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India celebrates 1B vaccine doses, hopes to speed 2nd shots

Oct. 21, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India celebrated giving its billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose on Thursday, a hopeful milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled a crushing surge earlier this year and missteps initially held back its inoculation campaign. About...

Minneapolis cop gets nearly 5 years in killing of 911 caller

Oct. 21, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose but less than half the 12½ years he was...

Dems' domestic plans popular, but reward by voters unassured

Oct. 21, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided Democrats struggling to enact President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda are confronting one of Congress’ cruelest conundrums: Your goals may be popular, but that doesn't ensure they'll become law or that voters will reward you. Polls show the...

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

Oct. 20, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food...

House to vote on Bannon contempt as Justice decision looms

Oct. 21, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is voting Thursday on whether to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from a committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. That...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. Police said the...

US outlines response as climate change drives migration

Oct. 21, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worsening climate change requires that the United States do much more to track, ease and manage flows of refugees fleeing natural disasters, the Biden administration said Thursday in what it billed as the federal government's first deep look at the problem. ...

US unemployment claims fall to new pandemic low of 290,000

Oct. 21, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since the pandemic erupted, evidence that layoffs are declining as companies hold onto workers. Unemployment claims dropped 6,000 to 290,000 last week, the...

Climate change makes drought recovery tougher in U.S. West

Oct. 21, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians rejoiced this week when big drops of water started falling from the sky for the first time in any measurable way since the spring, an annual soaking that heralds the start of the rainy season following some of the hottest and driest months on record. ...

Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? Yes, as long as the virus that caused the pandemic keeps infecting people. But that doesn’t mean new variants will keep emerging as regularly, or that they’ll be more dangerous. ...

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Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. Police said the...

Minneapolis cop gets nearly 5 years in killing of 911 caller

Oct. 21, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose but less than half the 12½ years he was...

Town pays $50K to Black man for racial bias traffic stop

Oct. 21, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

CHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town apologized and agreed to pay $50,000 to a Black motorist who was stopped by a police officer because of his race. The Chester selectboard posted the apology to Obadiah Jacobs on the town's website. The document was...

2 arrested after Minnesota chase, North Dakota crash

Oct. 21, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two men have been arrested after a high speed chase that began in Minnesota and ended with a crash in North Dakota. Sheriff's officials say a vehicle was traveling at nearly 100 mph in Clay County, Minnesota Wednesday afternoon. According to...

Ex-councilman gets maximum for lying on gun application

Oct. 21, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina county councilman has been given the maximum 18-month sentence for lying about an indictment on child sex charges when he tried to buy a gun. “If I could give you more, I probably would,” federal district Judge Mary...

Driver arrested in connection with hit-and-run in Rochester

Oct. 21, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A driver has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run earlier this month that left a man seriously injured, Rochester, New Hampshire, police said Thursday. The driver, a 69-year-old woman from Rochester, is facing a charge of conduct after...

Column: Sports betting becoming more of a sure thing

Oct. 21, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — No one needed official evidence but it came anyway from the state of New Jersey, where people apparently really like to bet on sports. They put more than $1 billion on their favorites in September, the first time that has happened since the state legalized sports betting a...

Arkansas takes 3-game skid into matchup with Arkansas-PB

Oct. 21, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will face an in-state school for the first time since 1944 when the Razorbacks host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a nonconference game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday. “Even as old as I am, I wasn’t born at that...

Review of Cincinnati's 911 call system raises some concerns

Oct. 21, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An outside review of Cincinnati’s 911 call system that was spurred by a teenager's death three years ago found many improvements have been made, but management and morale remain problems that continue to hurt employee retention. The report was part...

Expert panel takes up complicated COVID-19 booster questions

Oct. 21, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers are deciding Thursday how best to expand the nation's COVID-19 booster campaign, including whether and when it's OK to “mix and match” brands for the extra dose. The advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and...