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Supreme Court sets April arguments over whether Trump can be prosecuted for election interference

Feb. 28, 2024 17:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and set a course for a quick resolution. The justices’ order maintains a hold on preparations for a trial...

McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job

Feb. 28, 2024 15:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. McConnell, who turned 82 last week, announced...

Appellate judge refuses to halt Trump's $454 million fraud penalty while he appeals

Feb. 28, 2024 15:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appellate judge on Wednesday refused to halt collection of Donald Trump’s $454 million civil fraud penalty while he appeals, rejecting the former president’s request that he be allowed to post a bond covering just a fraction of what he owes. Judge...

The Supreme Court appears torn about a Trump-era ban on a gun accessory known as bump stocks

Feb. 28, 2024 15:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared torn Wednesday about a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The high court...

Wildfire grows into one of largest in Texas history as flames menace multiple small towns

Feb. 28, 2024 16:32 PM EST

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches. ...

Biden 'continues to be fit for duty' his doctor says after president's annual exam

Feb. 28, 2024 16:59 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden “continues to be fit for duty,” his doctor wrote Wednesday after conducting an annual physical that was closely watched as the 81-year-old seeks reelection. "President Biden is a healthy, active, robust, 81-year-old male who remains fit...

French Senate approves a bill to make abortion a constitutional right

Feb. 28, 2024 15:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s Senate on Wednesday adopted a bill to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the constitution, clearing a key hurdle for legislation promised by President Emmanuel Macron in response to a rollback in abortion rights in the United States. Wednesday’s...

A tornado outbreak in February? In the Great Lakes? Storms leave a trail of destruction

Feb. 28, 2024 16:37 PM EST

Severe storms that appear to have spawned a rare February tornado outbreak sent sleeping Midwesterners scrambling for safety and left a trail of damage and power outages across four Great Lakes states, including the Chicago suburbs, ending a spell of summerlike, sometimes record temperatures. ...

US asylum measure aimed at curbing claims has limited impact given strained border budget

Feb. 28, 2024 15:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Inside giant white tents that house about 1,000 migrants near Tucson International Airport, Border Patrol agents demonstrate clockwork efficiency to release detainees within two days of arrest with orders to appear in immigration courts at their final destinations. Agents...

Humorously morose comedian Richard Lewis, who recently starred on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' dies at 76

Feb. 28, 2024 17:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Lewis, an acclaimed comedian known for exploring his neuroses in frantic, stream-of-consciousness diatribes while dressed in all-black, leading to his nickname “The Prince of Pain,” has died. He was 76. Lewis, who revealed he had been diagnosed with...

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Republicans block Senate bill to protect nationwide access to IVF treatments

Feb. 28, 2024 17:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would protect access to in vitro fertilization, objecting to a vote on the issue Wednesday even after widespread backlash to a recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that threatens the practice. Sen. Cindy...

What would happen without a Leap Day? More than you might think

Feb. 28, 2024 17:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Leap year. It's a delight for the calendar and math nerds among us. So how did it all begin and why? Have a look at some of the numbers, history and lore behind the (not quite) every-four-year phenomenon that adds a 29th day to February. BY THE...

New York gets a new congressional map that gives Democrats a slight edge

Feb. 28, 2024 17:40 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a new Democrat-drawn congressional map on Wednesday that gives the party a modest boost in a few battleground districts, helping their candidates in a heavily contested election year when House races in the state could determine control of...

White powder sent to judge in Donald Trump's civil fraud case, adding to wave of security scares

Feb. 28, 2024 17:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — White powder was found Wednesday in an envelope addressed to the New York judge who ordered Donald Trump to pay a $454 million civil fraud judgment. It’s the latest security scare involving people in key roles in the former president’s legal cases. A court...

Supreme Court sets April arguments over whether Trump can be prosecuted for election interference

Feb. 28, 2024 17:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and set a course for a quick resolution. The justices’ order maintains a hold on preparations for a trial...

Kentucky Senate passes a top-priority bill to stimulate cutting-edge research at public universities

Feb. 28, 2024 17:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A top-priority bill intended to turn researchers at Kentucky's public universities into teammates collaborating on cutting-edge research won overwhelming approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Republican Senate President Robert...

South Carolina's push to be next-to-last state with hate crimes law stalls again

Feb. 28, 2024 17:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters who want to make South Carolina the next-to-last U.S. state to pass a hate crimes law increasing penalties for some crimes fueled by race, gender or sexual orientation are running out of time to get what could be a decisive vote in the state Senate. ...

New York governor approves new congressional district maps that could give Democrats modest boost in fight for House

Feb. 28, 2024 17:28 PM EST
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York governor approves new congressional district maps that could give Democrats modest boost in fight for House.

Supreme Court will decide if Trump can be prosecuted on election interference charges, indicating it will move quickly

Feb. 28, 2024 17:28 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court will decide if Trump can be prosecuted on election interference charges, indicating it will move quickly.

Michigan's largest Arab American cities reject Biden over his handling of Israel-Hamas war

Feb. 28, 2024 17:27 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Dearborn and two other Michigan cities with large Arab and Muslim populations turned against President Joe Biden in the state’s primary after Democratic leaders there warned for months that voters were angry about his handling of the Israel-Hamas war. While...