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Mexico president to bypass congress to keep army in streets

Aug. 14, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to sidestep congress to hand formal control of the National Guard to the army, a move that could extend the military’s control over policing in a country with high levels of violence. That has raised concerns...

Police: Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

Aug. 14, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally shooting himself, according to police, who said he did not seem to be targeting any member of Congress. The incident happened just...

Trial begins in shooting death of 7-year-old in Atlanta

Aug. 14, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The trial is underway for a man accused of fatally shooting a 7-year-old girl who was riding in a car with her family after a day of Christmas shopping in Atlanta. Fulton County prosecutor Pat Dutcher said in his opening statement on Friday that Kennedy Maxie was...

Salman Rushdie 'on the road to recovery,' agent says

Aug. 14, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his agent confirmed Sunday, two days after the author of “The Satanic Verses” suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was...

Activist offers to pay for Kansas' recount of abortion vote

Aug. 14, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist who heads a small hard-right Republican group said he’s offered to pay the expected $229,000 cost of a hand recount of votes from every Kansas county after a decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights. Mark Gietzen, who leads...

Ship carrying grain for hungry Ethiopia leaves Ukraine

Aug. 14, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A United Nations-chartered ship loaded with 23,000 metric tons of Ukrainian grain destined for Ethiopia set sail Sunday from a Black Sea port, the first shipment of its kind in a program to assist countries facing famine. The Liberia-flagged Brave Commander...

'China threat' emerges in elections from UK to Australia

Aug. 14, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It's not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the U.K. and Australia to the U.S. and beyond: the “China threat." The two finalists vying to become...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 14, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Unwelcomed in Ohio. Leaders working to make state less attractive, not more “Ohio. Find it Here” road signs welcome visitors at most of our state’s borders. The slogan developed by Columbus-based Cult...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 14, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Texas Republicans must extend health care for new mothers after abortion ban Republican lawmakers who voted to ban abortion in Texas say they’re committed to protecting the health of pregnant women who are now...

Police: Man drove car into barricade near US Capitol, began firing gun in the air before fatally shooting himself

Aug. 14, 2022 09:50 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police: Man drove car into barricade near US Capitol, began firing gun in the air before fatally shooting himself.