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Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

May. 17, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes Monday on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. International diplomacy to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds appeared to make...

Biden expresses 'support' for cease-fire in Netanyahu call

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

The White House says President Joe Biden expressed “support” for a cease-fire in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Biden’s move signals U.S. concern for an end to Israel’s part of...

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

May. 17, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to a showdown over abortion in a case that could dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights. With three justices appointed by President Donald Trump part of a 6-3 conservative majority, the court is...

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

May. 17, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution have grown more evident. The...

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

May. 17, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel...

Powerful cyclone hits land in India amid deadly virus surge

May. 17, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea made landfall on India's western coast on Monday, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful...

Judge to Durst jurors after delay: 'Where did we leave off?'

May. 17, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The murder trial of multimillionaire Robert Durst resumed Monday without the defendant present and with arguments about whether the case should continue after a rare 14-month recess. Judge Mark Windham questioned jurors in Los Angeles County...

Ex-rebel capitalizes on Colombia unrest by showing restraint

May. 17, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As the streets of Colombia smolder amid the biggest antigovernment unrest in decades, a former rebel leader who would undo antinarcotics cooperation with the U.S. is looking to capitalize on the growing discontent and ride it to the presidency next year. In...

EXPLAINER: How AT&T-Discovery deal affects consumers, rivals

May. 17, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said Monday it will combine its massive WarnerMedia media assets, which includes HBO and CNN, with Discovery Inc. to create a new media heavyweight in a $43 billion deal. The deal, which isn't slated to close until next year, will create new...

Yes: Marv Albert, NBA’s ‘soundtrack,’ retiring before Finals

May. 17, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From Michael Jordan soaring through the air to Willis Reed simply walking onto the court, Marv Albert supplied the sound that went with the sights. Albert has called numerous sports during a Hall of Fame career that spans nearly 60 years, though he is...

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Michigan flood victims may have to wait for accountability

May. 17, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A lawsuit that accuses the state of Michigan of failing to regulate and enforce safety regulations on a dam that failed, causing an estimated $200 million in damages and destroying 2,500 structures, may not be resolved soon, an attorney representing nearly 300 clients...

Heavy rains hammer western Louisiana with more to come

May. 17, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Heavy rains in western Louisiana flooded streets, left cars stranded and heightened worries in a region hammered by two hurricanes last year and a deep freeze this winter. The National Weather Service said between five and 12 inches (12-30...

Texas joins states ending extra $300 in weekly jobless aid

May. 17, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Monday joined the growing number of states that will stop paying the federally funded $300 in extra pandemic-related weekly unemployment aid as businesses that scaled back or shuttered during the pandemic are reopening. The extra benefits...

Aberdeen police chief dies from cancer; was elected 4 times

May. 17, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi police chief has died from cancer. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle died Sunday at a Tupelo hospital. Like some other Mississippi...

EXPLAINER: How AT&T-Discovery deal affects consumers, rivals

May. 17, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said Monday it will combine its massive WarnerMedia media assets, which includes HBO and CNN, with Discovery Inc. to create a new media heavyweight in a $43 billion deal. The deal, which isn't slated to close until next year, will create new...

Suit targets laws that opponents say hurt Native Americans

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Native American voting rights organizations and four tribes challenging new laws they say are part of a broader scheme by the Montana Legislature to disenfranchise Native American voters. The Legislature...

Biden expresses 'support' for cease-fire in Netanyahu call

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

The White House says President Joe Biden expressed “support” for a cease-fire in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Biden’s move signals U.S. concern for an end to Israel’s part of...

WVa to seek input from legislative leaders on stimulus funds

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he plans to reach out to leaders in the state Legislature to decide how to allocate the latest in federal stimulus funding. Justice said his staff is working on a spending plan for $678 million from the...

2 Navy training jets collide over South Texas, injuring 1

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Two Navy training jets collided over South Texas on Monday, forcing the two crew members on one plane to bail out and leaving one of them with minor injuries, the military said. The two British-built T-45C Goshawk jets collided at around 11...

Lawyer: US approves release of oldest Guantanamo prisoner

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 73-year-old from Pakistan who is the oldest prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center was notified on Monday that he has been approved for release after more than 16 years in custody at the U.S. base in Cuba, his lawyer said. Saifullah Paracha,...