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Rail strike averted: Biden signs bill enforcing agreement

Dec. 02, 2022 11:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a bill Friday to avert a freight rail strike that he said could have plunged the U.S. into a catastrophic recession. At the White House, Biden signed a measure passed Thursday by the Senate and Wednesday by the House. It binds rail...

EU reaches deal for $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

Dec. 02, 2022 13:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a deal Friday for a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine. After a...

Infowars host Alex Jones files for personal bankruptcy

Dec. 02, 2022 13:52 PM EST

Infowars host Alex Jones filed for personal bankruptcy protection Friday in Texas, citing debts that include nearly $1.5 billion he has been ordered to pay to families who sued him over his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school massacre. Jones filed for Chapter 11...

AP sources: Biden tells Dems he wants SC as 1st primary vote

Dec. 02, 2022 10:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has declared that Democrats should give up “restrictive” caucuses and prioritize diversity at the start of their presidential primary calendar — dealing a major blow to Iowa's decadeslong status as the state that leads off the process. ...

South Korea advances at World Cup after wild finish to group

Dec. 02, 2022 14:17 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — South Korea’s players formed a circle in the center of the field and trained their eyes on several cell phones showing a nearby match that would decide their future at the World Cup. The South Koreans had just about done their job, beating Cristiano...

Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

Dec. 02, 2022 13:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s newest nuclear stealth bomber is making its public debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China. The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more...

AP PHOTOS: Propaganda billboards embodied Russian occupation

Dec. 02, 2022 02:23 AM EST

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — In the liberated city of Kherson, Ukrainians have been tearing down a glaring symbol of occupation -- billboards spreading Russian propaganda. Throughout the southern city that was under Russian occupation for nearly nine months, the Russians had put up...

Feral hog control: 8 years, some progress, $2.5B damage/year

Dec. 02, 2022 11:14 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight years into a U.S. program to control damage from feral pigs, the invasive animals with big appetites and snouts that uproot anything that smells good are still a multibillion-dollar plague on farmers, wildlife and the environment. These prolific hogs gone...

Robert Downey Jr. talks of one last film with his dad, 'Sr.'

Dec. 02, 2022 14:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Downey Jr. set out to make an objective portrait, a tribute to his father, the underground filmmaking maverick Robert Downey Sr. His dad had other plans. “The key point in this is when he goes, ‘OK, I think we should split into two camps: The (expletive)...

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, reflect

Dec. 02, 2022 12:00 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — When Willette Kalaokahaku Akima-Akau looks out at the the lava flowing from Mauna Loa volcano and makes an offering of gin, tobacco and coins, she will be taking part in a tradition passed down from her grandfather and other Native Hawaiians as a way to honor both the natural and...

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Greece: Italian embassy vehicle destroyed in firebombing

Dec. 02, 2022 14:55 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An overnight arson attack destroyed a car used by a senior official at the Italian embassy in Athens, an incident that authorities in Greece and Italy strongly condemned Friday. Italian Prime Minister Premier Giorgia Meloni offered solidarity to the diplomat...

Wounded officers sue Sig Sauer, say gun goes off by itself

Dec. 02, 2022 14:55 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police and federal law enforcement officers are among 20 people from multiple states saying they were wounded by a popular type of Sig Sauer pistol, the latest lawsuit alleging that the gun is susceptible to going off without the trigger being pulled. The...

Vermont to do post-election audit next week

Dec. 02, 2022 14:53 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont secretary of state's office will conduct a post-election audit of the general election results in seven randomly selected communities next week as part of Vermont election law. Secretary of State Jim Condos said in a statement on...

Florida formally dismisses QB Kitna amid child porn charges

Dec. 02, 2022 14:53 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl. The Gators scrubbed Kitna's name from their roster and his...

Snowden receives Russian passport, takes citizenship oath

Dec. 02, 2022 14:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly...

Suspect in killings of 4 at pot farm returned to Oklahoma

Dec. 02, 2022 13:00 PM EST

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — The man wanted in the shooting deaths of four people and wounding of a fifth at an Oklahoma marijuana farm has been extradited back to the state from Florida, authorities said Friday. Wu Chen, also known as Chen Wu in jail records, was taken from the...

South Dakota man accused of threatening Gov. Noem, judge

Dec. 02, 2022 14:43 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is charged with threatening a state official and judge after he allegedly faxed a message to a local TV station saying he planned to kill Gov. Kristi Noem and allegedly emailed a threat to a judge. Jason Shields was arrested in October...

World Cup Viewer's Guide: Americans face the Netherlands

Dec. 02, 2022 14:39 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic became an American star with the winning goal — and the injury he got while scoring it — that lifted the United States into the round of 16 at the World Cup. He injured his pelvic bone, Pulisic insisted, when he collided with Iran's...

US military halts patrols against Islamic State in Syria

Dec. 02, 2022 14:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces have stopped joint military patrols in northern Syria to counter Islamic State extremists, as Turkish threats of a ground invasion stymie those missions with Kurdish forces. Other more limited security patrols by U.S. and Kurdish troops, particularly around prisons,...

Germany: Kandinsky sale on hold after Poland alleges theft

Dec. 02, 2022 14:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German auction house said Friday that the recent sale of a watercolor by Wassily Kandinsky has been put on hold in response to the Polish government's claim that the painting is stolen. Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said Thursday it notified...