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Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

Sep. 24, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see...

Biden urges COVID-19 booster shots for those now eligible

Sep. 24, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for boosters of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the extra doses for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans. Now...

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

Sep. 24, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, the local mayor said. It's a dramatic change from last Saturday, when the number...

Biden: Budget talks hit 'stalemate,' $3.5T may take a while

Sep. 24, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments. ...

Harris 'View' interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris' live interview on “The View” was abruptly delayed Friday after two hosts of the talk show learned they had tested positive for COVID-19 moments before Harris was to join them on the set. Co-host Sunny Hostin and guest...

Huawei executive resolves criminal charges in deal with US

Sep. 24, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies has resolved criminal charges against her as part of a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that could pave the way for her to return to China and that concludes a case that roiled relations between...

Mystery solved: Biden gets proof of family ties to India

Sep. 24, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mystery solved. President Joe Biden sat down with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday for important talks about the Indo-Pacific region. But first, the leaders caught up on the president's own family ties to the subcontinent. ...

New head of Time's Up pledges openness after Cuomo scandal

Sep. 24, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

Almost four years ago, a group of high-profile Hollywood women — producers, agents, movie stars — formed Time’s Up, an ambitious initiative to fight sexual harassment in their own industry and beyond, as the #MeToo reckoning was taking hold. “It’s very hard for...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 24, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Supreme Court...

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Indiana man convicted in uncle's slaying insults judge

Sep. 24, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man convicted in his uncle’s fatal 2015 shooting insulted a judge with profanity before he sentenced him to 63 years in prison. A jury found Charles David Bussard, 31, guilty of murder in August in the January 2015 slaying of his...

Van Life 2.0: Dutch students' road trip in solar mobile home

Sep. 24, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of Dutch students has reimagined van life and is hitting the road to Portugal. Just don't call their groundbreaking new solar-powered vehicle a campervan. “We call it a self-sustaining house on wheels," said Lotte van Dasler, part...

Officials: halfway house key to reducing inmate recidivism

Sep. 24, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State and local officials on Friday applauded the expansion of a Columbus halfway house for newly released inmates as an important tool in reducing prisoner recidivism. The $25 million expansion and renovation of Alvis, a treatment and transitional...

US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

Sep. 24, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a...

Authorities identify man found dead in Saline County

Sep. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man found dead in rural Saline County. The sheriff's office said Friday that the victim was 42-year-old Marc Anthony Tipton Sr. of Salina. His body was found Tuesday in a rural area. Authorities...

Vaccine booster shots urged in West Virginia

Sep. 24, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is urging residents who got the Pfizer vaccine to get their booster shot, citing the rising number of hospitalizations involving vaccinated people. There were 16,223 active COVID-19 cases reported statewide on...

South Carolina Senate cancels next month's special session

Sep. 24, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate won't meet in special session next month after all. Senate President Harvey Peeler sent a letter Friday to senators canceling the special session set to begin Oct. 12. They were supposed to debate how to spend billions of...

United Airlines fined $1.9 million for long ground delays

Sep. 24, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines has been fined $1.9 million over 25 flights in which the plane sat on the ground for several hours, the largest fine imposed by the government for such long delays. The Transportation Department said Friday that the incidents occurred...

Massage therapist gets 25 years to life for sex crimes

Sep. 24, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a massage therapist to three prison terms of 25 years to life for several sex crimes against five people, including a child and three female soccer players at the University of Kansas. Douglas County Judge Sally Pokorny...

Court: Vermont pair stopped near border can't be prosecuted

Sep. 24, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Vermont couple cannot be prosecuted in state court for drug violations with evidence seized by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The court, in a 3-2 decision, said the federal law used by the Border Patrol agent to search the Vermont...