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Wildfire grows into 2nd-largest in Texas history and briefly shuts down nuclear weapons facility

Feb. 28, 2024 09:50 AM EST

A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames. The sprawling blaze was part of a cluster of fires that...

The Latest | Families of hostages held in Gaza launch a 4-day march to demand their freedom

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The families of hostages held in Gaza and their supporters are launching a four-day march from southern Israel to Jerusalem to demand their loved ones be set free. The march comes as negotiations are underway in Qatar to bring about a deal between Hamas and Israel that would lead to...

Michigan takeaways: Presidential primaries show warning signs for Trump and Biden

Feb. 28, 2024 03:03 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden and Donald Trump easily won their party’s primaries in Michigan, but Tuesday’s results showed that both candidates have cause for concern in their bid to win the swing state in November. An “uncommitted” vote in Michigan's Democratic primary...

Hunter Biden appears for deposition, tells Republicans he did not involve his father in his business

Feb. 28, 2024 10:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a closed-door deposition with lawmakers, a critical moment for Republicans as their impeachment inquiry into his father and the family's business affairs teeters on the brink of collapse. “I am here today to...

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be on Friday, spokesperson says

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died earlier this month in a remote Arctic penal colony, will take place on Friday in Moscow after several locations declined to host the service, his spokesperson said. His funeral will be held at a church in Moscow’s...

Biden is having his annual physical. The results will be closely watched amid his reelection bid

Feb. 28, 2024 10:06 AM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for his annual physical exam — and the results are sure to be closely watched as the 81-year-old president seeks reelection. Already the oldest president in U.S....

About as many abortions are happening in the US monthly as before Roe was overturned, report finds

Feb. 28, 2024 09:23 AM EST

The number of abortions performed each month is about the same as before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the nationwide right to abortion more than a year and a half ago, a new report finds. The latest edition of the #WeCount report conducted for the Society of...

Idaho set to execute Thomas Eugene Creech, one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the US

Feb. 28, 2024 10:14 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The hour of Thomas Eugene Creech’s death has been set, and it is rapidly approaching. On Wednesday morning Idaho prison officials will ask the 73-year-old if he would like a mild sedative to help calm him before his execution at the Idaho Maximum Security...

Pope Francis had diagnostic tests in a Rome hospital after his weekly audience

Feb. 28, 2024 09:01 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently had the flu, was brought to a hospital in Rome for diagnostic testing after the papal audience Wednesday, the Vatican said, without giving further details. The pope arrived at the Gemelli Hospital on Tiber Island in a small white Fiat...

Lower auto prices are finally giving Americans a break after years of inflationary increases

Feb. 28, 2024 07:05 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Price increases for cars and trucks in the United States, which helped fuel inflation for nearly three years, are slowing and in some cases falling, helping cool overall inflation and giving frustrated Americans more hope of finding an affordable vehicle. Behind the...

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Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 11:06 AM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

Stock market today: Wall Street drifts as bitcoin bounces again

Feb. 28, 2024 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting Wednesday and edging a bit lower from their all-time highs. The S&P 500 was down 0.1% in midday trading, continuing a quiet and listless run since it set a record last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 69 points, or 0.2%,...

Can conservative Latin American populists motivate the Hispanic vote? Republicans are counting on it

Feb. 28, 2024 11:05 AM EST

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — On a recent evening outside Washington, the president of Argentina had the eyes and ears of a conservative crowd that had gathered to listen to Donald Trump. In a raspy voice, Javier Milei called out, “Hola a todos,” or “Hello, everyone,” before introducing himself...

ICC awards $56 million in reparations to thousands of victims of convicted Ugandan rebel commander

Feb. 28, 2024 11:01 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday granted reparations of more than 52 million euros ($56 million) to thousands of victims of a convicted commander in the shadowy Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army. The nearly 50,000...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy pleads for more ammunition at Albania summit of southeastern European nations

Feb. 28, 2024 10:59 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Ukraine’s president pleaded Wednesday for more ammunition to repel Russian advances as he co-hosted a summit with Albania's government to build further support for Kyiv among southeastern European countries while signs of war fatigue grow. Ukrainian...

King Harald V of Norway remains hospitalized in Malaysia as officials say his condition is improving

Feb. 28, 2024 10:54 AM EST

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — King Harald V of Norway remained hospitalized with an infection on Malaysia's northern resort island of Langkawi on Wednesday as officials said that his condition was improving. Harald, Europe's oldest monarch at age 87, became ill while he was on...

A New York collector pleads guilty to smuggling rare birdwing butterflies

Feb. 28, 2024 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking birdwing butterflies and other rare insects, according to a plea deal filed in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. Charles Limmer, 75, of Commack, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife...

Boeing given 90 days by FAA to come up with a plan to improve safety and quality of manufacturing

Feb. 28, 2024 10:51 AM EST

The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for building new planes. The agency said Wednesday that the directive follows meetings with top Boeing officials, including the company's CEO at FAA...

Traces of toxic gas found during evacuation of Swedish security agency, local media report

Feb. 28, 2024 10:51 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Traces of a toxic, colorless gas were found at the headquarters of Sweden’s security agency where a suspected gas leak last week forced authorities to evacuate some 500 people from the facility, a local paper reported Wednesday. The daily Svenska Dagbladet...

Alabama House advances bill to give state money for private and home schooling

Feb. 28, 2024 10:49 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have advanced a school voucher-like program that could provide eligible families with state dollars to help pay for private school or home school expenses. The Alabama House of Representatives voted 69-34 Tuesday for the proposal that now...