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Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan. 6 hearing

Jul. 27, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and accusations of treason. Four officers, two from the...

Senators, White House in crunch time on infrastructure deal

Jul. 27, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, senators and the White House worked furiously Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door...

Biles withdraws from gymnastics final to protect team, self

Jul. 27, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles arrived in Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready to carry the burden of outsized expectations. Only, as the women's...

Inside a KKK murder plot: Grab him up, take him to the river

Jul. 27, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — Joseph Moore breathed heavily, his face slick with nervous sweat. He held a cellphone with a photo of a man splayed on the floor; the man appeared dead, his shirt torn apart and his pants wet. Puffy dark clouds blocked the sun as Moore greeted...

GOP’s Jake Ellzey wins US House seat over Trump-backed rival

Jul. 27, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night over a rival backed by Donald Trump, dealing the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office. Ellzey’s come-from-behind victory over...

EXPLAINER: Employers have legal right to mandate COVID shots

Jul. 27, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state of California. New York City. Hospitals and nursing homes. Colleges and universities. Employers are putting COVID-19 vaccine requirements into place and it's getting attention. But what happens if workers refuse? ...

Man pleads guilty to 4 Asian spa killings, sentenced to life

Jul. 27, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in four of the killings and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long, 22, still...

3 tech giants report combined profits of more than $50B

Jul. 27, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Three tech companies — Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet — reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence and success at reshaping the way we live. Although these companies make their...

Bhutan fully vaccinates 90% of eligible adults within a week

Jul. 27, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population within just seven days, its health ministry said Tuesday. The tiny country, wedged between India and China and home to nearly 800,000 people, began giving...

Wu-Tang Clan album sale pays off Martin Shkreli's court debt

Jul. 27, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album forfeited by Martin Shkreli after his securities fraud conviction was sold Tuesday for an undisclosed sum, though prosecutors say it was enough to fully satisfy the rest of what he owed on a $7.4 million forfeiture order he faced after his...

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Detroit-area water leader quitting weeks after floods

Jul. 27, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The head of a regional water agency in southeastern Michigan said Tuesday that she would resign, weeks after thousands of homes were spoiled by sewage backups during a tremendous storm. Sue McCormick didn't cite the June 25-26 flooding as the reason for...

Olympics Latest: US swimmer Ledecky easily wins 1500m

Jul. 27, 2021 23:18 PM 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: ___ MEDAL ALERT Katie Ledecky has finally collected her first gold medal...

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jul. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the...

US star Katie Ledecky easily wins 1500 freestyle in Tokyo, her first gold of games in event's Olympic debut for women

Jul. 27, 2021 23:15 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — US star Katie Ledecky easily wins 1500 freestyle in Tokyo, her first gold of games in event's Olympic debut for women.

Illinois marijuana licensing on track after lawsuit dropped

Jul. 27, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan-based cannabis company on Tuesday ended its challenge of Illinois’ plan to authorize new marijuana business. Sozo Illinois Inc.’s decision to drop its lawsuit will allow Illinois to proceed with awarding licenses to operate marijuana...

Terminator 2: Titmus takes gold again, Ledecky doesn't medal

Jul. 27, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ariarne Titmus rallied on the final lap to pull out the gold medal, just as she did in her first Olympic race. This time, she didn't have to worry about Katie Ledecky. The Australian known as the Terminator claimed her second gold medal...

GOP’s Jake Ellzey wins US House seat over Trump-backed rival

Jul. 27, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night over a rival backed by Donald Trump, dealing the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office. Ellzey’s come-from-behind victory over...

Palestinian killed by Israeli troops in West Bank

Jul. 27, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian health officials said a man was shot and killed on Tuesday by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said the man approached troops wielding an iron bar. Shadi Omar, 41, was shot near the town of Beita, where...

Hawaii Senate panel hears testimony on appeals court nominee

Jul. 27, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday heard testimony on the nomination of Daniel Gluck, the executive director of the Hawaii Ethics Commission, to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Critics have questioned Gov. David Ige’s choice...

The Latest: Negative test needed to leave Chinese province

Jul. 27, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

BEIJING — Drivers seeking to leave eastern China’s Jiangsu province will have to show a negative coronavirus test taken in the last 48 hours or be forced to turn around, as infections in the province continue to rise. The provincial transport department said Wednesday...