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Big pressure on Biden, Dems to trim $3.5T federal overhaul

Sep. 28, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounting, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress strained Tuesday to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion government overhaul to win support from two key holdout senators ahead of make-or-break deadlines for votes. With...

The AP Interview: Haiti PM plans to hold elections next year

Sep. 28, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Struggling with political turmoil and the aftermath of an earthquake, Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country's constitution by February, and he hopes to organize presidential and legislative elections early...

Joint Chiefs chairman calls Afghan war a 'strategic failure'

Sep. 28, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and acknowledged to Congress on Tuesday that he had favored keeping several thousand troops in the country to prevent a collapse of the U.S.-supported Kabul government and a rapid...

Pfizer vaccine for kids may not be available until November

Sep. 28, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children but the shots may not be available until November. The company said Tuesday it provided health regulators with data from a...

A jury convicted R. Kelly; will his music face consequences?

Sep. 28, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Will a criminal conviction do to R. Kelly's music what years of ugly allegations couldn't? It's unlikely that Monday's moment of justice — when a federal jury in New York found the 54-year-old R&B superstar guilty of all nine counts in a sex...

Scars from 2015 Paris stadium bombing still pain victims

Sep. 28, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It is almost the forgotten attack of Nov. 13, 2015: France’s national stadium was the sole site outside Paris to come under assault that night from Islamic State extremists. The three suicide bombers who struck killed one man out of the 130 people who...

Far-right cryptocurrency follows ideology across borders

Sep. 28, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Daily Stormer website advocates for the purity of the white race, posts hate-filled, conspiratorial screeds against Blacks, Jews and women and has helped inspire at least three racially motivated murders. It has also made its founder, Andrew Anglin, a millionaire. ...

South Dakota AG reviewing Noem's meeting with daughter

Sep. 28, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday he is reviewing concerns from state lawmakers over a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included both her daughter and a state employee who was overseeing her daughter's application to become a certified real...

COVID-related attacks prompt hospital to issue panic buttons

Sep. 28, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cox Medical Center Branson is using grant money to add buttons to identification badges worn...

Theranos CEO wooed investors while lab director saw trouble

Sep. 28, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes convinced media mogul Rupert Murdoch and other billionaires to invest in her biotechnology startup despite warnings its unconventional blood tests were dangerously unreliable, according to evidence presented Tuesday during...

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Activist, historian, writer among `genius grant' recipients

Sep. 28, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A historian devoted to keeping alive the stories of long-dead victims of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border and a civil rights activist whose mission is to make sure people who leave prison are free to walk into the voting booth are among this year’s MacArthur...

Federal judge overturns South Carolina school mask ban

Sep. 28, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday suspended South Carolina from enforcing a rule that banned school districts from requiring masks for students. Parents of disabled children, helped by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the state saying the ban...

On climate change, Biden $3.5T plan making up for lost time

Sep. 28, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden visited one disaster site after another this summer — from California wildfires to hurricane-induced flooding in Louisiana and New York — he said climate change is “everybody’s crisis” and America must get serious about the “code red”...

The Latest: New Zealand has most new virus cases in a month

Sep. 28, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is reporting 45 new local cases of the coronavirus, the most in nearly a month as an outbreak in Auckland continues to grow. Auckland remains under lockdown although officials have eased some restrictions since the outbreak began...

Petito's dad: Give same attention to all missing people

Sep. 28, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of slain traveler Gabby Petito on Tuesday implored the public and news media to put the same energy into helping find other missing people as they did Petito, a 22-year-old woman who vanished on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend. ...

Pulitzer Prize-winning Arizona photojournalist dies at 57

Sep. 28, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning Arizona photojournalist Nick Oza, who documented the lives of disaster victims and immigrants, has died after being hospitalized more than three weeks with serious injuries from a traffic accident. He was 57. Since 2006, Oza had...

Think tank finds Chinese aid to Pacific nations has declined

Sep. 28, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China gave significantly less aid to Pacific island nations in recent years despite Beijing’s diplomatic efforts to increase its influence in the region, according to a Sydney-based think tank. Chinese aid to the Pacific shrank by 31% in...

Japan's next PM must work quickly on virus, economy, China

Sep. 28, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The stakes are high as Japanese governing party members vote Wednesday for four candidates seeking to replace Yoshihide Suga as prime minister. The next leader must address a pandemic-battered economy, a newly empowered military operating in a dangerous neighborhood, crucial...

Taiwan lawmakers brawl as opposition assails COVID-19 policy

Sep. 28, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature descended into a rowdy brawl after opposition lawmakers interrupted a policy address and rushed the podium Tuesday. Opposition lawmakers pushed their way to the speaker's podium as the chamber's head, Su Tseng-chang, was...

Australian 'a bit sore' after hand was caught in croc's jaws

Sep. 28, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian wildlife tour operator said he was lucky to escape more serious injury or even death when a crocodile lunged from a river and clamped his hand in its jaws. Sean Dearly was attacked on Monday on the Adelaide River which is...