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Senate convenes the Mayorkas impeachment trial as Democrats seek a quick dismissal

Apr. 17, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly moved Wednesday to end the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for separate votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment soon after the proceedings...

Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint, saying Israel will decide how to respond to Iran's attack

Apr. 17, 2024 11:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies. Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s...

House’s Ukraine, Israel aid package gains Biden's support as Speaker Johnson fights to keep his job

Apr. 17, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he strongly supports a proposal from House Speaker Mike Johnson to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. Republican Speaker Johnson, facing a choice between losing his job and funding Ukraine, notified lawmakers earlier...

Russian missiles slam into a Ukraine city and kill 17 people as the war approaches a critical stage

Apr. 17, 2024 11:01 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three Russian missiles slammed into a downtown area of the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Wednesday, hitting an eight-floor apartment building and killing at least 17 people, authorities said. At least 61 people, including three children, were wounded...

Tesla wants shareholders to reinstate $56 billion Musk pay package tossed by a Delaware judge

Apr. 17, 2024 11:53 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla will ask shareholders to reinstate a $56 billion compensation package for CEO Elon Musk that was rejected by a judge in Delaware this year, and to move the electric car maker’s corporate home from Delaware to Texas. In a filing with federal regulators early...

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in US more likely to believe in climate change: AP-NORC poll

Apr. 17, 2024 07:47 AM EDT

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States are more likely than the overall adult population to believe in human-caused climate change, according to a new poll. It also suggests that partisanship may not have as much of an impact on this group's environmental...

Things to know as courts and legislatures act on transgender kids’ rights

Apr. 17, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

Three court rulings across the U.S. this week delved into laws restricting the rights of transgender kids, including the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has gotten involved in a ban on gender-affirming care. Most Republican-controlled states have now banned gender-affirming health...

Biden is seeking higher tariffs on Chinese steel as he makes an election-year pitch to union voters

Apr. 17, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden is calling for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum to protect American producers from a flood of cheap imports, and will pitch his election-year plan during a visit Wednesday with steelworkers in Pennsylvania, where union support could prove...

Boeing put under Senate scrutiny during back-to-back hearings on aircraft maker's safety culture

Apr. 17, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

Boeing was the subject of dual Senate hearings Wednesday as Congress examined allegations of major safety failures at the embattled aircraft manufacturer, which has been pushed into crisis mode since a door-plug panel blew off a 737 Max jetliner during an Alaska Airlines flight in January. ...

Columbia University's president rebuts claims she has allowed school to become a hotbed of hatred

Apr. 17, 2024 11:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Four months after a contentious congressional hearing led to the resignations of two Ivy League presidents, Columbia University's president appeared before the same committee on Wednesday and unequivocally denounced antisemitism on her campus, rebutting claims that she has...

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Senate convenes the Mayorkas impeachment trial as Democrats seek a quick dismissal

Apr. 17, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly moved Wednesday to end the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for separate votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment soon after the proceedings...

Charges dropped against suspect in 2016 cold case slaying of Tulane graduate

Apr. 17, 2024 15:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges against a suspect in the 2016 cold case slaying of a 25-year-old Tulane University graduate who was visiting New Orleans to plan his wedding. “Serious issues” with a critical witness's availability arose and led the Orleans...

Pentagon leaders press Congress for Ukraine funding, saying battlefield situation is dire

Apr. 17, 2024 15:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine and Israel both desperately need the military weapons that are being held up by Congress' failure to pass a funding package for the two countries at war, Pentagon leaders told House appropriators Wednesday, calling the situation in Ukraine dire. “Whether...

The Latest | Iran president warns of 'massive' response if Israel launches 'tiniest invasion'

Apr. 17, 2024 14:50 PM EDT

Iran’s president has warned that the “tiniest invasion” by Israel would bring a “massive and harsh” response, as the region braces for potential Israeli retaliation after Iran’s attack over the weekend. President Ebrahim Raisi spoke Wednesday at an annual army parade that...

A flyer at a camp in Mexico urges US-bound migrants to vote for Biden. Its origins are suspect

Apr. 17, 2024 14:49 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A humanitarian organization in northeastern Mexico said it did not create flyers urging migrants to vote for President Joe Biden that were filmed at its shelter in a viral video that sparked a firestorm of conservative outrage this week. Accusations that...

Uber is helping investigators look into account that sent driver to Ohio home where she was killed

Apr. 17, 2024 14:48 PM EDT

Uber is helping investigators look into the account that sent a driver to the Ohio home where an 81-year-old man allegedly shot the woman to death because he erroneously believed she was part of a scam, the ride-hailing company said Wednesday. The March 25 shooting death of Loletha...

Virginia lawmakers agree to extend timeline of budget negotiations

Apr. 17, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly said Wednesday that they reached an 11th-hour compromise with Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin to extend negotiations over the state budget in an attempt to avert gridlock. The move marks a change in...

North Carolina University system considers policy change that could cut diversity staff

Apr. 17, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The future of diversity, equity and inclusion staff jobs in North Carolina's public university system could be at stake as a series of votes loom on a key policy's potential repeal. The Committee on University Governance within the University of North Carolina...

Georgia's parliament votes to approve so-called 'Russian law' targeting media in first reading

Apr. 17, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's parliament has voted in the first reading to approve a proposed law that would require media and non-commercial organizations to register as being under foreign influence if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad. Thousands...

Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan

Apr. 17, 2024 14:42 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan.