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Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?

May. 25, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of background-check bills for gun buyers Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of...

A decade of congressional inaction on gun control

May. 25, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying, again, to pass legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers in the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. But the prospects seem dim in the 50-50 Senate, with most Republicans opposed to significant changes in...

Trump ally Zinke fights claim he's too 'liberal' for Montana

May. 26, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — When Republican Ryan Zinke first ran for Congress, the former Navy SEAL faced false accusations amplified by Democrats that his military career had ended in disgrace. After winning in 2014 and two years later getting picked as President Donald Trump's interior...

'Trump is in the past': Mounting losses show limits of power

May. 25, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Donald Trump opened May by lifting a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio to the Republican nomination, seemingly cementing the former president's kingmaker status before another possible White House run. He's ending the month, however, stinging from a string of defeats that...

Abrams-Kemp slugfest promises to be pricey, long and ugly

May. 26, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters didn't get much of a break from election talk on the day after the Tuesday primary in which Republican Gov. Brian Kemp demolished GOP challenger David Perdue and Democrat Stacey Abrams finally clinched a nomination waiting for her after no other members of her party...

Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd's death

May. 26, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing —a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety when...

Goodbye NYC; Estimates show big city losses, Sunbelt gains

May. 26, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

Ko Im always thought she would live in New York forever. She knew every corner of Manhattan and had worked hard to build a community of friends. Living in a small apartment, she found her attitude shifting early in the pandemic. After her brother accepted a job in Seattle in the summer of 2020, she...

Congressional Budget Office says inflation to last into 2023

May. 25, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office released an economic outlook Wednesday saying high inflation will persist into next year, likely causing the federal government to pay higher interest rates on its debt. The nonpartisan agency expects the consumer price index to...

'Horrifying' conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

May. 26, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — By now it's as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow. It happened after Sandy Hook, after Parkland, after the Orlando nightclub...

Oz, McCormick race heads into recount in Pa. Senate primary

May. 25, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top election official said Wednesday that the margin between the top two candidates in last week's Republican primary for U.S. Senate is tight enough to trigger a statewide recount, dragging the outcome into June as the candidates fight in court. ...

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Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd's death

May. 26, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing —a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety when...

Abrams-Kemp slugfest promises to be pricey, long and ugly

May. 26, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters didn't get much of a break from election talk on the day after the Tuesday primary in which Republican Gov. Brian Kemp demolished GOP challenger David Perdue and Democrat Stacey Abrams finally clinched a nomination waiting for her after no other members of her party...

Asian stocks lower after Fed confirms rate hike plans

May. 26, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday after notes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting confirmed expectations of more interest rate hikes but held no surprises to rattle investors. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney fell while Shanghai and Southeast Asian...

Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles

May. 26, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan’s Defense Ministry said Thursday, in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight while U.S. President Joe Biden was in Tokyo. The Japan-U.S. joint flight on...

Trump ally Zinke fights claim he's too 'liberal' for Montana

May. 26, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — When Republican Ryan Zinke first ran for Congress, the former Navy SEAL faced false accusations amplified by Democrats that his military career had ended in disgrace. After winning in 2014 and two years later getting picked as President Donald Trump's interior...

Goodbye NYC; Estimates show big city losses, Sunbelt gains

May. 26, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

Ko Im always thought she would live in New York forever. She knew every corner of Manhattan and had worked hard to build a community of friends. Living in a small apartment, she found her attitude shifting early in the pandemic. After her brother accepted a job in Seattle in the summer of 2020, she...

States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise

May. 26, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was quick to react to this week’s carnage at a Texas elementary school, sending a tweet listing the gun control measures the Democratic-controlled state has taken. He finished with: “Your turn Congress.” But gun control...

Asian stocks mixed after Fed confirms rate hike plans

May. 25, 2022 23:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after notes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting confirmed expectations for more interest rate hikes but contained no surprises to rattle investors. Benchmarks in Hong Kong and Sydney declined while Tokyo, Shanghai and...

Marcos Jr proclaimed next Philippine president with huge win

May. 25, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was proclaimed the next president of the Philippines by a joint session of Congress on Wednesday following a landslide election triumph 36 years after his dictator father was ousted in a pro-democracy uprising. The Senate and House of...

Boeing capsule lands back on Earth after space shakedown

May. 25, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s crew taxi returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Wednesday, completing a repeat test flight before NASA astronauts climb aboard. It was a quick trip back: The Starliner capsule parachuted into the New Mexico desert just four...