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US weighs next steps for J&J virus shot amid clot mystery

Apr. 14, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — a one-dose shot that many countries were eagerly awaiting to help speed virus protection. It’s not...

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Apr. 14, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and...

Expert blames George Floyd's death on heart rhythm problem

Apr. 14, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen from the...

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end 'forever war'

Apr. 14, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation's longest war. His...

Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'

Apr. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site. ...

Daunte Wright: Doting dad, basket player, slain by police

Apr. 14, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

Daunte Wright became a father while he was still a teenager, and seemed to relish the role of a doting young dad, his family and friends said. A family photo shows a beaming Wright holding his son, Daunte Jr., at his first birthday party. Another shows Wright, wearing a...

Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

Apr. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shields that shattered upon impact. Weapons too old to use. Missed intelligence in which future insurrectionists warned, “We get our president or we die." As Congress pushes for a return to normalcy months after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, a...

Prosecutor: Missing student killed during 1996 rape attempt

Apr. 14, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Missing California college student Kristin Smart was killed in 1996 during an attempted rape by a fellow student and the suspect’s father helped hide her body, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney said Wednesday. Prosecutors filed a...

Humanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions

Apr. 14, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ongoing volcanic eruptions have displaced about 20% of people in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as a U.N. official on Wednesday warned of a growing humanitarian crisis. Between 16,000 to 20,000 people were evacuated under...

12 missing from capsized ship after 6 rescued off Louisiana

Apr. 14, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard searched for 12 people missing off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday after finding one person dead and pulling six survivors from rough seas when their commercial vessel capsized in hurricane-force winds. Coast Guard Capt....

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Grandson sentenced to life after murdering grandmother

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — A 33-year-old Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being convicted of murdering his grandmother. A jury last week convicted Jared Randall Carter after prosecutors presented evidence that he struck Valeria Jean Mann, 81,...

Student journalist protection bill stalls in Legislature

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have extended free-speech protections to Nebraska student journalists and their advisers stalled in the Legislature on Wednesday after advancing through an initial vote last month. Backers fell short of the support they needed...

North Dakota officials say virus trend headed the wrong way

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials say the number of confirmed variant cases of the coronavirus has doubled this month and are warning about the possibility of another wave of infections. The state lab has identified 79 total cases of four variants,...

Jury convicts man of fatally shooting 16-year-old girl

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of murder in the December 2018 slaying of a 16-year-old girl who was fatally shot at an apartment in Marion County, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The jury also found Tighe Bibbs, 21, guilty of carrying a handgun without a...

Tiger sharks eat whale carcass that drifted ashore in Hawaii

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay out of the water after sharks were seen eating the carcass of a whale that has washed ashore on an Oahu beach. Several tiger sharks were seen eating the whale remains as it drifted closer to shore in Waimanalo,...

Wetlands deregulation bill advances to Indiana governor

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a disputed bill seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already diminished wetlands amid mounting criticism that the legislation could cause damage to the state’s waterways, wildlife and...

Suspect surrenders after eluding Vermont police for 5 days

Apr. 14, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man with a long criminal history who has been on the run for five days after allegedly assaulting a neighbor surrendered to police on Wednesday and is in custody, police said. Harley Breer, 51, was taken into custody without incident,...

Fairness watchword at NC transgender sports ban hearing

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Calls for fairness predominated at a North Carolina legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill that would prevent transgender girls and women from competing in organized school sports designated for biologically female athletes. A House judiciary...

Corrections official resigned over inmate abortion decision

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska corrections official resigned in protest earlier this week after the department denied an inmate's request for an abortion. Hayden Thomas, who was the department's Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator since 2019, resigned Monday. ...

Montana bills would limit governor's powers in emergencies

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A slate of bills limiting the governor’s powers during states of emergency are nearing passage in Montana. The GOP-controlled state House voted Wednesday in favor of three bills brought in response to what some Republicans say was an overstepping...