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Bipartisan senators reach tentative plan on infrastructure

Jun. 23, 2021 23:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative framework on a $953 billion infrastructure deal Wednesday ahead of a crucial meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House. Biden’s top aides met with senators for back-to-back meetings on...

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

Jun. 23, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax charges punishable by decades in prison, authorities...

Biden targets law-breaking gun dealers in anti-crime plan

Jun. 23, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced new efforts Wednesday to stem a rising national tide of violent crime, declaring the federal government is “taking on the bad actors doing bad things to our communities.” But questions persist about how effective the efforts can be in what...

No jail time in 1st riot sentence; Oath Keeper pleads guilty

Jun. 23, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars, while a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a major step...

Calls grow to evacuate Afghans to Guam as US troops leave

Jun. 23, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the chaotic, final hours of the Vietnam War, the U.S. evacuated thousands of South Vietnamese who supported the American mission and were at risk under the communist government. With U.S. and NATO forces facing a Sept. 11 deadline to leave...

Border Patrol chief who supported Trump's wall is forced out

Jun. 23, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he...

Britney Spears tells judge: 'I want my life back'

Jun. 23, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved. Speaking in open...

Michigan Senate GOP probe: No systemic fraud in election

Jun. 23, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's 2020 presidential election for months concluded there was no widespread or systemic fraud and urged the state attorney general to consider probing people who have made baseless allegations about the results in Antrim...

Bodies of two young girls pulled from South Florida canal

Jun. 23, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — Police are looking into reports that the mother of two young girls found dead in a South Florida canal was offering to baptize people in the canal a day earlier. Lauderhill police Lt. Mike Bigwood identified the sisters during a Wednesday evening...

Can ET see us? Study finds many stars with prime Earth view

Jun. 23, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

Feeling like you are being watched? It could be from a lot farther away than you think. Astronomers took a technique used to look for life on other planets and flipped it around — so instead of looking to see what’s out there, they tried to see what places could see...

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AP PHOTOS: Tibetan traditions threatened by politics, growth

Jun. 23, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — The name Tibet conjures up images of snowy peaks, vermillion temples and prayer flags snapping in the Himalayan wind. Those features remain, but the religious and cultural foundations underpinning them appear to be coming unstuck. Long defined by its...

Good weather aids firefighters in California's coastal range

Jun. 23, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — An influx of moist and cool ocean air was helping Wednesday as more than 500 firefighters worked to suppress a forest fire burning in California coastal mountains near a remote Buddhist monastery south of Big Sur. The Willow Fire was 19%...

Man exonerated in 1994 murder, gunned down outside Chicago

Jun. 23, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of four men convicted and later cleared of the 1994 rape and murder of a Chicago woman has been shot to death, the Cook County medical examiner’s office revealed Wednesday. Michael Saunders, 42, of Homer Glen died of a gunshot to the head....

Regional human rights body condemns Nicaragua crackdown

Jun. 23, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday that Nicaragua had entered a new phase of repression with at least 20 opposition figures arrested in recent weeks and “constant human rights violations.” Antonia...

Ohio ends incentive lottery with mixed vaccination results

Jun. 23, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio, the state that launched the national movement to offer millions of dollars in incentives to boost vaccination rates, planned to conclude its program Wednesday — still unable to crack the 50% vaccination threshold. The state's not alone in...

Britney Spears tells judge: 'I want my life back'

Jun. 23, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved. Speaking in open...

Jury selection begins in newspaper shooting case

Jun. 23, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland judge carefully focused on asking potential jurors Wednesday whether they believed they could be fair and impartial in weighing the plea of guilty but not criminally responsible by a man who killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper nearly three...

Arkansas deputy fatally shoots teen during traffic stop

Jun. 23, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

CABOT, Arkansas (AP) — An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 17-year-old male during a traffic stop early Wednesday, but authorities aren’t saying what led to the fatal shooting. The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office said it has turned the investigation of the...

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

Jun. 23, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina got a legislative committee hearing on Wednesday. But it's unclear whether enough legislators are ready now to alter their views on pot to make it law. With nearly...

Owner of closed power plant to remove toxic waste near river

Jun. 23, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The owner of an abandoned power plant has agreed to clean up toxic waste dumped into the flood plain of the Vermilion River, boosting efforts to protest Illinois’ lone national scenic river. Under a deal brokered by the Illinois attorney...