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Texas' border mission grows, but crossings still high

Jul. 02, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Following the horror of a human-smuggling attempt that left 53 people dead, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state troopers to inspect more trucks — again expanding a border security mission that has cost billions, given the National Guard arrest powers and bused...

Virgin Orbit rocket launches 7 US defense satellites

Jul. 02, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Virgin Orbit rocket carrying seven U.S. Defense Department satellites was launched from a special Boeing 747 flying off the Southern California coast and streaked toward space Friday night. The modified jumbo jet took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the...

Distrust remains after Navy report on tainted Hawaii water

Jul. 01, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Lauren Wright continues to be leery of the water coming out of the taps in her family's U.S. Navy home in Hawaii, saying she doesn't trust that it's safe. Wright, her sailor husband and their three children ages 8 to 17 were among the thousands of people who were...

US announces $820M in Ukraine aid, including missile systems

Jul. 01, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced on Friday that it will provide Ukraine with $820 million in new military aid, including new surface-to-air missile systems and counter-artillery radars to respond to Russia's heavy reliance on long-range strikes in the war. Russia in recent...

Biden discusses abortion access options with Dem governors

Jul. 01, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Democratic governors Friday that he is “looking at all the alternatives” for protecting abortion access following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. One day after returning from international summits in Europe, Biden...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 01, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 01, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misrepresent 2019...

European force battling extremists withdraws from Mali

Jul. 01, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A European military task force that helped Mali's government fight Islamic extremists has formally withdrawn from the West African country amid tensions with its ruling military junta. The French military, which spearheaded the Takuba task force, announced Friday that...

Xi defends vision of Hong Kong on 25th anniversary of return

Jul. 01, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s leader Xi Jinping marked the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return with a speech Friday that emphasized Beijing’s control over the former British colony under its vision of “one country, two systems” – countering criticism that the political and civic...

Timeline: Hong Kong under 25 years of Chinese rule

Jul. 01, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The following are key events in the history of Hong Kong, which marked the 25th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule on Friday. China had promised the territory could retain its civil, economic and political liberties for 50 years under the...