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How a hush money scandal tied to a porn star led to Trump’s first criminal trial

Apr. 13, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the kind of tawdry tale Donald Trump might’ve relished before politics: a porn actress claiming they’d had sex. But on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Trump feared the story — which he says is false — would cost him votes. So, prosecutors...

Biden's ballot access in Ohio and Alabama is in the hands of Republican election chiefs, lawmakers

Apr. 13, 2024 00:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic President Joe Biden's reelection campaign is wrangling with Republican-dominated state governments in Ohio and Alabama to assure he is listed on their fall ballots, as once-mundane procedural negotiations get caught up in the nation's fractious politics. ...

Far fewer young Americans now want to study in China, something both countries are trying to fix

Apr. 13, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Garrett, a 27-year-old graduate student, always thought he would study in China, but first the country's restrictive COVID-19 policies made it nearly impossible and now he has other concerns. The cost is one deterrent, but Garrett is more worried about...

Trump to host rally on Biden's home turf in northeast Pennsylvania, the last before his trial begins

Apr. 13, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump plans to hold a rally Saturday in northeast Pennsylvania, venturing into an area President Joe Biden considers his home turf in what will be the Republican's last rally before his criminal hush money trial begins Monday. The presumptive GOP nominee...

Biden looks to nudge further ahead with Alaska and Wyoming Democratic delegates

Apr. 13, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Joe Biden looks to nudge further ahead in his party's nomination for reelection with Democratic voting Saturday in Wyoming and Alaska. As two of the least populated states, Alaska and Wyoming play minuscule roles in both intraparty and general...

Trump gives support to embattled Speaker Mike Johnson at pivotal Mar-a-Lago meet

Apr. 12, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump offered a political lifeline Friday to House Speaker Mike Johnson, saying the beleaguered GOP leader is doing a “very good job,” and tamping down the far-right forces led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene trying to oust him from office. Trump...

Noncitizen voting isn't an issue in federal elections, regardless of conspiracy theories. Here's why

Apr. 12, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump turned to one of his favorite themes on Friday — the specter of immigrants improperly voting in federal elections. House Speaker Mike Johnson came to the former president's Florida compound to announce that he would introduce a bill to stop those who are not citizens...

How a Black conservative activist arranged Donald Trump's stop at an Atlanta Chick-fil-A

Apr. 12, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scenes of Donald Trump being warmly greeted on Wednesday by a Black audience at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta electrified conservative political media at a moment when Republicans hope to make inroads with Democrats’ most committed voting bloc. Those...

Biden tells racial justice meeting, 'We've kept our promises,' as he looks to energize Black voters

Apr. 12, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden virtually addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference on Friday, telling a sympathetic crowd “we’ve kept our promises” as he ramps up efforts to energize Black voters who will be vital to his reelection bid this fall. ...

Judge refuses to dismiss Hunter Biden's gun case, rejecting claim it's politically motivated

Apr. 12, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware refused Friday to throw out a federal gun case against Hunter Biden, rejecting the president's son's claim that he is being prosecuted for political purposes as well as other arguments. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika's ruling...

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Far fewer young Americans now want to study in China, something both countries are trying to fix

Apr. 13, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Garrett, a 27-year-old graduate student, always thought he would study in China, but first the country's restrictive COVID-19 policies made it nearly impossible and now he has other concerns. The cost is one deterrent, but Garrett is more worried about...

Today in History: April 13, Apollo 13 damaged by explosion

Apr. 13, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 13, the 104th day of 2024. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black performer to win an Academy Award for best actor or best...

Trump gives support to embattled Speaker Mike Johnson at pivotal Mar-a-Lago meet

Apr. 12, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump offered a political lifeline Friday to House Speaker Mike Johnson, saying the beleaguered GOP leader is doing a “very good job,” and tamping down the far-right forces led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene trying to oust him from office. Trump...

US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

North Carolina welcomes a historic visitor in Japan's Prime Minister Kishida

Apr. 12, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cemented economic links and cultural amity with North Carolina on Friday, following up time in Washington during his official U.S. visit by checking up on benchmark Japanese companies building in the ninth-most populous state and meeting...

US border arrests fall in March, bucking seasonal trends amid increased enforcement in Mexico

Apr. 12, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests for crossing the U.S. border illegally fell slightly in March, authorities said Friday, bucking a usual spring increase amid increased immigration enforcement in Mexico. The Border Patrol made 137,480 arrests of people entering from Mexico, down 2.3% from...

Russian military trainers arrive in Niger as relations deteriorate with the US

Apr. 12, 2024 18:54 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Russian military trainers arrived this week in Niger to reinforce the country’s air defenses as the west African nation pulls away from close cooperation with the United States in counterterrorism efforts, turning instead to Russia for security. State...

International migrants were attracted to large urban counties last year, Census Bureau data shows

Apr. 12, 2024 18:41 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — International migrants were attracted to some of the largest urban counties in the U.S. last year, an influx that helped some of those areas recover from the loss of local residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Census Bureau figures show. ...

'I'm dying, you're not': Those terminally ill ask more states to legalize physician-assisted death

Apr. 12, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a brisk day at a restaurant outside Chicago, Deb Robertson sat with her teenage grandson to talk about her death. She’ll probably miss his high school graduation. She declined the extended warranty on her car. Sometimes she wonders who will be at her funeral. ...

US Steel shareholders approve takeover by Japan's Nippon Steel opposed by Biden administration

Apr. 12, 2024 18:17 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Steel shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company's sale to Nippon Steel of Japan for $14.1 billion in cash, voicing unequivocal support for a combination that has drawn opposition from the Biden administration on economic and national security grounds. ...