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Biden and Trump are marching toward their nominations, but Michigan could reveal significant perils

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — While Joe Biden and Donald Trump are marching steadily toward their respective presidential nominations, Michigan's primary on Tuesday could reveal significant political perils for both of them. Trump, despite his undoubted...

 

Chatbots' inaccurate, misleading responses about U.S. elections threaten to keep voters from polls

NEW YORK (AP) — With presidential primaries underway across the U.S., popular chatbots are generating false and misleading information that threatens to disenfranchise voters, according to a report published Tuesday based on the findings of...

 

Biden and party leaders implore Speaker Johnson to help Ukraine in 'intense' Oval Office meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders emerged from an "intense" Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday speaking optimistically about the prospects for avoiding a partial government shutdown, but with new uncertainty about aid for...

 

At conservative gala, Trump remarks show challenges in GOP Black voter outreach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Golden and scarlet balloons adorned an entrance guarded by the Secret Service that led straight to a bar abuzz with excited reunions, a line of attendees waiting to take pictures at a photo wall and a spacious auditorium set...

 

US Army is slashing thousands of posts in major revamp to prepare for future wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring...

 

A deal between Israel and Hamas appears to be taking shape. What would it look like?

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas are inching toward a new deal that would free some of the roughly 130 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a weekslong pause in the war, now in its fifth month. U.S. President Joe Biden says a deal could go...

 

Toppled moon lander sends back more images, with only hours left until it dies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moon lander that ended up on its side managed to beam back more pictures, with only hours remaining before it dies. Intuitive Machines posted new photos of the moon's unexplored south polar region Tuesday. The company'...

 

Biden backed off a pledge to abolish the federal death penalty. That's left an opening for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he prepared to take office three years ago, Joe Biden's incoming administration considered a host of possible options to fulfill a campaign pledge to end the federal death penalty. One idea was an executive order, according to...

 

What's life like for Russia's political prisoners? Isolation, poor food and arbitrary punishment

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Vladimir Kara-Murza could only laugh when officials in Penal Colony No. 6 inexplicably put a small cabinet in his already-cramped concrete cell, next to a fold-up cot, stool, sink and latrine. That moment of dark humor came...

 

The Supreme Court appears torn about a Trump-era ban on a gun accessory known as bump stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared torn Wednesday about a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in...

 

McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. McConnell,...

 

At the Florida Man Games, big crowds cheer competitors evading police, wrestling over beer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — They rose up by the dozens from across Florida, caricatured competitors in tank tops and cutoff shorts, for a showdown that treats evading police and wrestling over beer like Olympic sports. Promoted as "the most insane...

 

'Totally cold' is not too cold for winter swimmers competing in a frozen Vermont lake

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Plunging into a frozen lake and swimming laps may not be everyone's good time but for winter swimmers who return year after year to a northern Vermont lake near the Canadian border, there's nothing better. The 10th annual...

 

US and British strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen answer militants' surge in Red Sea attacks on ships

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set...

 

Western leaders rally around Kyiv to mark 2 years since Russia's full-scale invasion

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and foreign aid hangs in the balance. Allies...

 

An RNC member is trying to stop the party from paying Donald Trump's legal bills

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — At least one member of the Republican National Committee is working to slow Donald Trump's attempted takeover of the organization by pushing to keep the committee neutral until Trump is officially the presidential nominee and...

 

Oaths and pledges have been routine for political officials. That's changing in a polarized America

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The resignation letter was short and direct. "I can no longer be under an oath to uphold the New Constitution of Ohio," wrote Sabrina Warner in her letter announcing she was stepping down from the state's Republican central...

 

Israeli officials to meet on a proposed pause in Gaza while the Cabinet is set to OK a Rafah plan

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli officials will meet Saturday night on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

 

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, aide says

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, a top aide to Navalny said Saturday on his social media account. Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, made the announcement on...

 

Warren Buffett uses his annual letter to warn about Wall Street and recount Berkshire's successes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett credited his longtime partner — the late Charlie Munger — with being the architect of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he's received the credit for leading and warned shareholders in his annual letter...

 

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family's story is an Oscar nominee

Olfa Hamrouni doesn't know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child's mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn't even let her mind go there. "I don't want to know. What for but...

 

At the Florida Man Games, big crowds cheer competitors evading police, wrestling over beer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — They rose up by the dozens from across Florida, caricatured competitors in tank tops and cutoff shorts, for a showdown that treats evading police and wrestling over beer like Olympic sports. Promoted as "the most insane...

 

What would a new Palestinian government in the West Bank mean for the war in Gaza?

The Palestinian Authority's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, seen as the first step in a reform process urged by the United States as part of its latest ambitious plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But...

 

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of blocking aid to Palestinians in violation of a UN court order

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has failed to comply with an order by the United Nations' top court to provide urgently needed aid to desperate people in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said Monday, a month after a landmark ruling in The Hague...

 

Supreme Court wrestles with GOP-led states' efforts to regulate social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justi...

 

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