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Ghosts of police reform past haunt a newly divided Congress

Feb. 01, 2023 06:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Joe Biden made his first address to Congress in 2021, a graphic video was released of a Black man being killed at the hands of police. The country watched the now hauntingly familiar scene play out across its screens. Family members...

Apple and Google app stores get thumbs down from White House

Feb. 01, 2023 05:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking aim at Apple and Google for operating mobile app stores that it says stifle competition. The finding is contained in a Commerce Department report being released by the administration on Wednesday as President Joe Biden convenes...

Republican-led panel targets COVID relief dollars for review

Feb. 01, 2023 06:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted on federal charges of defrauding the myriad COVID-19 relief programs that Congress established in the early days of the pandemic. And more than 600 other people and entities face federal fraud charges. ...

Anti-abortion activists aim to sway GOP White House hopefuls

Feb. 01, 2023 00:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Emboldened anti-abortion activists are looking to the 2024 presidential election as an opportunity to solidify their influence over the Republican Party. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, the most influential group in the anti-abortion movement, is telling each...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust an African-born Black lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, from the Foreign Affairs Committee over comments she has made critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right Republicans from panels for...

Anti-Asian hate 'runs the gamut,' racist Yelp reviews show

Feb. 01, 2023 06:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As if running a restaurant during a pandemic wasn't tough enough, Christopher Wong also had to contend with a racist troll. “I will not have my dog eat in this place because they might cook him,” read the Yelp review of Wong's eatery, the Curry Up Cafe in...

Nikki Haley planning Feb. 15 launch for 2024 White House bid

Jan. 31, 2023 22:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Haley is moving closer to making her presidential campaign official. On Wednesday, supporters of the former South Carolina governor will get an email invitation to a Feb. 15 launch event in Charleston, at which she plans to announce her campaign,...

Santos steps down from House panels amid ethics issues

Jan. 31, 2023 19:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. George Santos of New York announced Tuesday he is temporarily stepping down from his two congressional committees, a move that comes amid a host of ethics issues and a day after he met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Santos has faced numerous...

How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

Jan. 31, 2023 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and tests. Much of that is now...

Biden, McCarthy, once breakfast mates, wrangle over US debt

Jan. 31, 2023 16:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not so long ago, Joe Biden and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy used to talk things over at breakfast in Biden's vice presidential home at the Naval Observatory. Biden was intent in those days on “keeping up relations with the opposition party,” as he writes...

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India to raise spending on job creation ahead of election

Feb. 01, 2023 06:59 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government presented to Parliament on Wednesday an annual budget of $550 billion that calls for ramping up capital spending by 33% to spur economic growth and create jobs ahead of a general election next year. Finance...

Republican-led panel targets COVID relief dollars for review

Feb. 01, 2023 06:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted on federal charges of defrauding the myriad COVID-19 relief programs that Congress established in the early days of the pandemic. And more than 600 other people and entities face federal fraud charges. ...

Ghosts of police reform past haunt a newly divided Congress

Feb. 01, 2023 06:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Joe Biden made his first address to Congress in 2021, a graphic video was released of a Black man being killed at the hands of police. The country watched the now hauntingly familiar scene play out across its screens. Family members...

Peshawar, the city of flowers, becomes epicenter of violence

Feb. 01, 2023 06:01 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Peshawar was once known as “the city of flowers,” surrounded by orchards of pear, quince and pomegranate trees. It was a trading city, situated at the gates of a key mountain valley connecting South and Central Asia. But for the past four...

Taiwan activates defenses in response to China incursions

Feb. 01, 2023 05:29 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations by 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy. ...

Global stocks higher ahead of Fed rate decision

Feb. 01, 2023 04:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rose Wednesday while Wall Street futures declined ahead of what traders hope will be the last Federal Reserve interest rate hike for some time. London and Frankfurt opened hire. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices gained. ...

Myanmar resistance steadfast against army rule 2 years later

Feb. 01, 2023 01:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The prospects for peace in Myanmar, much less a return to democracy, seem dimmer than ever two years after the army seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, experts say. On Wednesday, legions of opponents of military rule heeded a call by protest...

Anti-abortion activists aim to sway GOP White House hopefuls

Feb. 01, 2023 00:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Emboldened anti-abortion activists are looking to the 2024 presidential election as an opportunity to solidify their influence over the Republican Party. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, the most influential group in the anti-abortion movement, is telling each...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust an African-born Black lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, from the Foreign Affairs Committee over comments she has made critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right Republicans from panels for...

Today in History: FEB 1, Space shuttle Columbia breaks up

Feb. 01, 2023 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2023. There are 333 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: In Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members:...