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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...

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...

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...

Women's voices at UN General Assembly few, but growing

Sep. 24, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With cascading crises casting a pall over the proceedings at this year's United Nations General Assembly, Slovakian President Zuzana Čaputová had this reminder on the first day of debate: “We cannot save our planet if we leave out the vulnerable — the women, the girls,...

Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

Sep. 24, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as " the Quad” on Friday, wrapping up a tough week of diplomacy in which he faced no shortage of criticism from both 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 02:38 AM EDT

The images — men on horseback, appearing to use reins as whips to corral 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....

Jailbreak shines light on mass incarceration of Palestinians

Sep. 24, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cinematic escape of six prisoners who tunneled out of an Israeli penitentiary earlier this month shone a light on Israel's mass incarceration of Palestinians, one of the many bitter fruits of the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of...

House Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump advisers, associates

Sep. 24, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has issued its first subpoenas, demanding records and testimony from four of former President Donald Trump's close advisers and associates who were in contact with him before and during the attack....

Buckle up: Arizona Republicans to show 2020 recount results

Sep. 24, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ten months after Donald Trump lost his 2020 reelection bid in Arizona, supporters hired by Arizona Senate Republicans were preparing to deliver the results of an unprecedented partisan election review that is the climax of a bizarre quest to find evidence supporting the...

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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...

German parties rally supporters ahead of Sunday election

Sep. 24, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's political parties prepared to rally their supporters and win over undecided voters Friday, two days before a national election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in power. Merkel's center-right Union bloc,...

Detained Catalan leader sought by Spain awaits fate in Italy

Sep. 24, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A former Catalan leader sought by Spain for a failed 2017 secession bid is expected to appear at an extradition hearing Friday after being detained in Sardinia, an Italian island with strong Catalan cultural roots and its own independence movement. Italian...

3 arrested in Tennessee, charged in fatal Georgia shooting

Sep. 24, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in Tennessee and charged with felony murder in a shooting death this year in Georgia, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Jamar Quarles and two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were located in Memphis and taken into custody,...

Health department offers free flu shots in Lexington

Sep. 24, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Free flu shots will be given in Lexington beginning next month, health officials said. Flu shots will be available for free all season by appointment beginning Oct. 4 at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's Public Health Clinic, the...

Horse Soldier Bourbon to build $200 million site in Kentucky

Sep. 24, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Horse Soldier Bourbon plans to create more than 50 jobs with a new $200 million tourism project in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The Pulaski County site will contain a 27,585-square-foot (2,562-square-meter) distillery visitor center;...

Drug take back site offered at West Virginia Capitol Complex

Sep. 24, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Capitol Complex will offer a place for people to dispose of unused or expired medications next month as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, officials said. The new Safe Zone at the bus turnaround next to the Culture...

Fired employee convicted in Tennessee trial of shooting boss

Sep. 24, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee jury has convicted a man of wounding his boss after being fired from his job at a fast-food restaurant, a prosecutor said. The Criminal Court jury on Wednesday convicted Kevin D. Owens, 24, of attempted first-degree murder and using a...

Plaintiffs added to WVa suit over denied transgender care

Sep. 24, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two plaintiffs have been added to a federal lawsuit alleging West Virginia’s Medicaid and state employee health plans unlawfully denied coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender residents. LGBTQ interest group Lambda Legal announced...

N. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief

Sep. 24, 2021 03:54 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday her country is willing to resume talks with South Korea if conditions are met, indicating it wants Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions. Kim Yo...