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Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:04 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal prosecutors who initially said there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials” backed away from the allegation after the head of the investigation cautioned Friday that the probe is still in its early stages and there was no “direct evidence” of such intentions.

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:04 pm

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts.

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.”

Flint water charges escalate debate over officials' failures
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:46 pm

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — When a former Michigan public health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, the man who previously held the job says a chilling thought crossed his mind: It could have been me.

The Latest: Wisconsin gov blasts empty federal vaccine vow
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:47 pm

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers blasted federal officials Friday for promising to release the remainder of their COVID-19 vaccine stockpile when it apparently was already exhausted, calling the pledge a “slap in the face.”

Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden's inauguration
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning just before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration to begin his post-presidential life in Florida.

NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:18 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors conducted an hourslong interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump's business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting.

States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:18 pm

Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

The Latest: Biden: Inauguration shows America is coming back
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:18 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Dorothy Schmidt Cole, recognized last year as the oldest living U.S. Marine, has died at age 107.

Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:01 pm

Since the pandemic’s descent, they have generally been viewed as among those at higher risk — older Americans, some of them medically vulnerable, figuring out how to navigate life in a COVID-saturated, increasingly isolated world.

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:15 pm

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states.

MTA: Bus driver refuses drug test after careening off bridge
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 4:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A bus dramatically plunged off a bridge in New York City late Thursday, leaving its front half hanging over a highway ramp, its fall broken only by the road below.

Case against woman charged in boyfriend's suicide to proceed
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 4:04 pm

BOSTON (AP) — The manslaughter case against a former Boston College student accused of encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life will head toward trial, prosecutors said Friday.

Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 4:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal watchdogs launched a sweeping review of how the FBI, the Pentagon and other law enforcement agencies responded to the riot at the U.S. Capitol, including whether there were failures in information sharing and other preparations that left the historic symbol of democracy vulnerable to assault by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters.

Biden's virus plan: 100 million shots just the start
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 4:04 pm

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Getting 100 million shots into Americans' arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths.

Stocks fall as economic pain deepens, rally runs out of gas
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:49 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street closed out its first losing week in three with another drop on Friday after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline.

Biden's aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:02 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) — The $1.9 trillion rescue plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden offers the chance to sculpt the U.S. economy toward the Democrats’ liking: a $15 minimum wage, aid to poor families and federal dollars going to public schools.

Man convicted in 3 killings to be last executed under Trump
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:30 pm

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge, a crime that led to a life sentence for the man who fired the fatal shots.

Online sign-ups complicate vaccine rollout for older people
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:46 pm

DENVER (AP) — Howard Jones, who's 83, was on the phone for three to four hours every day trying to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine.

Abbas decrees first Palestinian elections in 15 years
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:33 pm

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday decreed parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year in what would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory.

No charges in Pennsylvania discarded-ballots case
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:02 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed against a former temporary elections worker authorities have said mistakenly discarded nine military ballots ahead of the November presidential election, a federal prosecutor announced Friday.

Ex-foreign correspondent reflects on risks for US reporters
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 1:48 pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the summer of 2000, I was among a group of foreign correspondents, photographers and video journalists who went to England to attend a hostile environment-first aid training course.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:47 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ———

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2M amid vaccine rollout
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:35 pm

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat.

Rare sedition charge gains interest after Capitol attack
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A Civil War-era sedition law being dusted off for potential use in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was last successfully deployed a quarter-century ago in the prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks.

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:18 pm

PERINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group.

Wisconsin teen charged with killing infant daughter in woods
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:48 am

MONROE, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has admitted fatally shooting his newborn daughter and leaving her body inside a fallen tree in the woods in southern Wisconsin, according to prosecutors.

Xi asks Starbucks' Schultz to help repair US-China ties
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:46 am

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security.

NJ to fine sports books asking players to cancel withdrawals
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:33 am

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top gambling regulator is threatening to fine sports books operating in his state that ask customers to cancel requests to cash out money from their accounts, saying the practice is ongoing and “unacceptable.”

US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:17 am

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead.

Unity has long been a theme, and anxiety, for new presidents
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:33 am

NEW YORK (AP) — When Joe Biden addresses the country for the first time as president, his inaugural speech is likely to echo calls for unity that predecessors have invoked since the first time George Washington was sworn in.

Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 10:33 am

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions.

Fate of Biden agenda rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 10:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of the Senate coming at the very moment an impeachment trial gets underway.

Lottery players have chance at 2 giant jackpots
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:47 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It could be a profitable weekend for lucky lottery players as two of the largest jackpots in U.S. history will be on the line.

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 9:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that may have violated a last-minute congressional prohibition.

Olea Kiosks, Inc. Announces Manufacturing Expansion, Engineering Growth
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 9:33 am

Delivering Increased Value and Scale for Production and Specialized OEM Services

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:00 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 8:46 am

The A-list is back. How A-list? Try Lady Gaga and J. Lo.

Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 8:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

Choyce Peterson Publishes Year-End 2020 Lower Fairfield County Office Space Availability Poster
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 7:45 am

Surprising Results During Nine Month COVID-19 Environment

Appalachian Gap Distillery Commits to Become Climate Neutral Certified
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 7:31 am

Appalachian Gap Distillery to become Carbon Neutral

DHS’ Vice Chairman, Fernando Aguirre, Approves to Launch Partnership and New Coalition to Strengthen Communities and States
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 7:31 am

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — DHS’ Community COVID Coalition will provide culturally relevant communication resources for states to use on social media.

New African American Romance Book about Real-Life Relationships for a Change
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 7:17 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “I Forgot to Love Her” (ISBN: 978-0578805771; paperback) is a new urban romance novel by author Kenesha Collins, about the trials and triumphs of falling in and out of love.

146 New Industrial Manufacturing Planned Industrial Project Reports – December 2020 Recap
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:48 am

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — SalesLeads announced today the December 2020 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 146 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

William Cox III Signs with JR Motorsports Late Model Team
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:46 am

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Young racing prodigy, William Cox III will put his talents to the test with JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model team for 2021, while collaborating with 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Josh Berry.

Mopec Now Offering Disposable Gowns and Shoe Covers under Guardian Systems Line of PPE
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:33 am

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mopec, the nationwide leader in pathology, anatomy, mortuary and necropsy equipment and supplies, introduced disposable shoe covers as well as two different types of disposable gowns under their Mopec Guardian Systems line of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Edupoint Synergy Education Platform Named A ‘Top Ed Tech Products of the Year’ Winner by District Administration
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:17 am

Awards recognize innovative solutions in the K-12 education technology market

Move For Hunger and FINCOR Construction Partner Up In The Fight Against Hunger Nationwide
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:17 am

LAUREL, Md., Jan. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FINCOR Construction, a multi-family renovator operating along the east coast, and Move For Hunger, a national relief non-profit organization, have announced a new partnership that will fight hunger and reduce food waste nationwide. Recent reports say that nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since the summer. It’s the fastest rise since tracking began 60 years ago, and food banks across the country are expecting a 60% increase in demand.

Amid cacophony since Capitol siege, key officer stays silent
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:47 am

In the week since a mob laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, the House has impeached President Donald Trump. Dozens of people have been arrested nationwide over participation in the riots. Politicians and business leaders are loudly condemning the violence. Twitter and other social media sites have banned Trump and thousands of other accounts.

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Friday 01/15/2021
Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 1:48 pm

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed Friday it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year.

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 1:18 pm

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies.

Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine says military enters home
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:46 pm

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine said Friday the military had entered his home and “we are in serious trouble," while the country waited for election results amid a government-ordered internet blackout and official results showed President Yoweri Museveni in the lead.

'This is not a game': Global virus death toll hits 2 million
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:46 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:33 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states.

AP PHOTOS: Shopping and dining out: Wuhan a year later
Posted: January 15, 2021 - 12:04 pm

WUHAN, China (AP) — Couples go on dates, families dine out at restaurants, shoppers flock to stores. Face masks aside, people are going about their daily life pretty much as normal in the Chinese city that was first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xi asks Starbucks' Schultz to help repair US-China ties
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 11:46 am

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security.

Iranian Guard drones in drill mirror those in Saudi attacks
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 10:31 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode, triangle-shaped aircraft that strongly resembled those used in a 2019 attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut the kingdom's oil production by half.

Russia follows US in withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 9:33 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said on Friday that it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities after the U.S. exit from the pact, compounding the challenges faced by the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden.

Milan opens 1st fashion week with no VIP guests due to virus
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 9:03 am

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s fashion chamber is opening on Friday the first Milan Fashion Week that won't have VIPS populating runway front rows, as the reality of Italy's persistent resurgence of the coronavirus has forced an all-virtual format for presenting menswear previews.

3x3 basketball player from Switzerland comes out as gay
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 9:17 am

ZURICH (AP) — A player on Switzerland’s 3x3 basketball team publicly came out as gay on Friday.

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 12:46 pm

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people.

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 7:01 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.

China builds new quarantine center as virus cases rise
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 6:48 am

BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the annual Lunar New Year travel rush.

Japan minister says 'anything can happen' with Tokyo Games
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 5:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese cabinet minister Taro Kono has said “anything can happen” in regard to the postponed Tokyo Olympics, raising more doubts about the games scheduled to begin in just over six months.

N.Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:15 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country's nuclear weapons program.

Rare conviction of South Sudan soldiers for rape raises hope
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 3:03 am

YEI, South Sudan (AP) — First, the soldiers stole their belongings. Then they took their food. On their third and final visit, the woman said, the soldiers raped her and her daughter-in-law until they were unable to walk.

AP Interview: Netanyahu challenger pledges change with Biden
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:33 am

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top challenger in upcoming elections is promising a tough line toward Iran and the Palestinians, yet expressed confidence he has the tools to avoid what appears to be a collision course with the incoming Biden administration.

Spain rejects virus confinement as most of Europe stays home
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:03 am

MADRID (AP) — While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a sharp resurgence of cases and that the country can avoid a full lockdown even as its hospitals fill up.

Thursday 01/14/2021
Golfer Cabrera arrested in Rio for extradition to homeland
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 10:18 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police arrested Argentine golfer Ángel Cabrera on Thursday for extradition to his homeland to face charges for several crimes allegedly committed from 2016 to last year, two officers said.

EXPLAINER: What WHO researchers in Wuhan are trying to learn
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 9:01 pm

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxygen shortage in Amazon city forces mass patient transfer
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 7:30 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Dozens of COVID-19 patients in the Amazon rainforest's biggest city will be flown out of state as the local health system collapses, authorities announced Thursday as dwindling stocks of oxygen tanks meant some people were starting to die breathless at home.

Siegfried Fischbacher, of illusion duo Siegfried & Roy, dies
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 7:31 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Siegfried Fischbacher, namesake partner in the iconic entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, has died in Las Vegas at age 81.

Tunisia marks revolution's 10th anniversary in lockdown
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 5:48 pm

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia on Thursday commemorated the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of iron-fisted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed pro-democracy uprisings, strife and civil war in the region during what became known as the Arab Spring.

Ferguson encouraged Man United's Rashford to take on UK govt
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 3:48 pm

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The latest campaigning by Manchester United star Marcus Rashford forced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act on inadequate meal parcels being sent to needy children.

A day to remember: London nursing home greets virus vaccine
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:34 pm

LONDON (AP) — In 1948, John Peake won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in London. In 2021, also in London, he struck what many would consider gold, receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

'At 6 p.m., life stops': Europe uses curfews to fight virus
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 1:18 pm

PARIS (AP) — As the wan winter sun sets over France's Champagne region, the countdown clock kicks in.

At virus tipping point, Lebanon imposes all-day curfew
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 12:05 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a choice between containing a spiraling virus outbreak and resuscitating a dying economy in a country that has been in steady financial and economic meltdown over the past year. Authorities in Lebanon chose the latter.

'The world is watching': Ugandans vote in tense election
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 11:18 am

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandans voted Thursday in a presidential election tainted by widespread violence that some fear could escalate if security forces try to stop supporters of leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine from monitoring the process. Internet access remained cut off.

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 10:47 am

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

4 detained from Belgium demonstration over Black man's death
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 7:18 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four people, including two minors, remained in custody Thursday after a Brussels demonstration over the weekend death of a young Black man detained by police turned violent, the prosecutor’s office said.

Merkel's party to choose new leader ahead of German election
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 6:49 am

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party is choosing a new leader this weekend, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of her successor at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after her 16-year tenure.

Cafe, croissant, worms? EU agency says worms safe to eat
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 4:00 am

ROME (AP) — The vaunted Mediterranean diet and French gastronomy are getting some competition: The European Union's food safety agency says worms are safe to eat.

Leaders like UK’s Johnson who wooed Trump face tricky reset
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:15 am

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration for the U.S. president to suggesting he might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wednesday 01/13/2021
Asian shares mixed after lackluster day on Wall Street
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 9:32 pm

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, where major indexes spent the day drifting up and down near their record highs.

Japan widens virus emergency to 7 more areas as cases surge
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 9:32 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to seven more prefectures Wednesday, affecting more than half the population amid a surge in infections across the country.

Ex-premier yanks ministers from Italy's coalition government
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 2:46 pm

ROME (AP) — A former leader of Italy yanked his party's ministers Wednesday from Premier Giuseppe Conte's government, triggering a political crisis in the middle of a pandemic that could lead to a revamped Cabinet, a different coalition leader or the early election eagerly sought by right-wing opposition parties.

Internet 'blackout' in Uganda on eve of tense election
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 12:33 pm

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities appeared to cut off internet access in the country Wednesday night on the eve of a tense presidential election, while a lawyer for leading opposition candidate Bobi Wine said all contact had been lost with him.

Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 11:48 am

PARIS (AP) — Not even the coronavirus can get in the way of intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin.

Central African Republic soldiers repel rebels at capital
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 11:17 am

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Security forces in Central African Republic repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital early Wednesday after intense fighting on the city’s outskirts, officials said, in a major escalation of violence that has rocked the country since last month.

Indonesia starts mass COVID vaccinations over vast territory
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 11:02 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo received the first shot of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine Wednesday after the government authorized it for emergency use and began efforts to vaccinate millions of people across the vast archipelago in one of the world’s most populous countries.

AP PHOTOS: Tunisia revolution victims plea for recognition
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 10:19 am

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Some lost a leg, some gaze out from permanently scarred faces, others live forever bound to a wheelchair. All these men were injured in Tunisia’s democratic uprising 10 years ago, and they are begging the government to recognize them as official victims of the revolution.

Colombia struggles to keep social leaders safe
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 10:48 am

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Just taking a walk in the streets of Colombia’s capital can feel dangerous for Luz Nelly Santana.

Irish PM sorry for 'profound wrong' of unwed mothers homes
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 9:48 am

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Wednesday to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs.

Italy puts over 320 on trial for 'ndrangheta mob ties
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 9:15 am

LAMEZIA TERME, Italy (AP) — A trial with more than 320 defendants began Wednesday in southern Italy against the ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate, arguably the world's richest criminal organization that quietly amassed power as the Sicilian Mafia lost influence.

Kremlin foe Navalny says he will fly home despite threats
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 8:34 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he plans to go home to Russia next weekend despite the authorities' threats to put him once again behind bars.

World warily watches America's postelection aftershocks
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 8:48 am

PARIS (AP) — For America's allies and rivals alike, the chaos unfolding during Donald Trump's final days as president is the logical result of four years of global instability brought on by the man who promised to change the way the world viewed the United States.

Dutch hold mass coronavirus testing amid new variant fears
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 7:45 am

BERGSCHENHOEK, Netherlands (AP) — Residents of a Dutch town filed into a sports hall Wednesday to take part in the country's first mass coronavirus testing program, which aims to find out more about the spread of a new more transmissible coronavirus variant.

To cancel or not?: IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 4:31 am

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency last week for Tokyo and surrounding areas. Amid the surging virus, he again promised the postponed Tokyo Olympics would be “safe and secure” and tried to disconnect the state of emergency from the fate of the games.

Indian partying hotspot Goa counts losses, braces for change
Updated: January 13, 2021 - 3:46 am

GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>



Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>



Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>



Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>

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