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Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town, presenting the Biden administration with a new and chaotic challenge Friday as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil. ...

Milley: Calls to China were 'perfectly' within scope of job

Sep. 17, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on...

FDA panel is first key test for Biden COVID-19 booster plan

Sep. 17, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s embattled plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first major hurdle Friday as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to endorse extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Scientists inside...

Protest for jailed Capitol rioters: Police ready this time

Sep. 17, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allies of Donald Trump are mounting a Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol, aimed at supporting what they call the “political prisoners” of the Jan. 6 insurrection — about 60 people held behind bars of the more than 600 charged in the deadly riot. ...

Biden faces limits of $1.9T COVID aid as some states resist

Sep. 17, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden entered the White House promising to stop the twin health and economic crises caused by COVID-19, but $1.9 trillion and countless initiatives later he’s confronting the limits of what Washington can achieve when some state and local governments are...

Illegal marijuana farms take West's water in 'blatant theft'

Sep. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Jack Dwyer pursued a dream of getting back to the land by moving in 1972 to an idyllic, tree-studded parcel in Oregon with a creek running through it. “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow...

House to try suspending cap on borrowing authority next week

Sep. 17, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

House Democrats said Friday they planned to take action next week to suspend the cap on the government's borrowing authority, and the White House ratcheted up pressure on Republicans by warning state and local governments that severe cuts lie ahead if the measure fails in the Senate. ...

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

Sep. 17, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest...

Ex-deputy charged with manslaughter in white teen's death

Sep. 17, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. A special prosecutor announced the felony charge against...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden is not...

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Woman charged with killing 3 young girls in New Zealand

Sep. 17, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A 40-year-old woman was charged Friday with killing three young girls in a crime that has shocked New Zealand. Police did not immediately identify the woman but the Stuff news agency said she was the girls' mother, Lauren Dickason, a...

NY to eliminate jail time for most minor parole violations

Sep. 17, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The “Less is More” law will take effect in March and largely eliminates New York's practice of incarcerating...

House fire leaves man, adult son dead, woman hospitalized

Sep. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a northern New Jersey home early Friday, killing a man and his adult son and injuring a woman, authorities said. The fire in North Arlington, which was reported around 4:15 a.m., apparently broke out on the...

Alabama man charged in death of 2-month-old daughter

Sep. 17, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who took his 2-month-old daughter to a hospital with serious injuries has been charged in the infant's death, police said Friday. Demarcus Smith, 19, of Opelika, was jailed on a murder charge in the death of Maliyah Stormi Smith,...

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town, presenting the Biden administration with a new and chaotic challenge Friday as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil. ...

North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. Two of the three trial judges...

Colorado panel recommends tribal name change for mountain

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state panel has recommended that a mountain peak west of Denver be renamed in honor of a Native American woman who acted as a translator for tribes and white settlers in the 19th century. Thursday's recommendation comes amid national efforts to...

Officials identify fitness center manager killed by gunman

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Flathead County have released the name of the Kalispell Fuel Fitness manager who was shot and killed during a confrontation with a man who had been living in his car in the facility's parking lot. Matthew David Hurley, 27, of...

Kane says he didn't know in 2010 about assault allegations

Sep. 17, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said Friday he has participated in the investigation into allegations that a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted two players in 2010, adding that he did not know anything happened at the time. “Obviously very serious...

Maskless San Francisco mayor bucks health order at nightclub

Sep. 17, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of San Francisco was spotted dancing and singing along to live music without a mask at an indoor nightclub, despite a strict order by her public health department that requires wearing masks at indoor establishments unless someone is actively eating or...