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Biden angers France, EU with new Australia, UK initiative

Sep. 17, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They’re feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security...

Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Sep. 17, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily...

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

Sep. 16, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of...

Organizer of Saturday rally looks to rewrite Jan. 6 history

Sep. 17, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of a Washington protest planned for Saturday that aims to rewrite history about the violent January assault on the U.S. Capitol is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard worked as an analyst for the Republican Party, crunched data for a...

Navalny app removed from online stores as Russian polls open

Sep. 17, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across Russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election. It comes as Russian authorities seek to...

EXPLAINER: Kim's launches show push to boost nuke arsenal

Sep. 17, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new...

Rising numbers of migrants risk lives crossing Darien Gap

Sep. 17, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

ACANDI, Colombia (AP) — It was 5 a.m. and in dozens of small tents around 500 migrants began showing signs of life, rising, packing their bags and preparing to cross the Darien Gap, the thick jungle teeming with snakes, bandits and treacherous rivers that separates Colombia from Panama. ...

EXPLAINER: Fighting fire with fire to protect sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives...

Chinese astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

Sep. 17, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship just after 1:30 p.m....

Hopkins converts 2nd chance, Washington beats Giants 30-29

Sep. 17, 2021 01:31 AM EDT

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke and Dustin Hopkins made the most of their second chances. Washington needed every last second — and then some — to earn a long-awaited win over the New York Giants. Hopkins made a 43-yard field goal on an...

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Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates

Sep. 17, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned. The federal Bureau...

Black Iowa police chief faces backlash after bringing change

Sep. 17, 2021 06:23 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The first Black police chief in Waterloo, Iowa, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon. ...

Navalny app removed from online stores as Russian polls open

Sep. 17, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across Russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election. It comes as Russian authorities seek to...

Campaigners press for next German leader to act on climate

Sep. 17, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental campaigners pressed Friday for Germany's next chancellor to take strong action against climate change, including by bringing forward the country's coal phase-out and banning new gasoline vehicles from 2025. With 9 days to go before the German...

Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica, invest $200M

Sep. 17, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million to begin manufacturing the U.S. Navy's latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in a project that could add more than 150 jobs on the company's southwest Illinois campus, according to...

New government in Lebanon renews central bank audit

Sep. 17, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s incoming finance minister signed a contract on Friday with a New-York-based company to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank, a key demand of the international community to restore confidence in the crisis-struck country. ...

White House warns that debt limit showdown could hurt states

Sep. 17, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school money and other programs if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit. A fact sheet for state and local officials that was obtained by...

Poland's, Lithuania's PMs to discuss migration, security

Sep. 17, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte is coming to Poland for talks Friday that include the region’s security in the face of migrant pressure on the two countries' borders with Belarus. Simonyte and Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz...

Trial begins over COVID outbreak in Austrian ski resort

Sep. 17, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A civil trial opened Friday in Austria over the government's handling of a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort during the early stages of the pandemic that relatives say resulted in unnecessary infections and deaths. Sieglinde and Ullrich Schopf,...

The Latest: Germany awards its leader of Afghanistan airlift

Sep. 17, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

The Latest on Afghanistan: BERLIN — Germany’s president has bestowed one of the country’s highest awards to the commander who led the evacuation of Germans and some Afghans from Kabul. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised Brig. Gen. Jens...