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Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden.
50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world.

Cocaine disguised as cake seized from vehicle in Maine

A New York man and a Maine woman are facing charges over cocaine disguised as a cake that was seized from their vehicle, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.
UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

CAIRO — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said.
Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

LONDON — Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations’ culture organization.
Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound

BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded and Japanese exports surged as investors tried to figure out how rising coronavirus infections will affect the global economy. Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney advanced.
Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. U.S.
Couple charged in California fire sparked by gender reveal

Couple charged in California fire sparked by gender reveal

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A couple whose gender reveal ceremony sparked a Southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter last year were charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities announced Tuesday. Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr.
US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S.
GOP radio host Larry Elder sues to get on California ballot

GOP radio host Larry Elder sues to get on California ballot

LOS ANGELES — Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is suing over a decision by California election officials to block him from running in the September recall election that could oust Gov.