Top General News

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Jul. 24, 2021 10:26 AM 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. ...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

US rebounds from opening loss with 6-1 win over New Zealand

Jul. 24, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Americans rebounded from their opening loss with a 6-1 rout of New Zealand in front of the First Lady on Saturday in the women's soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. With the United States leading 2-0 at the break, Jill Biden arrived in...

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

Jul. 24, 2021 00:23 AM 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...

At surreal Olympics, a careful dance to push Tokyo tourism

Jul. 24, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The tour bus arrived after nightfall at the closed museum’s back door. Its passengers climbed out with reflective yellow bands dangling from their media credentials so they could be easily identified as journalists in quarantine for the Tokyo Olympic Games. ...

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Jul. 24, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Out-of-state crews headed to Montana Saturday to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the 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, the...

Residents of flood-hit German towns tell of short lead time

Jul. 24, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

AHRWEILER, Germany (AP) — Like other residents of his town in Germany, Wolfgang Huste knew a flood was coming. What nobody told him, he says, was how bad it would be. The 66-year-old antiquarian bookseller in Ahrweiler said the first serious warning to evacuate or move...

Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

Jul. 24, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants. ...

Olympics Latest: Dalhausser, Lucena lose to Dutch on beach

Jul. 24, 2021 09:46 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: ___ Beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser has had a rough start to the Tokyo Games. ...

AP PHOTOS: At Olympics opening, zooming in on the outfits

Jul. 24, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Olympics opening ceremonies generally focus on going big. They love to use grandeur and pomp and big visuals — fireworks, acrobatics, athletes marching en masse, choreography that's most impactful from a distance or on TV. But when the athletes paraded...

Latest General News

Sheriff must stop blocking property used by pipeline foes

Jul. 24, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota district judge has issued a temporary restraining ordered against the Hubbard County sheriff, ruling that the county must stop obstructing access to a property used by opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. The Star Tribune...

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Jul. 24, 2021 10:26 AM 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. ...

Deputies: Retired officer killed by deputy fired in 2019

Jul. 24, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A police officer fired two years ago for driving under the influence was charged with murder Friday in the death of a retired police investigator, authorities said. Retired Rock Hill Police Lt. Larry Vaughan was found dead around 3:15 p.m. Friday...

Woman dies after single-vehicle crash on I-91

Jul. 24, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A 67-year-old Chicopee woman died Friday after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in Easthampton, State Police said. Troopers responded to reports of a crash on I-91 southbound around 2 p.m., according to a police statement. They found a...

Gymnastics coach charged with voyeurism, child porn

Jul. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An Edmonds man has been charged with putting cellphone cameras in a youth gymnastics bathroom and possessing child pornography. Patrick Kunz was a coach at the Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy in Everett, where he controlled the surveillance...

Black Denver residents talk police reform amid rise in crime

Jul. 24, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Ask Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali how much policing he wants in his Northeast Park Hill neighborhood and he will say it depends. Ali doesn’t like when he hears stories of someone getting pulled over for something he considers frivolous. He doesn’t like when...

Lebanon signs deal to sell Iraqi fuel in move to ease crisis

Jul. 24, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon signed a deal Saturday to broker Iraqi fuel sales in hopes of alleviating a crippling financial and energy crisis in the small Mediterranean country, Lebanese and Iraqi media reported. The deal allows Beirut to resell 1 million tons of heavy fuel...

Fringe still in, clear bags new, at Cheyenne Frontier Days

Jul. 24, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Desperado Depot owner Devon Von Krosigk expects this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days fashion to go above and beyond, as patrons look to make up for time lost last year with the first-ever CFD cancellation. While the traditional rodeo-goers will...

2 dead, 2 hurt in drive-by shooting on Spartanburg street

Jul. 24, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Two people were killed and two others hurt in a drive-by shooting in a South Carolina neighborhood, authorities said. Witnesses told Spartanburg police that a man fired from the back seat of a SUV into a group of people on a residential street...

Tanzania receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 24, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Saturday received its first batch of 1 million Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government. Tanzania had been among the few countries in Africa yet to receive vaccines or start inoculating its...