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It's in - and big: Senators produce $1T infrastructure bill

Aug. 02, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. ...

Fauci: More 'pain and suffering' ahead as COVID cases rise

Aug. 01, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more “pain and suffering” is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, also said he doesn’t foresee...

Belarus runner alleges Olympic team tried to send her home

Aug. 01, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport. An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in...

At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound

Aug. 02, 2021 02:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A surfer jumping in to translate for the rival who’d just beaten him. Long-jumping friends agreeing to share a gold medal rather than move to a tiebreaker. Two runners falling in a tangle of legs, then helping each other to the finish line. In an...

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

Aug. 02, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with as many as 10 other people at a time. ...

Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

Aug. 02, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Evictions, which have mostly been on pause during the pandemic, are expected to ramp up on Monday after the expiration of a federal moratorium as housing courts take up more cases and tenants are locked out of their homes. Housing advocates fear the end of...

Pelosi, Democrats call on Biden to extend eviction ban

Aug. 02, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation's eviction moratorium, calling it a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge. ...

A year ago: Death and birth at hospital hit by Beirut blast

Aug. 02, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Emmanuelle Khnaisser had been in labor all day, and now it was in the last stages. Her baby — her first — was crowning. Five floors below, Jessica Bezdjian was just coming in through the entrance of Beirut’s St. George Hospital. She was an hour early...

Viva Italia! Olympic golds follow soccer and song successes

Aug. 01, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first hints that this was Italy’s year came when Italian band Maneskin won the popular Eurovision Song Contest in May. Then came the European Championship soccer title run in June and July. To top it all off, on the first day of...

The Latest: Indonesia upsets China in badminton doubles

Aug. 02, 2021 02:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ UPSET ALERT Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia have upset...

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At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound

Aug. 02, 2021 02:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A surfer jumping in to translate for the rival who’d just beaten him. Long-jumping friends agreeing to share a gold medal rather than move to a tiebreaker. Two runners falling in a tangle of legs, then helping each other to the finish line. In an...

A year ago: Death and birth at hospital hit by Beirut blast

Aug. 02, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Emmanuelle Khnaisser had been in labor all day, and now it was in the last stages. Her baby — her first — was crowning. Five floors below, Jessica Bezdjian was just coming in through the entrance of Beirut’s St. George Hospital. She was an hour early...

The Latest: Indonesia upsets China in badminton doubles

Aug. 02, 2021 02:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ UPSET ALERT Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia have upset...

EXPLAINER: Why is there so much drama in Olympic boxing?

Aug. 02, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Mourad Aliev sat on the boxing ring apron at the Kokugikan Arena for an hour after his disqualification for head-butting, the French super heavyweight took a metaphorical seat alongside all the boxers who believe they’ve been grievously wronged by Olympic refereeing and...

Hong Kong pop singer, activist arrested on corruption charge

Aug. 02, 2021 01:51 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist was arrested by the city’s anti-corruption watchdog Monday over accusations that he broke the law by singing at a political rally three years ago. The arrest of Anthony Wong in the latest...

The Latest: Australia city extends lockdown as clusters grow

Aug. 02, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — A lockdown of Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane was extended until Sunday because of a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday. But the...

Families urge using new DNA tech to ID Pearl Harbor unknowns

Aug. 02, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — William Edward Mann enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in rural Washington state. A guitar player, he picked up the ukulele while stationed in Hawaii. He's been presumed dead since Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes bombed Pearl...

Camacho-Quinn keeps Harrison, US out of win column at track

Aug. 02, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Considering where she was for the last Olympics — sitting at home — 100-meter hurdler Keni Harrison couldn't complain about the silver medal she won this time around. Still, in this event, Americans are used to gold. Maybe they were looking in the wrong...

Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

Aug. 02, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Evictions, which have mostly been on pause during the pandemic, are expected to ramp up on Monday after the expiration of a federal moratorium as housing courts take up more cases and tenants are locked out of their homes. Housing advocates fear the end of...

Born at less than 1 pound, Wisconsin infant beats the odds

Aug. 02, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One can of Pepsi, just less than a pound. That’s how much baby Richard weighed when he was born. His hand was the size of his mother’s fingertip. His eyes were fused shut, and his ribs and vessels shone through his almost translucent skin. ...