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Armin Laschet, Christian Democratic Union parties candidate foe Chancellery and Minister President ...
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The Latest: Laschet: Every vote counts in Germany’s election

The Latest on Germany’s election: ___ BERLIN — Armin Laschet, the candidate of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to become Germany’s new leader, says the election result “will come down to every vote.” Recent polls point to a very close race between Laschet’s center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, with the Greens […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2021, file photo House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth, D-Ky., joined ...
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Panel OKs Dems’ $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee, but one Democrat voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they’ll need to push the sprawling package through Congress. The Democratic-dominated panel, meeting virtually Saturday, approved the […]
19 hours ago
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2021, file photo House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth, D-Ky., joined ...
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Panel OKs Dems’ $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee on Saturday, but one Democrat voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they’ll need to push the sprawling package through Congress. The Democratic-dominated panel, meeting virtually, approved […]
1 day ago
FILE - In this May 6, 2021 file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election ar...
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EXPLAINER: As Arizona election ‘audit’ ends, new ones begin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The most closely watched attempt by Republicans to examine the 2020 presidential election in a battleground state lost by former President Donald Trump is coming to an embarrassing end in Arizona, but their efforts are cranking up elsewhere. The most recent is in Republican-controlled Texas, where the secretary of state’s office […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response an...
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Biden risks losing support from Democrats amid DC gridlock

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is losing support among critical groups in his political base as some of his core campaign promises falter, raising concerns among Democrats that the voters who put him in office may feel less enthusiastic about returning to the polls in next year’s midterm elections. In just the past […]
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The Latest: NY teacher vaccine mandate temporarily blocked

NEW YORK — New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge days before it was to take effect. The mandate for the the nation’s largest school system was set to go into effect Monday. But late Friday, a judge […]
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Supporters file into the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga., to attend former president Don...
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Georgia rally marks debut of GOP primary ‘Trump ticket’

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement were on display Saturday in Georgia when a three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries were featured at one of his signature rallies. But GOP opponents of Trump-backed candidates aren’t folding in Georgia and some say the former president’s nod […]
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In this Sept. 20, 2021, photo Austin Moody poses for a photo as he sits a his home work station in ...
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States at disadvantage in race to recruit cybersecurity pros

CHICAGO (AP) — Austin Moody wanted to apply his cybersecurity skills in his home state of Michigan, teaming up with investigators for the State Police to analyze evidence and track down criminals. But the recent graduate set the idea aside after learning an unpaid internship was his only way into the Michigan agency. “I don’t […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2021, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett sp...
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Poll numbers down, justices say they aren’t politicians

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Supreme Court justices delivered the same plea in rapid succession in recent days: Don’t view justices as politicians. The justices have reason to be concerned. Recent polls show a sharp drop in approval of a court now dominated by conservatives. The call by justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Amy Coney […]
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — French official Luc Tardif was elected president of the Interna...
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French hockey official Luc Tardif elected IIHF president

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — French official Luc Tardif was elected president of the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday ahead of the return of NHL players to the Olympics in February. Tardif, who was born and raised in Canada, beat German candidate Franz Reindl by 67 votes to 39 in the fourth round of […]
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President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of...
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Biden: Budget talks hit ‘stalemate,’ $3.5T may take a while

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate” in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation’s tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments. Biden spoke at the White House as Democrats […]
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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders greets supporters at an event for her campaign for...
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Nationalizing her governor run? ‘You bet I am,’ Sanders says

CABOT, Ark. (AP) — She’s toured the state in an RV emblazoned with her name, launched a TV ad that’s airing during Arkansas Razorbacks football games and spoken to packed rooms at restaurants. Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ introduction as a candidate for governor hasn’t strayed from most campaigns here. Except for the […]
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In this July 28, 2021 photo, Jose Otero from the New York City Police Department, right, holds a pl...
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US police departments clamoring for de-escalation training

SACO, Maine (AP) — Angry over being fired, a former employee slashed the tires of his boss’ vehicle and still held the knife when police officers arrived. Three officers positioned themselves at a safe distance as the man yelled and ranted. One officer had a stun gun, another a handgun. The third used the most […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2021, file photo Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, left, me...
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US, Pakistan face each other again on Afghanistan threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul has deepened the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Pakistan, putative allies who have tangled over Afghanistan. But both sides still need each other. As the Biden administration looks for new ways to stop terrorist threats in Afghanistan, it probably will look again to Pakistan, which remains […]
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This image captured from the Battle of the Nibelungs Facebook page on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 shows ...
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Neo-Nazis are still on Facebook. And they’re making money

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s the premier martial arts group in Europe for right-wing extremists. German authorities have twice banned their signature tournament. But Kampf der Nibelungen, or Battle of the Nibelungs, still thrives on Facebook, where organizers maintain multiple pages, as well as on Instagram and YouTube, which they use to spread their ideology, draw […]
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Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, speaks during a news conference after the Arizona ...
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AP FACT CHECK: Pro-Trump auditors spin election falsehoods

A group hired by Trump-friendly Republicans to examine the results of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county spun falsehoods about deleted data, double voting and other malfeasance in a report that ignored basic facts about how elections are run. The report released Friday by the Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired by Republican lawmakers in […]
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FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Wash...
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US Rep. Karen Bass planning to run for Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, a prominent figure in national Democratic politics who was on President Joe Biden’s short list when he was considering a vice presidential pick, is planning to run for Los Angeles mayor, a person familiar with her plans said Friday. Bass’ entry into the race would immediately reshape […]
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Co...
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Wisconsin Republicans take redistricting case to high court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats that asks a federal court to draw political boundary lines in the battleground state. The filing by attorneys representing the Republican-controlled Legislature comes two days after the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court said […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2021, file photo, Nebraska state Senators convene on the floor for the fir...
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Nebraska advances new congressional map that could help GOP

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced new congressional boundaries Friday that could make it harder for Democratic presidential hopefuls to pick up one of the state’s five Electoral College votes, as they’ve done twice since 2008. Nearly all Republicans in the one-house, officially nonpartisan Legislature endorsed the measure — a sign that the newly […]
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President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White ...
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Mystery solved: Biden gets proof of family ties to India

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mystery solved. President Joe Biden sat down with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday for important talks about the Indo-Pacific region. But first, the leaders caught up on the president’s own family ties to the subcontinent. Biden recalled that soon after he was first elected to the U.S. Senate, he got […]
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FILE - This June 8, 2021 file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. On Friday, Sept...
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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on COVID-19 vaccines or ‘universal vaccination’ CLAIM: After a […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2021, file photo Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry ...
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Pressure rising for Democrats in Virginia governor’s race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Stuart, a longtime Republican state senator in Virginia, got three days’ notice this summer to help pull together a weekday campaign event for Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate for governor. To his surprise and delight, some 200 people showed up from across his district, which stretches from the Washington exurbs […]
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo Washington Metropolitan Police Department police officers ...
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Feds charge DC cop with murder in police pursuit death

WASHINGTON (AP) — An officer in the nation’s capital has been indicted on a murder charge for his role in a fatal vehicle accident during a police chase that sparked two days of protests and clashes. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Terrence Sutton, 37, was indicted on second-degree murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges […]
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Vice President Kamala Harris meets with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2...
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Harris ‘View’ interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris’ live interview on “The View” was abruptly delayed Friday after two hosts of the talk show learned they had tested positive for COVID-19 moments before Harris was to join them on the set. Cohost Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro were at the table for the […]
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