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Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

Jul. 30, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated. ...

Japan to widen virus emergency after record spike amid Games

Jul. 30, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the western city of Osaka on Friday in the wake of a record-breaking surge in infections while the capital hosts the Olympics. A government panel approved the plan...

South African sets world swim record; Aussies add 6th gold

Jul. 29, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was the star of the day, setting the first individual swimming world record at the Tokyo Olympics. Others shined, too. Evgeny Rylov completed a backstroke double for Russia, Emma McKeon gave the...

Biden push to vaccinate feds forces uncomfortable questions

Jul. 30, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status is likely to force uncomfortable questions not only at government agencies but at private companies as well. Right now, there's a lack of clear answers....

States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire

Jul. 30, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S. regulators extended their expiration date for a second time, part of a nationwide effort to salvage expiring shots to battle the nation's summer surge in infections. The Food and...

Philippine leader recalls decision to void US security pact

Jul. 30, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted a decision to end a key defense pact with the United States, allowing large-scale combat exercises between U.S. and Philippine forces that at times have alarmed China to proceed. Duterte’s...

After mudslide, priest gets narcos' help to build new town

Jul. 30, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

MISSION SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS, Honduras (AP) — First came Hurricane Eta. Then, Hurricane Iota, unleashing rains of biblical proportions on the hillside community of La Reina. As Iota hammered La Reina for four days, residents kept watch on the mountain above their 300...

Fukushima laments a recovery without Olympic witnesses

Jul. 30, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The bus transporting Olympic officials and media from downtown Fukushima to the suburban Azuma Baseball Stadium features a slickly produced video boasting of the region's recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. ...

Olympics Latest: 27 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 athletes

Jul. 30, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Three athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 are among the 27 new cases announced by...

Carl Levin, Michigan's longest-serving senator, dies at 87

Jul. 29, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Famous for gazing over eyeglasses worn on the end of his nose, Carl Levin seemed at ease wherever he went, whether attending a college football game back home in Michigan or taking on a multibillion-dollar corporation before cameras on Capitol Hill. ...

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Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

Jul. 30, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. ...

Rights groups warn assaults on women on the rise in Pakistan

Jul. 30, 2021 02:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Noor Mukadam's last hours were terror-filled. Beaten repeatedly, the 27-year-old jumped from a window but was dragged back, beaten again and finally beheaded. A childhood friend has been charged with her killing. The gruesome death last week in an...

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

Jul. 30, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated. ...

In effort to curb COVID, Tokyo Olympics collect lots of spit

Jul. 30, 2021 02:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — They spit. They wait. They hope. About 30,000 people from scores of nations are spitting into tiny plastic vials at the Olympics in a daily routine that’s grown crucial in going ahead with the pandemic-era Games, according to organizers. ...

Fukushima laments a recovery without Olympic witnesses

Jul. 30, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The bus transporting Olympic officials and media from downtown Fukushima to the suburban Azuma Baseball Stadium features a slickly produced video boasting of the region's recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. ...

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seals

Jul. 30, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an...

Olympics Latest: 27 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 athletes

Jul. 30, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Three athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 are among the 27 new cases announced by...

PG&E could face criminal charges over deadly California fire

Jul. 30, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal charges because its equipment sparked a wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Northern California prosecutor announced Thursday. It would be the latest action against the nation’s...

Japan to widen virus emergency after record spike amid Games

Jul. 30, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the western city of Osaka on Friday in the wake of a record-breaking surge in infections while the capital hosts the Olympics. A government panel approved the plan...

Detroit Pistons grab Cade Cunningham at No. 1 in NBA draft

Jul. 30, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

Cade Cunningham sure looked like the No. 1 overall draft pick all year at Oklahoma State with his fluid game, scoring ability and passing — all in a 6-foot-8 frame. So it was no surprise the Detroit Pistons would grab the freshman All-American with the top pick as they...