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COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Sep. 22, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online...

Feeling trapped, migrants' fears grow in Mexican border city

Sep. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — After more than a week at this crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, Haitian migrant Nelson Saintil felt like the walls were beginning to close in on him and his family. Saintil was along the banks of the Rio Grande on Wednesday morning with...

Analysis: A 'United' Nations, navigating a fractured world

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the United Nations rose from World War II's rubble, its birth reflected a widespread aspiration that humanity could be lifted up and dispatched down a positive path — if only there was a coherent, informed, unified effort of good faith among countries and their...

France's envoy to return to US after Macron, Biden talks

Sep. 22, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will send its ambassador back to Washington next week after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call Wednesday to meet next month over a submarine dispute. The two heads of state “have decided to open a...

CDC panel tackles who needs booster shot of COVID vaccine

Sep. 22, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention convened on Wednesday to debate which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots and when — a question that has proved more contentious than the Biden administration apparently expected. ...

Fed: On track to slow support for economy later this year

Sep. 22, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled Wednesday that the Fed plans to announce as early as November that it will start withdrawing the extraordinary support it unleashed after the coronavirus paralyzed the economy 18 months ago. Powell said...

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

Sep. 22, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A wall of lava up to 12 meters (40 feet) high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption. The lava, which was still...

Last person seen with Kristin Smart in 1996 heading to trial

Sep. 22, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — The last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished from a college campus 25 years ago on the Central California coast will stand trial on a murder charge in her suspected death and his father faces trial as an accomplice for allegedly helping bury her...

Britney Spears court filing says conservatorship should end

Sep. 22, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears said in a court filing Wednesday that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated. The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court from Spears' attorney Mathew...

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 22, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the...

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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 22, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

The Advocate. September 22, 2021. Editorial: What makes a home uninhabitable? Insurers shouldn’t dodge the issue. An insurance policy is a contract. The customer pays a premium, and in exchange, the insurance company provides coverage that’s...

The Latest: Quarantine optional for exposed Florida students

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A day after assuming his job, Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new rules allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. ...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. September 16, 2021. Editorial: Let’s continue to be a community that chooses acceptance In case you missed it, on Tuesday we ran a story about an online business being run by a couple who moved to Kentucky from Roseville,...

Long-duration storm drops 1-4 inches of rain on Detroit area

Sep. 22, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Between an inch and 4 inches of rain fell on the Detroit area as of Wednesday morning during the latest batch of wet weather to roll through parts of Michigan and other Midwestern states. The long duration of the storm, however, allowed...

Officials: Many migrants from border camp staying in US

Sep. 22, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said Tuesday, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion. ...

Mayim Bialik's 'Jeopardy!' goal: maintaining its integrity

Sep. 22, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayim Bialik knew she’d be busy around this time of year, but not this busy. Besides starting production on a new season of Fox's sitcom “Call Me Kat,” Bialik was recalled to duty as a “Jeopardy!” guest host — the result of the quiz show's...

Police in Maine identify remains as woman missing since '19

Sep. 22, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Police in a Maine town said they have identified human remains as a woman who was reported missing almost two years ago. The Falmouth Police Department said Wednesday that the remains belong to Anneliese Heinig of Richmond. The remains were...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Sep. 22, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

Valdosta Daily Times. September 22, 2021. Editorial: Thank you for doing your part Many reverse course on vaccine So many people are coming around, reversing course and getting vaccinated. We want to say...

Owen Wilson, Sudeikis, Malek, Kardashian West to host 'SNL'

Sep. 22, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis are lined up to host the first four episodes of “Saturday Night Live” this fall. NBC announced Wednesday that Wilson, who is starring in the upcoming film “The French Dispatch,” will...

Man who claimed to have bomb at Capitol competent for trial

Sep. 22, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who claimed he had a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol last month, prompting evacuations and an hourslong standoff with police, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty in...