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Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap

Dec. 09, 2022 09:47 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star’s detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm. Griner's status as an openly gay Black woman,...

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema switches to independent

Dec. 09, 2022 09:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday that she now has registered as an independent, but she does not plan to caucus with Republicans, ensuring Democrats will retain their narrow voting majority in the Senate. Sinema has modeled her political...

How senators 'defied political gravity' on same-sex marriage

Dec. 09, 2022 09:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin was on the Senate floor, but her mind was on the other side of the Capitol. The House was voting that July afternoon on Democratic legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision...

Colorado shooter's 2021 case dropped for lack of cooperation

Dec. 09, 2022 06:37 AM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter had charges dropped in a 2021 bomb threat case after family members who were terrorized in the incident refused to cooperate, according to the district attorney and court documents unsealed Thursday. The...

New Peru president vows to finish term, others want election

Dec. 09, 2022 00:11 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's first female president is pushing to cement her hold on power, saying she expects to complete the term of her ousted predecessor and buck the trend of presidential failures blighting the Andean nation. Yet, even as Dina Doluarte made the call Thursday, some...

China struggles with COVID infections after controls ease

Dec. 09, 2022 07:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A rash of COVID-19 cases in schools and businesses were reported Friday in areas across China after the ruling Communist Party loosened anti-virus rules as it tries to reverse a deepening economic slump. While official data showed a fall in new cases, they no longer...

Helping Ukraine is 'self-preservation,' finance chief says

Dec. 09, 2022 02:34 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ukraine's finance minister says crucial Western financial support is “not charity” but “self-preservation” in the fight to defend democracy as his country deals with growing costs to repair electrical and heating infrastructure wrecked by Russian attacks. ...

Messi resumes World Cup quest as Argentina plays Netherlands

Dec. 08, 2022 10:47 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi up against Virgil van Dijk. The youngest coach at the World Cup taking on the oldest. South America versus Europe. A back catalog of famous meetings. The quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday has all the ingredients of a...

Fight to curb food waste increasingly turns to science

Dec. 09, 2022 07:37 AM EST

Hate mealy apples and soggy french fries? Science can help. Restaurants, grocers, farmers and food companies are increasingly turning to chemistry and physics to tackle the problem of food waste. Some are testing spray-on peels or chemically-enhanced sachets that can...

Santa visit brings joy to a frosty Alaska Inupiaq village

Dec. 09, 2022 01:16 AM EST

NUIQSUT, Alaska (AP) — Though the weather outside was frightful, schoolchildren in the northern Alaska Inupiac community of Nuiqsut were so delighted for a visit by Santa that they braved wind chills of 25 degrees below zero just to see him land on a snow-covered airstrip. Once...

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Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap

Dec. 09, 2022 09:47 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star’s detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm. Griner's status as an openly gay Black woman,...

Bulgarian parliament approves military aid to Ukraine

Dec. 09, 2022 09:46 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday approved the country’s first military assistance package to Ukraine involving a classified list of weapons prepared by the government. The National Assembly voted 148-46 with one abstention in favor of the weapons to Kyiv...

Kristen Stewart to lead 73rd Berlinale film festival jury

Dec. 09, 2022 09:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Organizers of the annual Berlin film festival said Friday that Kristen Stewart will head the international jury in 2023.. The American actor, screenwriter and director, who starred in the “Twilight” series and recently played Princess Diana in “Spencer,” for...

Suspect wounded in exchange of gunfire with Williston police

Dec. 09, 2022 09:46 AM EST

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A person who fled on foot from Williston police was wounded Friday in an exchange of gunfire with the officers. Officers responded to a vehicle blocking traffic at a city intersection around 3:40 a.m., the Bismarck Tribune reported. A foot pursuit ensued...

Russian President Vladimir Putin says more U.S.-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible after Griner-Bout trade

Dec. 09, 2022 09:42 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says more U.S.-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible after Griner-Bout trade.

Serbia mulls sending troops to Kosovo as tensions escalate

Dec. 09, 2022 09:41 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister said Friday the country's leadership was close to demanding the deployment of their security troops to Kosovo, claiming lives of minority Serbs there were being threatened. The return of Belgrade's troops to the former Serbian province could...

Russia's Putin says more US prisoner exchanges are possible

Dec. 09, 2022 09:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says more U.S.-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible. Putin spoke Friday, a day after Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was swapped for WNBA star and two-time Olympian Brittney Griner. Asked whether other prisoners could...

Portuguese lawmakers make 3rd attempt to allow euthanasia

Dec. 09, 2022 09:40 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted for the third time in almost two years Friday in favor of allowing euthanasia, though as happened in the previous attempts the country’s Constitutional Court or president could stop the bill becoming law. Lawmakers passed a...

Wall Street slips as inflation remains hotter than expected

Dec. 09, 2022 09:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping on Wall Street after a report showed inflation is still hotter than expected, even though it is slowing. The S&P 500 was 0.3% lower and on pace for its sixth loss in the last seven days. The trigger was data showing prices at the wholesale level were 7.4%...

Ronaldo, Portugal look to end Morocco's World Cup run

Dec. 09, 2022 09:32 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — These really are pinch-yourself times for Morocco: A first-ever spot in the quarterfinals of a World Cup — the first to take place in the Arab world, no less — and now a meeting with Portugal and its superstar striker, Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, maybe. ...