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'He was Southend': Tributes paid to slain British lawmaker

Oct. 16, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay their respects to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police say was a terrorist-related attack. His death has reopened questions about the security of...

Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race

Oct. 16, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this past week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called in to a gathering of die-hard supporters. That may be the closest he gets to campaigning in the most closely watched election of 2021. ...

'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

Oct. 16, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In a Catholic church across town, flour and oil to make communion wafers will soon run out....

Backlog in federal safety rules amid US car crash ‘epidemic’

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time. Four years later, with no rule and traffic fatalities spiking,...

In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP

Oct. 16, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Ken Weyler was known around the New Hampshire Statehouse for dismissing the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and opposing tens of millions of dollars in federal funds to promote vaccinations. But when the 79-year-old Weyler, a retired...

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

Lawsuits demand unproven ivermectin for COVID patients

Oct. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mask rules, vaccination mandates and business shutdowns have all landed in the courts during the COVID-19 outbreak, confronting judges with questions of science and government authority. Now they are increasingly being asked to weigh in on the deworming drug ivermectin. ...

Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 for first time

Oct. 16, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday,...

Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat plants

Oct. 16, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Like other ranchers across the country, Rusty Kemp for years grumbled about rock-bottom prices paid for the cattle he raised in central Nebraska, even as the cost of beef at grocery stores kept climbing. He and his neighbors blamed it on...

Removing the %&*@ from Maine's vanity plates will take time

Oct. 16, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

Removing the flipping obscenities from license plates on Maine's roads and highways isn't going to happen overnight, even though a law banning such profanities in a state where such regulation has been unusually lax goes into effect Monday. Currently, there are license...

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Kansas City mayor files complaint after police data search

Oct. 16, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a complaint against a city police officer who allegedly used a criminal justice database to search for information about the mayor. Lucas filed the complaint Friday with the Office of Community...

New mural in Houma a is sign of post-Ida unity, resiliency

Oct. 16, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two artists in a Louisiana city recovering from Hurricane Ida have installed a mural to symbolize the unity of local residents after the storm. Amanda Percle-Stevens and her husband Chis Stevens installed the mural Tuesday in downtown Houma, the...

Montana and Wyoming see increase in coal production

Oct. 16, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BILLING, Mont. (AP) — Coal production has increased in Montana and Wyoming due to demand in the Asia Pacific region. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said coal production increased 2% in Montana and 7% in Wyoming this year compared to the first nine months of...

Horrific delay? Norway eyes police response to arrow attack

Oct. 16, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway on Saturday announced it will hold an independent investigation into the actions of police and security agencies following a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people and injured three others. Police have been criticized for reacting too slowly to contain the...

Remains identified as those of Iowa boy missing since May

Oct. 16, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Remains found in a field in September were those of an Iowa boy who went missing from his home in May, according to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office. The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Friday night that the remains...

Northern Arizona University to hold in-person commencement

Oct. 16, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona University plans in December to hold its first in-person commencement since the pandemic began and says it also plans a special in-person event next spring for recent graduating classes that didn't have in-person commencements. ...

Popular California safari park stripped of accreditation

Oct. 16, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A popular wildlife preserve in the San Francisco Bay Area has been stripped of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums over concerns about the facility's care for animals. The association, also known as the AZA, announced this...

Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 for first time

Oct. 16, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday,...

Georgia coroner helps interns learn to investigate deaths

Oct. 16, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia coroner is giving students a firsthand look at investigating deaths. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler has worked with more than 40 college and high school students through the internship program, WALB-TV reported. He’s drawing on...

Tempe may rename streets, parks named for Klan members

Oct. 16, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tempe will consider renaming parks and streets named after former community leaders who were recently discovered to have been dues-paying members of the Ku Klux Klan. The city said Friday that the names of will be up for discussion when the city...