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U.S. intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies, military edge

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China's ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and … more

U.S. budget deficit hits $2.77 trillion in 2021, 2nd highest

WASHINGTON - The U.S. budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the second highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion reached in 2020. The deficits in both years reflect trillions of dollars in … more

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in children 5 to 11

Kid-size doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age … more

Sheriff: Baldwin fired prop gun that killed cinematographer

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western and killed the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities are … more

Jamie Foxx shares parenting lessons, stories in new book

NEW YORK - While traveling with his family during the filming of the 2012 movie "Django Unchained," Jamie Foxx allowed his then 18-year-old daughter, Corinne, to share a room with her boyfriend. He was proud of his decision, feeling evolved and cool … more

U.S.: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

WASHINGTON - Worsening climate change requires that the United States do much more to track and protect refugees fleeing natural disasters, the Biden administration said in a series of grim assessments Thursday on the growing challenges facing the … more

CDC panel supports expanded booster rollout

WASHINGTON - Millions more Americans are closer to getting a COVID-19 booster as influential government advisers on Thursday endorsed extra doses of all three of the nation's vaccines - and opened the possibility of choosing a different company's … more

Ice-T, friend Spike share their different paths in memoir 'Split Decision'

NEW YORK (AP) - Ice-T has never forgotten the path his life might have taken. The rapper and actor has a deal with Gallery Books for the memoir "Split Decision," in which Ice-T and his longtime friend, identified only as Spike, look back on their … more

Fed-up workers seek flexible schedules

NEW YORK (AP) - After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five … more

New Zealand police answer 4-year-old's call, confirm toys are cool

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool. Police … more

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday … more

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra … more

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering 17 people during a rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving a jury to decide whether he … more

Mix-and-match COVID boosters expected to be authorized in U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week in an effort to provide flexibility as the campaign for extra shots expands. The upcoming announcement by the Food and Drug … more

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are … more

Biden's climate plan at risk, Democrats race to strike deal

WASHINGTON - With a centerpiece of President Joe Biden's climate change strategy all but dashed, Democratic lawmakers headed to the White House on Tuesday searching for new ways to narrow, reshape and swiftly wrap up negotiations on what had been … more

Colin Powell, exemplary general stained by Iraq claims, dies

WASHIINGTON - Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before the U.N. and made faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, has died of COVID-19 … more

Russia says it pushed U.S. destroyer from area near its waters

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Defense Ministry said a Russian warship on Friday prevented a U.S. Navy destroyer from what it described as an attempt to intrude into Russia's territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. The incident came as Russia and China … more

In dry Calif., some buy units that make water from air

BENICIA, Calif. - The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to chill … more

Ancient groundwater: Why the water you drink could be thousands of years old

Communities that rely on the Colorado River are facing a water crisis. Lake Mead, the river's largest reservoir, has fallen to levels not seen since it was created by the construction of the Hoover … more
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