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Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 26, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Biden ties Republican in race for Va. governor to Trump

Oct. 26, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden framed the Virginia governor’s race as a repudiation of his predecessor, tying the Republican candidate to former President Donald Trump as he campaigned Tuesday night for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in what's become a tight and increasingly bitter...

US, China sparring over Taiwan heats up anew

Oct. 26, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are stepping up their war of words over Taiwan in a long-simmering dispute that has significant implications for the power dynamic in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. Amid a surge in Chinese military activity near the island...

Senate confirms Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake to ambassador posts

Oct. 26, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration on Tuesday with former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona approved to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, approved to serve as the...

Majority in US concerned about climate: AP-NORC/EPIC poll

Oct. 26, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden heads to a vital U.N. climate summit at a time when a majority of Americans regard the deteriorating climate as a problem of high importance to them, an increase from just a few years ago. About 6 out of 10 Americans also believe...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden tale of Amtrak conductor doesn’t add up

Oct. 26, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is spinning a convoluted tale of an Amtrak conductor who congratulated him during his vice presidency for logging more miles riding the train home to Delaware than by flying on Air Force Two. “I apologize because some have heard...

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims named to fed job

Oct. 26, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 will lead the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. Kim Wyman, 59, has led elections in Washington state for...

White House eyes new climate change strategies in Biden bill

Oct. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is zeroing in on a package of clean energy strategies for President Joe Biden's big domestic policy bill that officials believe could reach similar greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as an initial proposal that was quashed by opposition from a...

Biden announces $100 million spending at ASEAN summit

Oct. 26, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a $100 million initiative meant to beef up the U.S. relationship with the organization of Southeast Asian nations. Biden made the new spending announcement at a virtual summit with the 10-member Association of...

Anti-telescope protesters oppose US attorney pick for Hawaii

Oct. 26, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Native Hawaiians are objecting to President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney in the 50th state, saying Clare Connors treated dozens of elders like criminals when her office prosecuted them for blocking a road while protesting the construction of a telescope in...

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Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 26, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Moore: North Carolina budget action could happen next week

Oct. 26, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative action on a final North Carolina state government budget — a plan with or without formal support from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — could happen as soon as next week, a top Republican lawmaker said Tuesday. House Speaker Tim Moore...

Officials describe threats following 2020 election

Oct. 26, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Election officials told a congressional committee Tuesday they've received graphic threats to their safety since the 2020 election and warned that pressure on election workers is a threat to democracy. Experienced election administrators are increasingly...

FDA panel backs Pfizer’s low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Oct. 26, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted...

Voting rights advocates sue Texas again over GOP-drawn maps

Oct. 26, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voting rights advocates are suing Texas again, this time with support from a former U.S. attorney general, over the state's newly redrawn congressional district maps that favor the GOP, claiming the maps dilute the vote of communities of color after growth in America's...

Rob Bishop abruptly quits Utah redistricting commission

Oct. 26, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, abruptly quit the state's independent redistricting commission after criticizing it for favoring urban areas. Bishop said Monday that the commission's congressional map proposals favored Democrats....

SpaceX needs to tame toilet trouble before weekend launch

Oct. 26, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is taming some toilet troubles in its Dragon capsules before launching four more astronauts. The company and NASA want to make sure any toilet leaks won’t compromise the capsule launching early Sunday from Kennedy Space Center or...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...

Senate confirms Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake to ambassador posts

Oct. 26, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration on Tuesday with former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona approved to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, approved to serve as the...

GOP advances legislative maps; Democrats say process rushed

Oct. 26, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican lawmakers serving on a redistricting committee swiftly advanced proposed legislative and congressional maps Tuesday — just one day after the maps were completed — over the objections of Democrats, who say the process was rushed and the congressional...