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Martin Szelag stands outside the state capitol in Lansing, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Jan. 17, 2021 9:51 PM EST

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Lauren Boebert speaks during a watch party at Warehouse 25 Sixty Five in Grand Junction, Colo., after polls closed in Colorado's primary election. Bri Buentello, a former state representative in Colorado, sued Boebert on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, after being blocked from the first-term federal lawmaker's Twitter account. (McKenzie Lange/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP, File)

Republican Boebert sued after blocking critic on Twitter

Jan. 17, 2021 7:40 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former state representative in Colorado sued Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert on Sunday after being blocked from the first-term federal lawmaker's Twitter account. Attorneys for Democrat Bri Buentello of Pueblo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming she was blocked...

In this photo taken from video, Alexei Navalny kisses his wife Yulia as he is detained by police at the passport control after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Russia's prison service says opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany. (AP)

Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow

Jan. 17, 2021 7:20 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Navalny's detention at passport control in Moscow’s...

Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

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...

Seattle officer fired after investigation into racist remark

Jan. 17, 2021 4:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s interim police chief has fired an officer for making a racist remark about a Black man last year, following an internal review into the incident. The review came after three officers reported their colleague’s comments, The Seattle Times reported Sunday based on...

Richmond authorities reminding people of gun bans at events

Jan. 17, 2021 4:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia’s capital city are reminding people to leave their guns at home if they plan to protest outside the statehouse. Richmond police say signs are being posted in advance of events surrounding Lobby Day 2021 reminding people that firearms are prohibited at...

Civil Rights, history museums free on MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2021 2:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will be free to the public on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. FedEx Corporation is supporting free admission, according to a museum press release. The museums also were offering free admission...

SC's King Day at the Dome rally going virtual in 2021

Jan. 17, 2021 1:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than 20 years, a South Carolina civil rights organization isn't holding a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Statehouse. The South Carolina NAACP will hold its annual King Day at the Dome celebration online Monday instead. The decision was made because...

A food delivery worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus prepares to deliver foods for his customers outside a restaurant in Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The e-commerce workers and delivery people who kept China fed during the pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants

Jan. 17, 2021 1:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already were known for long, demanding days. With...