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Earthquake stuns Syria's Aleppo even after war's horrors

Feb. 08, 2023 15:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the people of Aleppo bore the brunt of bombardment and fighting when their city, once Syria’s largest and most cosmopolitan, was among the civil war’s fiercest battle zones. Even that didn’t prepare them for the new devastation and terror wreaked by this week’s...

As jets closed in on China balloon, hobbyists were listening

Feb. 08, 2023 11:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary scene of U.S. fighter jets getting ready to strike a Chinese balloon had many people along the Carolina coast straining their necks and pointing their smartphones to the sky to capture the moment of impact. But a group of aviation enthusiasts...

Biden in State of Union exhorts Congress: 'Finish the job'

Feb. 08, 2023 01:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden exhorted Congress Tuesday night to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation as he delivered a State of the Union address aimed at reassuring a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions. ...

Tyre Nichols documents: Officer never explained stop to him

Feb. 08, 2023 15:48 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show, and emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was common. Documents released Tuesday by the...

Zelenskyy seeks weaponry in surprise trips to London, Paris

Feb. 08, 2023 15:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sought Western support for his country in surprise visits to Britain and France on Wednesday, pushing for fighter jets to battle Russian invaders in a dramatic speech to the U.K. Parliament and then flying to Paris to meet the French and German...

Day care in Canada struck by city bus; 2 children dead

Feb. 08, 2023 15:21 PM EST

A city bus crashed into a day care center north of Montreal on Wednesday, killing two children and injuring six, authorities said. The driver was arrested and charged with homicide and careless driving. A neighbor who ran to the center in Laval, Quebec, said she saw children...

Bail $300K for former 'Dances With Wolves' actor in sex case

Feb. 08, 2023 14:51 PM EST

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday set bail at $300,000 for a former “Dances With Wolves” actor charged in Nevada with sexually abusing and trafficking Indigenous women and girls. North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Craig Newman said Nathan Chasing Horse must...

Toxic gases connected to Ohio train derailment cause concern

Feb. 08, 2023 12:54 PM EST

Days after crews released and burned toxic chemicals transported by a wrecked train in Ohio, residents remain concerned about the toxic substances that could be lingering in their evacuated neighborhoods. About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery...

Primary care a hot target; CVS spends $10.6B on Oak Street

Feb. 08, 2023 13:25 PM EST

Big money is pouring into primary care clinics as the nation’s health care giants hunt for ways to cut costs by keeping people healthy. CVS Health said Wednesday that it will spend about $10.6 billion to buy Oak Street Health, which runs clinics that specialize in treating Medicare...

Super Bowl has rare matchup of top 2 regular-season teams

Feb. 08, 2023 13:18 PM EST

This year's Super Bowl features a rare matchup of the NFL’s top two teams from the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs were the league's only 14-game winners, marking just the sixth time since the 1970 merger that the squads with sole possession of the...

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Polish lawmakers approve law meant to help unlock EU funds

Feb. 08, 2023 16:14 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lower house of parliament on Wednesday gave final approval to a new law on judicial accountability that the government believes will meet European Union expectations and help unfreeze billions of euros in pandemic recovery funds. Brussels suspended...

Virginia agency won't release 1,700 records on Ford talks

Feb. 08, 2023 16:13 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's economic development agency says it has at least 1,700 emails and documents pertaining to talks about the possibility of a Ford Motor Co. battery plant landing at a Danville-area megasite. But it won't release any of them under the state's public records law. ...

Democrats won Pennsylvania House, but bipartisan gap remains

Feb. 08, 2023 16:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters who kept three Pittsburgh-area state House seats in Democratic hands this week effectively also flipped control away from the Republican majority that has run the chamber for more than a decade, one of a handful of legislative bodies across the United States where...

Charges dismissed against man accused of shooting at police

Feb. 08, 2023 16:06 PM EST

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A district judge has dismissed charges against a Williston man who is accused of firing at police last year but the charges could be reinstated. Eric Obregon was charged after police say he fired at two officers during a traffic stop in Williston on Dec. 9. ...

Brazil pushes illegal miners out of Yanomami territory

Feb. 08, 2023 16:03 PM EST

ALTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Armed government officials with Brazil's justice, Indigenous and environment ministries pressed illegal gold miners out of Yanomami Indigenous territory Wednesday, citing widespread river contamination, famine and disease they have brought to one of the most isolated...

Zelenskyy seeks weaponry in surprise trips to London, Paris

Feb. 08, 2023 15:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sought Western support for his country in surprise visits to Britain and France on Wednesday, pushing for fighter jets to battle Russian invaders in a dramatic speech to the U.K. Parliament and then flying to Paris to meet the French and German...

In earthquake rescues, noisy gear and digging, then silence

Feb. 08, 2023 16:03 PM EST

ADANA, Turkey (AP) — They lifted slabs of cement with enormous cranes and smashed rubble with jackhammers. Then, they stopped. Silence. Key to detecting the faintest noise, which could be the sign of a survivor buried beneath rubble from Monday's quake in Turkey...

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy arrives in France on rare wartime trip to seek more European weapons and aid

Feb. 08, 2023 15:59 PM EST
PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Zelenskyy arrives in France on rare wartime trip to seek more European weapons and aid.

Organs in exchange for freedom? Bill raises ethical concerns

Feb. 08, 2023 15:55 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A proposal to let Massachusetts prisoners donate organs and bone marrow to shave time off their sentence is raising profound ethical and legal questions about putting undue pressure on inmates desperate for freedom. The bill — which faces a steep climb in the...

West Virginia’s $1 billion surplus sparks pitched tax battle

Feb. 08, 2023 15:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican Senate leaders have answered the call to dramatically slash the state income tax by proposing to shave 15% off the rate at a cost of about $600 million, or more than half the state's budget surplus. GOP senators described the plan...