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US jobless claims decline to 444,000, a new pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 444,000, a new pandemic low and a sign that the job market keeps strengthening as consumers spend freely again, viral infections drop and business restrictions ease. Thursday's report from the Labor ...

NY attorney general says Trump Org probe is now criminal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general's office said Tuesday that it is conducting a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's business empire, expanding what had previously been a civil probe. "We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the ...

Prosecutor says Durst’s own words show his guilt in killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Multimillionaire Robert Durst lived a life of such privilege and ease that he didn't bother keeping track of the many lies he told over the years and it could be his downfall, a prosecutor said Tuesday during a new round of opening statements at his murder trial. Deputy ...

Retailer results so far show people are going out, spending

NEW YORK (AP) — At Walmart, sales of teeth whitener are popping as customers take their masks off. So are travel items. Macy's says that special occasion dressing like prom dresses are on the upswing as well as luggage, men's tailored clothing, and dressy sandals. Shoppers, newly vaccinated, ...

Biden moves to improve legal services for poor, minorities

DETROIT (AP) — President Joe Biden took executive action Tuesday to ensure minorities, low-income Americans and others have better access to quality legal representation after services dwindled during the Trump administration. Biden signed a memorandum directing the Department of Justice to ...

McConnell hits ‘pause’ on Dems effort to create Jan. 6 panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are signaling that they will try to block — or at least slow down — a Democratic effort to create a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, threatening the chances of a deeper, independent look at the siege and how ...

Americans urged to get colon cancer screening earlier

Americans should start getting screened for colon cancer earlier -- at age 45 instead of waiting until they're 50, according to guidelines released Tuesday. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it's time for the change because colorectal cancer increasingly is appearing in younger ...

US eases asylum restrictions at border amid legal challenges

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Domingo Antonio Zeledon traveled for nearly three weeks from his hometown in Nicaragua, leaving behind his wife and three youngest children to come to the United States with his 17-year-old son. The 39-year-old couldn't support his family on earnings equivalent to $5 a ...

Washington governor signs sweeping police reform measures

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed one of the nation's most ambitious packages of police accountability legislation, prompted by last year's outcry for racial justice following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people at the hands of ...

Man charged with murder, tampering with body in wife’s death

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man arrested in the death of his wife who disappeared last year was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and tampering with a human body, as well as other evidence in the case. According to a complaint filed by prosecutors, Barry Morphew, 53, is accused of ...