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Watchdog: Ross misled on reason for citizenship question
President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary misled Congress about why he sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to an investigation from the Office of Inspector General,...
By MIKE SCHNEIDER
Minnesota court sends PolyMet air permit case back to agency
Families of last victims in condo say waiting is agony
Searchers rescued after helicopter crash; hiker also found
Stocks skid as virus fears shake markets; Dow falls 2.1%
EXPLAINER: How California could recall its governor
Blue Origin brings space tourism to tiny Texas town
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Marijuana no longer seized at airport checkpoints in New York
GlobalFoundries to build second chip plant in Malta
No prison time for ex-Chatham police chief who cheated retirement system
Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The monstrous wildfire burning in Oregon has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island and spreads miles each day, but evacuations and property losses have been minimal compared with much smaller blazes in densely populated...
By GILLIAN FLACCUS
Afghans who helped US being evacuated to Virginia Army base
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government will be evacuated to a military base in Virginia along with their families pending approval of their visas, the Biden administration said Monday as the administration rapidly...
By MATTHEW LEE
Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with...
By WILSON RING and JOSEF FEDERMAN
Judge OKs distribution for $192M nuclear project settlement
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investors who lost fortunes in the failure of a multi billion-dollar nuclear reactor construction deal in South Carolina will soon begin to see their portions of a $192 million settlement, under a recently approved...
By MEG KINNARD
Former Louisville newspaper editor David Hawpe dies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — David Hawpe, who rose through the ranks of the Courier Journal to become editor of the Louisville newspaper, which won multiple Pulitzer Prizes on his watch, has died. He was 78. His death Sunday night was confirmed on...
3 dead near Michigan country music festival were school pals
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Three young men who likely died from carbon monoxide exposure while camping near a country music festival in Michigan were pals who played high school football together. They were identified as Dawson Brown, 20, William Mays...
What's next for newspapers as COVID news cycle fades
The Press & Journal, a weekly paper covering Middletown, a small town near Pennsylvania's capital, folded in July 2020 because its ad revenue collapsed in the pandemic. Its publishers, Joe and Louise Sukle, decided there was no future for the...
By TALI ARBEL
Jury selection begins for man accused in Uber rider's death
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of a man accused of the 2019 killing of the South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride. Nathaniel Rowland is accused of kidnapping and killing...
Canada to let vaccinated US citizens enter country on Aug. 9
TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of Aug. 9 for...
By ROB GILLIES
Chicago cops hope money talks in new gun trafficking effort
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department on Monday announced a new team of officers, prosecutors and federal agents that will target gun trafficking, an effort that depends heavily on people coming forward with information in exchange for...
By DON BABWIN
Review praised vaccine director's leadership before firing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Before a top Tennessee health official recommended firing the state's former vaccine director over claims that include shortcomings in her leadership, her supervisor had praised her “strong leadership” as recently as last...
By JONATHAN MATTISE
Pandemic recession ended in April 2020, shortest on record
WASHINGTON (AP) — It hit like a derailed train, was hugely destructive but short-lived. The recession that broke out with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic lasted just two months, officially ended in April 2020. That makes it the shortest...
By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER
Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett reunite; Killers, Dan + Shay albums
A look at what's happening the world of music as artists announce their touring plans and concert venues plan their reopenings after being shuttered by the pandemic. GAGA FOR BENNETT Two music superstars will share the stage this summer when Tony...
By The Associated Press
US extends temporary status for Somalis, citing civil strife
WASHINGTON (AP) — BTCC国际交易会所homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas extended temporary legal status to hundreds of Somalis on Monday to allow them to remain in the United States for an additional 18 months during civil strife in the African nation....
Firefighter, paramedics wounded in deadly Arizona shootings
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A gunman killed one person and wounded four others, including firefighters and paramedics, at the scene of a house fire in Arizona before being shot by an officer, ities said. The 35-year-old suspect, who was critically...
California launches largest free school lunch program in US
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When classrooms in California reopen for the fall term, all 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income. The undertaking, made possible by an...
By JOCELYN GECKER
'Kansas' rock violinist, singer Robby Steinhardt, dies at 71
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt, a violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas, has died due to complications from pancreatitis. He was 71. His wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said he died Saturday at a hospital in Tampa,...
US Olympic gymnastics alternate tests positive for virus
TOKYO (AP) — Kara Eaker, an alternate on the United States women's gymnastics team, has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan. Al Fong, the personal coach for both Eaker and fellow Olympic alternate Leanne Wong,...
By STEPHEN WADE
Prince Harry working on 'intimate and heartfelt memoir'
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Harry is writing what his publisher is calling an “intimate and heartfelt memoir.” Random House expects to release the book, currently untitled, late in 2022. “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I...
By HILLEL ITALIE
Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County residents are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status — a new mandate starting this weekend that health officials hope will reverse the latest spikes in coronavirus cases,...
Who's in? California recall candidate list draws confusion
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The official list of who's running in California's recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom remained unsettled Sunday, with conservative talk radio host Larry Elder maintaining he should be included but state...
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and KATHLEEN RONAYNE
A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over...
By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH
AP Interview: US firms in Hong Kong face risks, says AmCham
HONG KONG (AP) — U.S. businesses operating in Hong Kong should reassess their operations and decide if the risks of operating there are worth the reward, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said in an interview Monday...
By ZEN SOO
Number of infected Texas lawmakers who fled state rises to 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez...
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US
BLY, Oregon (AP) — The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive...
By Associated Press
Final parade: Ex-Gov. Edwards carried to funeral site
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bagpipes played as an honor guard carried the flag-draped casket bearing the body of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards down the steps of Louisiana's towering state Capitol Sunday and loaded it onto a horse-drawn carriage...
Police: Bomb threat closed Mackinac Bridge for 3 hours
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — A bomb scare closed the bridge connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas for about three hours on Sunday afternoon, ities said. Law enforcement notified the Mackinac Bridge ity of the threat and the bridge was...
ANALYSIS: Edwin Edwards' legacy? It's complicated
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — That Edwin Edwards' fame might have diminished a bit while he was imprisoned became clear on the day of his third wedding in July 2011 — months after his release and just days shy of his 84th birthday — to a 32-year-old woman....
By KEVIN McGILL
With pandemic worsening in US, surgeon general worried
The U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that he's concerned about what lies ahead with cases of COVID-19 increasing in every state, millions still unvaccinated and a highly contagious virus variant spreading rapidly. Noting that nearly all...
By JAY REEVES
‘Space Jam’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ to take box office No. 1
“Black Widow” ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad. LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” defied expectations and won the box office this...
By LINDSEY BAHR
Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The...
By CURT ANDERSON
Centennial of ex-astronaut, US Senator John Glenn marked
NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn has been honored over the weekend with a three-day festival in Ohio marking what would have been the history-making astronaut and U.S. senator’s 100th birthday. Glenn, who died in 2016, was the first American to...