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US downs Chinese balloon, a flashpoint in US-China tensions

Feb. 04, 2023 15:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast on orders from President Joe Biden after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America, becoming the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing. ...

State of the Union: Biden sees economic glow, GOP sees gloom

Feb. 04, 2023 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Joe Biden sees a nation with its future aglow. Republicans take a far bleaker view — that the country is beset by crushing debt and that Biden is largely responsible for inflation. And the GOP now holds...

'Died suddenly' posts twist tragedies to push vaccine lies

Feb. 04, 2023 14:26 PM EST

Results from 6-year-old Anastasia Weaver’s autopsy may take weeks. But online anti-vaccine activists needed only hours after her funeral this week to baselessly blame the COVID-19 vaccine. A prolific Twitter account posted Anastasia’s name and smiling dance portrait in a tweet...

50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio

Feb. 04, 2023 16:10 PM EST

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — Freight train cars continued to burn Saturday sending up heavy smoke following a derailment that prompted an evacuation order and a declaration of a state of emergency in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line. About 50 cars derailed in East...

In Tyre Nichols' neighborhood, Black residents fear police

Feb. 04, 2023 10:00 AM EST

MEMPHIS (AP) — In a terrible way, the death of Tyre Nichols brings vindication to members of the Black community in Memphis who live in terror of police. Often, before, people didn't believe them when told how bad it is. The fatal beating of Nichols, 29, by five...

Mount Washington experiences record-setting wind chill

Feb. 04, 2023 16:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Arctic air that descended on the Northeast on Saturday brought dangerously cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chills to the region, including a record-setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78 C) on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. ...

Route to Super Bowl dangerous for Mexico's avocado haulers

Feb. 04, 2023 13:50 PM EST

SANTA ANA ZIROSTO, Mexico (AP) — It is a long and sometimes dangerous journey for truckers transporting the avocados destined for guacamole on tables and tailgates in the United States during the Super Bowl. It starts in villages like Santa Ana Zirosto, high in the misty, pine-clad...

Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Feb. 04, 2023 09:16 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said Saturday. Top Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said in a Telegram post that 116 Ukrainians were freed. He said...

Dems reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition

Feb. 04, 2023 14:01 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic Party on Saturday approved reordering its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support. Although more...

Grammy predictions: AP writers debate who'll win on Sunday

Feb. 04, 2023 13:44 PM EST

The Beyhive is all abuzz over the possibility that Beyoncé will have a chance to make Grammy history this year, which should make for an exciting awards show as she's up against heavy hitters Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Harry Styles. She'll need just four more trophies to ascend to...

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Girl dies, pregnant mom and baby injured in Delaware crash

Feb. 04, 2023 17:32 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl has died and a 29-year-old mother and her newly born baby were in critical condition Saturday in Delaware after a head-on car crash. Delaware State Police say the collision occurred Friday night on Route 4 in the Wilmington area. ...

Police say officer shot suspect who held clerk hostage

Feb. 04, 2023 17:22 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has shot and killed a man after he took a gas station clerk in South Dakota hostage with a knife. KELO-TV reports that Rapid City Chief of Police Don Hedrick said that the suspect entered the gas station Friday and held a...

Hasty Pudding celebrates Coolidge as its Woman of the Year

Feb. 04, 2023 17:01 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — “The White Lotus” actress Jennifer Coolidge is being celebrated Saturday as the 2023 Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. As the oldest theatrical organization in the nation and one of the oldest in the world, since...

2 North Dakota officers cleared in wounding of suspect

Feb. 04, 2023 16:54 PM EST

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota police officers who wounded a suspect in an exchange of gunfire have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the decision allows Williston officers Tyler Iwen and Jordan Patton to return to active duty. They had...

Eyes on the sky as Chinese balloon shot down over Atlantic

Feb. 04, 2023 16:50 PM EST

Eyes were locked on the Carolina skies Saturday as the suspected Chinese spy balloon that traversed the U.S. over the past week drifted over the Atlantic Ocean and was shot down by a fighter jet. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a crowd lining the beach boardwalk cheered as the...

US downs Chinese balloon, a flashpoint in US-China tensions

Feb. 04, 2023 15:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast on orders from President Joe Biden after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America, becoming the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing. ...

Arrest made in shooting at San Francisco synagogue

Feb. 04, 2023 16:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of firing a gun loaded with blanks inside a San Francisco synagogue. The man was arrested Friday evening in the Richmond District on suspicion of disturbing a religious assembly, brandishing an imitation firearm and causing...

Israeli army besieges homes of fugitives in West Bank raid

Feb. 04, 2023 16:31 PM EST

AQABAT JABR REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli army raided a refugee camp near the Palestinian city of Jericho on Saturday, besieging houses it said were being used as hideouts for Palestinian attackers and shooting at residents who opened fire. The fighting wounded six Palestinians, two...

Car crashes, hangs over edge of parking garage

Feb. 04, 2023 16:19 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A crash on the top of floor of a Boston area parking garage on Saturday left a car hanging precariously off the edge and injured at least one, according to firefighters. The Cambridge Fire Department in a tweet at about 2:15 p.m. said it was conducting a...

50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio

Feb. 04, 2023 16:10 PM EST

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — Freight train cars continued to burn Saturday sending up heavy smoke following a derailment that prompted an evacuation order and a declaration of a state of emergency in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line. About 50 cars derailed in East...