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Justices: California can’t enforce indoor church service ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling California that it can't bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can keep for now a ban on singing and chanting indoors. The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over ...

Virginia House joins Senate in voting to end death penalty

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia moved another step closer to ending capital punishment on Friday when the state House joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam supports the legislation, which would make Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions. ...

New Mexico State Police officer shot and killed on highway

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was in mourning Friday over the shooting death of a State Police officer in a highway-stop confrontation linked by authorities to drug trafficking that touched off a 40-mile police chase. Officials say the attacker was killed in a shootout with police at Las ...

Canada blocks cruise ships for a year, ending Alaska trips

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Canadian government has extended a ban on cruise ships through February 2022, which is expected to block many ships from visiting Alaska this year. Transport Canada on Thursday announced the extension of the ban enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada ...

Wallet lost in Antarctica in ’60s returned to California man

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Paul Grisham's wallet was missing for so long at the bottom of the world he forgot all about it. Fifty-three years later, the 91-year-old San Diego man has the billfold back along with mementos of his 13-month assignment as a Navy meteorologist on Antarctica in the ...

AP sources: Alabama senator has indicated he won’t run again

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Senate's fourth most senior member, has told confidantes that he does not intend to run for reelection next year_— prompting some Republicans to urge the powerful, establishment politician to reconsider, even as potential ...

Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is forcing an internal reckoning that pits his instincts to work toward a bipartisan deal against the demands of an urgent crisis and his desire to deliver for those who helped elect him. His bipartisan ...

Hawaii GOP chair resigns after party tweets about QAnon

HONOLULU (AP) — The chairperson of the Hawaii Republican Party has resigned after a senior party member used an official Twitter account to send tweets defending adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Shirlene Ostrov stepped down "to allow the party to recover from the controversy and ...

Marilyn Manson denies Evan Rachel Wood’s abuse allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocker Marilyn Manson was dropped by his record label on Monday after actor Evan Rachel Wood accused her ex-fiancé of sexual and other physical abuse, alleging she was "manipulated into submission" during their relationship. Manson called the allegations "horrible ...

Hundreds deported under Biden, including witness to massacre

HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has deported hundreds of immigrants in its early days despite his campaign pledge to stop removing most people in the U.S. illegally at the beginning of his term. A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a ...