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Claudette regaining strength after 13 killed in Alabama

Jun. 21, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Claudette was regaining strength early Monday and expected to return to tropical storm status as it neared the coast of the Carolinas just days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multi-vehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm in Alabama. ...

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Jun. 21, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country's state TV reported. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday that...

Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

Jun. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

JAMSOTI, India (AP) — In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages. So when...

Biden and Congress face a summer grind to create legislation

Jun. 21, 2021 01:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until recently, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog of legislating. Congress is hunkered down, the House and Senate grinding...

Ethiopia votes in greatest electoral test yet for Abiy

Jun. 21, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia was voting Monday in the greatest electoral test yet for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as war and logistical issues meant ballots wouldn't be cast in more than 100 constituencies of the 547 across the country. The election, delayed...

Fear shakes Mexico border city after violence leaves 18 dead

Jun. 20, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Fear has invaded the Mexican border city of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed 14 people, including taxis drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that left four suspects dead. While this...

Witness tells of horror as truck rams into Arizona bike race

Jun. 20, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Bicyclist Tony Quinones had only just shaken hands with a fellow cyclist and wished him good luck in this weekend's community race in an Arizona mountain town when a truck sped into a crowd of bike riders. Suddenly, Quinones said in an interview Sunday,...

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

Jun. 21, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. Yuka Daimaru, among the Suntory...

Paying fortifies ransomware gangs but scant support for bans

Jun. 21, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the position of the U.S. government that we strongly...

Rahm birdies last 2 holes to win US Open at Torrey Pines

Jun. 20, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Whether it was destiny or karma was of no relevance to Jon Rahm. He won the U.S. Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, the perfect time and the perfect place to become a major champion. How it unfolded was beyond his dreams. One shot...

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California weighs extending eviction protections past June

Jun. 21, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will pay off all the past-due rent that accumulated in the nation's most populated state because of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a promise to make landlords whole while giving renters a clean slate. ...

Maine's statewide single-use plastic bag ban starts July 1

Jun. 21, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will begin on July 1. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said it is working with retail stores and restaurants to make sure they are ready. The Maine Legislature passed the ban in 2019...

'Dangerous' radar-confirmed tornado hits suburban Chicago

Jun. 21, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A tornado with strong rotation and a pronounced debris signature on radar was confirmed late Sunday in suburban Chicago, forecasters said. Residents near Darien and Burr Ridge, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Chicago, were urged to take cover...

Asian markets skid on jitters over future Fed action

Jun. 21, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets skidded on Monday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index losing 3.3%, after a sell-off Friday on Wall Street gave the S&P 500 its worst weekly loss since February. U.S. futures were marginally lower. Investors are still recalibrating their...

Ethiopia votes in greatest electoral test yet for Abiy

Jun. 21, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia was voting Monday in the greatest electoral test yet for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as war and logistical issues meant ballots wouldn't be cast in more than 100 constituencies of the 547 across the country. The election, delayed...

Inflation ahead? Even a top economist says it's complicated

Jun. 21, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months of sharply rising prices have raised concerns that record-high government financial aid and the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rate policies — when the economy is already surging — have elevated the risk of accelerating inflation. ...

The Latest: Policy switch aims to boost India's vaccinations

Jun. 21, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The changed role for the federal government starting Monday ends a complex system of buying and distributing vaccines that overburdened states and created inequities...

Claudette regaining strength after 13 killed in Alabama

Jun. 21, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Claudette was regaining strength early Monday and expected to return to tropical storm status as it neared the coast of the Carolinas just days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multi-vehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm in Alabama. ...

Armenia PM party wins snap parliamentary election

Jun. 21, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Results released Monday showed that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. With all precincts counted,...

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

Jun. 21, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. Yuka Daimaru, among the Suntory...