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Jury selection could be nearing a close in Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York

Apr. 19, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers worked Friday to round out the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates who will hear Donald Trump's hush money trial, as the former president railed against a gag order that has prosecutors seeking to hold him in contempt of court. After a jury of 12 New...

The Latest | Jury selection in Trump's hush money trial shifts to picking alternates

Apr. 19, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers in former President Donald Trump 's hush money case shifted their attention Friday to picking alternates as jury selection resumed for a fourth day. The proceedings began again with the questionnaire phase of jury selection and 22 possible jurors were brought in. As many...

Ukraine, Israel aid back on track as House pushes toward weekend votes

Apr. 19, 2024 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With rare bipartisan momentum, the House pushed ahead Friday on a foreign aid package of $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian support as a coalition of lawmakers helped it clear a procedural hurdle to reach final votes this weekend. Friday’s vote produced a...

EPA designates 2 forever chemicals as hazardous substances, eligible for Superfund cleanup

Apr. 19, 2024 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two forever chemicals that have been used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, an action intended to ensure quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds and require industries and others...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in Pennsylvania's presidential and state primaries

Apr. 19, 2024 07:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go before voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries, a prelude to the November general election, when the commonwealth is expected to once again play a critical role in the race for the White House....

If Congress passes funding, this is how the US could rush weapons to Ukraine for its war with Russia

Apr. 19, 2024 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon could get weapons moving to Ukraine within days if Congress passes a long-delayed aid bill. That's because it has a network of storage sites in the U.S. and Europe that already hold the ammunition and air defense components that Kyiv desperately needs. ...

Biden’s new Title IX rules protect LGBTQ+ students, but transgender sports rule still on hold

Apr. 19, 2024 10:50 AM EDT

The rights of LGBTQ+ students will be protected by federal law and victims of campus sexual assault will gain new safeguards under rules finalized Friday by the Biden administration. The new provisions are part of a revised Title IX regulation issued by the Education Department,...

Biden administration restricts oil and gas leasing in 13 million acres of Alaska's petroleum reserve

Apr. 19, 2024 10:05 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will restrict new oil and gas leasing on 13 million acres (5.3 million hectares) of a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska to help protect wildlife such as caribou and polar bears as the Arctic continues to warm. The...

Emergency rooms refused to treat pregnant women, leaving one to miscarry in a lobby restroom

Apr. 19, 2024 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One woman miscarried in the lobby restroom of a Texas emergency room as front desk staff refused to admit her. Another woman learned that her fetus had no heartbeat at a Florida hospital, the day after a security guard turned her away from the facility. And in North Carolina, a...

House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid. But threats to oust speaker grow

Apr. 18, 2024 23:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House congressional leaders were toiling Thursday on a delicate, bipartisan push toward weekend votes to approve a $95 billion package of foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as several other national security policies at a critical moment at home and abroad. ...

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The Latest | Jury selection in Trump's hush money trial shifts to picking alternates

Apr. 19, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers in former President Donald Trump 's hush money case shifted their attention Friday to picking alternates as jury selection resumed for a fourth day. The proceedings began again with the questionnaire phase of jury selection and 22 possible jurors were brought in. As many...

Biden administration restricts oil and gas leasing in 13 million acres of Alaska's petroleum reserve

Apr. 19, 2024 10:05 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will restrict new oil and gas leasing on 13 million acres (5.3 million hectares) of a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska to help protect wildlife such as caribou and polar bears as the Arctic continues to warm. The...

US envoy to UN visits Nagasaki A-bomb museum, pays tribute to victims

Apr. 19, 2024 08:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The American envoy to the United Nations called Friday for countries armed with atomic weapons to pursue nuclear disarmament as she visited the atomic bomb museum in Nagasaki, Japan. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who became the first U.S. cabinet member to visit Nagasaki,...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in Pennsylvania's presidential and state primaries

Apr. 19, 2024 07:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go before voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries, a prelude to the November general election, when the commonwealth is expected to once again play a critical role in the race for the White House....

If Congress passes funding, this is how the US could rush weapons to Ukraine for its war with Russia

Apr. 19, 2024 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon could get weapons moving to Ukraine within days if Congress passes a long-delayed aid bill. That's because it has a network of storage sites in the U.S. and Europe that already hold the ammunition and air defense components that Kyiv desperately needs. ...

Envoy says US is determined to monitor North Korean nukes, through UN or otherwise

Apr. 19, 2024 05:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and its allies are discussing options “both inside and outside the U.N. system” to create a new mechanism for monitoring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday. ...

Russia pummels exhausted Ukrainian forces with smaller attacks ahead of a springtime advance

Apr. 19, 2024 01:17 AM EDT

Russian troops are ramping up pressure on exhausted Ukrainian forces to prepare to seize more land this spring and summer as muddy fields dry out and allow tanks, armored vehicles and other heavy equipment to roll to key positions across the countryside. With the war in Ukraine now...

Iraq's prime minister heads to Michigan to meet Arab Americans at a tense time for the Middle East

Apr. 18, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of Iraq traveled to Michigan on Thursday following a sit-down with President Joe Biden to meet with the state's large Iraqi community and update them on escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s weekend aerial assault on Israel. ...

Biden administration moves to make conservation an equal to industry on US lands

Apr. 18, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday finalized a new rule for public land management that's meant to put conservation on more equal footing with oil drilling, grazing and other extractive industries on vast government-owned properties. Officials pushed past...

US vetoes widely supported resolution backing full UN membership for Palestine

Apr. 18, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States vetoed a widely backed U.N. resolution Thursday that would have paved the way for full United Nations membership for Palestine, a goal the Palestinians have long sought and Israel has worked to prevent. The vote in the 15-member Security...