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Many feared dead after Florida beachfront condo collapses

Jun. 24, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A beachfront condo building partially collapsed Thursday outside Miami, killing at least one person and trapping others in the tower that resembled a giant fractured dollhouse, with one side sheared away. Dozens of survivors were pulled out, and rescuers continued to...

'We have a deal': Biden announces infrastructure agreement

Jun. 24, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a hard-earned bipartisan agreement on a pared-down infrastructure plan that would make a start on his top legislative priority and validate his efforts to reach across the political aisle. But he openly acknowledged that Democrats...

New York court suspends Rudy Giuliani's law license

Jun. 24, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York on Thursday because he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the presidential race. An attorney disciplinary committee had asked the...

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Jun. 24, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine. ...

US to keep about 650 troops in Afghanistan after withdrawal

Jun. 24, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. ...

EXPLAINER: So much buzz, but what is critical race theory?

Jun. 24, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has railed against it. Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution condemning any requirement for teachers to be trained in it. And several Republican-controlled states have invoked it in legislation restricting how race can be...

In pandemic, drug overdose deaths soar among Black Americans

Jun. 24, 2021 14:25 PM 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...

Congress repeals Trump-era regulations on payday lenders

Jun. 24, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress on Thursday overturned a set of regulations enacted in the final days of the Trump administration that effectively allowed payday lenders to avoid state laws capping interest rates. The House voted 218-208 to overturn the Office of the...

EXPLAINER: What to know as Chauvin sentenced in Floyd death

Jun. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin faces sentencing Friday in the death of George Floyd, with a judge weighing a prison term experts say could be as much as 30 years. Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional...

Affidavit: FBI feared Pennsylvania would seize fabled gold

Jun. 24, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

An FBI agent applied for a federal warrant in 2018 to seize a fabled cache of U.S. government gold he said was “stolen during the Civil War” and hidden in a Pennsylvania cave, saying the state might take the gold for itself if the feds asked for permission, according to court documents...

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CDC: HIV tests rare in medical settings among WVa drug users

Jun. 24, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency departments and inpatient medical personnel rarely conducted HIV testing on intravenous drug users in a West Virginia county with one of the nation’s highest spikes in such cases, according to a federal investigation released Thursday. ...

Rewrite of Delaware gun magazine bill focuses on criminals

Jun. 24, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Thursday approved an amendment overhauling a Senate gun-control measure that would have outlawed virtually all magazines sold with modern semiautomatic firearms. The amendment was prompted by concerns raised about the...

Haiti awaits first vaccines amid delays, renewed promises

Jun. 24, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials offered new promises Thursday that Haiti would soon receive its first vaccine as the country of more than 11 million people reels from a spike in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths that have saturated hospitals. Speaking during...

EXPLAINER: How conservatorships like Britney Spears’ work

Jun. 24, 2021 18:27 PM 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...

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

Jun. 24, 2021 18:26 PM 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...

California child care providers push governor for higher pay

Jun. 24, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of child care providers in California marched and chanted Thursday outside the state Capitol demanding higher wages, a topic that appears to be the final sticking point in budget negotiations between lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. ...

Man who put razor blades in pizza dough pleads guilty

Jun. 24, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man accused of putting razor blades and screws in pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal count of tampering with a consumer product. Nicholas Mitchell’s agreement calls for a sentence of up...

NBCUniversal celebrates opening of New Mexico studio

Jun. 24, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Executives with NBCUniversal celebrated the opening of a new production facility in New Mexico on Thursday, as state and local officials touted efforts by the film and television industry to find ways to work through the challenges that stemmed from the coronavirus...

In Mexico, colonial ruins shattered by truck, rains

Jun. 24, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It hasn’t been a good week for Mexico’s colonial-era architecture. The government said Thursday that a truck driver with an over-sized load had bashed through part of an archway of a centuries-old colonial aqueduct south of Mexico City. And last...

2 men sentenced to life in prison for death of Lincoln woman

Jun. 24, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two men who shot and killed a Lincoln woman with her children nearby were sentenced Thursday to life in prison. Tawhyne Patterson Sr., 28, and Damon Williams, 29, were convicted in February of killing Jessica Brandon, 36, at her Lincoln home on...