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Arizona Gov. Ducey backs Robson as successor over Trump pick

Jul. 07, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday endorsed businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson to be his successor, adding his name to a growing list of mainstream conservatives looking to boost her past Donald Trump-endorsed frontrunner Kari Lake. Robson, a political newcomer,...

Dems want to tax high earners to protect Medicare solvency

Jul. 07, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats want to boost taxes on some high earners and use the money to extend the solvency of Medicare, the latest step in the party's election-year attempt to craft a scaled-back version of the economic package that collapsed last year, Democratic aides told The...

FAA to give airports $1 billion for terminals and upgrades

Jul. 07, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is giving nearly $1 billion to 85 airports to expand and upgrade terminals and other facilities, using money approved in last year's huge infrastructure bill. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the projects will help meet future...

US to diversify infant formula industry to avoid shortages

Jul. 06, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is trying to help foreign makers of baby formula stay on the U.S. market for the long term, in an effort to diversify the industry after the closure of the largest domestic plant sparked a nationwide shortage. The Food and Drug...

Democrats frustrated by party's response to abortion ruling

Jul. 06, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — As Sen. Michael Bennet sought to encourage a small crowd of fellow Democrats not to give up the fight for abortion rights, Maryah Lauer stepped forward, bullhorn in hand, to exhort him to do more. “Do you support ending the filibuster and expanding...

Biden tells Griner's wife he's working to get her home

Jul. 07, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday reassured the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, that he is working to win Griner's freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Cherelle Griner, who has criticized the way her wife's case has been...

Biden in Ohio spotlights effort to rescue union pensions

Jul. 06, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Reassuring frustrated blue-collar voters, President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited Ohio iron workers to highlight federal action to shore up troubled pension funding for millions now on the job or retired — and to make his political case that he's been a champion for workers in...

Trump White House counsel Cipollone to testify to 1/6 panel

Jul. 06, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pat Cipollone, Donald Trump’s former White House counsel, is scheduled to testify Friday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to a person briefed on the matter. Cipollone, whose reported resistance to...

Gas prices 'double-edged sword' hurts drivers, helps climate

Jul. 07, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

As Congress and now the Supreme Court stymie the Biden administration’s efforts to curb climate change, one thing the president doesn’t want - sky high gas prices - actually is nibbling away at emissions of heat-trapping gas. Gas prices in much of the United States shot past the...

Juul, FDA suspend court case while e-cigarette ban on hold

Jul. 06, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration and Juul agreed Wednesday to put their court fight on hold while the government reopens its review of the company’s electronic cigarettes. The agreement comes one day after the FDA placed a hold on its initial order banning...

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Gas prices 'double-edged sword' hurts drivers, helps climate

Jul. 07, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

As Congress and now the Supreme Court stymie the Biden administration’s efforts to curb climate change, one thing the president doesn’t want - sky high gas prices - actually is nibbling away at emissions of heat-trapping gas. Gas prices in much of the United States shot past the...

US markets tick higher while bond market signals caution

Jul. 07, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising at the start of trading on Wall Street Thursday. The S&P 500 is up 0.8% and on pace for a rare winning week. Companies that benefit most from a healthy economy led the way, including raw-material producers. Energy stocks were doing the best after oil prices...

Florida man sentenced in death threat to Minnesota Rep. Omar

Jul. 07, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Trump supporter to three years of probation and a $7,000 fine for sending an email threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three other congresswomen. David George Hannon, 67, also must undergo mental and substance...

Russia taking 'operational pause' in Ukraine, analysts say

Jul. 07, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in eastern Ukraine as the Russian military attempts to reassemble its forces for a significant - and what it hopes could prove decisive - offensive to conquer the neighboring country. On...

Minors rep asks Congress to restrict MLB antitrust exemption

Jul. 07, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The executive director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers has recommended Congress enact legislation nullifying Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption as it applies to minor league players. Harry Marino on Wednesday asked the Senate Judiciary...

U.S. jobless claims rise to 235k, most in nearly six months

Jul. 07, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and while layoffs remain low, it was the fifth consecutive week that claims topped the 230,000 mark and the most in almost six months. Applications for jobless aid for the week ending July 2 rose to...

Mexico seizes 'historic' half-ton of fentanyl at warehouse

Jul. 07, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s army and National Guard announced Thursday what they called a “historic” seizure of over a half-ton of fentanyl at a warehouse in the northern city of Culiacan. “This is the largest seizure in history of this lethal drug,” said Assistant...

Sentencing set for 2 in Arizona ballot harvesting case

Jul. 07, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Two women faced sentencing Thursday in southern Arizona for illegally collecting four early ballots during the 2020 primary election. Authorities say Guillermina Fuentes and Alma Juarez participated in “ballot harvesting.” That's a practice once used by both...

EU Parliament condemns US abortion ruling, seeks safeguards

Jul. 07, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly condemned the end of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States and called for such safeguards to be enshrined in the EU's fundamental rights charter. In a 324-155 vote with 38...

UK warship seizes advanced Iranian missiles bound for Yemen

Jul. 07, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country. ...