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Condemnation of Trump rally shooting crosses party lines, and blame game and calls for probe begin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as some international friends and foes, expressed shock and relief Saturday night after an apparent assassination attempt at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers from both parties promised hearings and a...

New York's first female fire commissioner says she will resign once a replacement is found

Jul. 13, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first female commissioner of the Fire Department of New York said Saturday that she plans to step down because it's time to “pass the torch” after two years in the job. Laura Kavanagh didn't say when she plans to resign. But she said in a statement that she...

Late-night comics have long been relentless in skewering Donald Trump. Now it's Joe Biden's turn

Jul. 12, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert took a slug from his drink glass before his first monologue after President Joe Biden's disastrous performance during his debate with Donald Trump. This was going to be hard. But then the CBS “Late Show” host dove right into jokes that were...

Two weeks that imperiled Biden's presidency left him on probation in the court of Democratic opinion

Jul. 12, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's tribulations were previewed in Hollywood days before he got on the debate stage. At a fundraiser organized by George Clooney and packed with luminaries including former President Barack Obama, Biden was a listless figure, perhaps merely jet-lagged...

Houston keeps buckling under storms like Beryl. The fixes aren't coming fast enough

Jul. 11, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sharon Carr is frustrated. Like many others who lost power after Hurricane Beryl slammed into the Texas coast earlier this week, she went to a cooling center in Houston to get relief from summer heat while the city's utility company warned that restoring everyone's electricity...

Biden's press conference will be a key test for him. But he's no master of the big rhetorical moment

Jul. 11, 2024 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has a fresh opportunity Thursday to try to prove to the American public that he’s capable of serving another four years after his shocking debate flop threw the future of his presidency into doubt. But Biden is not known as a master of the big rhetorical...

Across Maine, judges are deciding when the lack of an attorney becomes a constitutional violation

Jul. 09, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

On June 25 in Caribou, Judge Stephen Nelson faced a constitutional dilemma. Prosecutors had charged a defendant with aggravated drug trafficking, furnishing and possession nearly three weeks prior, but he still didn’t have an attorney. “The court finds that there has been a...

Biden's low-profile doctor has been thrust into the spotlight after the president's debate disaster

Jul. 09, 2024 16:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the physician to President Joe Biden, Dr. Kevin O'Connor is well-known around the White House. The stocky former Army surgeon is always close by his number one patient, ready to provide care or a consult as needed though few outside the building would know who he is. ...

A US appeals court will review its prior order keeping banned books on shelves in a Texas county

Jul. 07, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is taking another look at its own order requiring a Texas county to keep eight books on public library shelves that deal with subjects including sex, gender identity and racism. Llano County officials had removed 17 books...

Judge temporarily blocks Biden administration's restoration of transgender health protections

Jul. 03, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A federal district court judge on Wednesday temporarily halted parts of a nondiscrimination rule that would have kept insurers and medical professionals from denying hormone therapy, gender transition surgeries and similar medical care for transgender people. ...