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Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

Aug. 15, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official Monday denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman...

No. 1 Alabama tops preseason AP Top 25; Ohio St, 'Dawgs next

Aug. 15, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

With two of the best players in the country leading the way — and a championship game loss as motivation — Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and ninth time overall. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, national...

Cheney and Murkowski: Trump critics facing divergent futures

Aug. 15, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — They hail from their states' most prominent Republican families. They have been among the GOP's sharpest critics of former President Donald Trump. And after the Jan. 6 insurrection, they supported his impeachment. But for all their similarities, the political...

Judge: Sen. Graham must testify in Georgia election probe

Aug. 15, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta that is investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws while trying to overturn his narrow 2020 general election loss in the state. ...

China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

Aug. 15, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington after a similar recent visit by U.S. House Speaker...

Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use

Aug. 15, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than...

Kenya's Ruto declared president after last-minute chaos

Aug. 15, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — After last-minute chaos that could foreshadow a court challenge, Kenya’s electoral commission chairman on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the close presidential election over five-time contender Raila Odinga, a triumph for the man who shook up...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Aug. 15, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded...

New Zealand river's personhood status offers hope to Māori

Aug. 15, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — The Whanganui River is surging into the ocean, fattened from days of winter rain and yellowed from the earth and clay that has collapsed into its sides. Logs and debris hurtle past as dusk looms. Sixty-one-year-old Tahi Nepia is calmly paddling his...

So-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law confuses some Florida schools

Aug. 15, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida schools have moved library books and debated changing textbooks in response to a law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” — and some teachers have worried that family pictures on their desks could get them in trouble. As students return from...

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Germany won't back call to end Russian tourist visas

Aug. 15, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Monday that Berlin would not back several fellow European countries that have called for an EU-wide move to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens. The nations backing such a ban say that Russians should not be...

Defense secretary Austin positive for COVID for second time

Aug. 15, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home. It's the second time Austin has gotten the coronavirus. In a statement, Austin, 69, said his is fully vaccinated and has...

British regulator 1st to OK Moderna's updated COVID booster

Aug. 15, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against the omicron variant, which the government said would be offered to people aged 50 and over starting in the fall. ...

R Kelly jury selection underway for trial fixing allegations

Aug. 15, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection got underway Monday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in his hometown of Chicago, where the R&B singer faces charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial by threatening and paying off a girl with whom he allegedly filmed himself having sex when he...

Bystander killed in police chase for 2nd time in 4 weeks

Aug. 15, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

FLOWOOD, Miss (AP) — For the second time in less than a month, an innocent bystander was killed during a police chase involving the same Mississippi department. One person was killed Sunday during a police chase that began in Pearl. The chase ended when the vehicle that was being...

Kremlin critic Navalny says he's in solitary confinement

Aug. 15, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says prison officials ordered him to serve at least three days in solitary confinement, citing a minor infraction, in retaliation for his activism behind bars. A post about the punishment appeared in Navalny's social...

Whitmer declares emergency for 4 counties after main break

Aug. 15, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BURTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for four southeastern Michigan counties following a water main break that led to a boil-water advisory for several communities. Whitmer issued the emergency declaration Sunday for Lapeer,...

Jury hears from key informant in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot

Aug. 15, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

A man charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was ecstatic and exclaimed, “That's it!” as he rode past her vacation home in 2020 and told an ally to make a video, according to trial evidence presented Monday. Jurors heard from Dan Chappel, who was known...

Reincarceration order dropped for 18 Minnesotans

Aug. 15, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections has dropped its order that 18 prisoners who were released from prison to protect their health during the coronavirus pandemic report back to prison. The state had ordered the 18 to return to prison by Monday. But, a...

Michael Cox sworn in as Boston police commissioner

Aug. 15, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Cox, a Boston police veteran who was brutally beaten by fellow officers while chasing a suspect and fought against efforts to cover up his assault, was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the police department. After taking the oath during a ceremony at City...