Arkansas to honor favorite son with annual Johnny Cash Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Man in Black is about to get his own day in Arkansas.


US hits Myanmar timber and pearl firms with coup sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration on Wednesday ramped up pressure against Myanmar's military government by imposing sanctions on two state-owned companies responsible for significant amounts of foreign income.


EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses

LONDON (AP) - Risky uses of artificial intelligence that threaten people's safety or rights such as live facial scanning should be banned or tightly controlled, European Union officials said Wednesday as they outlined an ambitious package of proposed regulations to rein in the rapidly expanding technology.


Lucky break: Idaho Powerball lives as global growth stalls

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Powerball will continue in Idaho for at least another year despite an attempt by lawmakers to end the game in August over fears of foreign participation.


Leaders honor late Rep. Hastings as an outspoken fighter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional leaders and colleagues remembered Rep. Alcee Hastings on Wednesday as a straight-talking, tenacious champion for the disadvantaged who overcame hurdles in his own life to forge a near three-decade career in the House.


Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict

The announcement comes a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death last May.


White House aims to make it easier for people to get vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by making it easier for Americans to get vaccinated even as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden's goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office.


Dems push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation's fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, aiming at a component of President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children's health.


Ohio Republicans aim to rename state park after Donald Trump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A GOP-backed bill introduced Monday would change the name of an Ohio state park to honor former President Donald Trump.


AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans.


AP source: Justice Department to announce probe into policing practices in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death

WASHINGTON (AP) - AP source: Justice Department to announce probe into policing practices in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death.


Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd "can be a giant step forward" for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that "it's not enough."


Despite growing chorus, DOJ is limited in police probes

CHICAGO (AP) - The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley.


Judge orders LA to offer shelter for homeless on Skid Row

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge overseeing a sweeping lawsuit about homelessness in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered the city and county to find shelter for all unhoused residents of Skid Row within 180 days and audit any spending related to the out-of-control crisis of people living on the streets.


Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

The president has repeatedly denounced Floyd's death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on the trial itself.


Montana blocks bill to ban gender affirming surgery in youth

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Senate voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone a bill that would have banned gender affirming surgery for transgender minors, effectively killing the proposal.


Families, doctors urge Alabama to reject trans treatment ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state's governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors.


Arizona governor vetoes strict sex education legislation

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have made the state's sex education laws some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues.


Maxine Waters' bold words echo civil rights, draw criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Rep. Maxine Waters urged people to "stay on the street" in the pursuit of justice for George Floyd, advocates for racial equity and an end to police violence heard a leading Black voice in the nation's long march toward civil rights.


Despite growing chorus, DOJ is limited in police probes

CHICAGO (AP) - The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley.


AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans.


Suspected Chinese hackers spied on US, European targets

Suspected state-backed Chinese hackers exploited widely used networking devices to spy for months on dozens of high-value government, defense industry and financial sector targets in the U.S. and Europe, according to FireEye, a prominent cybersecurity firm.


Mayor releases investigation into officer accused of abuse

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Police internal investigators found sufficient evidence in 1996 to support allegations that an officer sexually assaulted a minor, yet the officer remained on the force and was eventually returned to full duty, according to documents released Tuesday.


Foxconn deal with Wisconsin lowers tax breaks to $80 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Foxconn Technology Group will be eligible for just $80 million in taxpayer subsidies under a new contract signed Tuesday, down from nearly $3 billion it could have received under the original deal that envisioned a much larger project in southeastern Wisconsin.


Democrats point to Georgia in push for new elections law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are spotlighting Georgia as they build their case for a broad overhaul of U.S. election law, arguing the new voting rules in the state are emblematic of Republican measures across the country that threaten access to the polls.