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

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

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

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

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

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

Schumer calls for speedy confirmation of Biden Cabinet picks

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the violent mob at the Capitol last week underscored the need for a swift confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security picks By LISA MASCARO and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press January 12, 2021, 10:26 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — Senate … Read more

Pompeo cancels last trip abroad as concerns of violence grow

The State Department says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled what would have been his final official trip abroad as concerns grow over potential violence at next week’s presidential inauguration By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer January 12, 2021, 10:21 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — … 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

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

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

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

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

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

Parler squeezed as Trump seeks new online megaphone

Though stripped of his Twitter megaphone, President Donald Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach By FRANK BAJAK and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writers January 11, 2021, 8:24 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article President Donald Trump has been kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms … Read more

Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border to laud border wall

President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration’s work on the border wall, the White House said Saturday Trump will travel to the town of Alamo, Texas By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press January 10, 2021, 2:45 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail … Read more

Pompeo voids restrictions on diplomatic contacts with Taiwan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how U.S. diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press January 10, 2021, 1:30 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Read more

Alabama AG asks review of his GOP group’s rally involvement

Alabama’s attorney general is calling for an investigation into who may have authorized a branch of the Republican Attorneys General Association to promote the pro-Trump rally in Washington D.C. By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press January 10, 2021, 12:40 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s attorney … Read more

Pope Francis ‘astonished’ by mob attack on US Capitol

Pope Francis has told a private Italian broadcaster that he was “astonished” by the mob attack at the U.S. Capitol ByThe Associated Press January 9, 2021, 6:44 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has told an Italian broadcaster that he was “astonished” by the … Read more

Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

LOS ANGELES — Growing more and more frail, Tommy Lasorda looked on from a suite at Globe Life Field in Texas, watching as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Surrounded by family and friends, Lasorda celebrated the team’s first championship in 32 years that October … Read more

LA, Congress take divergent paths after COVID test warning

The nation’s second-largest city said it will keep using a coronavirus test that federal regulators warned may produce false results while Congress, which has used the same test, is seeking an alternative By BRIAN MELLEY and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press January 8, 2021, 5:05 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

Capitol siege raises security concerns for Biden inaugural

WASHINGTON — The violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is intensifying scrutiny over security at the upcoming inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden that already has been reshaped by the pandemic and the prospect that President Donald Trump may not attend. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office from the … Read more

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

NEW YORK — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. “I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline,” says Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and proms. She was flooded with order … Read more

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing

Iraq’s judiciary says it has issued an arrest warrant for outgoing President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and a powerful Iraqi militia leader last year ByThe Associated Press January 7, 2021, 11:06 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — An arrest warrant … Read more

Hong Kongers call US violence a setback for democracy

Hong Kong residents from across the political spectrum are condemning mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, 18 months after protesters stormed their own legislature to demand greater democracy, not the overthrow of election results By ZEN SOO Associated Press January 7, 2021, 9:45 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article … Read more

US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic refuge

The U.S. government has held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation the main bidder By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press January 6, 2021, 10:37 PM • 4 min read Share … Read more

Trump supporters, other passengers in shouting bout on plane

Supporters of President Donald Trump got into a angry shouting match with other passengers on a Washington-bound American Airlines plane after they projected a “Trump 2020” logo on the cabin ceiling and walls ByThe Associated Press January 6, 2021, 9:05 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DALLAS — Supporters … Read more

Arizona border deaths hit 10-year high after record heat

A project that maps where the bodies of border-crossers were recovered from Arizona’s inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains says it documented 227 deaths in 2020 By ANITA SNOW Associated Press January 6, 2021, 7:38 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PHOENIX — A project that maps the bodies of … Read more

Former client sues lawyer convicted of massive fraud scheme

An eastern Kentucky attorney who admitted to defrauding the government of more than $600 million is being sued by a former client ByThe Associated Press January 6, 2021, 6:32 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LEXINGTON Ky. — An eastern Kentucky attorney who admitted to defrauding the government of … Read more