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States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Jul. 24, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. ...

Mind the gap: The basketball world is catching up to the US

Jul. 24, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — When the Dream Team era started in 1992, most of the NBA players in the Olympics represented the United States. David Stern knew what would happen from there. “In time,” the former NBA commissioner predicted in 1995,...

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Jul. 24, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Out-of-state crews headed to Montana Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the U.S. West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Progress was being made on the nation's largest blaze,...

Prosecutors air more claims in R. Kelly case; 1 involves boy

Jul. 24, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly's sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims. Prosecutors aired a wide-ranging raft...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...

Rep. Luria's pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

Jul. 24, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When members of Congress head home to connect with their constituents, some hit tractor pulls. Others might stop by mom-and-pop stores. For Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, whose Virginia district includes the world's largest naval base, a recent swing included boarding an...

Groups urge state to protect last wild Atlantic salmon in US

Jul. 24, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is home to the last wild Atlantic salmon populations in the U.S., but a new push to protect the fish at the state level is unlikely to land them on the endangered list. Atlantic salmon once teemed in U.S. rivers, but now return from the sea...

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

Jul. 24, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19. Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Later, two separate tests of his stool confirmed the presence of the...

China's Yang takes first gold at uneasy Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 24, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hardly half a day passed before politics, the pandemic and blistering heat impacted events across the Tokyo Olympics. China's Yang Qian, at least, stayed right on target. Yang overtook Anastasiia Galashina of Russia to win the first...

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Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Jul. 24, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Out-of-state crews headed to Montana Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the U.S. West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Progress was being made on the nation's largest blaze,...

2 killed, 4 wounded by gunfire in downtown San Rafael

Jul. 24, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A shooting in a downtown San Rafael parking structure killed two people and wounded four, most of whom had come to attend a nearby nightclub concert. It's unclear how many gunmen were involved, but witnesses reported seeing a Dodge Charger...

700 workers to lose jobs in sale of People's United Bank

Jul. 24, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — More than 700 employees of People's United Bank will lose their jobs when the Connecticut lender is acquired by a New York bank, according to a filing with the state. Buffalo, New York-based M&T Bank Corp. reported that 747 positions in...

Woman struck, killed by motorist, man arrested

Jul. 24, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A woman was hit and killed by a vehicle in a parking lot in Loveland and a man has been arrested, police said. Loveland police said in a news release that officers responded at about 11 p.m. Friday to a woman struck by a vehicle at the Orchards...

Police, bystanders lift car and free baby after crash

Jul. 24, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Police and bystanders lifted a car to free a trapped baby after a suspected drunken driver struck the girl and her mother and then plowed through a storefront with the pair on the hood. The crash and rescue were recorded on video released by Yonkers...

Pilot dies in small plane crash in western Idaho

Jul. 24, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho. (AP) — One person died when a single-engine airplane crashed and started on fire at an airport in western Idaho. Lewiston Fire Department Chief Travis Myklebust said the department responded at 12:11 p.m. Saturday to a plane crash at the Lewiston-Nez...

Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg dies at 88

Jul. 24, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

Physicist Steven Weinberg, who won the Nobel prize in 1979 with two other scientists for their separate contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, has died at 88, the University of Texas at Austin said Saturday. A professor...

Police: Car crashes into home, killing Maryland man

Jul. 24, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) — A man suspected of driving under the influence crashed into a Maryland home early Saturday morning, killing a 68-year-old, police said. The collision happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in Brooklyn Park when the driver failed to stop at a stop...

Wichita-area splash park reopens after illness outbreak

Jul. 24, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A splash park where several people became ill with bacterial infections has been allowed to reopen after it made necessary changes and passed inspection, Sedgwick County officials said. The splash park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, which...

Former St. Louis high school basketball star fatally

Jul. 24, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis high school basketball star who played briefly for Notre Dame and Missouri in college was shot and killed in north St. Louis County, police said. Cameron Biedscheid, 27, was killed Friday on the block where he lived. Police did not...