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Man shot by Memphis police settles lawsuit against city

Jan. 21, 2021 4:29 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man who survived a shooting by police after a fleeing a traffic stop has settled his lawsuit against the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Martavious Banks will receive a $200,000 settlement after a voluntary agreement between him and the city was filed in federal court, The Commercial...

Joe Biden's cousin Joe Blewitt speaks to the media underneath his mural painted on a wall in Ballina, Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden's great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1832. He left for the US in 1850, aged 18. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden

Jan. 21, 2021 4:21 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Biden would right...

NC Rev. Barber holds major role at inauguration service

Jan. 21, 2021 4:19 AM EST

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina minister and civil rights leader holds a major role in the traditional prayer service held in conjunction with the inauguration of the new president. The Rev. William Barber of Goldsboro will deliver the homily at Thursday's interfaith Presidential Inaugural Prayer...

Beshear to co-chair national task force on economic recovery

Jan. 21, 2021 4:16 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been chosen to help lead a national task force that will offer guidance to states on economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Governors Association said Wednesday that Beshear will serve as co-chairman of its Economic Recovery and...

New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

Office lights of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank faces gloomier picture for economy

Jan. 21, 2021 4:07 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is looking at a darkening picture for the economy as infections and deaths surge. With more than a trillion euros of pandemic stimulus still in the pipeline, President Christine Lagarde is expected to underline Thursday that the bank has the means keep...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Asian shares rose Thursday on optimism over the new U.S. administration that earlier set off a rally on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global shares mostly up on optimism for stimulus from Biden

Jan. 21, 2021 3:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Thursday on optimism over the new U.S. administration that earlier set off a rally on Wall Street. Hopes are high that President Joe Biden's administration will mean more support for the struggling U.S. economy, starting a recovery that's crucial for the...

A little girl gets help from Valeriu Nicolae to learn brushing his teeth correctly as her father watches n Nucsoara, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The rights activist has earned praise for his tireless campaign to change for the better the lives of the Balkan country’s poorest and underprivileged residents, particularly the children. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Romania activist urges people to do something good every day

Jan. 21, 2021 3:51 AM EST

NUCSOARA, Romania (AP) — A gentle hero to many in Romania, Valeriu Nicolae says that, at heart, he is more like former NBA star Michael Jordan — highly competitive and eager to improve in what he does best. In Nicolae’s case that is helping others. The Romanian rights activist has earned...

FILE - Members of the Proud Boys, including organizer Joe Biggs, third from right, march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an

Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

Jan. 21, 2021 3:23 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men, including a self-described organizer for the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, were arrested Wednesday on charges of taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, authorities said. Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested in central Florida and faces...

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Jan. 21, 2021 2:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,”...