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High court could limit 2020 Indian land decision in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider limiting a recent decision about Indian land in Oklahoma that the state says has produced chaos in its courts. The justices said they would take up a case to clarify whether the state can prosecute non-Indians for crimes committed against Indians in a large portion […]
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High court could limit 2020 Indian land decision in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider limiting a recent decision about Indian land in Oklahoma that the state says has produced chaos in its courts. The justices said they would take up a case to clarify whether the state can prosecute non-Indians for crimes committed against Indians in a large portion […]
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US man accused of faking death to avoid charges jailed in UK

LONDON (AP) — An American man who authorities say faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud before fleeing to Scotland was jailed Friday after he failed to show up for an extradition hearing. Nicholas Alahverdian, who has used a number of aliases including Nicholas Rossi, was denied bail at Edinburgh […]
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No. 2 US climate diplomat leaves after a year under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s second-ranking climate diplomat is leaving his government job after one year, special U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Friday. Jonathan Pershing is a veteran of decades of U.S. government climate efforts, with work that included helping to negotiate the 2015 Paris accord under the Obama administration. Pershing had returned […]
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Facing tough ’22 elections, Dems want a year of achievements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they’re addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently. Last year, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats notched two massive accomplishments: a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 […]
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Indicted Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry loses 2 big GOP backers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s political fortunes took a major hit Friday when two of Nebraska’s most prominent Republicans withdrew their longtime support for him and endorsed a state lawmaker who hopes to unseat the nine-term congressman in the GOP primary. Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and former Gov. Dave Heineman announced […]
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Poland’s ex-president Solidarity leader Walesa has COVID

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s former president and former Solidarity pro-democracy movement leader, Lech Walesa, said Friday that he has COVID-19. The 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said on Twitter that he was surprised to find out he is infected despite the three vaccination doses he has received. “I can’t believe it: I received 3 […]
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Officials: Florida manatees eating lettuce in pilot program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manatees at risk of starvation because native seagrass is dying due to water pollution have for the first time started eating lettuce under an experimental feeding program, Florida wildlife officials said Friday. The test facility on the east coast’s Indian River Lagoon had its first takers of romaine lettuce Thursday, […]
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Venezuelan girl drowns in Rio Grande amid migration to US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just days before Mexico began requiring visas for Venezuelan visitors in an attempt to slow their migration to the U.S. border, Mayerlin Mayor left her native Maracaibo with her 7-year-old daughter Victoria. The 36-year-old school teacher living with her parents could no longer make ends meet in the face of triple-digit […]
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EXPLAINER: How is North Dakota shield law supposed to work?

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The confiscation of a North Dakota reporter’s cellphone by a Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent has shined a light on the state’s 19-year-old shield law, which is aimed at protecting journalists from being forced to turn over notes and other information without a court hearing. Reporter Tom Simon, who works for […]
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University revokes honorary degrees for Giuliani and Flynn

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island is revoking honorary degrees bestowed upon two once-prominent advisers to former President Donald Trump: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The university’s board of trustees voted Friday to revoke the degrees following internal deliberations that included a recommendation […]
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Correction: Starbucks-Union-Vote story

In a story published Dec. 9, 2021, and in prior stories on the same topic, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a Starbucks store in Buffalo was the first to unionize in the company’s history. The United Food and Commercial Workers union represented workers at six stores in the Seattle area for several years in […]
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Progressives eye Texas race as test for toppling incumbents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Henry Cuellar is an increasingly rare politician in the Democratic Party, a conservative-leaning lawmaker whose unapologetic defense of gun rights and the energy industry during his 17 years in Congress long delighted his Texas constituents. That was once a winning strategy for Democrats running in moderate swaths of the country. But […]
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Retiring FDNY commissioner led COVID response, 9/11 recovery

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s fire commissioner said Friday that he will retire next month after more than seven years in the job and a career that spanned more than five decades and included stints in every rank in the department. Daniel Nigro led the nation’s largest municipal fire department through the worst […]
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Woman in botched police raid: Money won’t ‘right this wrong’

CHICAGO (AP) — A Black woman who settled with the city of Chicago for nearly $3 million after she was handcuffed while naked by police officers during a botched raid of her home says “there’s no amount of money that will right this wrong” and that changes are needed to the Chicago Police Department. Anjanette […]
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Texas man charged with election threats to Georgia officials

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that a Texas man has been arrested on charges of posting threatening messages on Craigslist about killing government officials in Georgia following the 2020 election. It was announced as the first arrest by the Justice Department’s new Election Threats Task Force that was created last […]
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Feds: Nursing home operator failed to pay $29.5M in taxes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The operator of a failed multi-state nursing home chain failed to pay $29.5 million in payroll and unemployment taxes for his employees at 95 facilities he operated in 11 states, federal prosecutors said. Authorities on Thursday arrested Joseph Schwartz, 62, of Suffern, New York, and charged him in federal court in […]
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California jobless rate dips half-percentage point to 6.5%

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate dipped a half-percentage point in December as the most populous state added 50,700 nonfarm jobs, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s 199,000 new jobs for the month, according to new data released Friday. The state has now regained nearly 72% of the 2.7 million jobs […]
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Judge: UF can’t stop faculty in cases conflicting with state

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a decision that made a withering comparison to Communist China, a federal judge on Friday temporarily prohibited the University of Florida from enforcing a policy that restricted faculty members from providing expert testimony in cases that conflict with positions taken by the state of Florida. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker […]
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Man admits to placing homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of making and placing several homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines — including one that was found by an 8-year-old girl — pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. Chad Williams, 47, of Johnston, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a firearm as an unlawful drug user and making […]
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Wisconsin GOP lawmaker calls for election cheating in video

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican Wisconsin state lawmaker was recorded on video saying that Republicans need to “cheat like the Democrats” to win elections and that he’d like to punch Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over pandemic restrictions. The video of state Rep. Elijah Behnke was posted online Thursday and circulated over Twitter late that […]
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Texas synagogue hostage-taker killed by multiple gun shots

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — The gunman who held four people captive at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended with the hostages escaping and an FBI tactical team rushing in was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, according to a medical examiner, who ruled the death a homicide. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner released […]
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Sentence slashed in robbery that led to FBI agent’s death

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A botched bank heist that led to the accidental death of an FBI agent earned convicted robber Francisco Herrera-Genao a 117-year prison sentence. Now, the New Jersey convict, imprisoned since 2007, could be free in as soon as four years because of legislation signed by former President Donald Trump. Last June, […]
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‘SNL’ comics Jost, Davidson buy Staten Island Ferry boat

NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” comics Colin Jost and Pete Davidson have purchased a decommissioned Staten Island Ferry boat for $280,100 with plans to turn it into New York’s hottest club. Jost and Davidson teamed up with comedy club owner Paul Italia on Wednesday’s winning bid for the John F. Kennedy, a 277-foot […]
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