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The House is on the brink of approving aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle

Apr. 20, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is working through a rare Saturday session to approve $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, Democrats and Republicans joining together behind the legislation after a grueling monthslong fight over renewed American support for repelling...

Biden avoids a further Mideast spiral as Israel and Iran show restraint. But for how long?

Apr. 20, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden can breathe a bit easier, at least for the moment, now that Israel and Iran appear to have stepped back from the brink of tipping the Middle East into all-out war. Israel's retaliatory strikes on Iran and Syria caused limited damage. The...

House leaders toil to advance Ukraine and Israel aid. But threats to oust speaker grow

Apr. 18, 2024 23:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House congressional leaders were toiling Thursday on a delicate, bipartisan push toward weekend votes to approve a $95 billion package of foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as several other national security policies at a critical moment at home and abroad. ...

US deports about 50 Haitians to nation hit with gang violence, ending monthslong pause in flights

Apr. 18, 2024 21:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration sent about 50 Haitians back to their country on Thursday, authorities said, marking the first deportation flight in several months to the Caribbean nation struggling with surging gang violence. The Homeland Security Department said in a...

Pennsylvania school district cancels actor's speech over his activism and 'lifestyle'

Apr. 18, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district has canceled an upcoming appearance by actor and children's book author Maulik Pancholy after district leaders cited concerns about what they described as his activism and “lifestyle.” Pancholy, who is gay, was scheduled...

Argentina asks to join NATO as President Milei seeks a more prominent role for his nation

Apr. 18, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina formally requested on Thursday to join NATO as a global partner, a status that would clear the way for greater political and security cooperation at a time when the right-wing government of President Javier Milei aims to boost ties with Western powers and...

Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

Apr. 17, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden suggested to cheering, unionized steelworkers on Wednesday that his administration would thwart the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company, and he called for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel, seeking to use trade policy to win over...

Republican AGs attack Biden's EPA for pursuing environmental discrimination cases

Apr. 17, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican attorneys general attacked the Biden administration’s stated goal of pursuing environmental justice, calling it a form of “racial engineering.‘’ Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and 22 other GOP officials asked the EPA Tuesday to stop using...

Regulators pleased Union Pacific is using fewer temporary shipping limits

Apr. 17, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific dramatically reduced its use of temporary limits on some businesses' shipments over the past year after its customers complained, but regulators said Wednesday the railroad must go further to be in line with the other major freight railroads that rarely use such...

China's economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations, though weak spots remain

Apr. 16, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter of the year with help from policies and stronger demand, though signs of weakness in the troubled housing market persisted. The world’s second-largest economy expanded at a 5.3% annual pace in...