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Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" said third officer...

Many hurdles for families with food challenges: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 24, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they have had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford. A poll from Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center...

CDC endorses COVID booster for millions of older Americans

Sep. 24, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

Sep. 24, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see...

Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

Sep. 24, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as “the Quad” as he wraps up a difficult week of diplomacy after facing no shortage of criticism from allies and adversaries. ...

Sub snub just one symptom of longtime French unease with US

Sep. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty and Fraternity, yes. Equality, not so much. Born of a revolution fought for liberty, ties between the United States and its oldest ally, France, have long been fraternal, but they've also been marked by deep French unease over their equality. ...

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

Sep. 24, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies,...

Thunberg joins climate rally in Germany ahead of election

Sep. 24, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside Germany's parliament two days before the country holds a national election to demand that politicians take stronger action to curb climate change. The protest outside the Reichstag in Berlin on...

Drive for Britain! UK scrambles for truckers amid supply woe

Sep. 24, 2021 05:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British energy firms are rationing supplies of gasoline and closing some petrol pumps — the latest in a string of shortages that have seen McDonald’s take milkshakes off the menu, KFC run short of chicken and gaps appear on supermarket shelves. A big...

China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

Sep. 24, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Chinese banks were banned from handling cryptocurrencies in 2013, but the...

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Police: Officer accused of pointing gun at woman, suspended

Sep. 24, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Prince George’s County police officer accused of pointing his duty weapon at another driver while off duty in Annapolis has been charged with assault and suspended without pay, county police announced Thursday. Cpl. James Thornley was traveling...

Police: $10 debt led to fatal shooting on Kansas City street

Sep. 24, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of another man on a Kansas City street — a shooting investigators say stemmed from a dispute over a $10 debt. Court records show Brandon Johnson, 34, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder...

Home Depot to expand distribution system in South Carolina

Sep. 24, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Home Depot is announcing plans to expand its operations throughout South Carolina. The Georgia-based home improvement retailer will grow its distribution operations at facilities in Charleston, Greenville, Jasper, and Lexington counties, WIS-TV...

The Latest: Norway to ease most coronavirus restrictions

Sep. 24, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg says most of the national coronavirus restrictions in the Scandinavian country will be eased. The restrictions lifted include the requirement for serving patrons in restaurants and the 1-meter (3.3-feet)...

Driver involved in Boston rail crash now facing charges

Sep. 24, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The operator of a light rail train that crashed into the rear of another train on the Boston area's public transit system in July, sending more than two dozen people to the hospital, now faces criminal charges, according to court records. Owen Turner, 50,...

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

Sep. 24, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies,...

Pope retains German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

Sep. 24, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors" of...

2 bodies found at Casella Waste facilities in Maine, NH

Sep. 24, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Two bodies found at separate Casella Waste Systems facilities in Maine and New Hampshire have caught the attention of investigators. A body was discovered at Casella Waste Systems in Lewiston on Tuesday, less than two weeks after a body was found...

More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

Sep. 24, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

Almost a month after a federal eviction moratorium ended, the Treasury Department said Friday that states and cities distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August and the pace picked up from the month before. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of...

Turkey's Erdogan looks to Putin after Biden talks disappoint

Sep. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with U.S. President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia. Speaking after prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said he and...