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Legendary athlete, actor and millionaire: O.J. Simpson's murder trial lost him the American dream

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For a long time, O.J. Simpson was the man who had it all. He lived the American dream as a sports legend, movie actor, commercial pitchman and millionaire. With his wildly successful career, startling good looks and a gorgeous w...

 

Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense 'ironclad' amid growing China provocations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment to Pacific allies was "ironclad" as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Thursday in t...

 

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses Congress amid skepticism about US role abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addressed U.S. lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, urging them to consider the importance of global commitments at a time of tension in the Asia-Pacific and deep skepticism in Congress a...

 

The Biden administration will require thousands more gun dealers to run background checks on buyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more firearms dealers across the United States will have to run background checks on buyers at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Biden administration rule that will soon go into e...

 

More aid is supposed to be entering the Gaza Strip. Why isn't it helping?

JERUSALEM (AP) — Under heavy U.S. pressure, Israel has promised to ramp up aid to Gaza dramatically, saying last week it would open another cargo crossing and surge more trucks than ever before into the besieged enclave. But days later, there are f...

 

US measles cases are up in 2024. What's driving the increase?

Measles outbreaks in the U.S. and abroad are raising health experts' concern about the preventable, once-common childhood virus. One of the world's most contagious diseases, measles can lead to potentially serious complications. The best defense,...

 

Instagram begins blurring nudity in messages to protect teens and fight sexual extortion

LONDON (AP) — Instagram says it's deploying new tools to protect young people and combat sexual extortion, including a feature that will automatically blur nudity in direct messages. The social media platform said in a blog post Thursday that it's t...

 

A mission of mercy, then a fatal strike: How an aid convoy in Gaza became Israel's target

DEIR AL BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — It was hours after sundown when the eight aid trucks drove from the makeshift jetty, cobbled together from tons of wreckage left across Gaza by months of war. The trucks were escorted by three vehicles carrying aid w...

 

Who's really left-handed? In baseball, it can be hard to tell

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Yordan Alvarez might be the top left-handed hitter in Major League Baseball. Teammate Framber Valdez ranks among the best left-handed pitchers, too. Other than that, those guys are all right. Literally — neither player consid...

 

Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train'

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The first parents convicted in a U.S. mass school shooting were sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Tuesday as a Michigan judge lamented missed opportunities that could have prevented their teenage son from possessing a g...

 

Videos show Chicago police fired nearly 100 shots over 41 seconds during fatal traffic stop

CHICAGO (AP) — Plainclothes Chicago police officers fired nearly 100 gunshots over 41 seconds during a traffic stop that left one man dead and one officer injured, according to graphic video footage a police oversight agency released Tuesday. Five o...

 

Biden meets Japan's PM Kishida over shared concerns about China and differences on US Steel deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida began a much-anticipated visit to Washington on Tuesday that spotlights shared concerns about provocative Chinese military action in the Pacific and at a rare moment of public difference b...

 

Former assistant principal charged with child neglect in case of 6-year-old boy who shot teacher

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A former assistant principal at a Virginia elementary school has been charged with felony child neglect more than a year after a 6-year-old boy brought a gun to class and shot his first-grade teacher. A special grand jury i...

 

New EPA rule says 218 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 chemical plants nationwide will be required to reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer under a new rule issued Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule advances President Joe Biden's c...

 

Content creation holds appeal for laid-off workers seeking flexibility

With a compact mirror in one hand and an eyelash curler in the other, Grace Xu told her roughly 300,000 TikTok followers she was likely about to be laid off. She was right, she tells them in a subsequent clip. But she was planning to pursue a...

 

Austin tells Congress Israel is taking steps to boost aid to Gaza as lawmakers question US support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress Tuesday that pressure on Israel to improve humanitarian aid to Gaza appears to be working, but he said more must be done, and it remains to be seen if the improvement will continue. "...

 

GOP's Marjorie Taylor Greene delivers fresh threats of ousting Speaker Johnson in scathing rebuke

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is escalating her criticism of House Speaker Mike Johnson, blistering his leadership in a lengthy letter to colleagues and renewing threats of a snap vote that could remove him from office. A...

 

Beyoncé becomes first Black woman to hit No. 1 on Billboard country albums chart

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé has made history once again. Her latest album, the epic "Act ll: Cowboy Carter", hit No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart, making her the first Black woman to top the chart since its 1964 inception. The album also to...

 

Can't get enough of the total solar eclipse or got clouded out? Here are the next ones to watch for

DALLAS (AP) — Whether you saw the moon completely block the sun, were foiled by cloudy weather or weren't along the path of Monday's total solar eclipse, there are still more chances to catch a glimpse. Here's what to know about upcoming solar specta...

 

Starting over: Women emerging from prison face formidable challenges to resuming their lives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On a cold and dreary October day, Heather C. Jarvis packed everything she had into a pink duffle and a plastic trash bag and waited for the rest of her life to begin. Sitting in the lobby of the Ohio Reformatory for Women in M...

 

Biden praises Prime Minister Kishida's leadership and Japan's growing international clout

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden praised Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's "bold" leadership on a series of global crises as he welcomed the Japanese leader to the White House on Wednesday for wide-ranging talks that touched on the delicate securit...

 

3 shot and 5 in custody after gunfire disrupts Philadelphia Eid event, police say

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A joyful celebration of the end of Ramadan devolved into panic Wednesday in Philadelphia after rival groups exchanged gunfire, leaving at least three people injured and hundreds of parents and children to flee in search of s...

 

New York appeals court rejects Donald Trump's third request to delay Monday's hush money trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is now 0 for 3 in last-minute attempts to get a New York appeals court to delay his looming hush money criminal trial. An appeals court judge Wednesday swiftly rejected the latest salvo from the former president's l...

 

In triple-murder trial, prosecutor says Chad Daybell built 'alternate reality' to gain sex and money

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man charged with three murders in an unusual doomsday-focused case crafted an alternate reality so that he could fulfill "his desire for sex, money and power," a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday morning. "When he had a c...

 

Biden administration sets first-ever limits on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized strict limits on certain so-called "forever chemicals" in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. Officials say this will reduce expo...

 

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