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Jurors in Trump's hush money trial zero in on testimony of key witnesses as deliberations resume

May. 30, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The jury in Donald Trump’s hush money trial is to resume deliberations Thursday after asking to rehear potentially crucial testimony about the alleged hush money scheme at the heart of the history-making case. The 12-person jury deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours...

The Latest | 2 soldiers are killed in a West Bank car-ramming attack, Israeli military says

May. 30, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

The Israeli military said Thursday that two soldiers were killed in a car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank. Violence in the West Bank has surged throughout the war in Gaza as Israel raids Palestinian towns in the territory to crack down on militancy, with incursions resulting in the deaths...

The US-built pier in Gaza broke apart. Here's how we got here and what might be next

May. 30, 2024 05:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A string of security, logistical and weather problems has battered the plan to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to Gaza through a U.S. military-built pier. Broken apart by strong winds and heavy seas just over a week after it became operational, the...

14 pro-democracy activists convicted, 2 acquitted in Hong Kong's biggest national security case

May. 30, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Fourteen pro-democracy activists were convicted in Hong Kong’s biggest national security case on Thursday by a court that said their plan to effect change through an unofficial primary election would have undermined the government’s authority and created a constitutional...

To recuse or refuse? A look at Supreme Court justices’ decisions on whether to step aside in cases

May. 29, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In declining to step aside from two high-profile Supreme Court cases, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday provided a rare window on the opaque process by which justices decide to step aside from cases. Alito faced calls from Democrats to recuse from two cases...

A violent, polarized Mexico goes to the polls to choose between 2 women presidential candidates

May. 30, 2024 00:42 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico goes into Sunday’s election deeply divided: friends and relatives no longer talk politics for fear of worsening unbridgeable divides, while drug cartels have split the country into a patchwork quilt of warring fiefdoms. The atmosphere is literally heating up, amid a...

Papua New Guinea landslide survivors slow to move to safer ground after hundreds buried

May. 30, 2024 04:08 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Traumatized survivors of the massive landslide estimated to have buried hundreds in Papua New Guinea have been slow to move to safer ground as the South Pacific island nation's authorities prepare to use heavy machinery to clear debris and risk triggering another...

A nurse honored for compassion is fired after referring to Gaza 'genocide' in speech

May. 29, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse was fired by a New York City hospital after she referred to Israel's war in Gaza as a “genocide” during a speech accepting an award. Labor and delivery nurse Hesen Jabr, who is Palestinian American, was being honored by NYU Langone Health for her...

At 100, this vet says the 'greatest generation' moniker fits 'because we saved the world.'

May. 30, 2024 03:00 AM EDT

HELEN, Ga. (AP) — A profile of Andrew “Andy” Negra Jr., of Helen, Georgia, one of a dwindling number of veterans took part in the Allies’ European war effort that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. BORN: May 28, 1924, near Avella, Pennsylvania. SERVICE:...

'Star Trek' actor George Takei is determined to keep telling his Japanese American story

May. 30, 2024 00:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including children, labeled enemies during World War II is an historical experience that has traumatized, and galvanized, the Japanese American community over the decades. For George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu...

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14 pro-democracy activists convicted, 2 acquitted in Hong Kong's biggest national security case

May. 30, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Fourteen pro-democracy activists were convicted in Hong Kong’s biggest national security case on Thursday by a court that said their plan to effect change through an unofficial primary election would have undermined the government’s authority and created a constitutional...

After nation's 1st nitrogen gas execution, Alabama set to give man lethal injection for 2 killings

May. 30, 2024 06:20 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is set to execute a man Thursday evening who was convicted of bludgeoning an elderly couple to death 20 years ago to steal prescription drugs and $140 from their home. Jamie Ray Mills, 50, is scheduled to put to death Thursday evening at a south...

Foreign governments and activists criticize Hong Kong security law verdicts. China defends them

May. 30, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The conviction of 14 pro-democracy activists Thursday in Hong Kong drew condemnation from human rights groups and expressions of concern from foreign governments. China, which authored the 2020 national security law that activists were prosecuted under, backed Hong...

The Latest | 2 soldiers are killed in a West Bank car-ramming attack, Israeli military says

May. 30, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

The Israeli military said Thursday that two soldiers were killed in a car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank. Violence in the West Bank has surged throughout the war in Gaza as Israel raids Palestinian towns in the territory to crack down on militancy, with incursions resulting in the deaths...

The Latest | Jury in Trump's criminal trial to rehear key witness testimony as deliberations resume

May. 30, 2024 06:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury deliberations in Donald Trump 's criminal hush money trial will enter their second day on Thursday after the panel began the weighty task a day before. Deliberations concluded Wednesday with the panel asking Judge Juan M. Merchan to rehear portions of crucial...

Spain's parliament gives final approval to amnesty law for Catalonia's separatists

May. 30, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Parliament voted Thursday to give final approval to a controversial amnesty law for hundreds of Catalan separatists involved in the illegal and unsuccessful 2017 secession bid. The legislation was backed by Spain’s left-wing coalition government, two...

Ship attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels was full of grain bound for Iran, the group's main benefactor

May. 30, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Greek-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier that came under attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels earlier this week had a cargo of grain bound for Iran, the group's main benefactor, authorities said Thursday. The attack on the Laax comes as...

China to impose controls on exports of aviation and aerospace equipment

May. 30, 2024 05:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday it will restrict exports of aviation and aerospace-related equipment and technology beginning July 1. A notice seen Thursday on the ministry’s website said the move was to safeguard national security and interests and...

Iran opens registration for the June presidential election after Raisi died in a helicopter crash

May. 30, 2024 03:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran opened a five-day registration period Thursday for hopefuls wanting to run in the June 28 presidential election to replace the late Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this month with seven others. The election comes...

The US-built pier in Gaza broke apart. Here's how we got here and what might be next

May. 30, 2024 05:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A string of security, logistical and weather problems has battered the plan to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to Gaza through a U.S. military-built pier. Broken apart by strong winds and heavy seas just over a week after it became operational, the...