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Hard-right House Republicans on Friday, April 16, were discussing forming an America First Caucus, which one document described as championing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning that mass immigration was putting the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk.

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press April 17, 2021
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As military bands played and a procession of royals escorted his coffin to the church, Prince Philip was laid to rest Saturday in a funeral ceremony that honored his lifetime of service to the U.K., the crown and his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II.

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press April 17, 2021
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Stocks are broadly higher in afternoon trading Friday, placing indexes on track for more record highs as the market notches another week of solid gains.

By DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press April 16, 2021
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Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

By Associated Press April 16, 2021
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Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests, leaving some law enforcement called in to assist asking whether the city still wants their help.

By TODD RICHMOND and MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press April 16, 2021
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Police scoured a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and searched the suspected gunman's home Friday, looking for a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family members of the eight victims spent agonizing hours awaiting word on their loved ones.

By CASEY SMITH and RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press/Report for America April 16, 2021
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Divers searching for oil industry workers on a capsized liftboat prepared to enter the overturned vessel on Friday, a rescue effort complicated by daunting technical challenges and continued bad weather.

By STACEY PLAISANCE, KEVIN McGILL and JEFF MARTIN AP April 16, 2021
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A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently taking his own life in a late-night attack at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings in the United States after a relative lull during the pandemic.

By CASEY SMITH Associated Press/Report for America April 16, 2021
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Disturbing body camera video released after public outcry over the Chicago police shooting of a 13-year-old boy shows the youth appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before an officer fires his gun and kills him.

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT Associated Press April 16, 2021
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The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies.

By ERIC TUCKER and AAMER MADHANI Associated Press April 15, 2021
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Former Officer Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand as testimony at his murder trial ended Thursday, passing up the chance to explain to the jury and the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck.

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press April 15, 2021
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The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and deaths.

By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press April 15, 2021
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Daunte Wright's family members joined with community leaders Thursday in calling for more serious charges against a white police officer in Wright's death, comparing her case to the murder charge brought against a Black officer who killed a white woman in nearby Minneapolis.

By SCOTT BAUER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press April 15, 2021
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Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for COVID-19 during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims.

By DAVID SHARP and MARIAM FAM, Associated Press April 14, 2021
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Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as "not worth looking at," attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site.

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press April 14, 2021
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Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82.

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and TOM HAYS Associated Press April 14, 2021
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A prosecutor said Wednesday that he charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.

By SCOTT BAUER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press April 14, 2021
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Women seeking an abortion pill will not be required to visit a doctor's office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health officials said Tuesday in the latest reversal in an ongoing legal battle over the medication.

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer April 13, 2021
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A student opened fire on officers responding to a report of a possible gunman at a Tennessee high school Monday, and police shot back and killed him, authorities said.

By TRAVIS LOLLER and ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press April 13, 2021
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Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade.

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press April 13, 2021
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A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief — moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest.

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press April 13, 2021
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From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control.

April 12, 2021
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La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

By KRISTIN DEANE and DÁNICA COTO Associated Press April 12, 2021
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The Biden White House is amplifying the push for its $2.3 trillion infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid and housing affordability.

By JOSH BOAK Associated Press April 12, 2021
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The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city's police chief said Monday.

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press April 12, 2021

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