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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Sep. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more lethal swath through the country. But the...

US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

Sep. 20, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately expelling migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and using horse...

Canadians vote in pandemic election that could cost Trudeau

Sep. 20, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians voted Monday in a pandemic election that could weaken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or reward his government’s handling of the pandemic. Trudeau gambled on an early election to try to capitalize on the fact that Canada is now among the most...

Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued

Sep. 20, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit — and by Monday, two people obliged. ...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 20, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...

'Crisis of trust': France bristles at US submarine deal

Sep. 20, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s top diplomat declared Monday that there is a “crisis of trust” in the United States after a Pacific defense deal stung France and left Europe wondering about its longtime ally across the Atlantic. France canceled meetings with...

UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

Sep. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Opening pocketbooks wider to fight climate change? That’s looking slightly more doable. Closing more smokestacks for the same goal? Not yet sold. World leaders made “faint signs of progress” on the financial end of fighting climate change in a special United Nations...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Sep. 20, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is...

IS bomb attacks on Taliban raise specter of wider conflict

Sep. 20, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly roadside bombs targeting Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, raising the specter of wider conflict between the country’s new Taliban rulers and their long-time...

US easing virus restrictions for foreign flights to America

Sep. 20, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. said Monday it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test — changes replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens...

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'Crisis of trust': France bristles at US submarine deal

Sep. 20, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s top diplomat declared Monday that there is a “crisis of trust” in the United States after a Pacific defense deal stung France and left Europe wondering about its longtime ally across the Atlantic. France canceled meetings with...

Hate crime charges against LI man in attacks on Hispanic men

Sep. 20, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man was arraigned Monday on hate crime charges after authorities said he targeted three Hispanic men for attacks. Christopher Cella, 19, of Selden, New York, was arrested after police said he separately picked up two Hispanic men...

Consultants sued over 2018 deaths of women in sheriff's van

Sep. 20, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

The estates of two South Carolina women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff’s department van during Hurricane Florence have filed lawsuits alleging negligence by a company that created policies and procedures for the law enforcement agency. The lawsuits...

Canadians vote in pandemic election that could cost Trudeau

Sep. 20, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadians voted Monday in a pandemic election that could weaken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or reward his government’s handling of the pandemic. Trudeau gambled on an early election to try to capitalize on the fact that Canada is now among the most...

Some in Flat Rock who evacuated after gas leak can return

Sep. 20, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Some residents in a southeastern Michigan community were told Monday they could return to their homes, about three weeks after gasoline from a Ford Motor factory was reported in the sewer system. The area in Flat Rock, known as Zone 2, has 635...

US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

Sep. 20, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately expelling migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and using horse...

EU official says Aussie trade deal delayed by French snub

Sep. 20, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s cancellation of a French submarine contract will complicate and delay negotiations on an Australian-European Union free trade deal, a European trade official said Tuesday. Australia’s decision to end the 90 billion Australian...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

Sep. 20, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico's political map to boost Indigenous voters' influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation,...

FBI searches Florida home of Gabby Petito's boyfriend

Sep. 20, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — FBI agents and police Monday searched the home of the boyfriend wanted for questioning in the death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose body was discovered over the weekend at a Wyoming national park months after the couple set out on a cross-country road trip. ...

Houston officer dead, another wounded while serving warrant

Sep. 20, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer was killed and another was wounded Monday morning during a shooting that also killed a 31-year-old man whom the officers were attempting to arrest on drug charges, authorities said. The veteran officers were each shot multiple...