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US easing virus restrictions for foreign flights to America

Sep. 20, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Monday it will ease airline restrictions this fall on travel to the country for people who have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test, replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where...

Trump endorses 'big lie' proponents for state election posts

Sep. 20, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before winning Donald Trump's coveted endorsement in his race to become Arizona's top election official, Mark Finchem received several calls from people close to the former president making clear they approved of the work he was doing to challenge the results of the 2020...

Federal officer arrested at Capitol rally won't be charged

Sep. 20, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday’s rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January’s insurrection but will not be prosecuted. The 27-year-old New Jersey man is an officer with...

Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push

Sep. 20, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

US unveils plan to address 'silent killer' extreme heat

Sep. 20, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. ...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

Recall vote highlights California's geopolitical divisions

Sep. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California recall election was a blowout win for Gov. Gavin Newsom that reinforced the state's political divisions: The Democratic governor won big support in coastal areas and urban centers, while the rural north and agricultural inland, with far fewer voters,...

Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday

Sep. 20, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit “The View” studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She'll answer questions about the pandemic, Afghanistan and other topics. Harris appeared three...

Biden pitching partnership after bumpy stretch with allies

Sep. 20, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming...

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Barletta signs anti-tax pledge in GOP campaign for governor

Sep. 20, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lou Barletta, the former congressman seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania, has signed a pledge from a conservative anti-tax Washington-based group that commits him to oppose tax increases. The pledge, sponsored by...

NHTSA opens new investigation into Takata airbags

Sep. 20, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety regulator has opened an investigation into a potential problem that surfaced last year with 56 million Takata airbags but that the agency eventually deemed safe based on industry research. The National...

Federal officer arrested at Capitol rally won't be charged

Sep. 20, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday’s rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January’s insurrection but will not be prosecuted. The 27-year-old New Jersey man is an officer with...

Pro-Kremlin party keeps large majority in Russian parliament

Sep. 20, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ruling party retained its supermajority in parliament, further cementing President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power following elections that excluded most opposition politicians and were marred by multiple reports of violations. The vote was...

US stocks fall on fears of contagion from China real estate

Sep. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday in a broad sell-off that extends an already weak streak for major indexes. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets....

GOP state Sen. Matt Dolan jumps into US Senate race in Ohio

Sep. 20, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan formally entered the race for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat on Monday, adding a centrist voice more akin to exiting Republican Rob Portman's than to the crowded, Trump-aligned field of GOP hopefuls. In a telephone...

Arson suspected in fire at historic Kansas City church

Sep. 20, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol,...

FBI searches Florida home of Gabby Petito's boyfriend

Sep. 20, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

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

Republicans move toward quick Indiana redistricting approval

Sep. 20, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans turned aside objections from Democrats as they moved ahead toward speedy approval of proposed new Indiana election district maps that will be used for the next 10 years. The Indiana House elections committee voted 9-4 along party lines...

Fed likely to signal a coming pullback in economic support

Sep. 20, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected this week to send its clearest signal yet that it will start reining in its ultra-low-interest rate policies later this year, a first step toward unwinding the extraordinary support it's given the economy since the pandemic struck 18 months...