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At least 3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, toppling several cars onto their sides, authorities said. The westbound Empire Builder train derailed about 4 p.m. near ...

Petito case renews call to spotlight missing people of color

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the three months since 62-year-old Navajo rug weaver Ella Mae Begay vanished, the haunting unanswered questions sometimes threaten to overwhelm her niece. Seraphine Warren has organized searches of the vast Navajo Nation landscape near her aunt's home in Arizona but ...

Lawyers to urge no restrictions for Reagan shooter Hinckley

Lawyers for John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, are scheduled to argue in court Monday that the 66-year-old should be freed from restrictions placed on him after he moved out of a Washington hospital in 2016. Since Hinckley's move to Williamsburg, ...

Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Mesopotamian king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq. The $1.7 million cuneiform clay tablet was found in 1853 as part of a 12-tablet collection in ...

Harris ‘View’ interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris' live interview on "The View" was abruptly delayed Friday after two hosts of the talk show learned they had tested positive for COVID-19 moments before Harris was to join them on the set. Cohost Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro were at the ...

California to replace the word ‘alien’ from its laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will strike the word "alien" from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called "an offensive term for a human being" that has "fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative." Newsom on Friday signed a law that removes the word from various ...

GOP review finds no proof Arizona election stolen from Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-backed review of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona's largest county ended Friday without producing proof to support former President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election. After six months of searching for evidence of fraud, the firm hired by ...

Georgia homeless camp faces removal; residents weigh options

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Flora Harlow has become used to change. Over the last several years she has been in and out of permanent housing, at times working while being homeless. Today she lives with others in a small encampment colloquially called "Cooterville" by some. The tight-knit community ...

US police departments clamoring for de-escalation training

SACO, Maine (AP) — Angry over being fired, a former employee slashed the tires of his boss' vehicle and still held the knife when police officers arrived. Three officers positioned themselves at a safe distance as the man yelled and ranted. One officer had a stun gun, another a handgun. The ...

More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

Almost a month after a federal eviction moratorium ended, the Treasury Department said Friday that states and cities distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August and the pace picked up from the month before. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal rental ...

Groundbreaking for Obama presidential center set for Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's presidential center will move another step closer to its brick-and-mortar future next week when ground is broken after years of reviews, other delays and continued local opposition. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will join Illinois Gov. J.B. ...

In battle to restore power after Ida, a tent city rises

AMELIA, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Ida was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the grass was chest high and the warehouse empty at this lot in southeastern Louisiana. Within days, electric officials transformed it into a bustling "tent city" with enormous, air-conditioned tents for workers, a ...

Census ponders producing less granular data in next release

U.S. Census Bureau officials said Friday that they were pondering whether to produce less granular data in the next round of 2020 census data, dealing with housing and family relationships, in a decision that could upset researchers, city planners and others who rely on neighborhood-level ...

US Rep. Karen Bass planning to run for Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, a prominent figure in national Democratic politics who was on President Joe Biden's short list when he was considering a vice presidential pick, is planning to run for Los Angeles mayor, a person familiar with her plans said Friday. Bass' entry into ...

It’s almost certain Afghanistan’s Taliban won’t speak at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It's almost certain that Afghanistan's Taliban rulers won't get to speak at this year's U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan's former government, which they ousted on Aug. 15, and asked ...

Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Meeting with the leaders of India, Australia and Japan, President Joe Biden declared Friday that the U.S. and other members of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad" are showing they "know how to get things done" in an increasingly complicated corner of the ...

US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a draft environmental impact ...

Carnival loses $2.8 billion but sees solid 2022 bookings

Carnival Corp. lost $2.8 billion in the third quarter, but shares rose Friday after the cruise line operator said bookings for the second half of next year are running ahead of 2019 levels. Cruising investors are looking for any glimmer of hope for an industry that has been battered by the ...

Residents seek healing as details emerge in grocery shooting

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two women who had been strangers prior to Thursday's mass shooting at a Tennessee supermarket clenched each other's hands and fought back tears Friday, as they gathered at a vigil to pray for healing from the previous day's rampage at a Kroger where the shooter ...

PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is the latest legal action ...