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AP sources: Justice Breyer to retire; Biden to fill vacancy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court, two source...

Venezuela recall faces 'impossible' conditions; turnout low

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans got a chance on to demand a recall of President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday — but a government-friendly electoral board imposed limits that backers said were impo...

EXPLAINER: Who are the kids trapped in Syria prison attack?

BEIRUT (AP) — A distressing series of voice notes sent by an injured Australian teenager from a prison in northeast Syria underscores the plight of thousands of forgotten children who remain trapped i...

People posting videos of UAE attack summoned under vague law

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State prosecutors in Abu Dhabi summoned people who shared videos on social media of Emirati defense forces intercepting missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis at the nati...

Americans' trust in science now deeply polarized, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' faith in science is falling as Democrats rely on it even more, with a trust gap in science and medicine widening substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic, new survey d...

Situation 'dire' as Coast Guard seeks 38 missing off Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as its planes and ships searched for 38 people missing off the coast of Florida, four days after a suspected human smugglin...

Canada's central bank leaves interest rate unchanged

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s central bank declined to raise its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday but said interest rates will have to rise in the future as the economy rebounds. The B...

EPA acts on environmental justice in 3 Gulf Coast states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communi...

Medicare posts key nursing home staffing info for consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shining a light on key markers for nursing home quality, Medicare said Wednesday it is now posting details on staff turnover and weekend nurse coverage on its “Care Compare” website...

AP source: Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, according to a person with knowledge of the process, taking an innovative turn by bringing in an analyt...

Rioter who wore 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt pleads guilty

A Virginia man who wore a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt at the U.S. Capitol during last year's riot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to joining the mob of people who stormed the building. P...

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border and ratcheted up war games in the region. Moscow denies it is planning an assault, but the Uni...

Russia offering jabs to children aged 12-17 as cases soar

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Wednesday expanded a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12-17 to include more regions, amid the country's biggest infection surge yet due to the sprea...

German lawmakers debate possible COVID vaccine mandate

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament on Wednesday began a debate on a possible wide-ranging coronavirus vaccine mandate, with three main options on the table so far: obligatory vaccinations for all adul...

Mali tells Danish troops to leave European special force

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s junta has told Denmark to withdraw its soldiers from the country's north, saying no permission had been given for them to deploy there as part of a Europe...