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US military guns keep vanishing, some used in street crimes

Jun. 15, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

Pulling a pistol from his waistband, the young man spun his human shield toward police. “Don’t do it!” a pursuing officer pleaded. The young man complied, releasing the bystander and tossing the gun, which skittered across the city street and then into the hands of...

Emails show Trump pressured Justice Dept. over 2020 election

Jun. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the last weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of widespread 2020 election fraud, despite his former attorney general declaring there was no evidence of it, newly released emails...

Biden arrives in Geneva for highly-anticipated Putin meeting

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday for a much-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh from days of alliance-building sessions between the American leader and his European allies. Biden is making his first trip to Europe...

White House to host July 4 'independence from virus' bash

Jun. 15, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cue the fireworks. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption. ...

More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The...

Israel braces for unrest from right-wing Jerusalem march

Jun. 15, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israeli ultranationalists gathered Tuesday near Jerusalem's Old City ahead of a contentious march that threatened to spark renewed violence just weeks after a war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The planned march in east Jerusalem...

Echoes of Breonna Taylor in shooting of Black man in Georgia

Jun. 15, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Johnny Lorenzo Bolton was lying with his eyes closed on a couch in his apartment near Atlanta when police serving a narcotics search warrant burst through the front door with guns drawn and no warning. Bolton stood up and at least one of the officers...

Southern Baptist Convention faces push from the right

Jun. 15, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention is electing a new president Tuesday amid a push to wrest control of the denomination by ultraconservatives who say some current leaders are too liberal on issues that include race and the role of women in ministry. ...

MacKenzie Scott announces she's donating $2.7 billion

Jun. 15, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist known for her impromptu multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity issues, announced Tuesday that she has given $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wrote in...

In Argentina, pandemic exacts a heavy toll on tango culture

Jun. 15, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a huge ballroom in a Buenos Aires basement, the tables are stacked. On the orchestra stage, the piano lid is closed near unplugged speakers and billboard images of tango celebrities. The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club...

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899 people got expired vaccine doses at Times Square site

Jun. 15, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 900 people received expired COVID-19 vaccine doses at a vaccination site in Times Square this month, health officials said Tuesday. The 899 individuals who received doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the former NFL Experience building in Times Square...

Applications available for $1,500 bonus for taking job

Jun. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers can begin filing for a $1,500 cash incentive for taking jobs during the summer effective Tuesday. The governor announced the Back-to-Work program a day earlier to provide an incentive for people to get to work this summer. Workers who begin...

Fire danger spikes as heat grips parts of Montana, Wyoming

Jun. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities warned of extreme wildfire dangers as a sweltering heat wave was forecast to intensify across much of Montana and northern Wyoming on Tuesday after already delivering record high temperatures. National Weather Service forecasters said...

Enrique Bolaños, former Nicaragua president, dies at 93

Jun. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Former Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños Geyer, a businessman who led the country from 2002 to 2007, saw his predecessor and old running mate locked up for corruption and pushed for the country’s economic development, has died. He was 93. ...

Woman dead in cliff fall in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

Jun. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A woman fell off a cliff and died in northern Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. How the woman in her late 20s fell off Steamboat Point early Tuesday was unknown, the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Sheriff's...

Sri Lanka seeks UN help in assessing damage from ship fire

Jun. 15, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government is seeking help from the United Nations and other countries in assessing the environmental damage caused by a fire on a container ship carrying chemicals that is sinking off its capital, officials said Tuesday. The 12-day...

Michigan town to keep statue of Black child, South soldier

Jun. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Leaders in a western Michigan community have voted to keep a statue of Confederate and Union Civil War soldiers with a Black child kneeling between them. The Allendale Township board voted 5-2 Monday, despite a recommendation from a...

Mexican president to make National Guard part of army

Jun. 15, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Tuesday he plans to make the National Guard part of the army, erasing the thin pretense of a civilian-controlled force that was used to gain approval for its creation two years ago. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...

Prosecutor: Uncooperative witnesses stall forest fire probe

Jun. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Ocean County say the investigation into a March forest fire in Lakewood and Brick townships has stalled due to uncooperative witnesses. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office determined soon after the March 14 blaze that it had been...

Mississippi grand jury clears deputy in fatal shooting

Jun. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury says it found “no criminal conduct” by a deputy sheriff who shot and killed a man outside a courthouse. The Sun Herald reported the Harrison County grand jury reached a decision Monday and issued a brief statement that...