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GOP’s Jake Ellzey wins US House seat over Trump-backed rival

Jul. 27, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night over a rival backed by Donald Trump, dealing the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office. Ellzey’s come-from-behind victory over...

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jul. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the...

In 1st visit to intel agency, Biden warns of cyber conflict

Jul. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden used his first visit with rank-and-file members of the U.S. intelligence community — a part of government that was frequently criticized by his predecessor Donald Trump — to make a promise that he will “never politicize” their work. ...

EXCLUSIVE: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

Jul. 27, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules...

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

Jul. 27, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on...

'This is how I'm going to die': Officers tell Jan. 6 stories

Jul. 27, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “This is how I'm going to die, defending this entrance," Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking, testifying Tuesday at the emotional opening hearing of the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. ...

Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan. 6 hearing

Jul. 27, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and accusations of treason. Four officers, two from the...

Capitol attack hearing: 'Kill him,' racial slurs and more

Jul. 27, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During emotional, tense and sometimes angry testimony Tuesday, four police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 vividly recalled the violence they endured while fighting against a mob of Donald Trump's supporters. “I was grabbed, beaten,...

Hearing exposes TV viewers to blunt language, racial slurs

Jul. 27, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — People who watched the first day of a House investigation into the Jan. 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday were exposed to the sort of blunt language, including profanity and racial slurs, rarely heard on daytime television. The hearing featured...

EXPLAINER: Employers have legal right to mandate COVID shots

Jul. 27, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state of California. New York City. Hospitals and nursing homes. Colleges and universities. Employers are putting COVID-19 vaccine requirements into place and it's getting attention. But what happens if workers refuse? ...

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The Latest: S Korea sets another new high for daily cases

Jul. 27, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting a new daily high for coronavirus cases a day after authorities enforced stringent restrictions in areas outside the Seoul capital region seeking to slow a nationwide spread of infections. The 1,896 cases announced Wednesday...

Michigan governor resumes wearing mask at indoor events

Jul. 27, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday resumed wearing a mask at indoor events, citing revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recommendation from Michigan's chief doctor. The Democratic governor, who is vaccinated,...

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jul. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the...

GOP’s Jake Ellzey wins US House seat over Trump-backed rival

Jul. 27, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night over a rival backed by Donald Trump, dealing the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office. Ellzey’s come-from-behind victory over...

Hawaii Senate panel hears testimony on appeals court nominee

Jul. 27, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday heard testimony on the nomination of Daniel Gluck, the executive director of the Hawaii Ethics Commission, to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Critics have questioned Gov. David Ige’s choice...

In 1st visit to intel agency, Biden warns of cyber conflict

Jul. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden used his first visit with rank-and-file members of the U.S. intelligence community — a part of government that was frequently criticized by his predecessor Donald Trump — to make a promise that he will “never politicize” their work. ...

Republican Jake Ellzey has won a US House seat in Texas over a Trump-backed rival

Jul. 27, 2021 22:20 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Republican Jake Ellzey has won a US House seat in Texas over a Trump-backed rival.

Ducey keeps virus policies despite new federal guidelines

Jul. 27, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won’t be making any changes to its COVID-19 polices even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed course on some masking guidelines, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday. Citing a surge of infections from the delta...

Nevada adopts COVID-19 mask rule in line with federal advice

Jul. 27, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is re-imposing a mask mandate for public indoor settings in places where COVID-19 is surging, including the state's largest cities, state authorities said Tuesday. Gov. Steve Sisolak's order, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, follows an indoor...

US suspends cooperation with Guatemala attorney general

Jul. 27, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has suspended cooperation with Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office in response to the firing of its top anti-corruption prosecutor, saying Tuesday that it has “lost confidence” in the Central American country’s willingness to fight...