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Chinese balloon high over US stirs unease far below

Feb. 03, 2023 16:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Chinese balloon drifting high above the U.S. and first revealed over Montana has created a buzz down below among residents who initially wondered what it was — and now wonder what its arrival means amid a chorus of alarm raised by the region's elected officials. ...

Licenses suspended for 2 fired EMTs in Tyre Nichols death

Feb. 03, 2023 15:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee board on Friday suspended the emergency medical technician licenses of two former Memphis Fire Department employees for failing to render critical care to Tyre Nichols after he took a beating from police that ultimately killed him. The...

Police: Man charged in other recent crimes at Dallas Zoo

Feb. 03, 2023 16:27 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The man charged in the taking of two emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo has also been charged in two other recent incidents there involving holes that were cut in the fences for enclosures housing langur monkeys and a clouded leopard, authorities said Friday. ...

Authorities: 2 arrested in California shooting that killed 6

Feb. 03, 2023 15:31 PM EST

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Two gang members were arrested early Friday, one after a gunbattle, in the January massacre of six people including a baby at a central California home associated with a rival gang, the Tulare County sheriff said. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Noah David Beard,...

Austin mayor apologizes as city struggles to restore power

Feb. 03, 2023 16:35 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Widespread power outages in the Texas capital stretched into a third day Friday for thousands of residents following a winter storm that was spiraling into a management crisis as city leaders remained unable to say when all the lights would come back on. ...

Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology

Feb. 03, 2023 12:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appearing before a federal judge after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the deadly Capitol riot, former West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans expressed remorse for letting down his family and his community, saying he made a “crucial mistake." Less than a...

An unexpected job surge confounds the Fed's economic models

Feb. 03, 2023 12:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does the Federal Reserve have it wrong? For months, the Fed has been warily watching the U.S. economy's robust job gains out of concern that employers, desperate to hire, would keep boosting pay and, in turn, keep inflation high. But January’s blowout job...

New rules would limit sugar in school meals for first time

Feb. 03, 2023 14:04 PM EST

U.S. agriculture officials on Friday proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries. The plan announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack...

G-7, Europe reach deal for price cap on Russian diesel

Feb. 03, 2023 16:42 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that industrialized countries in the Group of Seven are imposing a price cap on refined Russian oil products such as diesel and kerosene, as part of a coalition that includes Australia and a tentative agreement from the European...

Jupiter's moon count jumps to 92, most in solar system

Feb. 03, 2023 16:23 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92. That's more than any other planet in our solar system. Saturn, the one-time leader, comes in a close second with 83 confirmed moons. ...

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New Mexico governor names new Indian Affairs secretary

Feb. 03, 2023 17:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former governor of a New Mexico pueblo has been chosen to be the state's next secretary of Indian Affairs. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the appointment Friday of James R. Mountain to lead the department. She highlighted his history as...

US board clears path for mini-union vote at big Nissan plant

Feb. 03, 2023 17:12 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fewer than 100 employees out of the thousands who work at Nissan's auto assembly plant in Tennessee can hold a vote on whether to form a small union, the federal labor board has decided. The ruling Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board overturns a...

Man admits seeking to have his child porn victim killed

Feb. 03, 2023 17:12 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who exchanged sexually explicit videos and images with a 13-year-old New York girl has admitted paying $20,000 in bitcoin to have the child victim murdered before eventually calling it off. John Michael Musbach, 31, of Haddonfield, pleaded...

Walz makes Juneteenth a holiday; bans hair discrimination

Feb. 03, 2023 17:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Juneteeth will become a state holiday in Minnesota, under a bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz on Friday in a state where it's now illegal to discriminate on the basis of hair texture or style. The Democratic governor made Minnesota the 26th state to recognize June...

Google, Apple, Amazon give investors reason to fret

Feb. 03, 2023 17:06 PM EST

Wall Street had its eyes Friday on big tech after some of the biggest companies in the world posted lackluster quarterly financial performances. That included Apple Inc. The company posted its first quarterly revenue drop in nearly four years after pandemic-driven restrictions on...

National bike gang leader in N. Carolina sentenced to prison

Feb. 03, 2023 16:59 PM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based national motorcycle gang leader who authorities say often used violence was sentenced to 75 years in prison for drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes. Christopher Lamar Baker was sentenced in Wilmington by U.S. District...

Florida lawmakers to meet next week on Disney, immigration

Feb. 03, 2023 16:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers will meet next week to complete a state takeover of Walt Disney World's self-governing district and debate proposals on immigration and election crimes, as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to leverage national political fissures ahead of an...

Chinese balloon high over US stirs unease far below

Feb. 03, 2023 16:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Chinese balloon drifting high above the U.S. and first revealed over Montana has created a buzz down below among residents who initially wondered what it was — and now wonder what its arrival means amid a chorus of alarm raised by the region's elected officials. ...

Gibraltar and Spain in dispute over sovereignty 'violation'

Feb. 03, 2023 16:48 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Gibraltar's top leadership accused Spanish customs agents Friday of “a grave breach of sovereignty and jurisdiction,” alleging they landed on a beach of the British territory while chasing smugglers. The Spanish foreign ministry rejected Gibraltar’s description...

Elon Musk listens while vilified, hailed as tweet trial ends

Feb. 03, 2023 16:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISO (AP) — As he sat stoically in court, Elon Musk on Friday was both vilified as a rich narcissist whose reckless behavior risks “anarchy” and hailed as a visionary looking out for the “little guy.” The contrasting portraits of the enigmatic billionaire came...