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Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration's accomplishments on a global stage. Biden and his fellow ...

Jill Biden says SC ‘prayer partner’ helped change her life

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For years, Jill Biden couldn't bring herself to pray, her faith shattered by the 2015 death of her son Beau from brain cancer at age 46. She felt "betrayed, broken." Then a face in the crowd at one of her husband's stops in 2019 as he campaigned for the Democratic ...

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward ...

In quiet debut, Alzheimer’s drug finds questions, skepticism

The first new Alzheimer's treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its price and how well it works. Several major medical centers remain undecided on whether to use ...

Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers’ return quota may drop

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. "Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased from an estimate of less ...

Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid

At the Loma Verde Recreation Center south of San Diego, demolition work is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility from the ground up, complete with a new pool. An hour's drive to the north, the iconic bridge to the Oceanside pier is deteriorating because the city lacks ...

‘Halloween Kills’ carves out $50.4 million at box office

"Halloween Kills" may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The David Gordon Green-directed horror scared up $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according to ...

Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike’s impact

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker's factories will mean for their livelihoods. More than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike last week at 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia ...

Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983. The watches give Raimondo, a former Rhode Island governor, a sense of mission as ...

Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19, his lawyer says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday, Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing ...

Costello returns to show new music and tour at Graceland

MEMPHIS, Tn. (AP) — On July 8, 1954, Memphis deejay "Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips introduced Elvis Presley to the world (or at least the small part of the world that was within reach of WHBQ's AM signal) when he became the first person to play Elvis' debut Sun single, "That's All Right," on ...

New graphic novel recounts Holocaust survivor Eva Kor’s life

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In a twist of fate — something he's become acquainted with — Bloomington artist Joe Lee's personal history has led him to create a graphic novel he hopes will tell the story of a Holocaust survivor who forgave her tormentors. The loss of two special people in ...

3 years after hurricane, regeneration, a possible new beach

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (AP) — Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction spanning hundreds of miles along the Forgotten Coast, Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point permanently. She's rebuilt the porch that was ripped from the side of her house facing the Gulf of ...

Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring "because of you, democracy survived." Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace ...

Police: 1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at Houston bar

HOUSTON (AP) — A man with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed three constable deputies outside a Houston bar early Saturday, killing one and leaving two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities detained one person near the scene but he is not believed to be the shooter, according to ...

Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state's booming suburbs. In a key late-night vote in the Texas House, Republicans gave early sign-off to new ...

Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. The 36-member ...

Police chief on leave after allegedly threatening daughter

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A police chief in the San Francisco Bay Area has been put on administrative leave after her 18-year-old daughter accused her and her police sergeant father of abuse. Richmond police Chief Bisa French was placed on administrative leave following several incidents that ...

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world's most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the ...

Rivals of Trump-backed US Senate candidate amass millions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An endorsement by former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania's hotly contested U.S. Senate race isn't backing down rival Republicans, with one putting up millions for her campaign and another getting a seven-figure pledge from a donor. Carla Sands, Trump's ...