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Caitlyn Jenner considers run for California governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner has been an Olympic hero, a reality TV personality and a transgender rights activist. Her next step could be candidate for California governor. The 71-year-old longtime Republican has been consulting with GOP advisers as she considers joining the field of ...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. After months of aggressive ...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget office for an ...

Cuomo aide says he slammed door shut before groping her

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An aide who accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her at his official residence told a newspaper in her first public interview it was a frightening physical encounter in which the Democrat slammed a door and said "I don't care" when she warned someone might see ...

EXPLAINER: Did Floyd really yell, ‘I ate too many drugs?’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the death of George Floyd tried Wednesday to show that Floyd yelled "I ate too many drugs" as three officers pinned him to the ground. Attorney Eric Nelson didn't get the clear confirmation he was ...

NRA boss says he didn’t tell group leaders before bankruptcy

DALLAS (AP) — Wayne LaPierre, the embattled leader of the National Rifle Association, said Wednesday that he put the powerful gun-rights group into bankruptcy without first informing most of its board members and top officials. LaPierre took the witness stand in the NRA's high-stakes ...

AP Exclusive: Northam endorses McAuliffe for Va. governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest's most coveted endorsements. Northam, who under Virginia law cannot seek a consecutive term in office, said ...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she ...

COVID testing blitz undermined screening, fight against STDs

WASHINGTON (AP) — After an unprecedented push to test and track COVID-19, public health workers are grappling with a worrisome side effect: a collapse in screening for sexually transmitted diseases that have been on the rise for years. Testing for diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea ...

US Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84; was impeached as judge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84. Hastings' death was confirmed by his chief of staff, Lale M. ...

EXPLAINER: How long did it take medics to reach Floyd?

As Derek Chauvin's defense attorney attempted to shift blame from the former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death, he questioned paramedics on delays in their efforts to resuscitate Floyd. But one paramedic told jurors that he thought Floyd was already dead when he checked for a ...

Harris: Vaccinated can be ‘role models’ for friends, family

CHICAGO (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday urged Chicago union members to share their experience receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and act as "role models" for family and friends who may be reluctant even as Illinois prepares to open access to all adults. Harris visited a vaccination ...

At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Walt Disney World, the smiles won't have to be hidden for much longer. Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos, the company said on its website. The change tweaks a requirement that all ...

Man, a steal! Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price. The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced ...

Toddler, 7 adults wounded in latest Chicago shootings

CHICAGO (AP) — A 21-month-old boy was shot in the head Tuesday morning while riding in a car on Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive just hours after seven people were shot and wounded in a fight a few miles away, in what is shaping up to be one of the most violent years for the city in memory, ...

San Francisco school board suspends plan to rename schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — America's founding fathers got a reprieve Tuesday in San Francisco, when the city's scandal-plagued school board formally suspended a plan to rename 44 schools as part of a racial reckoning that critics said went too far. The city's Board of Education, which convened on ...

Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

Most children with a serious inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus had initial COVID-19 infections with no symptoms or only mild ones, new U.S. research shows. The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of ...

Education Department reviewing campus sex assault rules

The Education Department on Tuesday moved forward with plans to revise federal rules around campus sexual assault, paving the way for an overhaul of a polarizing Trump-era policy that President Joe Biden has vowed to reverse. In a letter to the nation's colleges and schools, the department ...

How to talk to believers of COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are causing real-world problems by discouraging some people from getting vaccinated, wearing masks or following other guidelines. Some bizarre theories about the virus have prompted believers to burn 5G cell towers, shut down vaccination clinics or even ingest ...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden's infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still pledge to do all they can to ...