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McConnell hits ‘pause’ on Dems effort to create Jan. 6 panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are signaling that they will try to block — or at least slow down — a Democratic effort to create a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, threatening the chances of a deeper, independent look at the siege and how ...

Americans urged to get colon cancer screening earlier

Americans should start getting screened for colon cancer earlier -- at age 45 instead of waiting until they're 50, according to guidelines released Tuesday. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it's time for the change because colorectal cancer increasingly is appearing in younger ...

US eases asylum restrictions at border amid legal challenges

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Domingo Antonio Zeledon traveled for nearly three weeks from his hometown in Nicaragua, leaving behind his wife and three youngest children to come to the United States with his 17-year-old son. The 39-year-old couldn't support his family on earnings equivalent to $5 a ...

Washington governor signs sweeping police reform measures

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed one of the nation's most ambitious packages of police accountability legislation, prompted by last year's outcry for racial justice following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people at the hands of ...

Man charged with murder, tampering with body in wife’s death

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man arrested in the death of his wife who disappeared last year was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and tampering with a human body, as well as other evidence in the case. According to a complaint filed by prosecutors, Barry Morphew, 53, is accused of ...

FBI investigates Asian American teen’s death as hate crime

DENVER (AP) — The FBI has revealed that it is investigating the 2017 death of an Asian American teenager in Colorado as a possible hate crime, a grisly case in which local authorities said she was purposefully set on fire and burned alive in her family's mountain community home. The FBI said ...

AP source: US encouraging Israel to wind down Gaza offensive

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and administration officials have encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials to wind down the bombardment of Gaza, a person with knowledge of the discussions said Tuesday, as the Israeli and Palestinian death tolls ...

New York to let vaccinated people ditch masks

NEW YORK (AP) — Vaccinated New Yorkers can let go of pandemic restrictions like wearing masks or social distancing and "get back to life," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday as he announced a spate of moves heralding the state's reopening. "If you are vaccinated, you are safe," Cuomo said, ...

New law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause. Two inmates who have ...

Arson arrest made in LA wildfire that forced evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arson suspect was arrested in connection with a Los Angeles wildfire that forced evacuations in canyons where thick vegetation hasn't burned in more than 60 years, authorities said Monday. The man detained Sunday near the fire zone was being treated for smoke ...