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Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own

Oct. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's...

Biden, key senators huddle as Dems drive toward budget deal

Oct. 24, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted budget talks Sunday with two pivotal senator in hopes of resolving lingering disputes over Democrats' long-stalled effort to craft an expansive social and environment measure. The White House said the session with Senate...

Let computers do it: Film set tragedy spurs call to ban guns

Oct. 24, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With computer-generated imagery, it seems the sky’s the limit in the magic Hollywood can produce: elaborate dystopian universes. Trips to outer space, for those neither astronauts nor billionaires. Immersive journeys to the future, or back to bygone eras. ...

To navigate legal quandaries, Biden leans on low-key counsel

Oct. 24, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election lawsuits multiplying by the day. An obscure federal agency blocking the presidential transition. The very legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory under assault as supporters of Donald Trump riot at the Capitol. Amid all the turmoil, lawyer Dana...

EXPLAINER: What the metaverse is and how it will work

Oct. 24, 2021 02:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The term “metaverse" seems to be everywhere. Facebook is hiring thousands of engineers in Europe to work on it, while video game companies are outlining their long-term visions for what some consider the next big thing online. The metaverse, which could...

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

French sexual abuse victims denounce police mistreatment

Oct. 24, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — One rape victim was asked by Paris police what she wore that day, and why she didn’t struggle more. Another woman was forced to fondle herself to demonstrate a sexual assault to a skeptical police officer. They are among thousands of French women who have...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Texas drag race driver slams into spectators, killing 2 kids

Oct. 24, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A driver lost control during a Texas drag racing event on an airport runway and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people, authorities said. A 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were killed in the...

EXPLAINER: Will lawmakers dig into Kristi Noem, appraisers?

Oct. 24, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will be taking a look at a state agency that has been at the center of questions about whether Gov. Kristi Noem used her influence to aid her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. At first glance, the...

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Judge: School can hide murals some find racially offensive

Oct. 24, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Vermont Law School can conceal two large murals that some members of the school community find racially offensive. The Valley News reports the judge granted the school's request to dismiss a lawsuit by the artist,...

Trial of man charged in deadly bar fight scheduled to start

Oct. 24, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts man charged with fatally punching another man during a fight outside a Quincy American Legion post nearly three years ago is heading to trial. Matthew Potter, who faces manslaughter and other charges in connection with...

Beavers wreaking havoc on New York town's water supply

Oct. 24, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A furry, four-legged scourge is wreaking havoc on a Hudson Valley town's water supply, forcing local officials to scramble to keep up. The culprits are a family of beavers that has been building dams near Mechanicville, impeding the flow of...

Orthodox patriarch hospitalized at start of 12-day US visit

Oct. 24, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians was hospitalized Sunday in Washington on the first full day of a planned 12-day U.S. visit and will stay overnight, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said. The...

Schmitt's campaign to pay for Texas trip to announce lawsuit

Oct. 24, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office now says his campaign paid for a trip to Texas last week to announce a lawsuit seeking to force the restart of construction of a southern border wall, and taxpayers paid only for his spokesman to make the trip. ...

Despite hybrid release, 'Dune' draws well on the big screen

Oct. 24, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” debuted with $40.1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North America, drawing a large number of moviegoers to see the thundering sci-fi epic on the big screen despite it also being available to stream in homes. ...

Forecasters: California storm could bring 'historic' rain

Oct. 24, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm roared ashore Sunday in Northern California, flooding highways, toppling trees and causing mud flows in areas burned bare by recent fires as forecasters predict record-breaking rainfall. Drenching rain and strong winds accompanied...

Hundreds gather to remember 4 victims of Tacoma shooting

Oct. 24, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Tacoma, Washington this weekend to leave flowers, candles and messages in a memorial for four people killed in a spate of shootings last week that police are still investigating. No one has been arrested in the shootings, and authorities...

2 of 5 victims in Cambridge house explosion seriously hurt

Oct. 24, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities said Sunday that two of the five people who were inside a Cambridge house when it exploded were seriously injured in the blast. Capt. John Elder, spokesman with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, said all five victims were taken to...

Tennessee city adds statue for Black Civil War soldiers

Oct. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, led pastors in the Tennessee city of Franklin to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square. A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, but a local...