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Polls: US image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office

The United States' image around the world has improved sharply since President Joe Biden took office, according to new surveys conducted in 16 countries, including many long-standing allies of the U.S. The Pew Research Center surveys show majorities of the citizens across the countries — ...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin’s lawyer asks to probe alleged jury bias

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd is seeking not only a new trial but also a hearing to "impeach the verdict" by investigating potential juror misconduct. Eric Nelson's request for a new trial ...

Key reservoir on Colorado River hits record low amid drought

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key reservoir on the Colorado River has dipped to its record low in the latest showing of the drought's grip on the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Nevada-Arizona border dipped to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 meters) at 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening. ...

Arizona refurbishes gas chamber in push to resume executions

PHOENIX (AP) — As it aims to resume executions after a seven-year hiatus, Arizona has refurbished its gas chamber, where the nation's last lethal-gas execution was carried out more than two decades ago before the United States rejected the brutal nature of the deaths. The state has purchased ...

Robert Durst hospitalized, delaying his murder trial again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst, the multimillionaire real estate heir on trial in the killing of his best friend, was hospitalized Thursday for an unspecified health issue, according to the judge in the long-delayed trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham said in court that ...

Small Minneapolis event eyes Klobuchar to help stop Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a Minneapolis park Thursday before marching to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office to promote shutting down reconstruction of an aging oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The half-hour program at Gold Medal Park included singing and speeches ...

South Carolina judge refuses to block 2 scheduled executions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge on Tuesday refused to block two executions set for later this month as she considers a lawsuit over the state's new capital punishment law, which effectively forces condemned prisoners to choose to die by either the electric chair or firing ...

Police: Suspected Baltimore gang leader dead after standoff

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A suspected Baltimore gang leader died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon in an Atlanta suburb, authorities said. Shots were fired at U.S. marshals and police as they tried to arrest Gary Creek at a ...

Man charged with murder of boy in road-rage shooting

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man was charged Tuesday with murder in a Southern California road rage shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy on a freeway last month, stunning the region and attracting national attention. Prosecutors in Orange County charged Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, with murder in ...

Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote for the bill ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called two state attorneys general, ...

Automakers face a threat to EV sales: Slow charging times

DETROIT (AP) — If the auto industry is to succeed in its bet that electric vehicles will soon dominate the roads, it will need to overcome a big reason why many people are still avoiding them: fear of running out of juice between Point A and Point B. Automakers have sought to quell those ...

Apple previews new software for iPhone, other gadgets

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple kicked off its second annual all-virtual developer conference with a keynote that outlined new updates to its software for iPhones and other devices. The presentation highlighted more privacy options for paid iCloud accounts and a "Find My" service that helps find errant ...

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer's disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn't been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. The Food and Drug ...

Supreme Court agrees to hear 2nd ‘state secrets’ case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a lawsuit can go forward in which a group of Muslim residents of California allege the FBI targeted them for surveillance because of their religion. It's the second case the court has accepted for the fall involving a ...

Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker faces being expelled from office after a video emerged apparently showing him choreographing how he would let far-right protesters into the closed Oregon Capitol days before he did so in December. The crowd entered the building during an ...

Virginia high court to hear challenges to Lee statue removal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia is set to hear arguments in two lawsuits that challenge Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Northam's decision was announced in June 2020, just 10 days after George Floyd's death ...

‘Get used to me’: Postmaster evokes Trump style in Biden era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louis DeJoy is uninterested in the niceties of Washington. The wealthy longtime businessman with an outer borough New York accent prides himself as a problem solver ready to disrupt an unwieldy bureaucracy. And he's facing potential legal troubles. In other words, the ...

Full volume: White House briefing room back to crammed again

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House briefing room on Monday might have been a fire marshal's nightmare. For the first time in 449 days, reporters could cram into every seat for the daily briefing. Coronavirus restrictions had kept one of the most recognized rooms in the U.S. government almost ...

USDA sending $1B in funding to country’s food bank networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Agriculture is sending $1 billion to the country's food bank networks, seeking to expand the reach of the system and revamp the way food banks acquire and distribute aid. The funding, announced Friday, comes half from the American Rescue Plan COVID ...