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US birth rate falls to lowest point in more than a century

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday. The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly age group, falling to the lowest point since ...

Mourners gathering Monday for funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Mourners will gather on Monday for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina, with eulogists planning to celebrate his legacy and reflect on his life. The invite-only service at noon in a church in Elizabeth City ...

Prince Harry, Jennifer Lopez make voices heard at Vax Live

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — President Joe Biden spoke about the COVID-19 vaccination being safe, Prince Harry urged for the vaccine distribution everywhere and Jennifer Lopez embraced her fully-vaccinated mother on stage during one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since ...

Democrats seek narrow path to rein in cost of medicines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration. But they still lack a clear path to enact ...

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls "just the beginning" of a broader ...

US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. top trade negotiator will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed worldwide, two White House officials said ...

Mars helicopter aces 4th flight, gets extra month of flying

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's little Mars helicopter has gotten a reprieve. Instead of wrapping up flight tests at the beginning of May, NASA is giving its Ingenuity helicopter at least an extra month to tackle tough new terrain and serve as a scout for its companion rover, ...

FedEx shooting victims to be remembered at big ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse will be remembered Saturday during a public ceremony at the downtown football stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play. The three-hour event, expected to draw thousands to Lucas Oil Stadium, comes two weeks ...

Texas voters head back to polls after congressman’s death

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The widow of a Texas congressman who died after contracting COVID-19 carried Donald Trump's endorsement into a special election Saturday, while Democrats and GOP critics of the former president hoped voters would instead send a surprising message to the rest of the ...

Giuliani search warrant resolved Justice Department dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The question of whether to serve a search warrant for Rudy Giuliani's records simmered inside the Justice Department in the waning months of the Trump administration, dividing officials in New York and Washington and remaining unresolved for a new leadership team to sort ...

Harvey Weinstein extradition could face further delays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein on Friday indicated he will further delay the imprisoned movie producer's transfer from New York to California to face rape and sexual assault charges. Attorney Norman Effman told an Erie County Court judge in Buffalo that he will file ...

Jill Biden plants tree as White House readies for family cat

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Jill Biden commemorated Arbor Day by planting a linden tree on the north lawn of the White House. She strode out Friday in a skirt and a double-breasted blazer and put three shovelfuls of dirt around the awaiting tree. "Who doesn't plant trees in high heels?" ...

South Dakota governor sues for fireworks at Mount Rushmore

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sued the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday in an effort to see fireworks shot over Mount Rushmore National Monument on Independence Day. The Republican governor successfully pushed last year for a return of the pyrotechnic display ...

SpaceX making 1st US crew splashdown in dark since Apollo 8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX this weekend will attempt the first U.S. splashdown of returning astronauts in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. Elon Musk's company is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to bring back three NASA astronauts and one from Japan, after ...

US approves high-dose opioid reversal nasal spray from Hikma

U.S. regulators on Friday approved the first high-dose nasal spray for reversing opioid overdoses. The Food and Drug Administration approved Hikma Pharmaceuticals' Kloxxado, a spray containing 8 milligrams of naloxone — double the highest dose currently available. Experts and patient ...

With Idaho case, AP counts 109 statehouse #MeToo allegations

An Idaho lawmaker was accused of raping an intern; a Missouri lawmaker of abusing his children. In North Dakota and Oregon, a pair lawmakers faced claims of a pattern of sexual harassment. All are now out of office — either resigning under pressure or getting expelled by colleagues within ...

Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable and that Chauvin abused his ...

California Democrats to hear from Newsom as recall heats up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party's annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state ...

Despite population increase, DC suspects a census undercount

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital are questioning the results of the 2020 census, which show a large boost in population but not as high as they had expected. The city government and members of the D.C. Council are suggesting an undercount — something that plays into ...

Manchin pans DC statehood bill in another break with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-shot bid to pass legislation that would make the District of Columbia the nation's 51st state got a little longer on Friday. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he opposes unilateral action by Congress to make the nation's capital a state and that ...