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GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

Sep. 28, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government. ...

Far-right cryptocurrency follows ideology across borders

Sep. 28, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Daily Stormer website advocates for the purity of the white race, posts hate-filled, conspiratorial screeds against Blacks, Jews and women and has helped inspire at least three racially motivated murders. It has also made its founder, Andrew Anglin, a millionaire. ...

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

Sep. 28, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls. And that, say accusers and others who have...

Pentagon leaders to face Congress on Afghan pullout decision

Sep. 28, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their first public testimony since the U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, top Pentagon leaders will face sharp questions in Congress about the chaotic pullout and the Taliban's rapid takeover of the country. Republicans in particular...

Where women took shelter from abuse, Taliban now in control

Sep. 28, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban seized power, the operator of the only women’s shelter in a northern Afghan city ran away. Left abandoned were 20 women who had fled a variety of domestic horrors, some abused by husbands or family, others forced into early marriages with older...

Jan. 6 trials slowed by mounting evidence in US Capitol riot

Sep. 28, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

In the nearly nine months since Jan. 6, federal agents have tracked down and arrested more than 600 people across the United States believed to have joined in the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Getting those cases swiftly to trial is turning out to be an even more difficult...

Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Sep. 28, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the emergency will end Thursday and virus restrictions will be eased...

German lawmakers meet to mull fallout from election

Sep. 28, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's newly elected lawmakers are holding their first meetings on Tuesday as their parties digest the fallout of the election that reduced outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc to its worst-ever result and start the process of putting together a new government. ...

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

Sep. 28, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. ...

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is holding off on kids' Instagram

Sep. 28, 2021 06:09 AM EDT

Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids' version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what’s not yet clear is just...

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Bear spotted near 2 Florida campuses puts students on hold

Sep. 28, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials at two central Florida schools ordered students to “hold in place" when a black bear was spotted near the campuses. “There is a bear on campus,” said the caller to 911 on Monday afternoon, Orange City...

Millennial Money: Do you want that sweater, or are you sad?

Sep. 28, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

When was the last time you made a sound decision while wiping away tears? Or shaking in fury? Or sweating with stress? Your judgment was probably off during those emotional moments. Maybe you said something you later regretted — or got bangs. Or...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on $100 million for mental health

Sep. 28, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on a Republican-authored bill that would require Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to spend $100 million in COVID-19 relief funding on mental health programs in schools. The measure up for approval Tuesday faces...

France, Greece sign defense deal; Athens to buy 3 warships

Sep. 28, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France and Greece on Tuesday announced a multibillion-euro defense deal, including Athens’ decision to buy three French warships as part of a strategy to boost its defense capacities in the Eastern Mediterranean amid recurring tensions with longtime foe Turkey. ...

Man injured in Beirut port explosion dies, 14 months later

Sep. 28, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man who was critically injured in the massive explosion at Beirut’s port last year has died, nearly 14 months after the blast, his family said Tuesday. Ibrahim Harb, a 35-year-old accountant, was at his downtown office near the port when the...

Hurricane Sam swirling over Atlantic with Category 4 winds

Sep. 28, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam strengthened again to a powerful Category 4 storm on Tuesday, centered well offshore in the Atlantic Ocean but still capable of sending dangerous swells and rip currents later this week to the Bahamas, Bermuda and eventually the northeastern U.S. coast. ...

Texas inmate faces execution for fatally stabbing 2 brothers

Sep. 28, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate faces execution Tuesday evening for fatally stabbing two Houston-area brothers during a robbery in their home more than 30 years ago. Rick Rhoades was condemned for the September 1991 killings of Charles Allen, 31, and Bradley Allen, 33....

France: Man who threw egg at Macron in psychiatric treatment

Sep. 28, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A 19-year-old student who threw an egg at French President Emmanuel Macron has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after a medical exam, prosecutors said Tuesday. The egg hit Macron on the shoulder as he milled with a crowd at an international food fair...

Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Sep. 28, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the emergency will end Thursday and virus restrictions will be eased...

EU adopts 5 billion-euro Brexit reserve to help businesses

Sep. 28, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council adopted Tuesday a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) reserve aimed at helping businesses tackle the short-term effects of Brexit. The council, which represents the national government of every EU member nation, said the money will cover...