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Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

Heart inflammation is uncommon in pro athletes who’ve had mostly mild COVID-19 and most don’t need to be sidelined, a study conducted by major...

Florida governor faces growing charges of vaccine favoritism

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials came under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in...

Stocks turn lower as bond yields continue their upward march

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks turned lower on Wall Street Thursday as bond yields made another upward spike, renewing pressure on high-flying technology stocks....

US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled

DETROIT (AP) — Pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders kept many drivers off U.S. roads and highways last year. But those who did venture out...

Another Trump on the ballot? Lara Trump eyes Senate seat

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A Trump may be on the ballot next year — but not Donald Trump. ...

GOP state lawmakers seek to nullify federal gun limits

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With Democrats controlling the presidency and Congress, Republican state lawmakers concerned about the possibility of new federal gun control...

10 killed in army helicopter crash in eastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An army helicopter crashed in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing 10 military personnel on board and injuring three others, the...

OPEC, allies keep oil output unchanged, prices jump

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Members of oil producer cartel OPEC and allied countries have agreed to leave most of their existing oil production cuts...

Press Club seeks release of AP journalist jailed in Myanmar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Press Club called on Myanmar to immediately release an Associated Press journalist who was arrested last week while covering...

AP source: Bradley agrees to $24M, 2-year deal with Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract, a...

Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston gets historic designation

BOSTON (AP) — Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston was added to the National Register of Historic Places. ...

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for people who live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in...

The Latest: IIHF schedules women’s hockey worlds for mid-May

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Report: Russian hackers exploit Lithuanian infrastructure

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Hacker groups linked to Russian intelligence conducted cyber-attacks against top Lithuanian officials and decision-makers last year and used the Baltic...

Bond hearing for man who killed ex-Saints star Will Smith

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A decision on what the bond amount will be for the man who fatally shot former NFL star Will Smith...

AP Interview: DOE reviving loan program, Granholm says

WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its clean-energy agenda, the Biden administration is reviving an Energy Department program that disbursed billions of dollars in...

The Latest: EU official: No AstraZeneca exports to Australia

BRUSSELS — A shipment of a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been barred from leaving the European Union in the first...

Iran to meet with UN technical experts over uranium find

BERLIN (AP) — Iran has agreed to sit down with international technical experts investigating the discovery of uranium particles at three former undeclared sites...

US mortgage rates steady to higher; 30-year at 3.02%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were steady to higher this week, as the benchmark 30-year loan breached the 3% mark for the...

Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation. ...

The Latest: Guard, police on alert at Capitol; Mall deserted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a possible threat against the Capitol (all times local): ...

Boston Marathon’s plan to hand out 70K medals roils runners

BOSTON (AP) — Distance running, traditionally one of the world's most genteel sports, has been roiled by an ugly mid-pandemic squabble over who should...

In big shift, Germany to give AstraZeneca shots to over 65s

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s independent vaccine committee has formally approved giving the AstraZeneca shot to people aged 65 and over, and recommended waiting 12...

Myanmar crackdown on protests, widely filmed, sparks outrage

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Footage of a brutal crackdown on protests against a coup in Myanmar unleashed outrage and calls for a stronger international...

EU, Italy stop AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia

BRUSSELS (AP) — A shipment of a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union in the...

Black women persevere to lead in Vermont despite harassment

Mia Schultz has watched three other Black women in Vermont leave leadership posts in the mostly white state because of harassment and threats. She’s...

Still divisive, Dr. Luke resurges at Grammys — as Tyson Trax

NEW YORK (AP) — With dark clouds looming behind him, controversial music producer and hitmaker Dr. Luke rose to the top of the Billboard...

Law enforcement on alert after plot warning at US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after authorities said intelligence had uncovered a “possible plot” by...

Eager to act, Biden and Democrats leave Republicans behind

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach...

UK police won’t probe journalist over 1995 Diana interview

LONDON (AP) — British police said Thursday that they will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist Martin Bashir over his 1995 interview...

‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jean Andrade, an 88-year-old who lives alone, has been waiting for her COVID-19 vaccine since she became eligible under state...

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest...

Tributes as leading South African reporter dies of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes from journalists and politicians are coming in for prominent South African journalist Karima Brown who died of COVID-19 on Thursday. ...

WH says relief checks to go to most who got December payment

Roughly 98% of U.S. households that received a COVID-19 relief check in December will also qualify for the next round of payments being championed...

Senate energy panel backs Haaland for interior secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary, clearing the...

Clooney, ‘Billie Holiday’ among AARP movie award honorees

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Minari,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “One Night in Miami” are among the films AARP is honoring at its...

Police request 60-day extension of Guard at US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Police have requested that members of the National Guard continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for another...

EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray crisis is growing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilians massacred. Journalists arrested. People starving to death. Ethiopia’s government is under growing pressure to allow the world to see...

Capitals’ Ovechkin fined $5K for spearing Bruins’ Frederic

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Thursday for spearing Boston Bruins rookie Trent Frederic,...

Capitol Police ask that National Guard remain at Capitol for 2 more months, reflecting...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police ask that National Guard remain at Capitol for 2 more months, reflecting continued security concerns.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivers 1st opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has delivered her first opinion. ...

Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

MADRID (AP) — Artists at one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco bars put on a final outdoor show Thursday, marking its closure after 140 years...

Major League Baseball to hold first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto...

Pew survey shows hardening American attitudes toward China

BEIJING (AP) — New polling from the Pew Research Center shows strong negative attitudes among Americans toward China, with almost nine out of 10...

Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary, dies in Jamaica at age 73

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving founding member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on...

Powerful quake hits near New Zealand; tsunami warning issued

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials in New Zealand issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off its...

US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the...

Chaos as freed Nigerian schoolgirls reunited with families

JANGEBE, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian girls abducted last week from a boarding school in the country’s northwest have been returned to their...

Sweden says probe into knife attack looking at terror links

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities were investigating on Thursday whether an knife attack by an Afghan man who stabbed seven men and left three...

China legislature to deliberate Hong Kong electoral changes

BEIJING (AP) — China's ceremonial legislature will deliberate changes to Hong Kong's electoral system during its annual session, a spokesperson said Thursday, adding to...

Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell at an annual rate of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly decline in nearly four decades. ...

US suspends tariffs on UK goods to resolve aircraft dispute

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. agreed Thursday to suspend millions of dollars' worth of tariffs on U.K. exports including Scotch whisky as part of...

Scholarship created to honor choreographer Ann Reinking

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before she became a Tony Award-winning choreographer, Ann Reinking waited tables to save up enough money to move to...

17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy takeout. ...

Hong Kong court keeps 47 democracy activists in custody

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Thursday ordered all 47 pro-democracy activists charged under a Beijing-imposed national security law to be...

Amazon opens first UK checkout-free grocery store in London

LONDON (AP) — Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets...

When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?

NEW YORK (AP) — When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? ...

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to...

Square, Inc. to buy majority of Tidal and put Jay-Z on board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Financial technology company Square, Inc. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Tidal, the...

Picture book based on ‘American Anthem’ to come out in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Gene Scheer, whose song “American Anthem” was quoted by President Joe Biden during his inaugural address, is returning the...

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK (AP) — Paramount+ debuts Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from...

Court drops case against Dutch father who isolated family

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court ruled Thursday that a deeply religious father who kept some of his children isolated from the...

Probe into EU border agency leaves some questions unanswered

BRUSSELS (AP) — An inquiry into claims that the European Union’s border and coast guard agency was involved in illegally pushing back migrants has...

GM looking to build 2nd US battery factory, Tennessee likely

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's looking for a site to build a second U.S. battery factory with joint venture partner LG Chem...

Billie Jean King memoir ‘All In’ to be published in August

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King has a memoir coming this summer, and she calls it a journey to her “authentic self.” ...

EU wants employers to report pay levels to fix gender gap

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union executive wants to force employers to be much more open about how much their staff earn to make...

UN: 20 migrants die after thrown overboard en route to Yemen

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says at least 20 migrants are dead after smugglers threw 80 overboard during a voyage...

UK competition watchdog investigates Apple’s App Store

LONDON (AP) — U.K. authorities have launched an investigation into Apple's App Store over concerns it has a dominant role that stifles competition and...

Buenos Aires reopens as virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires were a tale of two cities this week, with Brazil’s megalopolis partially shutting down and...

Double standard? Gillibrand in spotlight after Cuomo scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand was the first Democratic senator to call for her colleague Al Franken's resignation in 2017 as he faced allegations...

Portugal: Number of wildfires, scorched areas falls by half

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is reporting major progress against wildfires that traditionally scorch the country each summer, saying Thursday the average annual...

Left-wing party wins Kosovo poll, needs ally to form cabinet

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Final results from Kosovo’s Feb. 14 early general election released on Thursday showed that a left-wing party has garnered the...

Hungary tightens pandemic restrictions amid rising deaths

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Authorities in Hungary are tightening pandemic restrictions in an effort to mitigate a rapid rise in deaths and hospitalizations caused...

EU regulator starts a review of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has started a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, many months after it was first...

Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of...

EuroLeague still hoping for fans to attend its Final Four

EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu is an optimistic person by nature. ...

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so...

Takeaways: What hearings have revealed about Jan. 6 failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional...

UK, 4 nations fast-track review of modified COVID vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries have announced new rules to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to...

Police: Rapper OMB Peezy charged in music video shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — An Alabama rapper was arrested in connection to a shooting at music video set in downtown Atlanta, authorities said. ...

Three have life-threatening wounds after Sweden ax attack

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hospital officials say three people wounded in an assault by a man using an ax in southern Sweden are in life-threatening...

Some Belgians shout: ‘King! Tear down your garden walls!’

BRUSSELS (AP) — The people of Brussels are craving open spaces in this time of pandemic restrictions, often ending up in overcrowded city parks...

Thailand probes Facebook’s removal of army-linked accounts

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says he has assigned the Royal Thai Army to investigate after Facebook Inc. removed 185 accounts...

Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim missile hits Saudi oil facility

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they attacked a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Thursday,...

Photos show North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, recent...

Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete...

Lillard’s late 3 gives Blazers 108-106 win over Warriors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Played tough by the Warriors all game, Damian Lillard needed to make something happen. ...

UN envoy: Myanmar army is ‘surprised’ at opposition to coup

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar said the generals who have seized power in the Southeast Asian nation indicated they...

7-year-old Alabama girl helps to fund her own brain surgery

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Liza Scott, 7, started a lemonade stand at her mom’s bakery last summer so she could buy some frills like...

With Biden’s backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide,...

South Korea economy shrank in 2020 for 1st time in 22 years

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s central bank says the country’s economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020 as...

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to...

Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to...

Mavs star Doncic sits out against Thunder with back issue

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sat out a victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, sidelined by lower back tightness that...

Coast Guard ends search for helicopter in waters off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended the search in waters off Alaska for an overdue helicopter piloted by the...

Villanova wins Big East title; McDermott coaches under fire

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he made an “awful mistake” for using language that caused pain for the players “that...

Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks Wednesday, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared...

With Biden’s backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled Wednesday to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing...

Asian shares track Wall St decline as bond yields rebound

Asian shares fell Thursday, tracking a decline on Wall Street as another rise in bond yields rattled investors who worry that higher inflation may...

James Harden has triple-double in Houston return, Nets roll

HOUSTON (AP) — The No. 13 on his jersey, James Harden won so many games for the Houston Rockets. ...

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