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US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

Feb. 05, 2023 01:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions. ...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 20:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...

Biden makes progress on 'unity agenda' outlined in 2022

Feb. 04, 2023 00:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged “unity agenda” that would be an easier sell. ...

Electronic pollbook security raises concerns going into 2024

Feb. 04, 2023 11:46 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — They were blamed for long lines in Los Angeles during California’s 2020 presidential primary, triggered check-in delays in Columbus, Ohio, a few months later and were at the center of former President Donald Trump’s call for supporters to protest in Detroit during last...

Dems reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition

Feb. 04, 2023 14:01 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic Party on Saturday approved reordering its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support. Although more...

State of the Union: Biden sees economic glow, GOP sees gloom

Feb. 04, 2023 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Joe Biden sees a nation with its future aglow. Republicans take a far bleaker view — that the country is beset by crushing debt and that Biden is largely responsible for inflation. And the GOP now holds...

How Democrats’ early-voting order in 2024 compares with 2020

Feb. 04, 2023 12:35 PM EST

The Democratic National Committee on Saturday approved a new calendar lineup for the early stages of the party's presidential nominating contests in 2024. Additional changes are possible. A look at how the revised calendar would compare with the 2020 order: 2024: Feb....

Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology

Feb. 03, 2023 12:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appearing before a federal judge after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the deadly Capitol riot, former West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans expressed remorse for letting down his family and his community, saying he made a “crucial mistake." Less than a...

Biden sounds ready to seek 2nd term while rallying Democrats

Feb. 03, 2023 19:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden sounded like a candidate making his case for a second term Friday night as he rallied a raucous meeting of national Democrats who chanted, “Four more years!” The only thing missing was an official announcement — that's not expected for...

Biden, Cabinet visiting 20 states after State of the Union

Feb. 03, 2023 19:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and his Cabinet will embark on a post-State of the Union “blitz” to at least 20 states next week to discuss his economic agenda after his Tuesday night address to Congress, the White House announced Friday. Biden is expected to devote much...

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Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan martial ruler in 9/11 wars, dies

Feb. 05, 2023 02:03 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, an official said Sunday. He was 79. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president...

US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

Feb. 05, 2023 01:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions. ...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 05, 2023 01:12 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

Chinese balloon's downing creates spectacle over tourism hub

Feb. 05, 2023 00:59 AM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon just off South Carolina’s coast created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering. The balloon was struck by a...

Today in History: FEB 5, Senate acquits Trump

Feb. 05, 2023 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2023. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 20:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...

Eyes on the sky as Chinese balloon shot down over Atlantic

Feb. 04, 2023 19:15 PM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Eyes were locked on the Carolina skies Saturday as a suspected Chinese spy balloon ended its weeklong traverse over the U.S. when it drifted over the Atlantic Ocean and was shot down by a fighter jet. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a crowd lining the...

President Biden says he gave order on Wednesday to shoot down the Chinese balloon once it was over the water

Feb. 04, 2023 15:24 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden says he gave order on Wednesday to shoot down the Chinese balloon once it was over the water.

Dems reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition

Feb. 04, 2023 14:01 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic Party on Saturday approved reordering its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support. Although more...

Route to Super Bowl dangerous for Mexico's avocado haulers

Feb. 04, 2023 13:50 PM EST

SANTA ANA ZIROSTO, Mexico (AP) — It is a long and sometimes dangerous journey for truckers transporting the avocados destined for guacamole on tables and tailgates in the United States during the Super Bowl. It starts in villages like Santa Ana Zirosto, high in the misty, pine-clad...