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Trump's historic hush-money trial gets underway; 1st day ends without any jurors being picked

Apr. 15, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The historic hush-money trial of Donald Trump got underway Monday with the arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the case charging the former president with falsifying business records in order to stifle stories about his sex life. The day ended without any...

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth

Apr. 15, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth while lawsuits over the law proceed, reversing lower courts. The justices' order Monday allows the state to put in a place a 2023 law that subjects physicians to...

Bureau of Prisons to close California women's prison where inmates have been subjected to sex abuse

Apr. 15, 2024 16:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons said Monday it will close a women's prison in California known as the “rape club” despite attempts to reform the troubled facility after an Associated Press investigation exposed rampant staff-on-inmate sexual abuse. ...

Tax Day reveals a major split in how Joe Biden and Donald Trump would govern

Apr. 15, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax Day reveals a major split in how Joe Biden and Donald Trump would govern: The presidential candidates have conflicting ideas about how much to reveal about their own finances and the best ways to boost the economy through tax policy. Biden, the sitting...

Justice Thomas misses Supreme Court session Monday with no explanation

Apr. 15, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was absent from the court Monday with no explanation. Thomas, 75, also was not participating remotely in arguments, as justices sometimes do when they are ill or otherwise can't be there in person. Chief Justice...

Biden hosts Iraqi leader after Iran's attack on Israel throws Mideast into greater uncertainty

Apr. 15, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday hosted Iraq’s leader at the White House as his administration worked to prevent an escalation in Mideast hostilities following Iran’s weekend aerial assault on Israel. Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani was visiting for...

House Speaker Mike Johnson leaves uncertain his plan to advance aid for Israel and Ukraine

Apr. 15, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson left uncertain his plan for advancing aid for Israel and Ukraine on Monday, keeping the future of the funding in doubt as lawmakers returned to Washington for a crucial week of foreign policy work. Iran's missile and drone strike against...

Biden hosts Czech leader at White House to promote Ukraine aid amid holdup in Congress

Apr. 15, 2024 17:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged the U.S. House to immediately take up Senate-passed supplemental funding for Ukraine and Israel on Monday as he hosted Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala in the Oval Office. The visit came as Biden aimed to highlight the efforts other...

The Civil War raged and fortune-seekers hunted for gold. This era produced Arizona's abortion ban

Apr. 15, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

As Union and Confederate armies clashed in a bloody fourth year of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln tasked one man to create the legal code for Arizona, almost 50 years before the territory became a state. New York judge William Thompson Howell wrote 500 pages that spanned...

The Latest | First day of Trump's hush money trial adjourns with no jurors selected

Apr. 15, 2024 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first day of Donald Trump 's historic hush money trial ended Monday after hours of pretrial motions and an initial jury selection process that saw dozens of prospective jurors excused after they said they could not be fair or impartial. The court ultimately adjourned without...

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Tax Day reveals a major split in how Joe Biden and Donald Trump would govern

Apr. 15, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax Day reveals a major split in how Joe Biden and Donald Trump would govern: The presidential candidates have conflicting ideas about how much to reveal about their own finances and the best ways to boost the economy through tax policy. Biden, the sitting...

Biden hosts Iraqi leader after Iran's attack on Israel throws Mideast into greater uncertainty

Apr. 15, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday hosted Iraq’s leader at the White House as his administration worked to prevent an escalation in Mideast hostilities following Iran’s weekend aerial assault on Israel. Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani was visiting for...

House Speaker Mike Johnson leaves uncertain his plan to advance aid for Israel and Ukraine

Apr. 15, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson left uncertain his plan for advancing aid for Israel and Ukraine on Monday, keeping the future of the funding in doubt as lawmakers returned to Washington for a crucial week of foreign policy work. Iran's missile and drone strike against...

The Philippine president says he won't give US access to more local military bases

Apr. 15, 2024 10:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Monday his administration has no plan to give the United States access to more Philippine military bases and stressed that the American military's presence in several camps and sites so far was sparked by China’s aggressive actions in the...

The shadow war between Iran and Israel has been exposed. What happens next?

Apr. 15, 2024 01:37 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel early Sunday marked a change in approach for Tehran, which had relied on proxies across the Middle East since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in October. All eyes are now on whether Israel chooses to take further military action, while...

Today in History: April 15, the Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic, more than 1,500 die

Apr. 15, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today is Monday, April 15, the 106th day of 2024. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an...

US works to prevent an escalation across the Mideast as Biden pushes Israel to show restraint

Apr. 14, 2024 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Sunday highlighted its role in helping Israel thwart Iran's aerial attack as President Joe Biden convened leaders of the Group of Seven countries in an effort to prevent a wider regional escalation and coordinate a global rebuke of Tehran. The...

Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

Apr. 14, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli leaders on Sunday credited an international military coalition with helping thwart a direct Iranian attack involving hundreds of drones and missiles, calling the coordinated response a starting point for a “strategic alliance” of regional opposition to Tehran....

House Speaker Mike Johnson says he will push for aid to Israel and Ukraine this week

Apr. 14, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson said Sunday he will try to advance wartime aid for Israel this week as he attempts the difficult task of winning House approval for a national security package that also includes funding for Ukraine and allies in Asia. Johnson, R-La., is...

Israel says Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles, 99% of which were intercepted

Apr. 14, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel early Sunday after Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East closer to a regionwide war. A military spokesman said the launches numbered...