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In Buffalo, Biden mourns victims, says 'evil will not win'

May. 17, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO (AP) — President Joe Biden mourned with Buffalo’s grieving families on Tuesday, then exhorted the nation to reject what he angrily labeled the poison of white supremacy. He said the nation must “reject the lie” of the racist “replacement theory” espoused by the shooter who...

AP Interview: Scottish leader stresses independence, NATO

May. 17, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview Tuesday that Europe's crisis over Russia's war in Ukraine only makes Scotland's drive for independence more important, and maintained Scotland should play its “full part” ensuring stability and security in Europe as an...

Election 2022: Pennsylvania, North Carolina hold key races

May. 17, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday faces the strongest test yet of his ability to shape a new generation of Republicans as voters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina decide whether to rally around his hand-picked choices for critical U.S. Senate seats. ...

Printing error affects mailed ballots in Pennsylvania county

May. 17, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

An error by a company that prints ballots for several Pennsylvania counties made thousands of mail-in ballots unreadable Tuesday as voters were deciding hotly contested primaries for governor and U.S. Senate in one of the nation's most important battleground states. Officials in...

Oregon Democrat at risk as 5 states hold US House primaries

May. 17, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of irking his colleagues, a longtime moderate Democratic congressman faces his stiffest primary challenge yet in Oregon. In North Carolina, a rising Republican star beset by personal and professional scandals is looking to eke out a win in his...

Midterm updates | Senate hopeful Fetterman getting pacemaker

May. 17, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BRADDOCK, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading contender in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is getting a pacemaker following last week’s stroke. His campaign said Tuesday that Fetterman was “about to undergo a standard procedure” to get a...

House Jan. 6 panel unlikely to call Trump, chairman says

May. 17, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators are unlikely to call former President Donald Trump to testify about his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection, relying instead on interviews with aides, family and others who were close to him at the time. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

May. 17, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs...

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

May. 17, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis...

Congress dives into UFOs, but no signs of extraterrestrials

May. 17, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress held its first hearing in half a century Tuesday on unidentified flying objects. And no, there is still no government confirmation of extraterrestrial life. Testifying before a House Intelligence subcommittee, Pentagon officials did not disclose...

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Judge suspends Michigan's dormant 1931 abortion ban

May. 17, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday suspended Michigan's dormant, decades-old ban on abortion, which means the procedure would not be illegal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its historic Roe v. Wade decision. The Michigan law, which makes it a crime to assist...

House Dems propose $28 million to address formula shortage

May. 17, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said the money would increase Food and Drug...

Election 2022: Pennsylvania, North Carolina hold key races

May. 17, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday faces the strongest test yet of his ability to shape a new generation of Republicans as voters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina decide whether to rally around his hand-picked choices for critical U.S. Senate seats. ...

Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

May. 17, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An attempt by one of Libya’s rival prime ministers to seat his government in the capital of Tripoli triggered clashes Tuesday between competing militias, forcing the newly appointed premier to leave the city. The development underscored the fragility of the...

Clinton campaign lawyer sought to 'use' FBI, prosecutor says

May. 17, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign who is charged with lying to the FBI early in the Trump-Russia probe sought to “use and manipulate” federal law enforcement to create an “October surprise" in the final weeks of the presidential race, a prosecutor alleged...

Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

May. 17, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday underscored the Federal Reserve's determination to keep raising interest rates until there is clear evidence inflation is steadily falling — a high-stakes effort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession. The Fed's...

Musk wars with Twitter over his buyout deal - on Twitter

May. 17, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that taking over Twitter would enable him to rid the social media platform of its annoying “spam bots." Now he's arguing — without presenting any evidence — that there might be just too many of those automated accounts for the $44 billion deal to move ahead. ...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

May. 17, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs...

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

May. 17, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow...

Midterm updates | Senate hopeful Fetterman getting pacemaker

May. 17, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BRADDOCK, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading contender in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is getting a pacemaker following last week’s stroke. His campaign said Tuesday that Fetterman was “about to undergo a standard procedure” to get a...