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Hunt still on for suspects in ransacking of Chicago stores

CHICAGO (AP) — The summer night when crowds descended on downtown Chicago, shattered store windows and poured inside the gaping holes to grab as much merchandise as they could carry away is a distant memory to many in the city. Even as the coronavirus crisis, the presidential election and ...

One person shot in violent protests in Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Olympia arrested one person Saturday afternoon following a shooting at a violent protest between two heavily armed groups near the Capital building. The Thurston County sheriff's office confirmed the arrest but didn't immediately release details. The Olympia ...

Navy ends search for sailor who fell overboard from ship

The U.S. Navy announced Saturday that it has called off search and rescue efforts for a 20-year-old sailor who reportedly fell overboard earlier this week from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy said in a statement it ended the effort at sunset Saturday after it searched more than 607 square ...

Fresh food initiatives feed, teach communities of color

PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Babcock only has to walk across the street from his house in a residential neighborhood to get to the 10-acre patch (40,500 square meters) of farmland where he labors to help feed his community. As a community garden coordinator, Babcock works with volunteer growers and ...

‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Grease’ added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year's inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of color as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent short film thriller, classic musicals and an acclaimed Batman film. The Library of Congress ...

Census numbers-crunching documents at center of latest fight

A federal judge has rejected an emergency request from the Trump administration that would stop it from being immediately forced to release documents showing how the 2020 census numbers have been crunched in the weeks since the U.S. head count ended in October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ...

Virus causes session housing headaches for Alaska lawmakers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers who each year relocate to a capital city accessible only by plane or boat are facing challenges in getting settled ahead of what is expected to be a difficult legislative session overshadowed by COVID-19. The Baranof Hotel, a 1939 art deco showpiece in ...

Company targeted by vote fraud claims strikes back at Trump

MIAMI (AP) — The head of an electronic voting company being targeted by allies of President Donald Trump said baseless claims that it helped flip the 2020 election for Joe Biden threatens to undermine Americans' faith in democracy. Antonio Mugica, CEO of Florida-based Smartmatic, said for ...

EXPLAINER: What to know about COVID-19 vaccination in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — The first shots of COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered, but it will likely be months before doses are widely available for everyone at U.S. drugstores and doctor's office. Details are still being worked out, but officials expect widespread availability by the middle of next ...

It’s close but 2020 likely to end up hottest year on record

Just how warm Earth stays this December will determine if 2020 goes down as the hottest year on record. And it's looking a lot like it will. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated Monday that last month globally was the second hottest November on record, behind only ...

Momentum builds for letting people vote while on parole

SEATTLE (AP) — As a young man Victor Sauceda didn't care about who was president, about who was governor, about voting at all. He wasn't living by the law anyway. But after serving eight years in prison for burglary and fencing stolen property, during which he learned computer coding and had ...

EXPLAINER: The real math behind “net zero” carbon emissions

More than 100 countries — responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases — have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" in coming decades to help curb man-made climate change. The target has also been embraced by companies, states and cities ...

Cuomo reinstates NYC indoor dining ban to limit virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be banned again in an effort to halt the coronavirus resurgence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday in an announcement that could foretell a grim winter for one of the city's most important industries. As of Monday, only takeout ...

Second young elephant dies from virus at New York zoo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A second young elephant has died at a central New York zoo despite frantic efforts by staff to combat a lethal virus, zoo officials said Friday. "This is obviously the worst possible outcome, and it occurred after more than a week of intensive care by our team in hopes ...

Neo-Nazi website founder accused of ignoring $14M judgment

A Montana real estate agent who secured a $14 million judgment against a neo-Nazi website publisher for orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against her Jewish family is seeking a court order compelling the man to disclose information about his assets and finances. Tanya Gersh's ...

Portland police head asks activists to quit barricaded house

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's police chief on Friday implored protesters to leave a barricaded home that was owned by a Black and Indigenous family before it was allegedly taken through predatory lending practices. Before dawn Tuesday, sheriff's deputies swooped into the disputed home and ...

California governor taps new senior staff amid tough stretch

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is adding seasoned political operatives after recent departures to his inner circle as he enters the second half of his term amid a difficult stretch of the pandemic and as he tries to overcome recent political stumbles. Newsom on Friday ...

Biden: Cabinet picks from Obama era mean ‘bold new thinking’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced a series of key picks for his new government that drew heavily from the Obama administration, saluting their "deep experience" while insisting he could rely on them for "bold new thinking." Appearing with Biden were his ...

AP source: Cuomo among contenders for attorney general pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of several contenders under consideration by President-elect Joe Biden for the role of attorney general, a person with knowledge of the search process said Friday. The other three contenders at the moment include outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug ...

US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation's first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Shots for health workers and nursing home residents are expected to begin in the coming ...