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At least 3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

Sep. 26, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, toppling several cars onto their sides, authorities said. The westbound Empire Builder train derailed...

UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay

Sep. 26, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britons are encouraged these days — though in most cases not required — to wear face coverings in crowded indoor spaces. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson regularly appears in the packed, poorly ventilated House of Commons cheek-by-jowl with other maskless Conservative...

Panel OKs Dems' $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

Sep. 26, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee, but one Democrat voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they'll need to push the...

Closely fought German election ushers in post-Merkel era

Sep. 26, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. Polls point to a very close race Sunday between Merkel's center-right Union...

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinian gunmen in arrest clashes

Sep. 26, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At least four Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday, the Israeli military said. It was the deadliest violence...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...

South Korea urges North to restore hotlines for any talks

Sep. 26, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to restore dormant communication hotlines, a day after the North repeated an offer to open conditional talks. The North might be seeking to extract concessions about two weeks after it raised tensions by...

Copenhagen’s hippie, psychedelic oasis Christiania turns 50

Sep. 26, 2021 03:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — After a half-century, the “flower-power” aura of Copenhagen’s semi-autonomous Christiania neighborhood hasn't yet wilted. Love-ins with the authorities have hardly been a trademark of the neighborhood. But Christiania's residents are...

Tony Awards and TV special hope to be the jab Broadway needs

Sep. 26, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and Golden Globes have all held their ceremonies during the pandemic. Now it's time for the Tony Awards, celebrating an art form that really needs the boost — live theater. Sunday's show has been expanded from its typical...

Brewers announcer Bob Uecker honored for 50 years behind mic

Sep. 25, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As expected, the ceremony honoring popular Brewers announcer Bob Uecker’s half-century at the microphone involved remembrances, appreciation — and a heavy dose of humorous stories. At least the ones Uecker said he could share with an audience of...

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Nonprofit grants propel prosecutor push on racial injustice

Sep. 26, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Deborah Gonzalez took office in January as the district attorney for the Western Judicial District of Georgia, she noticed that too few defendants, especially Black defendants, qualified for a program that promised treatment for addiction or mental health and not...

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinian gunmen in arrest clashes

Sep. 26, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At least four Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday, the Israeli military said. It was the deadliest violence...

Swiss seen approving same-sex marriage in referendum

Sep. 26, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters appear to have decided by a clear margin to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to a projection after a national referendum on Sunday. The projection by the gfs.bern polling agency for Switzerland's public broadcasters showed the...

Airport reopens on Spanish island roiled by volcano eruption

Sep. 26, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma reopened Sunday and authorities allowed some evacuated residents to collect belongings from their homes, as an erupting volcano continued to roar but lava flows remained slow. The island’s...

San Marino voters decide whether to decriminalize abortion

Sep. 26, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — Residents of San Marino, a tiny republic surrounded by Italy, voted Sunday whether to decriminalize abortion, with the Roman Catholic Church firmly opposed and the “yes” camp hoping to make the procedure legal in some circumstances. The ballot...

Airstrike kills, wounds Turkey-backed gunmen in north Syria

Sep. 26, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes attacked Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria on Sunday, killing and wounding about 20, an opposition war monitor and pro-government media said. The airstrike struck a position in an area near the town of Afrin. It came amid...

South Korea urges North to restore hotlines for any talks

Sep. 26, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to restore dormant communication hotlines, a day after the North repeated an offer to open conditional talks. The North might be seeking to extract concessions about two weeks after it raised tensions by...

Iceland's coalition govt could retain power after election

Sep. 26, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s coalition government appeared likely to continue after voters rallied around the political center in a volatile parliamentary election. The outcome may become historic: The incoming members of parliament were 54% women on Sunday...

Closely fought German election ushers in post-Merkel era

Sep. 26, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. Polls point to a very close race Sunday between Merkel's center-right Union...

The Latest: Laschet: Every vote counts in Germany's election

Sep. 26, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

The Latest on Germany's election: ___ BERLIN — Armin Laschet, the candidate of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to become Germany’s new leader, says the election result “will come down to every vote.” ...