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State seeks death penalty for ex-Marine in family’s deaths

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 33-year-old former Marine accused of massacring a Florida family under the delusion that they were child sex traffickers. In a news release sent Friday, the state attorney’s office said the killings of a Lakeland man, his girlfriend, their baby and the child’s grandmother […]
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This 2021 selfie photo shows Monifa Bandele. Bandele, who has taken interim leadership of Time's Up...

New head of Time’s Up pledges openness after Cuomo scandal

Almost four years ago, a group of high-profile Hollywood women — producers, agents, movie stars — formed Time’s Up, an ambitious initiative to fight sexual harassment in their own industry and beyond, as the #MeToo reckoning was taking hold. “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t […]
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UN tallies 350K dead in Syria war, admits toll likely higher

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief said Friday that her office has documented the deaths of 350,209 people — civilians and combatants — in Syria’s civil war over the last decade, while admitting the real number for those killed in the conflict is almost certainly far higher. Michelle Bachelet said the figures, […]
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President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of...

Biden urges COVID-19 booster shots for those now eligible

President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the extra doses for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans. Now public health officials must clear up confusion over exactly who should get […]
17 hours ago
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France’s role in NATO not in question despite US rift

BRUSSELS (AP) — As tensions between France and the United States simmered this week over an Indo-Pacific defense deal that sank a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract, a French general handed the baton of a key NATO command center to a fellow French air force officer. At a ceremony Thursday in Norfolk, Virginia, Gen. Philippe Lavigne […]
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Robin Bruce ignites the crowd through breathwork and song at the first in-person Ozark Social held ...

Foundations offer cities help convincing workers to relocate

A year ago, Robin Bruce never thought she would be living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and liking it. That was before she took advantage of a program, largely financed by the Walton Family Foundation, that is offering $10,000 incentives to entice new residents to the Ozarks region. Bruce, a singer, visual artist, and writer, was eligible […]
17 hours ago
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Former ABC News executive says Chris Cuomo harassed her

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran TV news executive says CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her by squeezing her buttocks at a party in 2005. Shelley Ross said in an opinion piece in The New York Times on Friday that Chris Cuomo, who had formerly reported to her at ABC News, greeted her with […]
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Driver involved in Boston rail crash now facing charges

BOSTON (AP) — The operator of a light rail train that crashed into the rear of another train on the Boston area’s public transit system in July, sending more than two dozen people to the hospital, now faces criminal charges, according to court records. Owen Turner, 50, is charged with gross negligence of a person […]
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Turkey’s Erdogan looks to Putin after Biden talks disappoint

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with U.S. President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia. Speaking after prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said he and Biden had failed to bridge their differences at a meeting during his […]
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Sotomayor’s picture book ‘Just Help!’ coming in January

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is continuing her successful side career as an author with a picture book about giving to others. Sotomayor’s “Just Help! How to Build a Better World” will be published Jan. 25, Philomel Books announced Friday. With illustrations by Angela Dominguez, “Just Help” was inspired by the […]
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Many hurdles for families with food challenges, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they have had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford. A poll from Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 23% of Americans say they […]
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1 arrested in banquet hall shooting that killed 3 near Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed three people and injured 20 others outside a banquet hall in May. Davonta Barnes, 22, of Miami Gardens, was arrested late Thursday. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. He […]
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Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking reelection for 8th term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, said Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022, giving the party more confidence in holding the seat as they fight to overtake Democrats’ one-vote margin. The senator, who turned 88 this month and has held the seat for 40 […]
19 hours ago
Prime Minister of Norway Ms. Erna Solberg speaks at the United Nations meeting on Sustainable Devel...

The Latest: CDC: Studies show masks lessen school outbreaks

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention data from the new K-12 school year bolster the agency’s recommendation for masks in schools and in-person classes. One study in two Arizona counties found coronavirus outbreaks were almost four times more common at public schools without mask mandates on the first day than at those that re-opened […]
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Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., joins progressive lawmakers to advocate for reimposing a nationwide ev...

More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

Almost a month after a federal eviction moratorium ended, the Treasury Department said Friday that states and cities distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August and the pace picked up from the month before. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal rental assistance reached tenants last month, compared […]
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Stocks on Wall Street waver, clinging to gains for the week

Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses on Wall Street Friday, and are still barely higher for the week. The weak showing follows a two-day rally that helped erase a slump earlier in the week. Investors have been facing similar choppiness throughout September as they try to gauge how the economy will continue its […]
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NY hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the nation’s most aggressive COVID-19 vaccine mandates are scheduled to take effect Monday in New York amid continued resistance from some to the shots, leaving hospitals and nursing homes across the state and schools in New York City bracing for possible staff shortages. Many health care workers, including support […]
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Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they’re merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies, they say, are and have long been anti-Black. The Border Patrol’s treatment […]
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Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade, speaks during an interview with t...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see not a conservative haven but a worrying erosion of democratic […]
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Court indicates it may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court seemed to indicate Friday that it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that seeks to overturn its landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion before ruling on the appeal of a lower court’s ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law. The […]
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Draft of Arizona GOP’s vote review finds wider Biden win

PHOENIX (AP) — A draft report of the election review in Arizona’s largest county by supporters of former President Donald Trump found that President Joe Biden did indeed win the 2020 presidential contest there, an embarrassing end to a bizarre quest to find evidence supporting Trump’s false claim that he lost because of fraud. The […]
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Official says only 225 migrants remain in Texas border town

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Only 225 migrants remained in a Texas border camp where almost 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants had gathered just days ago hoping to seek asylum, the top elected official in Val Verde County said Friday. County Judge Lewis Owens told The Associated Press in a text message that he’s been told […]
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California GOP plots rebound after devastating recall defeat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Republicans are eager to move on from their failed effort to unseat Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election and focus on U.S. House races next year that could determine which party controls Congress and whether House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy advances to the speaker’s chair. A three-day convention […]
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Milley: US should explore more military talks with Russia

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The U.S. should explore ways to expand its military contacts with the Russians, potentially to include allowing observers from each country to watch the other’s combat exercises, in a broad effort to increase transparency and reduce the risk of conflict, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Army […]
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