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McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job

Feb. 28, 2024 12:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. McConnell, who turned 82 last week, was set to...

Days from a government shutdown Congress is racing to strike a deal. But aid for Ukraine is stalled

Feb. 28, 2024 11:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before a possible partial government shutdown, negotiators in Congress were working furiously Wednesday to finish up a federal spending plan as Washington joined Ukraine and other American allies around the world in watching and waiting for House Speaker Mike Johnson's next...

Biden has his annual physical exam. The results will be closely watched amid his reelection bid

Feb. 28, 2024 12:34 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden spent about 2 1/2 hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for an annual physical that will be closely watched as the 81-year-old president seeks reelection. The oldest president in U.S. history, Biden would be 86...

Wildfire grows into 2nd-largest in Texas history as flames menace multiple small towns

Feb. 28, 2024 12:47 PM EST

A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames. The sprawling blaze was part of a cluster of fires that...

Hunter Biden in defiant deposition tells House GOP he did not involve his father in his business

Feb. 28, 2024 12:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a defiant, closed-door deposition with lawmakers, a critical moment for Republicans as their impeachment inquiry into his father and the family's business affairs teeters on the brink of collapse. “I am here...

Can conservative Latin American populists motivate the Hispanic vote? Republicans are counting on it

Feb. 28, 2024 11:49 AM EST

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — On a recent evening outside Washington, the president of Argentina had the eyes and ears of a conservative crowd that had gathered to listen to Donald Trump. In a raspy voice, Javier Milei called out, “Hola a todos,” or “Hello, everyone,” before introducing himself...

About as many abortions are happening in the US monthly as before Roe was overturned, report finds

Feb. 28, 2024 09:23 AM EST

The number of abortions performed each month is about the same as before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the nationwide right to abortion more than a year and a half ago, a new report finds. The latest edition of the #WeCount report conducted for the Society of...

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be on Friday, spokesperson says

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died earlier this month in a remote Arctic penal colony, will take place on Friday in Moscow after several locations declined to host the service, his spokesperson said. His funeral will be held at a church in Moscow’s...

Supreme Court won't halt Idaho's execution of Thomas Creech, who has spent 4 decades on death row

Feb. 28, 2024 11:17 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The hour of Thomas Eugene Creech’s death has been set, and it is rapidly approaching. The 73-year-old serial killer, one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates, spent time with his wife Tuesday evening and ate a last meal including fried chicken,...

Our ancient animal ancestors had tails. Why don't we?

Feb. 28, 2024 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Our very ancient animal ancestors had tails. Why don't we? Somewhere around 20 million or 25 million years ago, when apes diverged from monkeys, our branch of the tree of life shed its tail. From Darwin's time, scientists have wondered why — and how — this...

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Justice Department finds problems with violence, gangs and poor conditions in 3 Mississippi prisons

Feb. 28, 2024 12:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gangs, violence and sexual assaults are a problem in three Mississippi prisons because the facilities are short-staffed and inmates are sometimes left unsupervised, the Department of Justice said in a report Wednesday. The department said the state failed to...

Ryan Gosling, Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste set to perform at the Oscars

Feb. 28, 2024 12:59 PM EST

The Oscars just got an infusion of Kenergy. Ryan Gosling will sing the pop power ballad “ I’m Just Ken ” at the show on March 10, the show's producers announced Wednesday. Others set to perform their nominated original songs include Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, Jon...

How gun accessories called bump stocks ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court

Feb. 28, 2024 12:58 PM EST

When gun accessories known as bump stocks first hit the market more than a decade ago, the U.S. government initially concluded the devices did not violate federal law despite enabling semi-automatic weapons to spray bullets at the rapid-fire rate of a machine gun. That changed after...

Shohei Ohtani won't pitch this season after major elbow surgery, but he can still hit. Here's why

Feb. 28, 2024 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is unique in Major League Baseball history, a two-way Japanese superstar who can excel as a hitter and a pitcher, sometimes in the same game. But for the 2024 season, Ohtani will be just a hitter. That's because Ohtani is recovering from...

Chiefs plan a $800 million renovation to Arrowhead Stadium after the 2026 World Cup

Feb. 28, 2024 12:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are planning an $800 million renovation to Arrowhead Stadium, the third-oldest stadium in the NFL, that would begin after the team plays host to games for the 2026 World Cup and take about four years to complete. The project is...

Hundreds of flights canceled as Argentina's air travel workers go on 24-hour strike

Feb. 28, 2024 12:56 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of flights were canceled and dozens of others rescheduled in Argentina on Wednesday as unionized air travel workers went on a 24-hour strike nationwide to demand better wages, in the latest sign of social unrest in the South American country. ...

Florida Senate unanimously passes bill to define antisemitism

Feb. 28, 2024 12:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Antisemitism would be defined in Florida law under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Wednesday after its sponsor warned that an increase in acts against Jewish people will lead to extremism against other groups. Florida is among several states seeking to...

Hunter Biden in defiant deposition tells House GOP he did not involve his father in his business

Feb. 28, 2024 12:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a defiant, closed-door deposition with lawmakers, a critical moment for Republicans as their impeachment inquiry into his father and the family's business affairs teeters on the brink of collapse. “I am here...

Wildfire grows into 2nd-largest in Texas history as flames menace multiple small towns

Feb. 28, 2024 12:47 PM EST

A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames. The sprawling blaze was part of a cluster of fires that...

South Carolina's push to be next-to-last state with hate crimes law stalls again

Feb. 28, 2024 12:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters who want to make South Carolina the next-to-last U.S. state to pass a hate crimes law increasing penalties for some crimes fueled by race, gender or sexual orientation are running out of time to get what could be a decisive vote on the issue in the state Senate. ...