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The AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

Sep. 20, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the...

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Sep. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Sep. 20, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is...

US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

Sep. 20, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the U.S. beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday. The new rules will replace a...

US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas

Sep. 20, 2021 05:30 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signals the beginning of what could be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of...

AP PHOTOS: Haitian migrants flock to small Texas border city

Sep. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

Thousands of Haitian migrants flocked to a small Texas border city, presenting the Biden administration with a challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers. U.S. authorities have moved to expel many of the more 12,000 migrants who were camped around a...

UN to world leaders: To curtail warming, you must do more

Sep. 20, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

Pressure keeps building on increasingly anxious world leaders to ratchet up efforts to fight climate change. There's more of it coming this week in one of the highest-profile forums of all — the United Nations. For the second time in four days, this time out of U.N....

'We were them:' Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents...

'I just cry': Dying of hunger in Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray

Sep. 20, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved...

Canadians vote in pandemic election that could cost Trudeau

Sep. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians voted Monday in a pandemic election that that threatens to knock Justin Trudeau from power. Trudeau gambled on an early election in a bid to win a majority of seats in Parliament. But the opposition has been relentless in accusing Trudeau of...

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Finding cause of Mt. Charleston Lodge fire may take weeks

Sep. 20, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigators were trying Monday to piece together what led to the fire that destroyed much of Mt. Charleston Lodge, a popular summer retreat for Las Vegas residents. KLAS-TV reports authorities believe it will take several more days or even weeks to...

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Sep. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes...

EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice...

New York City to conduct weekly COVID-19 tests in schools

Sep. 20, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement...

Arson suspected in fire at historic Kansas City church

Sep. 20, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from the South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol,...

US stocks fall on fears of contagion from China real estate

Sep. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday in a broad sell-off that extends an already weak streak for major indexes. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets....

Church bus crash sends 30 to hospitals, some critically hurt

Sep. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

DONALDSON, Pa. (AP) — A bus carrying high school students and leaders returning from a church retreat crashed in Pennsylvania, injuring more than two dozen people, at least three critically, authorities said. State police in Schuylkill County said the bus was heading...

Houston mayor says officer dead from gunshot wounds suffered while serving arrest warrant, another officer hospitalized

Sep. 20, 2021 11:59 AM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston mayor says officer dead from gunshot wounds suffered while serving arrest warrant, another officer hospitalized.

2021 a record-breaking drought year in parts of Washington

Sep. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — This has been a record-breaking year of drought in much of Eastern Washington, state officials say. In April, a huge volume of snow in the Cascade Range measured in at 132 percent of normal statewide, raising hopes of an abundant water year, the...

Kidney from fallen Missouri officer goes to another cop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Even after his death, a Missouri police officer has helped a fellow officer in a time of need. Independence Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, graduated from the police academy just two months ago and was fatally shot by a suspect on Wednesday. The...