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Polls: US image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office

The United States' image around the world has improved sharply since President Joe Biden took office, according to new surveys conducted in 16 countries, including many long-standing allies of the U.S. The Pew Research Center surveys show majorities of the citizens across the countries — ...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin’s lawyer asks to probe alleged jury bias

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd is seeking not only a new trial but also a hearing to "impeach the verdict" by investigating potential juror misconduct. Eric Nelson's request for a new trial ...

Key reservoir on Colorado River hits record low amid drought

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key reservoir on the Colorado River has dipped to its record low in the latest showing of the drought's grip on the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Nevada-Arizona border dipped to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 meters) at 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening. ...

Arizona refurbishes gas chamber in push to resume executions

PHOENIX (AP) — As it aims to resume executions after a seven-year hiatus, Arizona has refurbished its gas chamber, where the nation's last lethal-gas execution was carried out more than two decades ago before the United States rejected the brutal nature of the deaths. The state has purchased ...

Robert Durst hospitalized, delaying his murder trial again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst, the multimillionaire real estate heir on trial in the killing of his best friend, was hospitalized Thursday for an unspecified health issue, according to the judge in the long-delayed trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham said in court that ...

Small Minneapolis event eyes Klobuchar to help stop Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a Minneapolis park Thursday before marching to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office to promote shutting down reconstruction of an aging oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The half-hour program at Gold Medal Park included singing and speeches ...

South Carolina judge refuses to block 2 scheduled executions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge on Tuesday refused to block two executions set for later this month as she considers a lawsuit over the state's new capital punishment law, which effectively forces condemned prisoners to choose to die by either the electric chair or firing ...

Police: Suspected Baltimore gang leader dead after standoff

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A suspected Baltimore gang leader died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon in an Atlanta suburb, authorities said. Shots were fired at U.S. marshals and police as they tried to arrest Gary Creek at a ...

Man charged with murder of boy in road-rage shooting

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man was charged Tuesday with murder in a Southern California road rage shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy on a freeway last month, stunning the region and attracting national attention. Prosecutors in Orange County charged Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, with murder in ...

Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote for the bill ...