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Wing of Miami-area condo collapses; many feared dead

Jun. 24, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed with a roar in a town outside Miami early Thursday, killing at least one person while trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal. Rescuers pulled dozens of survivors from the tower during the morning and...

Falling short: Why the White House will miss its vax target

Jun. 24, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing in the State Dining Room on May 4, President Joe Biden laid out a lofty goal to vaccinate 70% of American adults by Independence Day, saying the U.S. would need to overcome “doubters” and laziness to do it. “This is your choice,” he told Americans. "It’s...

Senators push $953B infrastructure plan, raise hope for deal

Jun. 24, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is seeking President Joe Biden’s support for a $953 billion infrastructure plan, raising hopes for a breakthrough agreement after arduous negotiations on his top legislative priority. Biden has invited members of the...

Palace: Japan emperor 'worried' about Olympics amid pandemic

Jun. 24, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito is “extremely worried” that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Imperial Palace said Thursday with the games opening in one month. The games will bring thousands...

Lawyer: Death of John McAfee surprised the US mogul's family

Jun. 24, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain say a judge has ordered an autopsy for John McAfee, the gun-loving antivirus pioneer, cryptocurrency promoter and occasional politician who died in a prison cell pending extradition to the United States for allegedly evading millions in unpaid taxes. ...

In pandemic, drug overdose deaths soar among Black Americans

Jun. 24, 2021 03:00 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — She screamed and cried, banged on the dashboard, begging her husband to drive faster, faster, faster toward her brother lying face-down on his bedroom floor. Craig Elazer had struggled all his life with anxiety so bad his whole body would shake. But...

Russia says next time it may fire to hit intruding warships

Jun. 24, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday in a tough statement in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial...

Hong Kong's last pro-democracy paper sells out final edition

Jun. 24, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The final edition of Hong Kong's last remaining pro-democracy paper sold out in hours Thursday, as readers scooped up all 1 million copies of the Apple Daily, whose closure was yet another sign of China's tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city. ...

EXPLAINER: How conservatorships like Britney Spears’ work

Jun. 24, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears told a judge at a dramatic hearing Wednesday she wants an end to the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years. Here's a look at how conservatorships operate, what's unusual about hers, and why she and so many...

AP PHOTOS: Euro 2020 completes 1st round, Ronaldo shines

Jun. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is racking up the records at the European Championship, and Associated Press photographers are capturing every special moment. The Portugal captain scored a tournament-leading five goals in the first round at Euro 2020, and he celebrated...

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Wing of Miami-area condo collapses; many feared dead

Jun. 24, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed with a roar in a town outside Miami early Thursday, killing at least one person while trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal. Rescuers pulled dozens of survivors from the tower during the morning and...

Detroit cop charged in high-speed crash that killed lawyer

Jun. 24, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash that killed a lawyer in February, authorities said Thursday. Officer Teaira Funderburg disregarded a red light while rushing to help another officer when her patrol vehicle...

UN-backed program trims forecast to supply COVID-19 vaccine

Jun. 24, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A public health group that manages the U.N.-backed program to ship COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries is paring back its supply forecast for this year by more than 100 million doses, largely because a key Indian manufacturer has focused on needs at home. ...

Authorities: Man dies when home oxygen bottle explodes

Jun. 24, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A fatal oxygen bottle explosion in Massachusetts was apparently caused when the victim started hitting the bottle against the ground, investigators said. The man was killed in Springfield late Tuesday morning, according to a statement Wednesday...

Police release name of man fatally shot by Michigan trooper

Jun. 24, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mich. (AP) — State police have identified an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a state trooper in southwestern Michigan after what police called a “prolonged and violent” struggle between the men. Virgil Taylor, 31, of Zeeland, was shot by the trooper in...

Maine governor vetoes bill to shutter youth detention center

Jun. 24, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill to close the state’s only youth detention center, her office announced Thursday, creating an obstacle for those who want to close the facility. Mills, a former prosecutor and attorney general, called the...

Alabama teenager donates his hair for children with cancer

Jun. 24, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

Kieran Moïse’s afro was a splendid 19 inches, a huge part of his personality. But after six years of growth, the 17-year-old Alabamian knew that he and his hair would soon be parted: He was bound for the U.S. Air Force Academy. So in memory of a friend who died from...

Georgia Army base prepares for change of command

Jun. 24, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) — Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey will relinquish his role as commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon next week, but will remain in Augusta in a new role, military officials said. Hersey next week will begin serving as...

EU candidate Serbia pledges no sanctions against Russia

Jun. 24, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Belgrade on Thursday pledged never to impose sanctions on Russia, despite calls from the European Union that Serbia must align its foreign policies with the 27-nation bloc's if it wants to become a member. Serbian parliament speaker Ivica Dacic...

2 men, boy found dead on boat circling off Cleveland coast

Jun. 24, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The deaths of two men and a 10-year-old boy found in a boat on Lake Erie may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said Witnesses called 911 around 6 p.m. Wednesday when they saw the boat circling with the engines running about two...