii

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay out of the water after sharks were seen eating the carcass of a whale that has washed ashore on an Oahu beach. Several tiger sharks were seen eating the whale remains as it drifted closer to shore in Waimanalo,...

Wetlands deregulation bill advances to Indiana governor

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a disputed bill seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already diminished wetlands amid mounting criticism that the legislation could cause damage to the state’s waterways, wildlife and...

Fairness watchword at NC transgender sports ban hearing

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Calls for fairness predominated at a North Carolina legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill that would prevent transgender girls and women from competing in organized school sports designated for biologically female athletes. A House judiciary...

Corrections official resigned over inmate abortion decision

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska corrections official resigned in protest earlier this week after the department denied an inmate's request for an abortion. Hayden Thomas, who was the department's Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator since 2019, resigned Monday. ...

Montana bills would limit governor's powers in emergencies

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A slate of bills limiting the governor’s powers during states of emergency are nearing passage in Montana. The GOP-controlled state House voted Wednesday in favor of three bills brought in response to what some Republicans say was an overstepping...

Brazil court greenlights probe of president's virus response

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court also...

WVU Hospitals gets OK to add beds to Fairmont Medical Center

Apr. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — WVU Hospitals has received regulatory approval to add 32 beds to Fairmont Medical Center. WVU Hospitals announced the approval from the West Virginia Health Care Authority on Wednesday. WVU Hospitals opened the emergency...

1 Texans QB accuser drops suit, citing privacy, security

Apr. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — One of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment has dropped her case, citing privacy and security concerns after some of the women were ordered to make their names public following court hearings...

Video shows man firing on deputies after high-speed chase

Apr. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — Dashcam video released Wednesday shows a man opening fire on Georgia sheriff's deputies and the deputies returning fire following a high-speed chase. Authorities have said two cousins from Birmingham, Alabama — 22-year-old Aaron Jajuan Shelton...

New US Senate panel to tackle Nevada tourism amid pandemic

Apr. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. Senate subcommittee focused on travel and tourism has met for the first time to discuss ways to help the industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion met on Tuesday, the Las Vegas...