Portugal Chooses a President Amid a Severe Pandemic Surge | World News

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal held a presidential election Sunday, with the moderate incumbent candidate strongly favored to earn a second five-year term as a devastating COVID-19 surge grips the European Union nation. The head of state in Portugal has no legislative powers, which lie with parliament and the government, … Read more

The Latest: New Zealand Reports 1st Community Case in Months | World News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe. Like other … Read more

Jazz Rout Warriors for 8th Straight; Curry Now 2nd in 3s | Sports News

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Utah Jazz routed the Golden State Warriors 127-108 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory. Stephen Curry made five 3-pointers for the Warriors to give him 2,562 in his career — passing … Read more

The Latest: N.Y. Seniors, Churches to Get Vaccine Prep Kits | Business News

NEW YORK — New York will be sending more vaccination preparation kits to senior housing complexes and churches in an effort to ensure fairness in vaccine distributions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The kits include syringes, vials, room dividers, privacy curtains, cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and other items. They also include instructions on how … Read more

Arizona Republicans Censure Cindy McCain, GOP Governor | Political News

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump. The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey are merely symbolic. But they show the party’s … Read more

AP Sources: USA Basketball Eyeing 60 Players in Olympic Pool | Sports News

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — USA Basketball is casting a wider-than-usual net in its roster selection for this summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, two people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. Additions to the list in recent weeks include New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Atlanta’s Trae Young, Memphis’ Ja Morant, Miami’s Duncan … Read more

2,600 Arrested at Protests Demanding Navalny’s Release | World News

By DARIA LITVINOVA and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police arrested more than 2,600 people Saturday in nationwide protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent foe, according to a group that counts political detentions. The protests in scores of cities in temperatures as low as minus-50 … Read more

Cyclone Weakens in Central Mozambique, but Flooding a Threat | World News

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Mozambican port city of Beira breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as Cyclone Eloise caused less damage than feared as it passed through, but the danger of flooding remained in a region still recovering from a devastating cyclone two years ago. “We all feel it’s been much less than what we … Read more

MyPillow Guy Among the Trump Acolytes Picking up the Torch | Virginia News

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about … Read more

Asia Today: Sri Lanka Minister Who Drank Potion Is Positive | Health News

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer, has tested positive for COVID-19. A Health Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Pavithra Wanniarachchi became the highest-ranking official to be infected with the virus. She and her immediate contacts have … Read more

California Says Some Highway Marijuana Billboards Must Go | California News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a downer for California’s legal marijuana industry, regulators say some highway billboards advertising such products must come down. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday ordered billboard companies to stop selling space for cannabis marketing and take down existing ads on roads that cross state borders. Previously, such ads … Read more

Denmark Suspends Dubai Flights Amid Doubts Over Virus Tests | Health News

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicion arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable, authorities announced Friday. The development, which comes amid a surge of infections in the … Read more

Thousands of Hong Kongers Locked Down to Contain Coronavirus | World News

By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. Hong Kong has been grappling to contain a fresh wave of the coronavirus since November. Over 4,300 cases have been recorded in the … Read more

Biden Orders Review of Domestic Violent Extremism Threat | Political News

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The announcement Friday by … Read more

Austin Wins Senate Confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon Chief | Political News

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his … Read more

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Getting Rid of Mask Mandate | Wisconsin News

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature are considering ending the statewide mask mandate designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and could do so by passing a resolution as soon as next week. Twenty-seven Republican lawmakers signed on to the resolution that was introduced Thursday. … Read more

Man Pleads Guilty to Deaths of 36 People in Warehouse Fire | U.S. News®

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a dance party in 2016 pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of … Read more

Attorney General MacDonald Confirmed as Supreme Court Chief | New Hampshire News

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Attorney General Gordon MacDonald was confirmed Friday as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, 18 months after he was initially rejected for the position. Republicans won a 4-1 majority on the Executive Council in November, ousting Democrats who had blocked MacDonald’s confirmation in July … Read more

Biden Ordering Stopgap Help as Talks Start on Big Aid Plan | Business News

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive orders that Biden is … Read more

German Virus Death Toll Tops 50,000 Even as Infections Sink | Health News

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were reported over the past … Read more

With New Album, Epik High Endures in South Korea Music Scene | Entertainment News

By JUWON PARK, Associated Press SEOUL (AP) — Popular South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High was working on a song called “End of the World” before the pandemic hit last year. Now, the band’s frontman Tablo says, “I wish that this song is not relevant.” His group had 2020 all planned out, from a Coachella … Read more

Mitchell Helps Jazz Beat Pelicans for 7th Straight Win | Sports News

By MATTHEW COLES, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz got off to a tough start. Then Donovan Mitchell and company pushed their way right past the New Orleans Pelicans. Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points, and the Jazz rallied to beat the Pelicans 129-118 on Thursday night for their seventh straight … Read more

Guard Troops Head Home After Helping Secure Biden Inaugural | Political News

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration went off with only a handful of minor arrests and incidents, more than 15,000 National Guard members are preparing to leave Washington, D.C. and head home. The National Guard Bureau said Thursday that of the nearly 26,000 Guard troops … Read more

AP Source: Cavaliers Trading Porter to Rockets for Pick | Sports News

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a trade to send troubled forward Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a future draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The Cavs are sending Porter, a first-round pick two years … Read more

Amid Cancellation Talk, Tokyo Olympics `Focused on Hosting’ | World News

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears … Read more

Man Held Without Bond for Threatening Inauguration Violence | Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man was ordered held without bond Thursday for allegedly threatening the lives of President Joe Biden and other Democrats before this week’s inauguration. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes rejected a defense argument that there was no evidence Louis Capriotti had any real plan to act on the threat. Capriotti, 45, … Read more

Donald Trump’s red button: Joe Biden removes Diet Coke button from Oval Office

A special red button Donald Trump had installed in the Oval Office, which he would press multiple times a day, has been quietly removed. President Joe Biden has wasted no time removing any remnants of Donald Trump from the Oval Office. Along with replacing portraits and military flags hung by the former president, Mr Biden … Read more

French Victims of Child Abuse Speak Out in New #MeToo Wave | World News

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — “I was 9. … It was my father. He raped me until I was 17.” The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online movement saw hundreds of victims share accounts about sexual abuse within their families. The … Read more

New Iowa Rep Asking House to Dismiss Contest in 6-Vote Race | Political News

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa will ask the U.S. House to dismiss an election contest filed by her Democratic challenger that argues the 6-vote race was wrongly decided. Miller-Meeks will argue in a filing to the House that lawmakers shouldn’t consider Rita Hart’s appeal because Hart did not … Read more

The Latest: Merkel Sees Signs of Virus Decline in Germany | World News

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says there are promising signs that coronavirus infections are declining in Germany and that fewer people require intensive care. But she says Germany “has to take very seriously” the risk posed by a more contagious variant first detected in Britain. Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors on Tuesday decided to … Read more

Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use to Travel | Business News

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. enters “what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that … Read more

US to Join Global Coronavirus Vaccine Program | World News

GENEVA (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world. Fauci also says the United States will cease reducing U.S. staff counts at the World Health Organization and will pay … Read more

Woman Accused of Helping Steal Pelosi Laptop Due in US Court | Political News

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge may decide Thursday whether a Pennsylvania woman accused of helping steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol should be released on bail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson is also expected to preside … Read more

The Latest: NBA’s Wizards Cleared to Return to Practice | Sports News

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The Washington Wizards say they’ve been cleared to return to practice after a COVID-19 outbreak on the team led to the postponement of five of their games. The team tweeted that it was going to be allowed to practice Wednesday night. … Read more

Biden Inaugural: Abrupt Pivot to Civility in Post-Trump Era | Political News

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington couldn’t turn the page quickly enough from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Trump’s voice faded from the capital he had animated and antagonized since 2017 as he flew to private life in Florida, with his last trip on Air Force One tuned in to Biden’s … Read more

Inauguration Sows Doubt Among QAnon Conspiracy Theorists | Political News

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, AMANDA SEITZ and DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan” as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies. Keeping the … Read more

Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as We Grieved, We Grew.’ | New York News

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The country has a new president and a new literary star. In one of the inauguration’s most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew.” The 22-year-old Gorman … Read more

Biden Takes the Helm as President: ‘Democracy Has Prevailed’ | Political News

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Biden took the oath at a … Read more