Marathon bomber risks renewed death sentence in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration this week will try to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by arguing that a jury was not required to examine evidence that the government itself had in a earlier phase of the case. Tsarnaev’s guilt in the deaths … Read more

Man in Murkowski Threat Case Didn’t Stay on Top in Alaska City

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man described as a “normal man” who didn’t stand out in his rural Alaskan community is accused of threatening to hire a hit man to kill a U.S. senator. murder. Jay Allen Johnson was to be charged later Friday on charges related to telephone threats he made against US Senator … Read more

Iran FM says more talks are needed with rival Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT (AP) – Iran’s foreign minister said Friday that more talks are needed with regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia to help Tehran and Riyadh improve, but that negotiations are moving in the right direction so far. The comments from Iran’s top diplomat Hossein Amir-Abdollahian came on the last day of his two-day visit to Lebanon. He … Read more

The AP Interview: Jayapal Pushes Biden For $3T Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, says she has pushed President Joe Biden to hold the line and keep his ambitious social spending plan closer to $3 trillion instead of the $2 trillion he has is the pushed to the Democrats in recent days. Jayapal told The … Read more

Panel Addresses Issue of Missing, Murdered Native Hawaiian Women

HONOLULU (AP) — In the beginning, he was just a boyfriend. He gave Ashley Maha’a gifts and attention. But then he gave her drugs and became controlling and abusive. He would punish her for breaking ambiguous, undefined “rules,” only to say he was sorry and shower her with flowers and lavish gifts. After a while, … Read more

French senators arrive in Taiwan amid tensions with China

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of French senators arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday for a five-day visit after a major Chinese fighter jet show of force amid the highest tensions in decades between China and Taiwan. The group, led by Senator Alain Richard, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese economic and health officials … Read more

Opponents of Texas ban on most abortions amplify challenges

CHICAGO (AP) — Opponents of a new ban on most abortions in Texas filed a lawsuit in Illinois on Tuesday after being thwarted for weeks by courts elsewhere in their efforts to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The final legal challenge came when the Biden administration waited for a federal judge in Austin, … Read more

Biden Eager To Leave DC, Push Spending Plan Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is changing strategy to sell his ambitious social spending plans by traveling outside of Washington and courting Democrats who have complained of feeling left out. With his agenda in jeopardy on Capitol Hill, Biden will visit the Michigan district of a moderate Democratic legislator on Tuesday who has urged … Read more

Progressive Mayors Seek Re-election in Albuquerque, Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Progressive mayors are seeking reelection in New Mexico’s largest city and state’s burgeoning capital as voting begins Tuesday, facing challenges from Spanish candidates from the Democratic Party’s more conservative wing . The November 2 election is a preamble to the 2022 state and congressional contests, where Democrats hope to expand … Read more

US unveils guidelines for federal vaccine mandate, waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just weeks to go before federal employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the federal government on Monday set out procedures for employees to request medical or religious exemptions from President Joe Biden’s mandate. The Office of Management and Budget released the new guideline Monday afternoon before the November 22 … Read more

Most people in the US support refugees with an Afghan ally: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the US want Afghans who worked with Americans to offer resettlement to the United States, a new poll shows, confirming support across political divides for former military translators and others struggling to escape to the Taliban rule. ‘s survey The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 72% of … Read more

Greece: truck on parliament sidewalk checked for explosives

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Police in Greece halted traffic outside the parliament in central Athens on Monday after a man drove a pickup truck onto a sidewalk in front of the building and reportedly threatened police. Bomb cleaners checked the vehicle and a cooking gas cylinder was removed. State-run ERT television reported that the driver … Read more

Off the rails again: Ottawa’s troublesome trains keep jumping over the tracks

OTTAWA – The gravel covering the bike path was the first sign of trouble. Ottawa resident Steven Grant was driving on Sept. 19 when he noticed an LRT train stopped in the middle of the track. Gravel from the bed under the rails was scattered across the nearby path. “The second and third carriages of … Read more

US envoy says climate summit could bring ‘huge progress’

MILAN (AP) – US climate envoy John Kerry said on Saturday he believes “huge progress” can be made at the upcoming UN climate talks in Scotland, but more governments need to come up with concrete commitments over the next 30 days. Kerry attended a preparatory meeting in Milan, where delegates from around the world sought … Read more

Justice Department urges judge to end Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge decides whether to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which since early September has banned most abortions in Texas and has made women run hundreds of miles to get care out of state. The Biden administration on Friday urged U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman to suspend the … Read more

California requires COVID-19 vaccines for schoolchildren

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California becomes the first U.S. state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for children to attend public and private schools in person in a mandate that could affect millions of students. Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the coronavirus shot will be added to 10 other vaccinations already required for schoolchildren, including those … Read more

Judge saves US visas for some, not all lottery winners

A U.S. judge has reserved about 7,000 visas, allowing people who won a lottery to increase the country’s diversity to try to enter the United States after the government issued only a fraction of the visas allocated in the past year. . U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta in Washington issued the injunction after the … Read more

US tries to be nice to France after Australia substub

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit France next week as the Biden administration tries to resolve hurt feelings and potentially more lasting damage caused by the exclusion of America’s oldest ally from a new Indo-Pacific security initiative, the State Department. . said Friday. The department said Blinken will visit Paris for … Read more

Police chief demoted for protest in Seattle blames racism

SEATTLE (AP) – A recently demoted Seattle police chief is suing the City of Seattle and interim police chief Adrian Diaz for discrimination and unfair blame for a “pink umbrella incident” during police clashes with racial justice protesters. Captain Steve Hirjak argues in his lawsuit, filed this week in King County Superior Court, that Diaz … Read more

Democrats Divided: Progressives, Centrists Say Confidence Is Gone

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their battle for trillions of dollars, their top policy goals, and perhaps their political fate, this doesn’t help: Democratic progressives and centrists say they don’t trust each other. They throw words like ‘stupid’ and ‘insanity’ and draw lines in the sand. Both parties’ congressional majorities have a rich history of infighting … Read more

France urges WHO chief to keep promise to fight sexual abuse

GENVE (AP) – The French government on Wednesday called on the head of the World Health Organization to deliver on his promise for an “action plan” to fight sexual abuse and exploitation by WHO staff after independent investigators found dozens of allegations stemming from the response of the agency on an Ebola outbreak in Congo. … Read more

Joint Chiefs chairman calls Afghan war a ‘strategic failure’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top US military officer called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and admitted to Congress that he would have preferred to keep several thousand troops in the country to prevent a collapse of the US-backed government of Kabul and a swift takeover by the Taliban. Republicans on the Senate … Read more

US expels Russian man jailed for cybercrime

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising development, a Russian man imprisoned in the US for cybercrime has been deported to Russia, officials said Tuesday. Aleksei Burkov, 31, facilitated $20 million in credit card fraud and ran a sophisticated clearinghouse for international criminals. He was sentenced to nine years in prison last year after pleading guilty … Read more

New lawmakers made the German parliament more diverse than ever

BERLIN (AP) — Hakan Demir smiled broadly as he stood in front of Germany’s majestic parliament building on Tuesday, his first official working day as a national legislator. “My grandfather would have been extremely proud of me, and my parents are proud too,” said Demir, 36, taking a moment to recall his family’s roots in … Read more

France cancels visas for North Africans in migration dispute

PARIS (AP) – France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa as governments there refuse to take back migrants expelled from France, the French government spokesman said Tuesday. The French government plans to halve the number of visas issued to Algerians and Moroccans, and by 30% to Tunisians, France’s radio … Read more