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Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to "reform laws for plant and fungi medicines" by making natural ...

Feds to execute 1st inmate in 17 years for Arkansas murders

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, ...

21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Firefighters on land, in the air and on the water on Monday were still battling a blaze on a Navy ship that injured at least 21 people and sent smoke billowing over San Diego. The fire began Sunday morning in a vehicle storage area aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, according ...

2nd person of interest announced in death of 8-year-old girl

ATLANTA (AP) — Images of a second person of interest in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta were released late Sunday as police searched for at least two shooters believed to be responsible for her death. Authorities were also offering a $20,000 reward for information in the ...

Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann's "Where Law Ends: ...

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. The move came Saturday, ...

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of people of color on their campaign staffs, according to data the campaigns provided to The Associated Press. Twenty-five ...

AP FACT CHECK: If he’s said it once, he’s said it 100 times

WASHINGTON (AP) — If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true. COVID-19 testing would be the envy of the world, the economy would be on the cusp of roaring back, the threat would be receding in ...

Fay becomes post-tropical cyclone over eastern New York

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm that brought heavy rain to mid-Atlantic states and southern New England was downgraded twice Saturday morning as is moved over New York, forecasters said. Post-tropical cyclone Fay was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Albany and had maximum sustained ...

Fargo activist finds support as he fights for racial justice

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wess Philome didn't intend to become a prominent voice for racial justice in Fargo. But the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 created an urgency to do something. "The entire week my heart was just bleeding," he told Minnesota Public Radio News. "It felt ...

Mexican American man charged with hate crime in fatal crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white. Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, told investigators he had ...

Ex-Trump fixer Cohen returned to prison where sentence began

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his ...

Official: Police justified in killing armed, fleeing man

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two police officers in Utah were cleared Thursday in the death of an armed man shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police, a decision that prompted his grieving family to heighten their calls for systematic changes to law enforcement. The killing of Bernardo ...

AP Explains: Confederate flags draw differing responses

Public pressure amid protests over racial inequality forced Mississippi to furl its Confederate-inspired state flag for good, yet Georgia's flag is based on another Confederate design and lives on. Why the difference? The Confederacy used more than one flag while it was fighting the United ...

El Paso shooting suspect faces more federal charges

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of shooting scores of people at a Texas Walmart last summer was indicted Thursday on new federal hate crime and gun charges following the death of another person injured in the attack. A grand jury returned a new indictment against Patrick Wood Crusius, ...

Justice secretary resigns as Puerto Rico turmoil deepens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political turmoil deepened Thursday as the island's newest justice secretary resigned in the wake of an investigation targeting the U.S. territory's governor, who remains under scrutiny. Wandymar Burgos, who took over the position a week ago, said ...

Appeals court pauses lawsuit over Trump hotel profits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Financial records related to President Donald Trump's Washington hotel can be kept on hold, a federal appeals court said Thursday, while Trump asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that accuses him of illegally profiting off the presidency. The ...

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the ...

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing’s crew capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing's space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year's test flight. In closing out the seven-month investigation, NASA officials said Tuesday they have now identified 80 ...

Andrew Jackson statue loses status in city named for him

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city named after former U.S. President Andrew Jackson will remove a downtown statue of him and put it in a less prominent spot. The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, voted 5-1 Tuesday to relocate the bronze figure that has stood outside City Hall for ...