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Trump prosecutor focuses on 'cover-up' in closing arguments while defense attacks key witness

May. 28, 2024 18:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump engaged in “a conspiracy and a cover-up,” a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday in the former president's hush money trial, while a defense lawyer branded the star witness as the “greatest liar of all time” and pressed the panel for an...

Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands

May. 28, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced...

Democrats plan to nominate Biden by virtual roll call to meet Ohio ballot deadline

May. 28, 2024 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee through a virtual roll call ahead of the party’s official convention in Chicago in August — a maneuver that will allow Biden to appear on the November ballot in Ohio. The...

Pope apologizes after being quoted using vulgar term about gay men in talk about ban on gay priests

May. 28, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests. The ruckus that ensued underscored how the church’s official teaching about homosexuality often bumps...

Judge denies request to restrict Trump statements about law enforcement in classified records case

May. 28, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge overseeing Donald Trump's classified documents case in Florida on Tuesday denied prosecutors' request to bar the former president from making public statements that could endanger law enforcement agents participating in the prosecution. Prosecutors had...

Transitional council in Haiti selects new prime minister for a country under siege by gangs

May. 28, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Garry Conille was named Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday evening, nearly a month after a coalition within a fractured transitional council had chosen someone else for the position. The long-awaited move comes as gangs continue to terrorize the...

Storms leave widespread outages across Texas, cleanup continues after deadly weekend across US

May. 28, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and about 1 million businesses and homes without power as much of the U.S. recovered from severe weather, including tornadoes, that killed at least 24 people during the...

Voter outreach groups targeted by new laws in several GOP-led states are struggling to do their work

May. 28, 2024 12:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the presidential election four years ago, the Equal Ground Education Fund hired over 100 people to go door-to-door and attend festivals, college homecomings and other events to help register voters across Florida. Their efforts for this year's elections look much...

Spain, Norway and Ireland formally recognize a Palestinian state as EU rift with Israel widens

May. 28, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain, Norway and Ireland formally recognized a Palestinian state on Tuesday in a coordinated effort by the three Western European nations to add international pressure on Israel to soften its response to last year’s Hamas-led attack. Israel condemned the diplomatic...

Albert Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of 'The Godfather' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' dies at 94

May. 28, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Albert S. Ruddy, a colorful, Canadian-born producer and writer who won Oscars for "The Godfather" and "Million Dollar Baby," developed the raucous prison-sports comedy "The Longest Yard" and helped create the hit sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," has died at age 94. Ruddy...

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European-Japanese climate research satellite launched from California aboard SpaceX rocket

May. 28, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A European-Japanese climate research satellite designed to study Earth's temperature balance was launched into orbit from California on Tuesday. The EarthCARE satellite lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Space Force Base atop a SpaceX...

Pilot injured after a military aircraft crashes near international airport in Albuquerque

May. 28, 2024 19:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A military aircraft crashed Tuesday near the international airport in New Mexico's largest city, sending up a large plume of smoke and injuring the pilot. The pilot, the only person on board, was able to escape after crashing around 2 p.m. on the south side...

Venezuela revokes invitation for EU mission to observe presidential election in July

May. 28, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s election authorities on Tuesday revoked an invitation to a European Union mission to observe the country's upcoming presidential election, in which President Nicolás Maduro is seeking reelection. The head of the National Electoral Council,...

New court challenge filed in Pennsylvania to prevent some mail-in ballots from getting thrown out

May. 28, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new lawsuit filed Tuesday by a constellation of left-leaning groups in Pennsylvania is trying to prevent thousands of mail-in ballots from being thrown out in November's election in a battleground state that is expected to play a critical role in selecting a new...

Mother tells police she shot one child and drowned another. A third was found safe

May. 28, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman went to a police station Tuesday and told officers that she fatally shot one of her children and drowned the other, authorities said. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said at a news conference that authorities believe both children were...

US opens up banking to private Cuban businesses as it aims to boost private sector

May. 28, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. lifted some financial restrictions against Cuba on Tuesday, in a move designed to boost private businesses on the island. The measures will allow independent entrepreneurs to open and access U.S. bank accounts online to support their businesses. They also...

Storms leave widespread outages across Texas, cleanup continues after deadly weekend across US

May. 28, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and about 1 million businesses and homes without power as much of the U.S. recovered from severe weather, including tornadoes, that killed at least 24 people during the...

Transitional council in Haiti selects new prime minister for a country under siege by gangs

May. 28, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Garry Conille was named Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday evening, nearly a month after a coalition within a fractured transitional council had chosen someone else for the position. The long-awaited move comes as gangs continue to terrorize the...

Golfers want millions to give up a World Heritage Site in Ohio with ancient Indigenous ties

May. 28, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s historical society is one step away from gaining control of ancient ceremonial and burial earthworks maintained by a country club where members golf alongside the mounds. A trial was slated to begin Tuesday to determine how much the historical society...

Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands

May. 28, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced...