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US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

Apr. 15, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal...

White House: Intel on Russian 'bounties' on US troops shaky

Apr. 15, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday that the intelligence community does not have conclusive evidence that Russian intelligence operatives encouraged the Taliban to attack American troops in Afghanistan. The assessment, revealed Thursday as the U.S....

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

Apr. 15, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the modest bungalows and two-flats of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, there’s never a shortage of needed home repairs staring residents in the face. And then there is the less obvious but more ominous problem lurking in their pipes. “There...

House GOP leader: Won't punish Gaetz unless charges filed

Apr. 15, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, under federal investigation for sex trafficking allegations, is “innocent until proven guilty" and Republicans don't plan to punish him unless charges are filed, the House GOP leader said Thursday. House Minority Leader Kevin...

Japan's Suga comes to US for China-focused talks with Biden

Apr. 15, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Washington on Thursday for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden meant to show the strength of the two nations' security alliance at a time when both are concerned with China’s growing economic and military clout. ...

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker

Apr. 15, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence has undergone surgery to have a pacemaker implanted. His office says that Wednesday's procedure went well and that Pence “is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days.” ...

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

Apr. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill, which is...

Democrats begin long-shot push to expand the Supreme Court

Apr. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to add four seats to the Supreme Court, a long-shot bid designed to counter the court’s rightward tilt during the Trump administration and criticized by Republicans as a potential power grab that would...

A look at new Biden administration sanctions against Russia

Apr. 15, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out a sweeping set of sanctions on Russia over its election interference, hacking campaigns and other malign activity. A look at those sanctions: ELECTION-RELATED SANCTIONS The Treasury Department sanctioned...

Biden to host South Korea's president in late May

Apr. 15, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in for meetings in the second half of May, the White House announced Thursday. It will be Biden's second opportunity to sit in person with a foreign counterpart since he took office during...

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Asian shares mixed as vaccine wait tempers Wall St optimism

Apr. 15, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as jubilance over positive U.S. economic data and a Wall Street record high were tempered by caution in the region, where the coronavirus vaccine rollout has lagged. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.1% to 29,674.31 in...

Sanctioned Russian IT company partners with Microsoft, IBM

Apr. 15, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped six Russian technology companies with sanctions for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies engaged in “dangerous and disruptive cyber attacks.” But only one of them stands out for its international footprint and...

Panama exhumes body looking for victims of 1989 US invasion

Apr. 15, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Investigators exhumed another body from a Panama City cemetery Thursday in an attempt to identify the remains of some victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion that removed strongman Manuel Noriega from power. Over 30 sets of remains had previously been...

Japan's Suga comes to US for China-focused talks with Biden

Apr. 15, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Washington on Thursday for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden meant to show the strength of the two nations' security alliance at a time when both are concerned with China’s growing economic and military clout. ...

SpaceX, NASA give 'go' for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon

Apr. 15, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday’s planned flight. Managers from NASA and Elon Musk’s space company Thursday cleared the Falcon...

Weather delays divers from searching for shipwreck survivors

Apr. 15, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Families anxiously awaited news of the 12 people missing from a capsized oil industry vessel Thursday while stormy weather delayed divers from searching for survivors. Rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside the...

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Apr. 15, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and...

Governor fears ‘pause’ of J&J shots could increase hesitancy

Apr. 15, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican governor said Thursday he was concerned that the U.S. decision to recommend a “pause” in use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could make it more difficult to reach rural and minority communities. Gov. Spencer Cox...

Texas' longest serving death row inmate has sentence tossed

Apr. 15, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the sentence of Texas’ longest serving death row inmate, whose attorneys say has languished in prison for more than 45 years because he's too mentally ill to be executed. Raymond Riles’ “death sentence can no longer...

Q&A: What to know about redistricting in Oregon

Apr. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in nearly 40 years Oregon is likely to be awarded an additional seat in the United States House of Representatives, increasing the number of congressional districts in the blue state from five to six. But the uncommon occurrence...