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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 ...

Attorney: US makes concessions to ease asylum restrictions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration has agreed to let about 250 people a day through border crossings with Mexico to seek refuge in the United States, part of negotiations to settle a lawsuit over pandemic-related powers that deny migrants a right to apply for asylum, an attorney said ...

Former jailer seeks clemency for one death row inmate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — If Richard Moore is executed, he will have some say in how he goes — the electric chair or the firing squad. Moore is one of three prisoners on South Carolina's death row who have run out of appeals in the past six months and could be among the first to face the grim ...

Biden moving to improve legal services for poor, minorities

DETROIT (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Tuesday to ensure minorities, low-income Americans and others have better access to quality legal representation after services dwindled during the Trump administration. Biden will sign a memorandum directing the Department of ...

California faces another month before unmasking begins

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials say the state isn't ready to follow the federal lead and unmask, at least for another month. The state's health director announced Monday that California will require people to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing indoors until June ...

Navajos say new Arizona restrictions will complicate voting

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Republicans say the voter restrictions they're pushing after President Joe Biden's win in the state last year are designed to strengthen the integrity of future elections. To some, the changes will make voting more difficult than it already is. The bills, ...

Damage assessment begins on overturned cargo ship after fire

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A salvage team on Saturday began assessing damage caused by a fire inside the remains of an overturned cargo ship that is being dismantled along the Georgia coast. "The assessment is likely to take several days," the multiagency command overseeing the demolition of the ...

NYC Pride parade bans police; Gay officers ‘disheartened’

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City's Pride events said Saturday they are banning police and other law enforcement from marching in their huge annual parade until at least 2025 and will also seek to keep on-duty officers a block away from the celebration of LGBTQ people and ...

Heart study: Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective

An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes. But there's a big caveat: ...

Let’s face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like "we're moving forward." A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation." But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to ...

House GOP set to put Trump defender Stefanik into No. 3 post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are ready to vault Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership, with the party hoping to turn the page from its searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney and refocus on winning control of the chamber in next year's elections. Stefanik, ...

Fully vaccinated can drop the masks, skip social distancing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. "Today is a great day for ...

Mobile soup kitchens take food, vaccine to Detroit’s poorest

DETROIT (AP) — Keenon Carreker walked up to the Salvation Army mobile soup kitchen parked in one of the poorest areas of Detroit for the big hot dogs that came inside bags of food passed out to the city's needy. He left with a meal and his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. "It ...