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Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

Oct. 21, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In an abrupt change, the White House is floating new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires' tax on the...

Activist dad of school shooting victim joins anti-gun group

Oct. 21, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the 2018 Florida high school shooting massacre announced Thursday that he's joining the top ranks of a progressive anti-gun group to promote like-minded political candidates around the country ahead of next year's midterm...

Nashville to regulate rowdy party bus industry

Oct. 21, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's Metro Council has approved implementing new regulations for the city's numerous entertainment vehicles that often loudly cruise down lower Broadway. The Tennessean reports that the council voted 33-3 on Tuesday...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. The officer said his life was in...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. The officer said his life was in...

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. “Everybody I talked to said:...

House to vote on Bannon contempt as Justice decision looms

Oct. 21, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is voting Thursday on whether to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from a committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. That...

Vaccine doubts fuel doctor's rise in Minnesota governor race

Oct. 20, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

WATERTOWN, Minn. (AP) — The small-town family doctor angling to become Minnesota’s next governor smiled, leaned into the camera and told his Facebook viewers that Sweden had just paused the Moderna vaccine for people under age 30 over “significant concern” about heart inflammation. ...

Advisory panel endorses redistricting maps for New Mexico

Oct. 20, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advisory panel to the Legislature on political redistricting on Wednesday advanced three proposals for overhauling district boundaries in New Mexico’s Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, with special deference to Native American communities. ...

'The stakes are enormous': Bannon case tests Congress' power

Oct. 20, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is expected to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. It's up to the Justice Department, and the courts, to determine what happens next. As lawmakers ready a Thursday vote to send a contempt referral to the U.S. attorney’s office...