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US hitting encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots

Jun. 21, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms approached another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated. The coronavirus was...

High court win for college athletes in compensation case

Jun. 21, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court r uled unanimously Monday the NCAA can’t limit education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to further easing in the decades-old...

Youth home exec says 'words cannot explain' Alabama crash

Jun. 21, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) — Girls have often lived a life of abuse, abandonment or neglect by the time they land at a Christian youth home in rural Alabama, but an annual trip to the beach with the director and her family offered them a bright spot in otherwise tough times. ...

In Senate vote, Biden sees 'step forward' for elections bill

Jun. 21, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it views the Senate's work on an elections bill overhaul and changes being offered by Sen. Joe Manchin as a “step forward," even though the Democrats' priority legislation is expected to be blocked by a Republican filibuster. ...

Iran president-elect takes hard line, refuses to meet Biden

Jun. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s president-elect staked out a hard-line position Monday in his first remarks since his landslide election victory, rejecting the possibility of meeting with President Joe Biden or negotiating Tehran’s ballistic missile program and support of...

Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of wins

Jun. 21, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its string of recent victories on the battlefield. Fighting...

Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

Jun. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

JAMSOTI, India (AP) — In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages. So when...

Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage

Jun. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said. There was relief Monday, though, as authorities reported that it...

Driver who rammed bicyclists in Arizona race has DUI history

Jun. 21, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities on Monday identified the man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists taking part in a weekend race in an Arizona mountain town, critically injuring several riders, and court records show he has a criminal history of driving while...

Documentary examines troubled past with Confederate statues

Jun. 21, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Perplexed by America’s controversial relationship with Confederate monuments, “The Daily Show” team member CJ Hunt saw potential for what he thought would make an interesting short film. But not long after beginning the project, he realized a much...

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The Latest: Italy to ease outdoor mask-wearing requirement

Jun. 21, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

ROME – Mask-wearing outdoors in Italy will no longer be required in virtually all of the country starting on June 28. Health Minister Roberto Speranza tweeted Monday night that the mask requirement for outdoors will be eliminated in those parts of Italy in designated...

Deputy fatally shoots pet chimpanzee that attacked woman

Jun. 21, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A deputy shot and killed an adult pet chimpanzee named Buck after it attacked a woman in Eastern Oregon, sheriff's officials said. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said the chimpanzee, who had lived with Tamara Brogoitti for 17 years in...

When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren't people too

Jun. 21, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the eyes of the law, pets are property when it comes to divorce, but new ways of working out custody of the dog, cat or parrot have sprung up with special mediators and “petnups” to avoid courtroom disputes. Alaska, California and Illinois are...

Driver says he is devastated by fatal Pride parade crash

Jun. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The 77-year-old driver who accidentally slammed his truck into fellow members of a gay chorus group, killing one and injuring two others, said Monday that he was devastated by the crash at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida. Fred...

Fire kills man, 14-year-old youth, injures woman

Jun. 21, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An early morning fire in an eastern Pennsylvania home left a man and a teenager dead and injured a third person, officials said. Pottstown firefighters said the smoky blaze in the twin home was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Monday and the victims...

Denmark beats Russia 4-1 to advance at Euro 2020

Jun. 21, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — After scoring a goal to help Denmark advance at the European Championship, Joakim Maehle walked straight to a TV camera and formed a “10” with his fingers. That was for Christian Eriksen. Maehle's 82nd-minute goal put some...

Arizona Cardinals rookie LB arrested for reckless driving

Jun. 21, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Zaven Collins, a first-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested over the weekend for reckless driving and excessive speeding. Scottsdale police said Monday that Collins was pulled over around 10 a.m. Sunday for allegedly driving 76 mph in a...

North Carolina ballot probe figure pleads to benefit fraud

Jun. 21, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A key figure in a North Carolina investigation into ballot fraud in a 2018 congressional race pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges he unlawfully accepted Social Security benefits when concealing other money he earned. Leslie McCrae...

Chief: Prognosis for Wichita officer who was shot improves

Jun. 21, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer who was shot during the weekend is in critical but stable condition and his prognosis is improving, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Monday. The officer, a five-year veteran of the department, was shot in the head and legs...

Youth home exec says 'words cannot explain' Alabama crash

Jun. 21, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) — Girls have often lived a life of abuse, abandonment or neglect by the time they land at a Christian youth home in rural Alabama, but an annual trip to the beach with the director and her family offered them a bright spot in otherwise tough times. ...