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Prosecutors will make history with opening statements in Trump's hush money criminal trial

Apr. 22, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in history, prosecutors will present a criminal case against a former American president to a jury Monday as they accuse Donald Trump of a hush money scheme aimed at preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public. A...

The Latest | Trump returns to court for opening statements in his historic hush money trial

Apr. 22, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements in Donald Trump's historic hush money trial are set to begin Monday morning, setting the stage for weeks of unsavory and salacious testimony about the former president's personal life and placing his legal troubles at the center of his closely contested campaign...

Supreme Court will take up the legal fight over ghost guns, firearms without serial numbers

Apr. 22, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a Biden administration appeal over the regulation of difficult-to-trace ghost guns that had been struck down by lower courts. The justices by a 5-4 vote had previously intervened to keep the regulation in effect during...

Vice President Harris announces final rules mandating minimum standards for nursing home staffing

Apr. 22, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

The federal government is for the first time requiring nursing homes to have minimum staffing levels after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed grim realities in poorly staffed facilities for older and disabled Americans. Vice President Kamala Harris announced the final rules on Monday...

Local election workers fear threats to their safety as November nears. One group is trying to help

Apr. 22, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The group gathered inside the conference room, mostly women, fell silent as the audio recording began to play. The male voice, clearly agitated, railed against what he thought had been fraud that cost former President Donald Trump reelection four years...

With homelessness on the rise, the Supreme Court will weigh bans on sleeping outdoors

Apr. 22, 2024 09:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The case is considered the most significant to come before the high court in decades on...

When it comes to government planes and political trips, who pays for a president's campaign travel?

Apr. 21, 2024 08:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s no simple matter to move the commander in chief from point A to B, and it’s even more complicated when the president is seeking a second term. President Joe Biden recently spent three days in Pennsylvania, a pivotal state in the 2024 campaign, and he...

Biden sees a $35 price cap for insulin as a pivotal campaign issue. It’s not that clear-cut

Apr. 21, 2024 07:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely a day goes without President Joe Biden mentioning insulin prices. He promotes a $35 price cap for the medication for Americans on Medicare — in White House speeches, campaign stops and even at non-health care events around the country. His reelection...

Kennedy says he loves his family 'either way' after relatives endorse Biden's campaign over his

Apr. 21, 2024 22:39 PM EDT

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Sunday acknowledged endorsements from more than a dozen of his relatives who are backing Democratic President Joe Biden, noting that he feels no ill will over the family political divide. “Some of them don’t...

Crush of lawsuits over voting in multiple states creates a shadow war for the 2024 election

Apr. 21, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As President Joe Biden and Donald Trump step up their campaigning in swing states, a quieter battle is taking place in the shadows of their White House rematch. The Republican National Committee, newly reconstituted under Trump, has filed election-related lawsuits in...

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The US is expected to block aid to an Israeli military unit. What is Leahy law that it would cite?

Apr. 22, 2024 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel expects its top ally, the United States, to announce as soon as Monday that it's blocking military aid to an Israeli army unit over gross human rights abuses in the Israeli-occupied West Bank before the war in Gaza began six months ago. The move would mark...

Papua New Guinea leader takes offense after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals

Apr. 22, 2024 08:48 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape accused Joe Biden of disparaging the South Pacific island nation by implying that an uncle of the U.S. president had been eaten by “cannibals” there during World War II. Biden’s comments offended a...

Vice President Harris announces final rules mandating minimum standards for nursing home staffing

Apr. 22, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

The federal government is for the first time requiring nursing homes to have minimum staffing levels after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed grim realities in poorly staffed facilities for older and disabled Americans. Vice President Kamala Harris announced the final rules on Monday...

In race for his Senate seat, Joe Manchin endorses West Virginia Democratic Mayor Glenn Elliott

Apr. 22, 2024 07:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin endorsed the mayor of Wheeling on Monday in the Democratic primary race for his seat representing deep-red West Virginia, where Manchin is the only Democrat holding statewide office. In a video released by Democrat Glenn...

Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal solar power grants

Apr. 22, 2024 05:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is marking Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal grants for residential solar projects serving 900,000-plus households in low- and middle-income communities. He also plans to expand his New Deal-style American Climate Corps green jobs training...

Today in History: April 22, 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez seized in Miami, returned to Cuban father

Apr. 22, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, April 22, the 113th day of 2024. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 2000, in a dramatic pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seized 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez, the...

Ukrainian and Western leaders laud US aid package while the Kremlin warns of 'further ruin'

Apr. 21, 2024 19:02 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Western leaders on Sunday welcomed a desperately needed aid package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, as the Kremlin warned that passage of the bill would “further ruin” Ukraine and cause more deaths. Ukrainian commanders and...

Israeli leaders criticize expected US sanctions against military unit that could further strain ties

Apr. 21, 2024 16:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Sunday harshly criticized an expected decision by the U.S. to impose sanctions on a unit of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the Israeli military. The decision, expected as soon as Monday, would mark the first time the U.S. has imposed sanctions on a...

The House passes billions in aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle. Next is the Senate

Apr. 21, 2024 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies in a rare weekend session as Democrats and Republicans banded together after months of hard-right resistance over renewed American support for repelling Russia’s invasion. ...

Chinese foreign minister arrives in Cambodia, Beijing's closest Southeast Asian ally

Apr. 21, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Cambodia on Sunday for a three-day official visit to reaffirm ties with Beijing’s closest ally in Southeast Asia. His visit is the last stop on a three-nation regional swing that also took him to Indonesia and Papua New...