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Harris to California on Wednesday to campaign with Newsom

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit California's Bay Area next week to campaign with Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces possible removal from office in a Sept. 14 recall election. Symone Sanders, Harris' chief spokesperson, tweeted Saturday that the vice president would visit on Wednesday. ...

Cleanup boats on scene of large Gulf oil spill following Ida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday that cleanup crews are responding to a sizable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ida. The spill, which is ongoing, appears to be coming from a source underwater at an offshore drilling lease about two miles (three ...

Women say they met porn actor Jeremy for fun; rape came next

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adult film actor Ron Jeremy leveraged the novelty of his celebrity to meet and often isolate women who he raped and sexually assaulted, using the same tactics for years, according to grand jury testimony from 21 women that was unsealed Saturday. "Wouldn't it be funny if we ...

Startups are way up in Tennessee, nationally amid pandemic

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic — or perhaps because of it — business starts jumped to a record high in the first half of 2021, according to filings with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office. "People who have been displaced are thinking that if they were ever ...

Shadow docket Supreme Court decisions could affect millions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditionally, the process of getting an opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court takes months and those rulings are often narrowly tailored. Emergency orders, especially during the court's summer break, revolve around specific issues, like individual death penalty cases. But ...

Rescue groups: US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Veteran-led rescue groups say the Biden administration's estimate that no more than 200 U.S. citizens were left behind in Afghanistan is too low and also overlooks hundreds of other people they consider to be equally American: permanent legal residents with green cards. Some ...

Kentucky governor calls special session on handling COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that he's calling Kentucky's Republican-led legislature into a special session to shape pandemic policies as the state struggles with a record surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The return of lawmakers to the ...

Companies: $26B settlement of opioid lawsuits to move ahead

Four companies in the drug industry said Saturday that enough states had agreed to a settlement of lawsuits over the opioid crisis for them to move ahead with the $26 billion deal. An announcement from the three largest U.S. drug distribution companies and a confirmation from drugmaker Johnson ...

Jesse Jackson’s wife headed home from hospital after COVID

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson's wife will be released from a Chicago hospital where she has been treated for COVID-19, her family said in a statement Friday. A statement from Jonathan Jackson, one of the couple's five children, did not specify when his 77-year-old mother, Jacqueline, ...

Health official: New Mexico children need more virus testing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More children in New Mexico are contracting COVID-19, and low testing rates in schools mean fewer cases are counted. This week health and education officials called for more testing of children. Some promised more testing options in the coming weeks. School-aged ...

US expects to admit more than 50,000 evacuated Afghans

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States following the fall of Kabul as part of an "enduring commitment" to help people who aided the American war effort and others who are particularly vulnerable under Taliban rule, the secretary of ...

Biden moves to declassify documents about Sept. 11 attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday directed the declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims' families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The order, coming ...

Power to be restored to New Orleans by middle of next week

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Power should be restored to New Orleans by the middle of next week, utility officials said Friday, and sheriff's deputies warned people returning to communities outside the city to come equipped like survivalists because of the lack of basic services in the aftermath of ...

WWII sailor returns to Alabama almost 80 years after death

BOAZ, Ala. (AP) — As the nation learned more about the military personnel killed in Aug. 26's suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, a family in Boaz laid to rest a young sailor killed almost 80 years ago in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The site of the fight and the weapons of ...

Biden tells storm-ravaged Louisiana: ‘I know you’re hurting’

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Giant trees knocked sideways. Homes boarded up with plywood. Off-kilter street signs. Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hardhit Louisiana neighborhood and told local residents, "I know you're hurting, ...

California governor seeks $16.7M in aid for Afghan refugees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor and legislative leaders on Friday requested $16.7 million in state money to help resettle Afghan refugees in the state. The request to use general fund money to help those fleeing the Taliban takeover signals "that California stands ready to ...

Collectible prices skyrocket, to the dismay of hobbyists

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have become obsessed with collectibles, bidding up prices for trading cards, video games and other mementos of their youth. The frenzy has brought small fortunes to some, but a deep frustration for those who still love to play games or trade cards as a hobby. Among ...

Kraft, former officials settle SEC charges for $62 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators said Friday that Kraft Heinz Co. will pay $62 million to settle charges of accounting wrongdoing that led the company to report overly rosy financial results, which were later corrected. Two former senior executives of the food company agreed to pay civil ...

Rocket ‘terminated’ in fiery explosion over Pacific Ocean

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A privately designed, unmanned rocket built to carry satellites was destroyed in an explosive fireball after suffering an "anomaly" off the California coast during its first attempt at reaching Earth's orbit. Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket was ...

Companies loosen job requirements but challenges remain

NEW YORK (AP) — Landing a waitressing job or bartending gig at a Lost Dog Cafe in Northern Virginia had never been easy. "Help Wanted" signs were a rarity, and half the chain's staff stuck around for at least 10 years. The onset of the pandemic made job prospects even worse when Lost Dog had ...