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One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration...

Heavy police presence as protesters trickle in for DC rally

Sep. 18, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fence around the Capitol is back up. The District of Columbia's police department is at the ready. The U.S. Capitol Police have requested assistance from nearby law enforcement agencies including the National Guard. The Capitol Police have taken no...

Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban

Sep. 18, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

Every night in yet another house in Afghanistan’s capital, a U.S. green card-holding couple from California take turns sleeping, with one always awake to watch over their three young children so they can flee if they hear the footsteps of the Taliban. They’ve moved...

US ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in Texas

Sep. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — U.S. officials said Saturday that within the next three days, they plan to ramp up expulsion flights for some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have gathered in a Texas city from across the border in Mexico. The Department of Homeland...

Afghan survivors of US drone strike: Sorry 'is not enough'

Sep. 18, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sorry is not enough for the Afghan survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of their family, including seven children. Emal Ahmadi, whose 3-year-old daughter Malika was killed on Aug. 29, when the U.S. hellfire missile...

Taliban replace ministry for women with one restricting them

Sep. 18, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice" in the building that once housed the Women's Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staffers on Saturday as part of the forced move. ...

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Sep. 18, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself...

Yemen Houthi rebels execute 9 over senior official's killing

Sep. 18, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels executed on Saturday nine people they said were involved in the killing of a senior rebel official in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition more than three years ago. The execution took place by firing squad and was held in...

New redistricting commissions splinter along partisan lines

Sep. 18, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

When voters in some states created new commissions to handle the politically thorny process of redistricting, the hope was that the bipartisan panelists could work together to draw new voting districts free of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, cooperation has proved...

Brian Laundrie's family tells police, FBI he is missing

Sep. 17, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida said they are working with the FBI to find 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, whose girlfriend disappeared during a cross-country trek in a converted van. North Port police said late Friday that Laundrie's parents told them that they...

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Fred Dakota, Native American gambling pioneer, dies at 84

Sep. 18, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BARAGA, Mich. (AP) — Fred Dakota, whose garage casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1983 was a milestone for Native American gambling, has died at age 84. Dakota, a former leader of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, died Monday at his home in Baraga, according to...

Suspect in killing of 4 in Wisconsin arrested in Arizona

Sep. 18, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of two men suspected in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin has been arrested in Arizona, authorities said. Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Arizona, on...

Cecile Richards: Court's Texas move could mean end of Roe

Sep. 18, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on...

First family of Afghan refugees arrive in Kansas City

Sep. 18, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first family of Afghanistan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more. Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud" of the city for “welcoming all people" in announcing the...

North Dakota oil production slips to No. 3 behind New Mexico

Sep. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

North Dakota regulators say the state has officially lost its status as the nation’s second-biggest oil producer to New Mexico. North Dakota produced just over 1 million barrels of oil per day in July, the most recent month for which data is available from the state Oil...

Louisiana town to pay $2.5M in refunds to utility customers

Sep. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Utility customers of a central Louisiana town soon will be getting a check in the mail, thanks to a $2.5 million royalty refund approved this week by the mayor and council. “We approved the refund on Tuesday and we’re going to sit down and...

US ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in Texas

Sep. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — U.S. officials said Saturday that within the next three days, they plan to ramp up expulsion flights for some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have gathered in a Texas city from across the border in Mexico. The Department of Homeland...

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Sep. 18, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself...

The Latest: UN OKs vaccine honor system for world leaders

Sep. 18, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly is relying on a vaccine honor system for world leaders before they speak at next week’s meeting. Presidents, premiers, monarchs and other dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other proof of inoculation....

Communists, observers report violations in Russian election

Sep. 18, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's Communist Party, the country's second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov...