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

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

Don’t blame Ms. O’Leary’s cow for the great Chicago fire

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago seems happy to put the blame for its misfortune on farm animals. For decades, the Cubs’ failure to make it to the World Series was the fault of a goat once thrown from Wrigley Field. And for over a century, a cow owned by Mrs. O’Leary caused the great Chicago fire … 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

Evictions begin when US ban ends, but not the dreaded peak

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Chandra Dobbs was stunned when the officer showed up at her door with a thick package of eviction papers. She thought she had more time. “I didn’t think I was going to be evicted for applying for housing benefit,” Dobbs said a few days later. “But they didn’t want to wait … 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

Michigan School Grants Diploma Decades After Sexual Harassment

EAST LANSING, Michigan (AP) — A Michigan State University official delivered a doctorate to a New Jersey man in 2019, decades after he and his wife were sexually harassed by a professor when they were students. Jon Edwards said he stopped pursuing a higher degree in history to protest Harold Marcus’ behavior even though he … Read more

2 Florida officers kill domestic violence suspect

NS. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Two Florida sheriff’s officers shot and killed a domestic violence suspect who refused their orders to drop his weapon, officials said Tuesday. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Officers responded Monday night to a phone call about a domestic dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend, according to St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony … Read more

Questions Amid Ida’s Destruction: To Stay? Movement? How far?

DULAC, La. (AP) – Coy Verdin grew up about 100 feet (30 meters) out of the slow-flowing waters of Bayou Grand Caillou and a few miles north of Louisiana’s swampy coast. His parents still live in the firmly anchored, elevated mobile home that overlooks the sprawling oak trees that frame their bayou views. The 52-year-old’s … 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

Florida school murder case postponed

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — The trial of the suspect in the 2018 Florida high school massacre for fighting a prison guard was postponed Monday because his lead attorney in the case was hospitalized. Circuit judge Elizabeth Scherer ruled that jury selection in Nikolas Cruz’s battery charging trial now begins on Tuesday and that testimony … 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

Response time questioned in Southern California oil spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some residents, business owners and environmentalists have questioned whether authorities were responding quickly enough to contain one of the largest oil spills in California’s recent history, caused by a suspected leak in an underwater pipeline that the sands of famous Huntington Beach and could keep the beaches there closed for … Read more

Oil slick rounds off ‘heartbeat’ of California beach community

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Most days of the week, David Perry goes to the beach to surf. But on Sunday, he sat on his skateboard, taking in the sweeping ocean views as a jazz band played, families rode bicycles, and crews tried to prevent a crude oil disease from reaching the California coast. Offshore … Read more

Booms, skimmers between tools used to clean up oil spills

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews deployed skimmers and floating barriers known as booms on Sunday as they tried to prevent oil from a massive spill in Southern California from spilling over beaches, wildlife and protected further pollutes the area’s wetlands. Authorities have multiple tools and techniques they can deploy to slow the spread of … Read more

Former NASCAR driver Townley killed in Georgia shooting

ATHENS, Georgia (AP) — A former NCASCAR lower division driver was killed on Saturday in a shooting in Georgia that also injured a woman, investigators said. John Wes Townley, 31, died around 9 p.m. in a neighborhood shooting, Athens-Clarke County coroner Sonny Wilson told the Athens Banner-Herald. A 30-year-old woman was injured, but police did … Read more

Third victim dies after furious colleague

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) – Authorities said Sunday a third victim has died after a violent attack in which an angry electrician with a knife and baseball bat killed three co-workers and injured another in the Florida home they shared. Polk County Sheriff officials said electrician Shaun Runyon got into an argument with his supervisor on … Read more

Report: 9 NYC Firefighters Suspended Over Racist Posts

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have suspended nine unpaid firefighters over a series of racist posts and memes they shared on their phones, including posts mocking the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, according to a published report. A spokesman called the suspensions the most severe sentences ever handed … Read more

Authorities: Body of missing Florida student found

MIAMI (AP) – Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Florida student who disappeared a week ago. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said on Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. The 19-year-old disappeared the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master key to enter her … Read more

Mormon president thanks members for following COVID guidelines

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kicked off a biennial conference on Saturday by urging members to listen to the leaders of the faith as they seek “pure truth.” ” and express gratitude to those who have followed Church guidelines to get you vaccinated against … 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