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Biden in State of Union exhorts Congress: 'Finish the job'

Feb. 08, 2023 01:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden exhorted Congress Tuesday night to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation as he delivered a State of the Union address aimed at reassuring a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions. ...

In quake-hit Turkey, Syria, many victims, too little time

Feb. 08, 2023 02:30 AM EST

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — Thinly stretched rescue teams worked through the night into Wednesday, pulling more bodies from the rubble of thousands of buildings downed in Turkey and Syria by a catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 8,000, their grim task occasionally punctuated by the joy of...

Scoring King: James passes Abdul-Jabbar for NBA points mark

Feb. 08, 2023 01:10 AM EST

LeBron James got the first official statistic of his NBA career on a rebound. His next entry on the stat sheet was an assist. Even then, points weren’t the priority. They never were. Somehow, he became the most prolific scorer in NBA history anyway. It finally...

Memphis officer took, shared photos of bloodied Tyre Nichols

Feb. 07, 2023 23:51 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Documents released Tuesday provided a scathing account of what authorities called the “blatantly unprofessional” conduct of five officers involved in the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop last month — including new revelations about how one...

North Korean leader Kim brings daughter to visit troops

Feb. 08, 2023 01:20 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un brought his daughter to visit troops to mark the 75th founding anniversary of the country's army as he lauded the “irresistible might” of his nuclear-armed military, state media said Wednesday. The visit came amid...

Navy divers begin pulling up Chinese spy balloon debris

Feb. 07, 2023 17:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Navy divers began pulling pieces of the downed Chinese spy balloon from the depths of the ocean floor on Tuesday, using sophisticated reconnaissance drones dubbed the Kingfish and the Swordfish to locate the debris. After collecting all of the balloon's white...

EXPLAINER: Toxic gases connected to Ohio train derailment

Feb. 08, 2023 01:27 AM EST

A day after crews released and burned toxic chemicals transported by a wrecked train in Ohio, residents remain in the dark about what toxic substances could be lingering in their evacuated neighborhoods. About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery...

'Invasion' language continues after El Paso Walmart shooting

Feb. 08, 2023 01:22 AM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — From inside a Texas Walmart in 2019 during one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Adria Gonzalez heard the gunman shout epithets against Mexicans as she helped panicked shoppers toward the store exits. She won't be there Wednesday when Patrick...

The Grammys ended in controversy, again. Here’s what to know

Feb. 07, 2023 09:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A night in music brimming with shocking upsets, historic wins, tributes for artists like the late rapper Takeoff and hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, the 65th Grammys were back in full swing Sunday. Once again, Beyoncé was in the running for the top honor. Once again,...

Microsoft bakes ChatGPT-like tech into search engine Bing

Feb. 07, 2023 19:53 PM EST

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is fusing ChatGPT-like technology into its search engine Bing, transforming an internet service that now trails far behind Google into a new way of communicating with artificial intelligence. The revamping of Microsoft’s second-place search engine...

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LeBron James makes NBA history on a star-filled night in LA

Feb. 08, 2023 02:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bronny James stepped over to his dad's locker and played the phone video he had taken of Tuesday night's biggest moment. The NBA's new scoring king tipped his head back in a rich, full-throated laugh when the audio revealed Bronny had anticipated that the historic basket would...

In quake-hit Turkey, Syria, many victims, too little time

Feb. 08, 2023 02:30 AM EST

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — Thinly stretched rescue teams worked through the night into Wednesday, pulling more bodies from the rubble of thousands of buildings downed in Turkey and Syria by a catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 8,000, their grim task occasionally punctuated by the joy of...

Disney cuts Simpsons 'forced labor' episode in Hong Kong

Feb. 08, 2023 02:29 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Walt Disney Co. has removed an episode from cartoon series The Simpsons that included a reference to “forced labor camps” in China from its streaming service in Hong Kong. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why the episode,...

Tokyo Olympic official, 3 others held in bid-rigging probe

Feb. 08, 2023 02:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A senior official with the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and three company executives were arrested Wednesday in an ongoing bid-rigging scandal related to the Games. Yasuo Mori, the Olympic official, was arrested along with Koji Henmi, who headed the sports...

New Zealand police find 3.5 tons of cocaine in Pacific Ocean

Feb. 08, 2023 01:43 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Wednesday they found more than 3 tons of cocaine floating in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean after it was dropped there by an international drug-smuggling syndicate. While they had yet to make any arrests, police said they...

IEA: Asia set to use half of world's electricity by 2025

Feb. 08, 2023 01:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Asia will for the first time use half of the world’s electricity by 2025, even as Africa continues to consume far less than its share of the global population, according to a new forecast released Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Much of Asia's...

Military: Forces raid hideout, kill 12 Pakistani Taliban

Feb. 08, 2023 01:41 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Security forces acting on intelligence raided a hideout of Pakistani Taliban insurgents along the border with Afghanistan, triggering an intense shootout that left 12 militants dead, the country's military said Wednesday. The pre-dawn raid came amid soaring...

Australian prosecutor alleges principal molested 3 sisters

Feb. 08, 2023 01:39 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former principal of a ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls school in the Australian city of Melbourne molested three sisters, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Malka Leifer, 56, has pleaded not guilty in the Victoria state County Court to 29 sexual offenses that...

Separatist rebels take New Zealand pilot hostage in Papua

Feb. 07, 2023 23:42 PM EST

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Separatist rebels set fire to a small plane carrying six people after it landed at a remote airport in Indonesia's restive Papua province and took its pilot, a New Zealand citizen, hostage early Tuesday, police and rebels said. Rebel spokesperson Sebby...

EXPLAINER: Toxic gases connected to Ohio train derailment

Feb. 08, 2023 01:27 AM EST

A day after crews released and burned toxic chemicals transported by a wrecked train in Ohio, residents remain in the dark about what toxic substances could be lingering in their evacuated neighborhoods. About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery...