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Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize a Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation

May. 22, 2024 08:17 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Norway, Ireland and Spain said Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state, a historic but largely symbolic move that further deepens Israel’s isolation more than seven months into its grinding war against Hamas in Gaza. Israel immediately denounced the decisions...

How 2 debunked accounts of sexual violence on Oct. 7 fueled a global dispute over Israel-Hamas war

May. 22, 2024 03:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Chaim Otmazgin had tended to dozens of shot, burned or mutilated bodies before he reached the home that would put him at the center of a global clash. Working in a kibbutz that was ravaged by Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, Otmazgin — a volunteer commander with ZAKA, an...

Iran's supreme leader and proxy militias pray for late president and others dead in helicopter crash

May. 22, 2024 09:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader and representatives of militia groups he backs in the Middle East prayed Wednesday over the coffins of the country's late president, foreign minister and other officials killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands...

Tornado kills multiple people in Iowa as powerful storms again tear through Midwest

May. 22, 2024 09:21 AM EDT

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Multiple people were killed when a tornado tore through a small town in Iowa and left a wide swath of obliterated homes and crumpled cars, while the howling winds also twisted and toppled wind turbines. After devastating Greenfield, a town of 2,000, on...

Judge in Trump classified documents case to hear more arguments on dismissing charges

May. 22, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump are due in court Wednesday for the first time since the judge indefinitely postponed the trial earlier this month. The case, one of four criminal...

GOP candidate for NC governor blasts public spending as his family nonprofit rakes in taxpayer funds

May. 22, 2024 07:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his bid to become North Carolina’s first Black governor, Republican Mark Robinson assails government safety net spending as a “plantation of welfare and victimhood" that has mired generations of Black people in “dependency” and poverty. But the...

Hunter Biden seeks a delay in his federal tax trial set to begin in Los Angeles next month

May. 22, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hunter Biden's lawyers will press a judge on Wednesday to delay his trial that's set to begin next month in Los Angeles on charges that he schemed to avoid paying $1.4 million in taxes. President Joe Biden's son is seeking to push the June 20 trial date back...

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US, a new study says

May. 22, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common than similar levels of drinking in the U.S., according to an analysis of national survey data over four decades. Alcohol is still more widely used, but 2022 was the first time this intensive level of marijuana use overtook...

Average US vehicle age hits record 12.6 years as high prices force people to keep them longer

May. 22, 2024 07:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. keep getting older, hitting a record average age of 12.6 years in 2024 as people hang on to their vehicles largely because new ones cost so much. S&P Global Mobility, which tracks state vehicle registration data nationwide, said...

Stenhouse fined $75,000 by NASCAR, Busch avoids penalty for post All-Star race fight

May. 22, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fined $75,000 by NASCAR on Wednesday for fighting with Kyle Busch after the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Stenhouse's father, who joined the fracas, was suspended indefinitely. Busch was not penalized for his action in the...

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Spain, Ireland and Norway say they will recognize a Palestinian state. Why does that matter?

May. 22, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

Spain, Ireland and Norway said Wednesday that they would recognize a Palestinian state on May 28, a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration that came amid international outrage over the civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s offensive. ...

Female White House chef duo has dished up culinary diplomacy at state dinners for nearly a decade

May. 22, 2024 09:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A house-cured smoked salmon, red grapefruit, avocado and cucumber starter. Dry-aged rib eye beef in a sesame sabayon sauce. Salted caramel pistachio cake under a layer of matcha ganache. While President Joe Biden and his guest of honor at a White House state...

Stock market today: Wall Street drifts around its records as quiet trading continues

May. 22, 2024 09:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are drifting around their records Wednesday, continuing a dayslong run of quiet trading. The S&P 500 was 0.1% lower a day after setting its latest all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 41 points, or 0.1%, as of 9:35 a.m....

Macron flies to New Caledonia amid ongoing unrest and Indigenous frustration with France

May. 22, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron flew to New Caledonia Wednesday in a bid to find a political solution to the unrest that has rocked the French archipelago in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, some 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) from metropolitan France. The unrest has...

Graduating seniors seek degrees in climate change and more US universities deliver

May. 22, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

At 16, Katya Kondragunta has already lived through two disasters amped by climate change. First came wildfires in California in 2020. Ash and smoke forced her family to stay inside their home in the Bay Area city of Fremont, for weeks. Then they moved to Prosper, Texas, where she...

What is in-flight turbulence, and when does it become dangerous for passengers and crews?

May. 22, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a British man and injuries impacting dozens of other people aboard a Singapore Airlines flight that hit severe turbulence Tuesday highlighted the potential dangers of flying through unstable air. The exact cause of the 73-year-old man’s death is under...

Austin police fatally shoot man seen making a bomb at a convenience store during a standoff

May. 22, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man seen pouring lighter fluid around an Austin, Texas, convenience store and then making a homemade bomb during an hourslong standoff was fatally shot by an officer, according to police. The man, whose name was not released, was armed and had entered the...

If this is Rafael Nadal’s last French Open, it should be similar to Serena Williams’ last US Open

May. 22, 2024 09:41 AM EDT

If this is, as expected, Rafael Nadal's final French Open, it will be one that everyone — the 37-year-old Spaniard included — surely will remember vividly. No matter how healthy the guy everyone calls “Rafa” might be. No matter how long his stay in the bracket lasts. No...

For a Memorial Day barbecue, update side dishes to keep the flavor, lose some fat

May. 22, 2024 09:37 AM EDT

A typical spread at a Memorial Day barbecue might not scream “healthy,” but nutritionists see an opportunity in those gloppy, heavy side dishes. In short, it pays to be sneaky. Take classic potato salad, which often comes so sodden with mayonnaise you can barely...

Iran's supreme leader and proxy militias pray for late president and others dead in helicopter crash

May. 22, 2024 09:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader and representatives of militia groups he backs in the Middle East prayed Wednesday over the coffins of the country's late president, foreign minister and other officials killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands...