Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol

PHOENIX — Federal prosecutors who initially said there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials” backed away from the allegation after the head of the investigation cautioned Friday that the probe is still in its early stages and there was no “direct … Read more

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the Iowa Capitol last month. Michael McKinney, 25, is charged with attempted murder in the … Read more

NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances

New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney By JIM MUSTIAN and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press January 15, 2021, 9:47 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, … Read more

Rare sedition charge gains interest after Capitol attack

NEW YORK — A Civil War-era sedition law being dusted off for potential use in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was last successfully deployed a quarter-century ago in the prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks. An Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, and nine followers were convicted in … Read more

Woman fatally shot as she pursues man who stole cellphone

Authorities say a man who stole a woman’s cellphone at a Cleveland convenience store fatally shot her when she chased after him ByThe Associated Press January 15, 2021, 3:35 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CLEVELAND — A man who stole a woman’s cellphone after she set it on … Read more

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 13,000 kilometers (8,000 … Read more

At least 15 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 15 people By NINIEK KARMINI and YUSUF WAHIL Associated Press January 15, 2021, 7:39 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MAMUJU, Indonesia — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi … Read more

Search continues for Oregon woman swept away in mudslide

Searchers used inflatable yellow rafts and drove metal poles into deep mud Thursday as they searched for a woman who was swept away by a mudslide in Oregon during a powerful winter storm ByThe Associated Press January 14, 2021, 9:06 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PORTLAND, Ore. — … Read more

Public officials charged in Flint water crisis, allegations

The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, contaminating it with lead By the Associated Press January 14, 2021, 7:15 PM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article FLINT, Mich. — Here are the former Michigan and state-appointed … Read more

Jacob Blake says he was ready to surrender before being shot

A Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin, triggering several nights of violent protests, says he was prepared to surrender just before the officer opened fire ByThe Associated Press January 14, 2021, 4:19 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KENOSHA, Wis. … Read more

US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama

The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville, Alabama By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press January 13, 2021, 10:23 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters … Read more

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $750 million after no winner

Lottery players will have a shot Friday night at the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history after no tickets matched all the numbers in the latest Mega Millions drawing ByThe Associated Press January 13, 2021, 6:13 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery players will have … Read more

NYC to terminate Trump contracts after Capitol insurrection

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol ByThe Associated Press January 13, 2021, 1:38 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — New York City will terminate business contracts with President … Read more

Maxi-trial opens for Italy’s other mob group, ‘ndrangheta

A maxi-trial has opened in southern Italy against the ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate, arguably the world’s richest criminal organization that quietly amassed power in Italy as the Sicilian Mafia lost its influence By ANDREA ROSA and FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press January 13, 2021, 11:02 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article … Read more

Supreme Court wrestles with Georgia college free speech case

The Supreme Court is weighing whether to revive a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press January 12, 2021, 10:30 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court … Read more

North Carolina trooper under investigation for BLM comment

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper is under investigation following a social media post in which he described the Black Lives Matter movement as a “racist money laundering hate group.” ByThe Associated Press January 12, 2021, 10:30 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article RALEIGH, N.C. — The North … Read more

Racist slurs interrupt funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a virtual funeral for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday by hackers yelling racist slurs By CHEYANNE MUMPHREY The Associated Press January 12, 2021, 10:11 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police … Read more

IRS gets more relief payments out after delays

The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Personal Finance Writer January 12, 2021, 8:37 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more … Read more

Officer with knee to George Floyd’s neck to be tried alone

MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to George Floyd’s neck for minutes will be tried separately from the three other former officers accused in his death, according to an order filed Tuesday that cites limited courtroom space due to COVID-19 restrictions. Derek Chauvin will stand trial alone in March while … Read more

Teacher killing trial makes detour to Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia’s highest court is weighing a pretrial appeal from a man charged with the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade ByThe Associated Press January 12, 2021, 8:16 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ATLANTA — Georgia’s highest court … Read more

French police detain 7 in probe of teacher’s beheading

A French judicial official says anti-terrorism police have detained seven more people in their investigation of the killing of a schoolteacher beheaded by an Islamic extremist last year By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press January 12, 2021, 7:11 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LE PECQ, France — French anti-terrorism … Read more

Mental illness issues could halt execution of female inmate

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A judge has temporarily stopped the U.S. government’s plans Tuesday to carry out the first federal execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades, finding that the Kansas woman who killed an expectant mother, cut the baby from her womb and tried to pass off the newborn as her own … Read more

Mega Millions $625M jackpot largest in nearly 2 years

Lottery players will have a shot at the eighth-largest jackpot in U.S. history due to months without a winner of the big prize ByThe Associated Press January 12, 2021, 5:16 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery players will have a shot Tuesday night at … Read more

US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people older than 65 and others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, The Associated Press has learned By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON January 12, 2021, 12:44 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare … Read more

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Researchers say in a new study that wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press January 12, 2021, 12:53 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfire smoke … Read more

China expands lockdowns, local political conference delayed

China has expanded lockdowns and postponed a major political conference in a province next to Beijing that is the scene of China’s most serious recent COVID-19 outbreak ByThe Associated Press January 12, 2021, 2:47 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIJING — Lockdowns have been expanded and a major … Read more

Airbnb banning rioters, hate groups ahead of inauguration

Airbnb says it’s reviewing reservations in the Washington, D By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer January 12, 2021, 1:24 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Airbnb said Monday that it’s reviewing reservations in the Washington, D.C., area ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration and will bar any guests associated … Read more

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates By JULIE WATSON Associated Press January 11, 2021, 10:27 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN DIEGO — Several gorillas at … Read more

Trump hits Cuba with new terrorism sanctions in waning days

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday re-designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step, citing in particular Cuba’s continued harboring of U.S. fugitives, its refusal to … Read more

UN: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist has warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year By MARIA CHENG and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press January 11, 2021, 8:10 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article GENEVA — The … Read more

Union still deciding action on officer fired in Hill’s death

The union that represents Columbus police officers says it hasn’t decided yet whether to formally challenge the firing of the officer who shot and killed Andre Hill By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press January 11, 2021, 8:22 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article COLUMBUS, Ohio — The union that represents … Read more

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

At least 50 countries have committed to protect 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the decade in efforts to halt species extinction and address climate change issues By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press January 11, 2021, 5:39 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PARIS — At least … Read more

Wall Street distances itself from Trump, GOP after riots

A growing number of Wall Street banks and businesses have cut off ties with President Donald Trump’s campaign and financial arms, as well as the broader Republican Party, following last week’s riots and insurrection at the United States Capitol By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer January 11, 2021, 4:19 PM • 2 min read Share … Read more

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests

Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, granting them access to the altar, while reaffirming they cannot be priests By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press January 11, 2021, 1:36 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ROME — Pope Francis changed church … Read more

Israel announces new settlements, risking Biden’s anger

Israel has advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden By JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press January 11, 2021, 12:02 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article JERUSALEM — Israel on Monday … Read more

Tennessee police officer charged in kidnap-slaying

Authorities in Tennessee say a police officer has been charged with kidnapping a man in a squad car while on duty and fatally shooting him ByThe Associated Press January 11, 2021, 10:58 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee police officer was charged with kidnapping … Read more

6 rangers killed in latest attack at Congo’s Virunga park

Officials say gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack on the area home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas By JEAN YVES KAMALE Associated Press January 10, 2021, 5:04 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KINSHASA, Congo — Gunmen have … Read more

Trump supporters, counter-protesters clash in San Diego

Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters in San Diego on Saturday, prompting police to declare the gathering an unlawful assembly because of acts of violence By Associated Press January 10, 2021, 3:34 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN DIEGO — Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed … Read more

Nightly curfew for pandemic takes effect across Quebec

A curfew meant to curb a rising tide of COVID-19 cases has taken effect across Quebec ByThe Associated Press January 10, 2021, 2:00 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article QUEBEC CITY — A curfew meant to curb a surge in coronavirus infections took effect across Quebec on Saturday evening. … Read more