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The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

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...

The Latest: US opens more distance in worldwide vaccine race

NEW YORK — In the coronavirus vaccine race, the U.S. is opening more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world....

Mayor calls for calm before police shooting video’s release

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged the public Thursday to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until an independent board can complete its...

Protests after Germany’s top court nixes Berlin rent cap

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Berliners took to the streets, many banging pots and pans, to protest a ruling Thursday by Germany's highest court...

Mayor’s request for release of school shooting video denied

The mayor of the east Tennessee city of Knoxville requested the release of video footage of a high school shooting that left one student...

California Gold Rush town to remove noose from city logo

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The California Gold Rush town of Placerville will change its logo to remove a noose that stems from its mid-19th...

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte...

Officer in Black man’s killing: from leader to defendant

In a matter of days, the white police officer who fatally shot a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb went from being a respected...

Treasury Department creates office to oversee virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized...

Nashville mayor: Oracle to bring 8500 jobs, $1.2B investment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Oracle Corporation plans to bring 8,500 jobs and a $1.2 billion investment to fast-growing Nashville over the coming decade, a...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first...

Man pleads guilty as juvenile to murder of Santa Cruz girl

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old California man pleaded guilty under juvenile justice terms to the murder of a neighbor girl in 2015. ...

Wisconsin Treasurer Godlewski launches US Senate bid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski joined the growing ranks of Democrats running for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, launching her bid for...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank —...

China-drafted electoral reform bill introduced in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill was introduced in the city’s legislature on Wednesday, setting in motion changes that will give...

Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned...

Hong Kong’s delayed legislative elections set for December

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the semiautonomous Chinese territory's legislative elections will take place in December, more...

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended...

State AG to probe assault allegations against Bay Area mayor

WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) — The California Attorney General’s Office would prosecute any potential criminal charges against the mayor of the wine country town of...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, mayor open new Times Square vaccine site

NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at the grand opening of a...

Weinstein fights extradition to face California indictment

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer on Monday challenged his extradition from New York to California, where the imprisoned movie mogul faces rape...

Water-worried Vegas wants useless grass a thing of the past

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation...

Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal

The former police chief of Connecticut's largest city was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for rigging the hiring process...

Religious party seeks gains in Peru’s legislative elections

JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI, Peru (AP) — On the banks of the Amazon River, in a village without electricity or drinking water, Andrea Rodrigo makes...

Tucson officials learn more about planned migrant facility

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tent-like facility that the federal government plans to set up in Tucson to temporarily house migrants will be located...

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force...

The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. ...

Reports say LAPD was ill-prepared for protest violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two reviews of the violence that surrounded last summer's police brutality protests say the LAPD wasn't prepared to react when...

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in ’20s

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County plans to return prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a seaside resort...

Coney Island attractions reopen after losing year to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wonder Wheel began turning and the Cyclone whipped into action as Coney Island's illustrious amusement parks reopened Friday after...

Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An information blackout under Myanmar's military junta worsened Thursday as fiber broadband service, the last legal way for ordinary people...

Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz's is working toward a plea deal with federal prosecutors investigating a sex trafficking operation,...

Oregon city hires consultant to probe police racial bias

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has hired a California consulting firm to investigate whether the culture of the city’s police force includes racial...

No one in small southwest Missouri town voted on Tuesday

LA RUSSELL, Mo. (AP) — Local elections in April generally attract few voters but a small southwest Missouri town hit a new low this...

Dutch police detain man in plot to attack vaccination center

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of plotting a crime with “terrorist intent” for...

Judge orders release of ex-Dallas cop arrested in killings

DALLAS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a former Dallas police officer accused of ordering two killings in 2017 after...

San Francisco school board suspends plan to rename schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — America’s founding fathers got a reprieve Tuesday in San Francisco, when the city’s scandal-plagued school board formally suspended a plan...

El Salvador’s long-dominant parties in crisis after drubbing

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Saúl Meléndez, a former fighter during El Salvador’s civil war, was for years a loyal member of the...

Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran shattered its daily record for new infections for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as cases soared to 20,954,...

Long Beach Convention Center to be migrant shelter

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Long Beach voted Tuesday to temporarily house as many as 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children at the city's...

Myanmar forces arrest comedian, break up doctors’ protest

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar arrested the country’s best-known comedian on Tuesday as they continue to crack down on people they accuse...

Mexico’s vaccine campaign faces problems, successes

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president lashed out Tuesday at criticism of the country’s coronavirus vaccination effort, dismissing a pair of scandals as the...

Los Angeles councilmen propose homeless camps at beach lots

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal by two Los Angeles city councilmen to set up temporary camps or “tiny homes” for homeless people in...

CDC inquiry sought on HIV outbreak in WVa’s largest county

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday submitted a congressional inquiry with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding an...

EXPLAINER: Minneapolis chief has sought to reform department

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was a star witness for the prosecution Monday at the trial of a former officer charged...

Groups: Census privacy tool could hurt voting rights goals

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new method being used for the first time by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect people's privacy in 2020...

Stores in Greece open amid virus surge to help save economy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Retail stores across most of Greece were allowed to reopen Monday despite an ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections, as the...

Asia Today: Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and...

Minorities in Myanmar borderlands face fresh fear since coup

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Before each rainy season Lu Lu Aung and other farmers living in a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar's...

Hundreds rally in England and Wales over police legislation

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of people marched Saturday through central London and other cities across England and Wales to protest the British government's plan...

LA judge disciplined a third time for bad behavior on bench

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County judge with a history of bad behavior has been disciplined for being irritable with defense lawyers...

Lawsuits over execution of 2020 census near conclusions

Two legal challenges to the Trump administration's execution of the 2020 census neared conclusions this week in the face of changes brought by President...

NYC mayor hopeful Yang in hospital for apparent kidney stone

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is in the hospital with an apparent kidney stone, his campaign said Friday. ...

China says H&M changed online map after criticism

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators on Friday said H&M has agreed to change a “problematic map” online following government criticism, adding to pressure on...

The Latest: FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial. ...

High court: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court ruled Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including...

The Dutch went first in 2001; who has same-sex marriage now?

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twenty years ago, just after the stroke of midnight on April 1, the mayor of Amsterdam married four couples in City...

Plan to revamp police force proceeds in Ithaca, New York

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in an Ivy League town in upstate New York voted to proceed with a hotly debated plan to revamp...

Pink cake on canals: Amsterdam celebrates same-sex weddings

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A huge inflatable pink cake with candles spouting rainbow flames glided through Amsterdam's canals Thursday as the Dutch capital celebrated the...

Madrid slows down vaccine jabs over Easter despite govt plea

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Madrid region halted COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday at health centers for four days so medical staff can rest over the Easter...

Mayor, governor want to cancel Osaka legs of Olympic relay

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay ran into big trouble on Thursday when the governor of Osaka prefecture and the mayor of...

The Latest: 6 more COVID cases found in local China outbreak

BEIJING — Health officials in China say six more people have become ill with COVID-19 in a southwestern Chinese city on the border with...

China sharply reduces elected seats in Hong Kong legislature

HONG KONG (AP) — China has sharply reduced the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong’s legislature in a setback for the territory's...

Vital to a clean world, scavengers left to plead for vaccine

NEW DELHI (AP) — The scavengers wait patiently for a dump truck to tip the trash on the summit of the landfill outside New...

Economist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Bashkim Fino, who was appointed to shepherd Albania out of almost total chaos when fraudulent investment schemes collapsed 24 years...

No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

HONG KONG (AP) — Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual...

New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a...

Many Brazilians disregard the pleas to stay at home

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro begged the population to stay home, but thousands of Brazilians are...

Census data delay scrambles plans for state redistricting

Stymied by delayed census data needed for redistricting, some states are considering postponing their 2022 primaries or turning to other population estimates to start...

The Latest: Navajo Nation extends “safer at home” order

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. ...

Charlottesville mayor’s poem about city, racism ‘hits nerve’

America’s Black politicians have a long history of calling out the nation’s racism. But few have taken to poetry and written that their city...

The Latest: Texas state judge upholds Austin’s mask mandate

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge is allowing the City of Austin to continue to require face coverings in local businesses weeks after Gov....

As contact tracing ebbs in parts of US, NYC stays committed

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus contact tracing programs across the U.S. scaled back their ambitions as cases surged in winter, but New York City...

Los Angeles park closed after protest to save homeless camp

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A newly installed fence surrounded a popular Los Angeles park Thursday after authorities moved in to evict residents of a...

The Latest: Gov. hopes to up number of Texans getting shots

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that he’s hoping to increase the number of Texans getting COVID-19 vaccines after seeing a...

Federal officials: Voters’ rights violated in NY House race

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said county officials in central New York who failed to process thousands of registration applications...

$500M fund to help Detroit neighborhoods, pay tax debt

DETROIT (AP) — A billionaire businessman whose companies have invigorated Detroit's downtown announced a $500 million fund to improve neighborhoods on Thursday, starting with...

New York City launches push to vaccinate theater workers

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is taking steps toward the reopening of the city's theaters, creating vaccination and testing sites for stage...

With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of...

Ivy League town weighs revamping police; critics see flaws

The nationwide reexamination of policing after the killing of George Floyd has led an Ivy League college town in upstate New York to consider...

Government revises 4th quarter GDP up slightly to 4.3%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.3% in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than previously...

Hong Kong vaccination drive struggles to gain public trust

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's sudden suspension of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is another blow to a vaccination program...

The Latest: Philippine leader orders mayors investigated

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has ordered at least nine city and town mayors investigated for possible charges after they reportedly jumped ahead...

Arizona town calls state of emergency over migrant arrivals

PHOENIX (AP) — A small town in Arizona has declared a state of emergency over migrant families being dropped there as a growing number...

California governor chooses progressive lawmaker as top cop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated a progressive Filipino state assemblyman as California's next attorney general Wednesday, ensuring a push from...

Boston turns historic page with 1st Black, 1st female mayor

BOSTON (AP) — Kim Janey, who as a child had rocks hurled at her school bus during Boston's desegregation era, marked her historic elevation...

Colombian town uses discipline, speakers to stay virus-free

CAMPOHERMOSO, Colombia (AP) — When customers enter his hardware store Nelson Avila asks them to wear a mask and wash their hands. He sprays...

Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer vaccine, cites defective lids

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had...

Blocked Boulder assault-weapons ban renews gun law questions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly three years before a gunman walked into a crowded supermarket in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with...

The Latest: California prisons to resume in-person visits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state prisons will soon resume limited in-person visits with inmates more than a year after they were halted because of...

Blocked Boulder assault-weapons ban renews gun law questions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly three years before a gunman walked into a crowded supermarket in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with...

Illinois city 1st in US to offer Black residents reparations

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Using tax money from the sale of recreational marijuana, the Chicago suburb of Evanston has become the first U.S. city...

Colombian town uses discipline, speakers to stay virus-free

CAMPOHERMOSO, Colombia (AP) — When customers enter his hardware store Nelson Avila asks them to wear a mask and wash their hands. He sprays...

Niger govt confirms 137 dead in village attacks near Mali

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen aboard motorcycles have attacked a series of villages near Niger's troubled border with Mali, leaving at least 137 people...

Miami Beach curfew aims to shut down Spring Break partying

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A party-ending curfew imposed after fights, gunfire, property destruction and dangerous stampedes broke out among huge crowds of people...

Police chief says Miami partying “couldn’t go on any longer”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Pointing to over 1,000 arrests in one of the nation’s top party spots, Miami Beach officials warned Sunday that...

Asian Americans hold rallies in state to denounce violence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asian Americans and their allies held rallies Saturday in California — home of the nation's largest Asian population — to...

Germany: police clash with protesters against virus measures

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in Germany clashed with police Saturday over coronavirus measures, with officers using water cannons, pepper spray and batons against people...

US businesses near border struggle with boundaries’ closure

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Evan Kory started calling brides in Mexico’s northern Sonora state last March, asking if they wanted to get their...

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