Biden objects to raising gas tax to pay for infrastructure
The White House is making clear that President Joe Biden is opposed to letting the federal gasoline tax rise at the rate of inflation to help pay for an infrastructure package that a bipartisan group of 21 senators is trying to craft.
Sharpton condemns Honolulu police shooting of Black man
Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is condemning the Honolulu Police Department in the fatal shooting of a Black man as various versions of what led to his death emerge.
19-year-old accused of firing at people across Phoenix area
An Arizona teenager suspected of killing one person and injuring a dozen others during a 90-minute string of drive-by shootings in metropolitan Phoenix told police he believed people were after him because of his involvement in another shooting.
US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden
U.S. Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights.
Father gives daughter life-saving gift as living organ donor
Mississippi dad Rhett Shaffette says he’s already had the best Father’s Day gift: His daughter is thriving, eight months after getting part of his liver.
Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault
A new study finds that female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018.
Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’
As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, lawmakers revived calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that has allowed another form of slavery to endure.
Searchers comb river after 3 tubers die, 2 disappear at dam
A search has resumed for two missing tubers on a North Carolina river after three others were found dead and four were pulled from the water.
AP-NORC poll: Many Americans resuming pre-virus activities
Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted.
Biden's silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray
Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, but the White House has been mostly silent.
Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion
U.S. Catholic bishops have debated heatedly over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights.
Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify
A new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court has put governmental entities on notice: If they want to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people or anyone else, they must not allow for any exceptions or else religious groups will have the right to ask for them.
Voting bill showdown looms as GOP rejects Manchin plan
The Senate will take a key vote next week on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block.
EPA chief reinstates science advisory board he dismantled
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he has fully reinstated one of two key advisory boards he dismantled earlier this year in a push for “scientific integrity” at the agency.
EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?
Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits.
St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors
A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Austin: Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years
Top Pentagon leaders say there is a “medium” chance that extremist groups in Afghanistan will present a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military departure.
As COVID-19 crisis ebbs, some seeking 9/11-style commission
A push is underway on Capitol Hill and beyond for a full-blown investigation of the coronavirus outbreak by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11.
EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday
The United States government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.”.
Officers resign from Portland, Oregon, protest response unit
Officers who serve on a specialized crowd-control unit in Portland, Oregon, and have responded to the city’s ongoing, often violent protests have resigned en masse after criminal charges were filed against a team member.
Reports detail tense moments with Georgia election monitors
Reports from an independent monitor who observed election operations in Georgia's most populous county during the 2020 election cycle detail tense encounters with party election monitors.
President Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday
President Joe Biden has signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president.
Hispanic group sues Santa Fe mayor over destroyed obelisk
A Hispanic heritage group in Santa Fe is suing the mayor over the destruction of a U.S. veterans memorial by activists during a demonstration on Indigenous People’s Day.
Prosecutors seek 'very substantial' prison time for Avenatti
Prosecutors are urging a judge to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
Black community has new option for health care: The church
Members of Black communities across the U.S. have disproportionately fallen sick or died from the virus, so some church leaders are using their influence and trusted reputations to fight back.
Rift on Communion policy as US Catholic bishops open meeting
Divisions have flared up among U.S. Catholic bishops as they opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item: a possible rebuke of Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights.
Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake
A Denver judge says a baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman.
Prosecutors: New trial not merited for ex-cop in Floyd death
Minnesota prosecutors say the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death should not be granted a new trial.
Giuliani gets first shot at excluding materials from raids
Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors.
Scottish man who faked death in California jailed for rape
A Scottish man who tried to evade justice by fleeing to the United States has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses.
Vaccine effort turns into slog as infectious delta variant spreads
As case numbers decline and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade many Americans to get vaccinated.
US ends strict Trump-era asylum rules for violence victims
The U.S. government has put an end to two Trump administration policies that made it harder for Central American migrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum.
US ends strict Trump-era asylum rules for violence victims
The U.S. government has put an end to two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum.
Dead ‘murder hornet’ near Seattle is first found in US in 2021
Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year.
Man who drove at Minneapolis protesters charged with murder
A St. Paul man has been charged with intentional second-degree murder for allegedly driving into a group of protesters in Minneapolis.