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Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 00:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: a lack of diversity

May. 19, 2022 00:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn’t involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and...

How Pa. GOP gov pick could turn election lies into action

May. 18, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano is not the only candidate who won a Republican primary on Tuesday after embracing Donald Trump's lie that the 2020 election was stolen. But no GOP contender did more to subvert that presidential election -- and no one may be better positioned to subvert the...

EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania

May. 19, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting of mailed ballots in Pennsylvania is drawing renewed scrutiny amid a too-close-to-call U.S. Senate primary between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state's elections procedures on social media...

Oz, McCormick still neck and neck in Pa. GOP Senate primary

May. 18, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick spent Wednesday essentially tied in Pennsylvania's hotly contested race for the Republican nomination to fill an open U.S. Senate seat. It's also expected to be among the party's most...

House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo shooting

May. 19, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation late Wednesday night that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress...

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

May. 19, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest...

Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine

May. 18, 2022 22:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation's continuing battle against the Russian invasion. The veteran foreign service officer, who...

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

May. 18, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with...

US warns abortion ruling could increase extremist violence

May. 18, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion striking down the constitutional right to abortion has unleashed a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence, an internal government report says. Violence could come...

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Governor, lawmakers highlight support for military families

May. 19, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by Republican lawmakers to highlight recently passed legislation to support military families. One measure expands the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund to provide money for emergency expenses for members of...

Court considers whether US can seize a Russian yacht in Fiji

May. 19, 2022 03:44 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At Lautoka harbor in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane region, five U.S. federal agents boarded the Russian-owned Amadea, a luxurious superyacht the length of a football field. “They want to take 20 crew and sail east!” the ship's captain wrote in a...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 00:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

May. 19, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest...

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: a lack of diversity

May. 19, 2022 00:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn’t involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and...

EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania

May. 19, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting of mailed ballots in Pennsylvania is drawing renewed scrutiny amid a too-close-to-call U.S. Senate primary between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state's elections procedures on social media...

House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo shooting

May. 19, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation late Wednesday night that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress...

US warns abortion ruling could increase extremist violence

May. 18, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion striking down the constitutional right to abortion has unleashed a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence, an internal government report says. Violence could come...

US case of monkeypox reported in Massachusetts man

May. 18, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe. Monkeypox is typically limited to Africa, and rare cases in the U.S....

Oz, McCormick still neck and neck in Pa. GOP Senate primary

May. 18, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick spent Wednesday essentially tied in Pennsylvania's hotly contested race for the Republican nomination to fill an open U.S. Senate seat. It's also expected to be among the party's most...