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Anger and anxiety loom over the Republican convention, but there is good news for Trump in court

Jul. 15, 2024 12:55 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chiefs designed the Republican convention opening this week to feature a softer and more optimistic message, focusing on themes that would help a divisive leader expand his appeal among moderate voters and people of color. Then came the...

Trump is expected to pick his vice presidential nominee on Monday, first day of the GOP convention

Jul. 15, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump said he plans to announce his vice presidential pick on Monday, the first day of the Republican National Convention. It remains unclear whether the assassination attempt Saturday at his Pennsylvania rally has changed the former president's thinking...

The Latest: Trump is expected to announce his VP pick as RNC begins

Jul. 15, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

The Republican National Convention kicks off this week, with delegates and officials descending on Wisconsin amid the tumult that follows a Saturday assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump as he prepares to become the GOP’s official nominee. The quadrennial event...

At the Trump rally, it was evening sun, songs and blue sky. Then came bullets, screams and blood

Jul. 15, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

On a sweltering weekend evening, beneath a clear blue sky, Donald Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again” hats packed the fairgrounds in Butler, Pennsylvania. It was a friendly and festive venue for the once and maybe future president's final rally before the...

In beachy Galveston, locals buckle down without power after Beryl's blow during peak tourist season

Jul. 15, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Vacuums sucked the water out of the seaside inn run by Nick Gaido’s family in Galveston since 1911 as power was still spotty nearly one week after a resurgent Hurricane Beryl swept into Texas. Blue tarp covered much of the torn off roof. Gaido scheduled cleanup shifts...

Hamas says Gaza cease-fire talks haven't paused and claims military chief survived Israeli strike

Jul. 14, 2024 23:48 PM EDT

MUWASI, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas said Sunday that Gaza cease-fire talks were ongoing and the group’s military commander was in good health, a day after the Israeli military targeted Mohammed Deif with a massive airstrike that local health officials said killed at least 90 people, including...

Federal judge dismisses Trump classified documents case over concerns with prosecutor's appointment

Jul. 15, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump in Florida dismissed the prosecution on Monday, siding with defense lawyers who said the special counsel who filed the charges was illegally appointed by the Justice Department....

Scientists have confirmed a cave on the moon that could be used to shelter future explorers

Jul. 15, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have confirmed a cave on the moon, not far from where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed 55 years ago, and suspect there are hundreds more that could house future astronauts. An Italian-led team reported Monday that there's evidence for a...

From basement to battlefield: Ukrainian startups create low-cost robots to fight Russia

Jul. 15, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

NORTHERN UKRAINE (AP) — Struggling with manpower shortages, overwhelming odds and uneven international assistance, Ukraine hopes to find a strategic edge against Russia in an abandoned warehouse or a factory basement. An ecosystem of laboratories in hundreds of secret workshops is...

A giant panda has given birth to a cub in a Dutch zoo, in a boost for the endangered mammals

Jul. 15, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A giant panda has given birth to a cub at a Dutch zoo, in a boost to the captive population of the vulnerable mammals. Ouwehands Dierenpark announced Friday's birth on Monday, and released video of mom Wu Wen as she gave birth to her cub, whose gender...

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A prison union's big spending on Gavin Newsom: Is it an ‘800 pound gorilla’ or a threatened species?

Jul. 15, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

A year after he took the top job in 2019, the president of one of California’s largest and most powerful unions said in a newsletter that he wanted to be “the 800 pound gorilla” in Sacramento politics. Since then, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the...

Schools receive third — and potentially final — round of federal funding for homeless students

Jul. 15, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

From the start of the 2023-24 school year to its conclusion, the number of students experiencing homelessness in Kalispell’s public school system jumped from 293 to 365. Assistant Superintendent Sara Cole said the increase reflects a growing trend in her district, one driven primarily by the...

The Latest: Trump is expected to announce his VP pick as RNC begins

Jul. 15, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

The Republican National Convention kicks off this week, with delegates and officials descending on Wisconsin amid the tumult that follows a Saturday assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump as he prepares to become the GOP’s official nominee. The quadrennial event...

Protesters gather at GOP convention to rally for abortion and immigrant rights, end to war in Gaza

Jul. 15, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Activists gathered in Milwaukee on Monday for the start of the Republican National Convention, saying the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump won't affect their long-standing plans to demonstrate outside the convention site. A wide range of...

4 people fatally shot outside a Mississippi home

Jul. 15, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Four people were found shot to death outside a home in north Mississippi, law enforcement officers said. Holly Springs Police Chief Chief Darryl Bowens told WTVA-TV that the bodies of three women were in a car and a man's body was on the driveway nearby....

Gambia upholds its ban on female genital cutting. Reversing it would have been a global first

Jul. 15, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Lawmakers in the West African nation of Gambia on Monday rejected a bill that would have overturned a ban on female genital cutting. The attempt to become the first country in the world to reverse such a ban had been closely followed by activists abroad. The...

Spanish police say body found on Tenerife is likely British teen who went missing nearly a month ago

Jul. 15, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Human remains have been found in the search for a British teen who went missing almost a month ago on the island of Tenerife, Spanish police said Monday. It is likely to be the body of Jay Slater, though formal identification has not been made, police said. ...

Armenia launches joint military drills with the US amid souring ties with old ally Russia

Jul. 15, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia on Monday launched joint military drills with the United States, a move that reflects its leader's efforts to forge closer ties with the U.S. and other Western allies as the country's relations with old ally Russia sour. The “Eagle Partner” war...

Senior North Carolina House budget writer Saine says he'll leave legislature next month

Jul. 15, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top budget writer and Republican leader in the North Carolina House said Monday that he will resign his legislative seat next month, further thinning out the GOP governance team next year when combined with the upcoming departure of Speaker Tim Moore. Rep....

At the Trump rally, it was evening sun, songs and blue sky. Then came bullets, screams and blood

Jul. 15, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

On a sweltering weekend evening, beneath a clear blue sky, Donald Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again” hats packed the fairgrounds in Butler, Pennsylvania. It was a friendly and festive venue for the once and maybe future president's final rally before the...