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Myanmar opium cultivation surged 33% amid violence, UN finds

Jan. 26, 2023 20:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The production of opium in Myanmar has flourished since the military's seizure of power, with the cultivation of poppies up by a third in the past year as eradication efforts have dropped off and the faltering economy has led more people toward the drug trade, according to a United...

Biden pays tribute to victims of California shootings

Jan. 26, 2023 20:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday honored 18 people killed in two California mass shootings, saying “we have to be there” with the communities that have been forever scarred by gun violence. “Our prayers are with the people of Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay,...

Spain: Police raid home of suspect in church machete attacks

Jan. 26, 2023 19:35 PM EST

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — Spanish police on Thursday raided the home of a young Moroccan man held over the machete attacks at two Catholic churches the previous night that left a church officer dead and a priest injured in the southern city of Algeciras. A police investigation...

Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

Jan. 26, 2023 19:34 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a series of key votes Thursday, Virginia Senate Democrats defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state, including a proposed 15-week ban with exceptions that was a priority for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. They are the...

Bill to criminalize drag shows advances in North Dakota

Jan. 26, 2023 19:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make it a crime to perform drag shows and cabaret performances in the presence of children or in public places. The House voted 79-13 to advance the bill to the Senate when the...

Ivey issues rules for responding to public record requests

Jan. 26, 2023 19:06 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday ordered state agencies to follow new procedures for responding to public record requests, changes intended to provide structure in a state with one of the weakest open records laws in the country. Ivey signed an order...

Justice Kavanaugh: Supreme Court's slow start a coincidence

Jan. 26, 2023 18:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh says the public shouldn't read anything into the high court's historically slow start to releasing opinions. Every year the justices begin hearing cases in October and generally finish their work by the end of June before...

Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

Jan. 26, 2023 18:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the U.S. expressed alarm about escalating violence after Israel’s single deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades. ...

Oklahoma AG appoints independent counsel in Glossip case

Jan. 26, 2023 18:28 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond on Thursday appointed an independent counsel to conduct a comprehensive review of the murder conviction and death sentence of Richard Glossip, a death row inmate who has long maintained his innocence in a 1997 murder-for-hire...

Lawmakers appeal ruling on legality of impeaching Philly DA

Jan. 26, 2023 18:28 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers on Thursday filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, hoping to preserve elements of their impeachment case against an elected progressive Philadelphia prosecutor. The appeal asks the state's highest court to review last...