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Tennessee senator indicted on campaign cash scheme charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee state senator and a Nashville social club owner were indicted on charges that they violated campaign finance laws by illegally concealing the transfer of $91,000 during the Republican lawmaker's 2016 failed congressional campaign, federal investigators announced Monday.


Treasury claims rental assistance helped stop eviction wave

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of households receiving emergency rental assistance has increased steadily in recent months, with no major increase in people being turned out of their homes despite the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium, the Biden administration said Monday.


Judge says Oklahoma can proceed with 5 lethal injections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Monday the state can move forward with scheduled lethal injections for five death row inmates, including Julius Jones, whose case has drawn international attention and who is scheduled to die on Nov. 28.


Federal judge says Oklahoma can proceed with scheduled lethal injections for 5 death row inmates, including Julius Jones

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Federal judge says Oklahoma can proceed with scheduled lethal injections for 5 death row inmates, including Julius Jones.


Treasury Department names first counselor for racial equity

NEW YORK (AP) - The Treasury Department has hired a former JPMorgan Chase executive to head a new government program aimed at combatting racial inequality issues in banking and other financial-services industries.


Jill Biden: Cancer 'touches every American family'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - First lady Jill Biden on Monday toured a cancer center in the state that played a pivotal role in her husband's victory in the 2020 Democratic nominating process, telling South Carolinians that cancer "touches every American family."


Biden sued over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's top lawyer filed suit against the Biden administration on Monday seeking to restore a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics that President Joe Biden reversed earlier this month.


Ex-Kansas Senate leader pleads no contest to DUI

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita Republican who once was one of the Kansas Legislature's most powerful lawmakers pleaded no contest Monday to driving under the influence and reckless driving and will serve two days in jail.


Texas governor approves state voting maps redrawn by GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed redrawn voting maps that pave a safer path for the GOP's slipping majority, leaving opponents hoping courts will block the newly gerrymandered districts before they can be used in the 2022 elections.


EXPLAINER: What's a 'wealth tax' and how would it work?

To help pay for his big economic and social agenda, President Joe Biden is looking to go where the big money is: billionaires.


US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) - Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced Monday.


US condemns Sudan coup, suspends $700 million in aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration on Monday suspended $700 million in financial assistance to Sudan following a coup in the African nation that U.S. officials roundly condemned.


Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say they believe Iran was behind the drone attack last week at the military outpost in southern Syria where American troops are based.


Officials: Iran behind drone attack on U.S. base in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials: Iran behind drone attack on U.S. base in Syria.


Billionaire tax takes shape as Biden pushes for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are working frantically to shore up the revenue side of President Joe Biden's domestic package, poised to unveil a new billionaires' tax to help pay for his social services and climate change plan after earlier tax plans fizzled.


2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency's reputation.


Hostage families to Biden: 'Bring our fellow Americans home'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Relatives of more than two dozen American hostages and wrongful detainees held overseas told President Joe Biden in a letter on Monday that they questioned his administration's commitment to bringing their loved ones home.


6 candidates for US Senate in Ohio vie for evangelical votes

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The lone Republican moderate at a U.S. Senate candidate forum in Ohio on Sunday said at one point he felt "like a Browns fan in Pittsburgh Stadium."


US envoy: Patience with Iran 'wearing thin' on nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration said Monday that diplomatic efforts to get Iran back to nuclear negotiations are at a "critical place" and that international patience with Iranian delays in returning to the talks is "wearing thin."


Youngkin's school warnings intensify the GOP's suburban push

ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Glenn Youngkin wants voters in Virginia to hear an urgent message: Your children are in danger.


Orthodox patriarch released from hospital, set to meet Biden

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, was released from a Washington hospital Monday morning after an overnight stay early in his 12-day visit to the United States.


Biden 'positive' on budget deal; Manchin OK with wealth tax

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package.


Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) - A racial reckoning began years ago for the Guilford school system, first with an episode in which a student wore blackface makeup to a home football game and then a fraught debate over the elimination of its mascot, the Indians. After the killing of George Floyd, district leaders announced they were doubling down on efforts to address social justice and racism in schools and teaching materials.


EXPLAINER: Just what are 'The Facebook Papers,' anyway?

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.


People or profit? Facebook papers show deep conflict within

The crisis exposed by the documents shows how Facebook, despite its regularly avowed good intentions, appears to have slow-walked or sidelined efforts to address real harms the social network has magnified and sometimes created.