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Cabinet secretaries sell Biden's ambitious agenda across US

Jun. 14, 2021 00:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marty Walsh remembers what it was like when a Cabinet secretary would come to town. “It really is a big deal. They give you the dates, and you just clear your schedule,” said Walsh, a former mayor of Boston. He recalls 300...

Biden, unlike predecessors, has maintained Putin skepticism

Jun. 14, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships. But unlike his four most recent White House predecessors, who made an effort to build a measure of rapport with...

Biden at NATO: Ready to talk China, Russia and soothe allies

Jun. 14, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden makes his entrance at a NATO summit aiming to consult European allies on efforts to counter provocative actions by China and Russia while highlighting the U.S. commitment to the 30-country alliance that was frequently maligned by predecessor Donald Trump....

Justices consider Harvard case on race in college admissions

Jun. 14, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices could say as soon as Monday whether they...

Odds of settling US-EU trade rifts? Hope may outrun progress

Jun. 14, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has vowed to mend America’s trade relations with its European allies, which were stretched to the breaking point by President Donald Trump’s mercurial behavior, combative policies and aversion to multinational alliances. Yet...

Today in History

Jun. 14, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 14, the 165th day of 2021. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Ruth Bader...

Alaska lawmakers reach tentative deal on budget, dividend

Jun. 13, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska budget negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday on a state spending package that includes an estimated $1,100 dividend for residents this year. But the check size could be cut if the House or Senate fails to muster sufficient...

Suspect in Georgia officer shooting killed by police

Jun. 13, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Police killed a man suspected of shooting a Georgia officer on Sunday following a search that involved multiple law enforcement agencies, authorities said. A Cobb County officer responded to a domestic dispute in Acworth during the afternoon, news...

Lebanon's currency reaches new low as crisis deepens

Jun. 13, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s currency hit a new low on Sunday, as the country's economic and political crisis worsened with no apparent solutions in the near future. The currency has lost more than 90% of its value since October 2019, when anti-government protests erupted....

Biden says 'very gracious' queen 'reminded me of my mother'

Jun. 13, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on a bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping...