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Biden moves to relieve strain of child border crossings

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Biden administration hopes to relieve the strain of thousands of unaccompanied children coming to the southern border by ending a Trump-era order that discouraged potential family sponsors from coming forward to care for them. The 2018 policy called on Health and Human ...

EXPLAINER: How will US make more shots available by May 1?

President Joe Biden's promise that all of the nation's 255 million adults will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines by May 1 means the U.S. needs to move fast. Within the next seven weeks, the federal government must deliver doses to hundreds of new vaccination sites and recruit a new wave of ...

A look at big settlements in US police killings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for George Floyd's family said Friday that a $27 million settlement of a federal lawsuit by the city of Minneapolis is the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever. The settlement was announced as jury selection continued in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a ...

Hawaii town blocked by landslide launches makeshift ferry

HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers on Kauai's north shore in Hawaii have launched a makeshift ferry service across a river after a landslide along a two-lane highway cut several towns off from the rest of the island. The boats are taking people across the river to jobs, get medical care and helping ...

‘Gonna be sore:’ La. troopers boasted of beating Black man

Louisiana State Police troopers joked in a group text about beating a Black man after a high-speed chase last year, saying the "whoopin" would give the man "nightmares for a long time," according to new court filings. "He gonna be sore tomorrow for sure," Trooper Jacob Brown, who was charged ...

South Dakota AG pleads not guilty in fatal crash hearing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg pleaded not guilty in an initial court hearing Friday for three misdemeanor charges he is facing for striking and killing a man with his car last summer. The Republican attorney general did not appear at the courthouse in ...

For Biden, there’s no place like a weekend home in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — As he stood in the Rose Garden celebrating his first big legislative win, President Joe Biden gestured to the White House and said it's a "magnificent building" to live in. Except during the weekend. Of the eight weekends since Biden took office, he has spent three ...

Medically vulnerable in US put near end of vaccine line

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Ann Camden learned last month that her 17-year-old daughter got exposed to the coronavirus at school and was being sent home, she packed her belongings, jumped in the car and made the two-hour drive to the coast to stay with her recently vaccinated parents. The ...

After long pandemic year, a changed New York shows renewal

NEW YORK (AP) — Pamela Puchalski still remembers how frightening it felt when the coronavirus upended life in her New York City neighborhood last March. With terrifying swiftness came the first infections, the first restrictions and the first deaths. There were no answers to be found, only ...

Contempt hearing sought against Joe Arpaio’s successor

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Penzone took office four years ago as metro Phoenix's new sheriff promising to turn the page on the problems created by his headline-grabbing predecessor, Joe Arpaio — ousted in part after he was found in contempt of court for disobeying a judge's order in a racial ...

Ex-officer MacDonald in Fort Bragg murders seeks release

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Army physician serving life prison sentences for the brutal murders of his wife and two young daughters more than 50 years ago should be released because of his deteriorating health, his attorneys told a judge on Thursday. Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted in 1979 ...

As climate fight shifts to oil, Biden faces a formidable foe

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — President Joe Biden's bid to tackle climate change is running straight through the heart of the U.S. oil and gas industry -- a much bigger, more influential foe than Democrats faced when they took on the coal industry during the Obama years. Coal dominated U.S. power ...

International evangelical pastor Luis Palau dies at 86

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Luis Palau, an evangelical pastor who was born in Argentina and went on to work with Billy Graham before establishing his own powerhouse international ministry, died Thursday. He was 86. The Luis Palau Association said he died at his home in Portland, Oregon. He had ...

Second winter: Anchorage gets up to 18 inches of fresh snow

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents in some parts of Alaska's largest city woke Thursday to a surprise: up to 18 new inches of snow. The storm, however, caused few headaches in Anchorage. "Luckily, we're pretty familiar with big snowstorms," said Chelsea Ward-Waller, a special assistant to ...

Health panel expands lung cancer screening for more smokers

More Americans now qualify for yearly scans to detect lung cancer, according to guidelines released Tuesday that may help more Black smokers and women get screened. Lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the chief cause and ...

Smithsonian obtains vial from 1st US COVID-19 vaccine dose

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has acquired the vial that contained the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States as part of its plans to document the global pandemic and "this extraordinary period we were going through." The ...

World War II veteran receives medals 77 years after heroism

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 80 years after a German mortar wounded him as he fought along the Mussolini Canal in Italy, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Marvin Cornett stood proudly in a pristine uniform, this time adorned with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Cornett's daughter, Jan Mendoza, ...

Miami janitor quietly feeds thousands, and love’s the reason

MIAMI (AP) — Doramise Moreau toils long past midnight in her tiny kitchen every Friday — boiling lemon peels, crushing fragrant garlic and onion into a spice blend she rubs onto chicken and turkey, cooking the dried beans that accompany the yellow rice she'll deliver to a Miami ...

AP-NORC poll: Many in US still face COVID-19 financial loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roughly 4 in 10 Americans say they're still feeling the financial impact of the loss of a job or income within their household as the economic recovery remains uneven one year into the coronavirus pandemic. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

When to expect payments, other benefits from relief package

As the latest federal pandemic relief package makes its way to President Joe Biden's desk, Americans may be wondering when the benefits will reach them. The $1.9 trillion known as the "American Rescue Plan" is massive, both in size and scope. It includes direct payments to most Americans, aid ...