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Justice Department says illegal monopoly by Ticketmaster and Live Nation drives up prices for fans

May. 23, 2024 11:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America — squelching competition and driving up prices for fans. ...

Supreme Court finds no bias against Black voters in a South Carolina congressional district

May. 23, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against Black voters. The court's conservative majority said in a 6-3 decision that the...

US will announce $275 million more in artillery and ammunition for Ukraine, officials say

May. 23, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of military aid...

A comment from Trump and GOP actions in the states put contraceptive access in the 2024 spotlight

May. 23, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican lawmakers in states across the U.S. have been rejecting Democrats' efforts to protect or expand access to birth control, an issue Democrats are promoting as a major issue in this year's elections along with abortion and other reproductive rights concerns. ...

Biden praises Kenyan President Ruto for 'his bold leadership' as White House marks state visit

May. 23, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday praised Kenya's William Ruto for “his bold leadership” as the White House marked the first state visit to the United States by an African leader in more than 15 years. Ruto spoke of building a more promising future. The Kenyan...

Leaders of Northwestern, UCLA and Rutgers to testify before Congress on campus protests

May. 23, 2024 05:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have summoned the leaders of Northwestern University and Rutgers University to testify about concessions they gave to pro-Palestinian protesters to end demonstrations on their campus. The chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles,...

Here's what's cooking for the three-course state dinner at the White House honoring Kenya

May. 23, 2024 10:51 AM EDT

Here's what cooking for Thursday's White House state dinne r honoring Kenya. White House executive chef Cris Comerford says the main course is a “best of both worlds” combination of smoked short ribs and lobster. First Course Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup ...

White House pushes tech industry to shut down market for sexually abusive AI deepfakes

May. 23, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

President Joe Biden's administration is pushing the tech industry and financial institutions to shut down a growing market of abusive sexual images made with artificial intelligence technology. New generative AI tools have made it easy to transform someone's likeness into a sexually...

Trump is holding a rally in the South Bronx as he tries to woo Black and Hispanic voters

May. 23, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will campaign in one of the most Democratic counties in the nation Thursday, holding a rally in the South Bronx to woo minority voters days before a Manhattan jury will begin deliberations on whether to convict him of felony charges in his criminal...

Biden is poised to pick up more delegates in Idaho's Democratic caucuses

May. 23, 2024 10:22 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democrats will caucus across the state Thursday to select their nominee for the White House, giving President Joe Biden more delegates after he already clinched his party's 2024 nomination. Caucusgoers also will elect delegates pledged to the nominee for...

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US will announce $275 million more in artillery and ammunition for Ukraine, officials say

May. 23, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of military aid...

Biden praises Kenyan President Ruto for 'his bold leadership' as White House marks state visit

May. 23, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday praised Kenya's William Ruto for “his bold leadership” as the White House marked the first state visit to the United States by an African leader in more than 15 years. Ruto spoke of building a more promising future. The Kenyan...

US intelligence agencies' embrace of generative AI is at once wary and urgent

May. 23, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — Long before generative AI's boom, a Silicon Valley firm contracted to collect and analyze non-classified data on illicit Chinese fentanyl trafficking made a compelling case for its embrace by U.S. intelligence agencies. The operation's results far...

Putin signs decree allowing seizure of Americans' assets if US confiscates Russian holdings

May. 23, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russia to confiscate assets of U.S. companies and individuals to compensate for any Russian assets confiscated in the United States. The decree was published on the Russian government's legal portal on Thursday as top finance...

Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

May. 23, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both powers to resolve their differences. Anwar, who is attending a Nikkei annual...

From schools to the Olympics, how France's staunch secularism affects religion in public life

May. 23, 2024 08:28 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Walk around multicultural metropolises like Paris or Marseille, or any small village in the French countryside, and signs of faith are everywhere. Many Muslim women wear headscarves and historical Catholic churches anchor nearly every neighborhood. But...

Family of American caught in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son, Tyler Thompson, was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, in a statement provided to The Associated Press. ...

Takeaways: How intelligence agencies' are cautiously embracing generative AI

May. 23, 2024 05:25 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to embrace the AI revolution, convinced they’ll otherwise be smothered in data as sensor-generated surveillance tech further blankets the planet. They also need to keep pace with competitors, who are already using AI to seed...

Today in History: May 23, Bonnie and Clyde shot and killed

May. 23, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 23, the 144th day of 2024. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville...

Biden is honoring Kenya with state visit as the East African nation prepares to send police to Haiti

May. 22, 2024 19:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House for a three-day state visit and designating the East African nation a major non-NATO ally as it prepares to deploy forces to Haiti as part of U.N.-led effort to address the security crisis in the...