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Biden to head to Capitol to push agenda, unite Democrats

Oct. 28, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden heads to Capitol Hill early Thursday to push his revised domestic policy bill and a related bipartisan infrastructure plan with fractious House Democrats after days of prolonged negotiations over his ambitious social and climate policies and how to pay...

Biden, Dems get low marks on spending talks: AP-NORC poll

Oct. 28, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden and Democrats try to get a roughly $2 trillion package over the finish line, a new poll shows that fewer than half of Americans approve of how they have handled the spending bill. And many say they know little to nothing about it. ...

AP: Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...

A monk, a student, an artist: Tortured by Myanmar military

Oct. 28, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A monk was made to hop like a frog, in a humiliation tactic. An accountant was shocked with electric probes. An artist was beaten in the head with a baton until he passed out. Since the military took over Myanmar’s government in February, it...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...

Biden bound for global summits as domestic agenda in limbo

Oct. 28, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to show the world that democracies can work to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As he prepares to push that message at a pair of global summits, his case could hinge on what's happening in Washington, where he is rushing to finalize a...

Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic?

Oct. 28, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? It depends on the situation and your comfort level, but there are ways to minimize the risk of infection this Halloween. Whether you feel comfortable with your children...

How live ammo got on set still a mystery in Baldwin shooting

Oct. 28, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Light from a high afternoon sun slanted through the tall windows of the weathered wooden church, catching on the plank floorboards and illuminating the stained glass. Outside, the arid ground of the northern New Mexico foothills stretched for miles — a picturesque...

India Walton beat Buffalo's mayor once. Can she do it again?

Oct. 28, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When India Walton beat Buffalo’s four-term mayor in a Democratic primary last June, New York’s second largest city looked like it was about to get a leader like no other in its history. She’d be its first female mayor and the first to identify...

Seoul: N. Korea's Kim lost 20 kilograms but remains healthy

Oct. 28, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds), but remains healthy and is trying to boost public loyalty to him in the face of worsening economic problems, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Thursday. ...

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Atlanta school marks new name after students demanded change

Oct. 28, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta high school is marking its new name and a larger building after students said the old name was offensive and pushed to remove it. Midtown High School hosted a ceremony this week to highlight the new name of the former Henry W. Grady High...

Iowa Legislature meets to consider second redistricting map

Oct. 28, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature will convene Thursday for its second special session in a month to consider another plan for redrawing boundaries for the state’s legislative and congressional districts. The second gathering was required after Republicans...

Person found with traumatic injuries in Des Moines home dies

Oct. 28, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A person found overnight in a Des Moines home with traumatic injuries died a short time later, and police have declared the death a homicide. Officers and medics were called just before 2 a.m. Thursday to a home in a neighborhood between...

World faces shortage of syringes as COVID vaccine doses rise

Oct. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African health officials and the United Nations are warning of a looming shortage of more than 2 billion syringes for mainly low- and middle-income countries around the world as the supply of COVID-19 doses rises, and routine vaccinations could be affected, too. ...

New airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray capital; kids among dead

Oct. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An Ethiopian government spokesman says a new airstrike has hit the capital of the country's Tigray region following several days of such strikes last week, and a Tigray spokesman asserts that six people have been killed, as the year-long war intensifies. ...

Gordon Ramsay's social media project culminates in cookbook

Oct. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — How did Gordon Ramsay spend his pandemic lockdown? Getting frenetic in a kitchen, of course. The chef with a dizzying number of books, restaurants and TV shows was home in Cornwall, England, with mouths to feed last year when he did a series of lives on...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...

European Central Bank keeps pandemic support going

Oct. 28, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank decided Thursday to keep its pandemic stimulus efforts unchanged even as consumer prices spike and central banks in other parts of the world look to dial back support as their economies bounce back from the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak....

Noem order aimed at easing exemptions for vaccine mandate

Oct. 28, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem issued an executive order Wednesday aimed at ensuring that state employees can easily obtain medical and religious exemptions from federal vaccine mandates. Noem said the move was necessary to ensure that employees...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...