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Election officials in the US face daunting challenges in 2024. And Congress isn't coming to help

Feb. 21, 2024 00:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With election season already underway, some state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has yet to allocate federal money they have come to rely on to help cover the costs of securing their systems from attacks, updating equipment and training staff. ...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary

Feb. 21, 2024 06:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Nikki Haley will face off Saturday in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary, the first head-to-head matchup for the last two remaining major candidates since the New Hampshire primary a month ago. The contest takes...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

Biden to create cybersecurity standards for nation's ports as concerns grow over vulnerabilities

Feb. 21, 2024 06:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order and create a federal rule Wednesday aimed at better securing the nation's ports from potential cyberattacks. The administration is outlining a set of cybersecurity regulations that port operators must...

Nikki Haley hasn't yet won a GOP contest. But she's vowing to keep fighting Donald Trump

Feb. 20, 2024 22:49 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — There are no wins on the horizon for Nikki Haley. Those close to the former United Nations ambassador, the last major Republican candidate standing in Donald Trump's path to the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination, are privately bracing for a blowout loss in...

White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

Feb. 20, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death last week in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the...

Biden tells California supporters to stay focused on what's at stake in reelection battle

Feb. 21, 2024 00:08 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden kicked off a three-day fundraising sprint in California, making the case to supporters to stay focused on what’s at stake in his reelection battle where he will likely again face Donald Trump in November. In remarks at a campaign reception...

It's an election year, and Biden's team is signaling a more aggressive posture toward the press

Feb. 21, 2024 10:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupants of the White House have grumbled over news coverage practically since the place was built. Now it's Joe Biden's turn: With a reelection campaign underway, there are signs that those behind the president are starting to more aggressively and publicly challenge how he is...

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Feb. 20, 2024 21:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with Russian intelligence-affiliated officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors...

Hunter Biden's lawyers suggest his case is tainted by claims of ex-FBI informant charged with lying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden ’s lawyers suggested Tuesday that claims made by a former FBI informant charged with fabricating a bribery scheme involving the presidential family may have tainted the case against the president’s son. The gun and tax charges against Hunter Biden...

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WikiLeaks’ Assange went far beyond journalism and should face spying charges, lawyers for US say

Feb. 21, 2024 08:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States because he put innocent lives at risk and went beyond journalism in his bid to solicit, steal and indiscriminately publish classified U.S. government documents, lawyers for the American government...

Biden to create cybersecurity standards for nation's ports as concerns grow over vulnerabilities

Feb. 21, 2024 06:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order and create a federal rule Wednesday aimed at better securing the nation's ports from potential cyberattacks. The administration is outlining a set of cybersecurity regulations that port operators must...

Election officials in the US face daunting challenges in 2024. And Congress isn't coming to help

Feb. 21, 2024 00:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With election season already underway, some state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has yet to allocate federal money they have come to rely on to help cover the costs of securing their systems from attacks, updating equipment and training staff. ...

The United States tells Rwanda and Congo they must 'walk back from the brink of war'

Feb. 20, 2024 22:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States told Rwanda and Congo on Tuesday that they “must walk back from the brink of war,” the sharpest warning yet of a looming conflict between the African neighbors. U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood delivered the warning at an emergency...

Biden wants people to know most of the money he's seeking for Ukraine would be spent in the US

Feb. 20, 2024 21:51 PM EST

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — At a bustling construction site outside of Dallas, there are hopes that Congress can finally pass nearly $95 billion in foreign aid including funding for Ukraine — because factory jobs in the United States depend on that money. Aerospace and defense company...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

Honduran ex-president accused of running his country as a ‘narco-state’ stands trial in NYC

Feb. 20, 2024 17:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was once touted by U.S. authorities as a key ally in the war on drugs. Now, federal prosecutors say the political leader ran his Central American nation as a “narco-state," collecting millions of dollars from violent cartels to...

The US vetoes an Arab-backed UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

Feb. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed and widely supported U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in the embattled Gaza Strip, saying it would interfere with negotiations on a deal to free hostages abducted in...

The widow and aides of assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse are indicted in his killing

Feb. 20, 2024 16:02 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A judge in Haiti responsible for investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has indicted his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, among others, according to...

WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

Feb. 20, 2024 15:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government. ...