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House passes defense bill scrapping COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 08, 2022 17:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military and provide nearly $858 billion for national defense passed the House on Thursday as lawmakers scratch off one of the final items on their yearly to-do list. The bill provides for...

New Zealand PM Ardern says China has become 'more assertive'

Dec. 08, 2022 13:42 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Reflecting on her five years as New Zealand's leader, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said China has undoubtedly become more assertive in the region over that time, but cautioned that building relationships with small Pacific nations shouldn't become a game of...

South Dakota governor orders review of Chinese investments

Dec. 08, 2022 12:57 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday called for an immediate review of the state's investments to determine if it has stakes in Chinese companies, stepping up her rhetoric against the ascendant Asian economic giant that has also emerged as a powerful rival to the...

Korean firms plan $4 billion-plus battery plant in Georgia

Dec. 08, 2022 10:29 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Hyundai Motor Group and a South Korean battery maker say they will jointly invest $4 billion to $5 billion in Georgia to build a new plant northwest of Atlanta that would supply electric batteries for Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles assembled in the United States. ...

Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP

Dec. 08, 2022 05:49 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump's attacks on fellow Republican David McCormick contributed to the former hedge fund manager's loss in Pennsylvania's Senate primary. Now, as McCormick considers running again for the Senate, Trump's derision may not be such a liability. While...

EXPLAINER: China's relaxed 'zero-COVID' brings big changes

Dec. 08, 2022 02:15 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — In a move that caught many by surprise, China announced a potentially major easing of its rigid “zero-COVID” restrictions, without formally abandoning the policy altogether. It’s not clear what exactly prompted the move, although it follows the largest show of...

Asian shares slip after tech stock slump on Wall St

Dec. 08, 2022 00:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares are mostly lower in Asia after Wall Street sagged under weakness in tech stocks. U.S. futures edged lower while oil prices rebounded. Japan revised upward its GDP data to show the economy contracted less than earlier reported in July-September,...

Today in History: December 8, U.S. enters World War II

Dec. 08, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2022. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after...

Indiana sues TikTok, citing safety and security concerns

Dec. 07, 2022 21:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general on Wednesday sued Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, claiming the video-sharing platform misleads its users, particularly children, about the level of inappropriate content and security of consumer information. Republican Attorney...

UN body accredits 9 rights, minority groups after US push

Dec. 07, 2022 19:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After years of delay, the U.N. body overseeing economic development and social issues voted Wednesday to give nine human rights and minority groups the right to raise concerns and participate in its discussions, overriding objections from Russia, China, India, Arab nations...