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Ex-NYPD cop admits to obstruction in murder-for-hire plot

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York City police officer pleaded guilty Friday to an obstruction of justice charge in a murder-for-hire plot that authorities say sought the death of her husband and her boyfriend's teenage daughter. Valerie Cincinelli, 36, entered the plea in Central ...

What to expect in closings for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other angles of Floyd's arrest. And over and over, Derek ...

Retired Ohio sheriff and tiny K-9 partner die the same day

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio county sheriff and his tiny police dog were inseparable, their lives unwaveringly intertwined. It thus seems fitting that retired Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland, 67, and his crime-fighting partner Midge, 16, would both die on Wednesday — McClelland, at a ...

Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s motions to toss sex charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's arguments to toss charges that she recruited three teenager girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan denied claims that a non-prosecution ...

Biden’s appeals for action on guns, policing face reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the nation struggles with yet another mass shooting and faces a reckoning over the deaths of Black men at the hands of police, President Joe Biden is calling for action. Going beyond that, however, is proving a lot more difficult. Three months into his presidency, ...

Gaetz friend was lightning rod for controversy in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It all started with a hunch by a central Florida prep school teacher about who had launched a politically motivated smear campaign against him, falsely alleging he was racist and in a sexual relationship with a high school student. Investigators say fingerprints on an ...

Riot declared after windows smashed in Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot Friday night after authorities said protesters smashed windows and burglarized businesses during demonstrations that started earlier in the day after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a ...

GOP leaders diverge on Trump, putting party in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican leaders of Congress have made the trip to Mar-a-Lago to see Donald Trump. Kevin McCarthy visited after the deadly Jan 6 Capitol insurrection, counting on the former president's help to win back control of the House in 2022. The chair of the Senate ...

Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he launched his campaign to become Florida's governor in January 2018, few expected Ron DeSantis to prevail in America's toughest political battleground. The 39-year-old congressman was largely unknown outside his Daytona Beach district. He didn't have the ...

Global warming’s extreme rains threaten Hawaii’s coral reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii's steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were clogged ...

SpaceX, NASA give ‘go’ for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday's planned flight. Managers from NASA and Elon Musk's space company Thursday cleared the Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule for ...

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — In the modest bungalows and two-flats of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, there's never a shortage of needed home repairs staring residents in the face. And then there is the less obvious but more ominous problem lurking in their pipes. "There are so many issues that ...

Hundreds pay respects at funeral of slain US Capitol officer

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — The flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans was carried into a Massachusetts church on Thursday by his fellow Capitol officers as dozens of state police troopers stood in the street in a steady downpour and saluted. Evans was killed this month when ...

Boston marks 8 years since marathon bombing that killed 3

BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked eight years since the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured scores of others on Thursday with quiet moments of reflection and small acts of kindness. Acting Mayor Kim Janey visited fire stations that had been critical in the response ...

Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten liberal senators are urging President Joe Biden to back India and South Africa's appeal to the World Trade Organization to temporarily relax intellectual property rules so coronavirus vaccines can be manufactured by nations that are struggling to inoculate their ...

Police: 8 dead in shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic. Five ...

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and ...

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of people and companies, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The ...

Defense expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart trouble

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen ...

US Capitol Police watchdog to testify on Jan. 6 failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department's broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a "war" and weapons that were so old that officers didn't feel ...