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Balloon bickering over Biden's actions, China's intentions

Feb. 05, 2023 15:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Sunday accused China of deliberately surveilling sensitive U.S. military sites with a suspected spy balloon and said the Biden administration had given Beijing an intelligence opening by not downing the balloon during its high-altitude drift through...

US officials offer Congress briefing on Trump documents

Feb. 05, 2023 14:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have offered to brief congressional leaders on their investigation into the classified documents found at former President Donald Trump's Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Sunday. A briefing could come as soon as this week. But...

Biden's State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy

Feb. 05, 2023 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his second State of the Union address on Tuesday to remind Americans of how their lives have been improved over his first two years in office, as he tries to confront pessimism in the country and navigate the tricky politics of a newly divided...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 05, 2023 01:12 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

Feb. 05, 2023 02:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions. ...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 20:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...

Election skeptics slow to get sweeping changes in GOP states

Feb. 05, 2023 07:31 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans in some heavily conservative states won their campaigns for secretary of state last year after claiming they would make sweeping changes aimed at keeping fraud out of elections. So far, their efforts to make good on their promises are mixed, in some...

Biden makes progress on 'unity agenda' outlined in 2022

Feb. 04, 2023 00:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged “unity agenda” that would be an easier sell. ...

Electronic pollbook security raises concerns going into 2024

Feb. 04, 2023 11:46 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — They were blamed for long lines in Los Angeles during California’s 2020 presidential primary, triggered check-in delays in Columbus, Ohio, a few months later and were at the center of former President Donald Trump’s call for supporters to protest in Detroit during last...

Dems reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition

Feb. 04, 2023 14:01 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic Party on Saturday approved reordering its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support. Although more...

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Balloon bickering over Biden's actions, China's intentions

Feb. 05, 2023 15:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Sunday accused China of deliberately surveilling sensitive U.S. military sites with a suspected spy balloon and said the Biden administration had given Beijing an intelligence opening by not downing the balloon during its high-altitude drift through...

US officials offer Congress briefing on Trump documents

Feb. 05, 2023 14:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have offered to brief congressional leaders on their investigation into the classified documents found at former President Donald Trump's Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Sunday. A briefing could come as soon as this week. But...

Chinese balloon's downing creates spectacle over tourism hub

Feb. 05, 2023 12:41 PM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon just off South Carolina’s coast created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering. The balloon was struck by a...

Biden's State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy

Feb. 05, 2023 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his second State of the Union address on Tuesday to remind Americans of how their lives have been improved over his first two years in office, as he tries to confront pessimism in the country and navigate the tricky politics of a newly divided...

Europe bans Russian diesel, other oil products over Ukraine

Feb. 05, 2023 10:18 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe imposed a ban Sunday on Russian diesel fuel and other refined oil products, slashing energy dependency on Moscow and seeking to further crimp the Kremlin's fossil fuel earnings as punishment for invading Ukraine. The ban comes along with a price cap...

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan martial ruler in 9/11 wars, dies

Feb. 05, 2023 06:30 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said Sunday. He was 79. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president...

US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

Feb. 05, 2023 02:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions. ...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 05, 2023 01:12 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

Today in History: FEB 5, Senate acquits Trump

Feb. 05, 2023 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2023. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 20:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...