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Biden is having his annual physical exam. The results will be closely watched as he seeks reelection

Feb. 28, 2024 09:43 AM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for his annual physical exam — and the results are sure to be closely watched as the 81-year-old president seeks reelection. Biden is already the oldest president in...

The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a Trump-era ban on a gun accessory known as bump stocks

Feb. 28, 2024 09:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory used in a Las Vegas massacre that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A Texas gun shop owner argues the Trump administration didn’t follow...

Michigan takeaways: Presidential primaries show warning signs for Trump and Biden

Feb. 28, 2024 03:03 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden and Donald Trump easily won their party’s primaries in Michigan, but Tuesday’s results showed that both candidates have cause for concern in their bid to win the swing state in November. An “uncommitted” vote in Michigan's Democratic primary...

Hunter Biden to appear for closed-door interview with Republicans conducting impeachment inquiry

Feb. 28, 2024 00:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden is set to appear Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a closed-door deposition with lawmakers, a critical moment for Republicans as their impeachment inquiry into his father and their family's business affairs teeters on the brink of collapse. The deposition...

Biden issues executive order to better shield Americans' sensitive data from foreign foes

Feb. 28, 2024 05:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday is signing an executive order aimed at better protecting Americans' personal data on everything from biometrics and health records to finances and geolocation from foreign adversaries like China and Russia. The attorney general...

How Hakeem Jeffries' Black Baptist upbringing and deep-rooted faith shapes his House leadership

Feb. 28, 2024 08:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries stood together at the annual National Prayer Breakfast — an opportunity, in the words of one introductory speaker, to “put our political differences aside.” Such differences are vast...

Biden administration offering $85M in grants to help boost jobs in violence-plagued communities

Feb. 28, 2024 05:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is preparing to offer $85 million in federal grants meant to improve job opportunities for youth in communities affected by gun violence and crime. It's part of an administration effort to address not just the immediate needs of...

Trump and Biden won Michigan. But 'uncommitted' votes demanded attention

Feb. 27, 2024 22:42 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump won the Michigan primaries on Tuesday, further solidifying the all-but-certain rematch between the two men — yet early results from the state were highlighting some of their biggest political vulnerabilities ahead of...

Hunter Biden's years of personal grief and public missteps are focus of House impeachment probe

Feb. 27, 2024 18:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As his father stood in the Rose Garden at the White House in the fall of 2015 and announced he would not run for president, Hunter Biden was facing his own crossroads. It was a deeply emotional and traumatic time for Joe Biden and his close-knit family, still...

Biden and party leaders implore Speaker Johnson to help Ukraine in 'intense' Oval Office meeting

Feb. 27, 2024 16:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders emerged from an “intense” Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday speaking optimistically about the prospects for avoiding a partial government shutdown, but with new uncertainty about aid for Ukraine and Israel as the president and...

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Biden is having his annual physical exam. The results will be closely watched as he seeks reelection

Feb. 28, 2024 09:43 AM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for his annual physical exam — and the results are sure to be closely watched as the 81-year-old president seeks reelection. Biden is already the oldest president in...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the District of Columbia's GOP presidential primary

Feb. 28, 2024 07:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the nation’s capital will gather in a hotel this weekend and cast their ballots for the GOP presidential candidate they would like to see occupy the White House. The contest may be the best chance for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to score a...

Biden issues executive order to better shield Americans' sensitive data from foreign foes

Feb. 28, 2024 05:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday is signing an executive order aimed at better protecting Americans' personal data on everything from biometrics and health records to finances and geolocation from foreign adversaries like China and Russia. The attorney general...

A bill to make abortion a constitutional right goes to a vote in the French Senate

Feb. 28, 2024 05:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's Senate is to vote on Wednesday on a bill meant to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the constitution, a measure promised by President Emmanuel Macron following a rollback on rulings in the United States. Wednesday's vote comes after the lower...

They’re a path to becoming governor, but attorney general jobs are now a destination, too

Feb. 28, 2024 01:21 AM EST

Instead of trying to keep their seats in Congress, two North Carolina politicians are vying for a high-profile office closer to home: state attorney general. The career path that Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jeff Jackson are trying to follow was once a...

Warlord involved in hundreds of murders repatriated to Colombia after serving US drug sentence

Feb. 28, 2024 01:12 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian warlord Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence in the United States and being denied several requests to be sent to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Mancuso arrived in Bogota’s El Dorado Airport...

States promise to help disabled kids. Why do some families wait a decade or more?

Feb. 28, 2024 01:04 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the state would pay for a day program when she grew up. The teachers predicted a six-year wait. ...

A deal between Israel and Hamas appears to be taking shape. What would it look like?

Feb. 28, 2024 00:37 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas are inching toward a new deal that would free some of the roughly 130 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a weekslong pause in the war, now in its fifth month. U.S. President Joe Biden says a deal could go into effect as early as Monday,...

US asylum restriction aimed at limiting claims has little impact given strained border budget

Feb. 28, 2024 00:31 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Inside giant white tents that house about 1,000 migrants near Tucson International Airport, Border Patrol agents demonstrate clockwork efficiency to release detainees within two days of arrest with orders to appear in immigration courts at their final destinations. Agents...

South Korean and US troops will begin major exercises next week in response to North Korean threats

Feb. 27, 2024 23:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops will begin their expanded annual military drills next week in response to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, the two countries said Wednesday, a move that will likely enrage North Korea because it views its rivals’ joint training as...