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Israel's high court orders the army to draft ultra-Orthodox men, rattling Netanyahu's government

Jun. 25, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that the military must begin drafting ultra-Orthodox men for compulsory service, a landmark decision that could lead to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition as Israel continues to wage war...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's plane leaves Bangkok on his way to a US court and later freedom

Jun. 25, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A plane carrying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange departed Bangkok after refueling Tuesday, taking him to Saipan to enter a plea deal with the U.S. government that will free him and resolve the long legal case over the publication of a trove of classified documents. ...

Who is Julian Assange, the polarizing founder of the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks?

Jun. 25, 2024 08:48 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — He emerged on the information security scene in the 1990s as a “famous teenage hacker" following what he called an “ itinerant minstrel childhood” beginning in Townsville, Australia. But the story of Julian Assange, eccentric founder of secret-spilling website...

Laugh (or cringe) at these history-making moments from presidential debates

Jun. 25, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be a well-rehearsed zinger or an offhand, too-loud sigh. Notable moments from past presidential debates demonstrate how the candidates' words and body language can make them look especially relatable or hopelessly out-of-touch. They also can showcase...

Norfolk Southern botched decision to blow open vinyl chloride cars in East Palestine, NTSB says

Jun. 25, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — Norfolk Southern and its contractors botched the decision to blow open five vinyl chloride tank cars after last year's disastrous derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and trackside detectors that might have prevented the crash failed to accurately detect the temperature...

Kenya's parliament burns as protesters object to new taxes. Clashes spread and bodies are counted

Jun. 25, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Part of Kenya's parliament building was burned Tuesday as thousands of protesters against a new finance bill entered and legislators fled, in the most direct assault on the government in decades. Journalists saw at least three bodies outside the complex where police had...

More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes under the gun safety law Biden signed

Jun. 25, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 people — some linked to transnational cartels and organized crime rings — have been charged with gun trafficking and other crimes under the landmark gun safety legislation President Joe Biden signed two years ago Tuesday. A White House report...

Shot in 1.6 seconds: Video raises questions about how trooper avoided charges in Black man's death

Jun. 25, 2024 10:46 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Julian Lewis didn’t pull over for the Georgia State Patrol cruiser flashing its blue lights behind him on a rural highway. He still didn't stop after pointing a hand out the window and turning onto a darkened dirt road as the trooper sounded his siren. Five...

Closing arguments in Karen Read trial leave jurors to decide: Deadly romance or police corruption?

Jun. 25, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A defense lawyer told jurors in Karen Read's murder trial on Tuesday that she's the innocent victim of a law enforcement frame-job, a “tall blue wall" built to protect the real killers of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe. But a prosecutor used Read's own...

More rain possible in deluged Midwest as flooding breaches levees in Iowa

Jun. 25, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Floodwaters breached levees in western Iowa on Tuesday, creating dangerous conditions that prompted evacuations as the deluged Midwest faced another round of severe storms forecast for later in the day. The sheriff's office in Monona County, south of Sioux...

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The AP is setting up a sister organization seeking grants to support local and state news

Jun. 25, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press says it is setting up a sister organization that will seek to raise money in support of state and local news reporting, as the crisis in that sector shows little sign of abating. The organization, which will have a board of directors independent...

Judge allows disabled voters in Wisconsin to electronically vote from home

Jun. 25, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Local election officials in battleground state Wisconsin will be allowed to send absentee ballots to disabled voters electronically in November's presidential election, a judge ruled Tuesday. Dane County Circuit Judge Everett Mitchell issued a temporary...

Gena Rowlands has Alzheimer's, her son Nick Cassavetes says

Jun. 25, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The celebrated actor and honorary Academy Award recipient Gena Rowlands is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, her son, the filmmaker Nick Cassavetes, has revealed. Cassavetes, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, said Rowlands has had...

Norfolk Southern botched decision to blow open vinyl chloride cars in East Palestine, NTSB says

Jun. 25, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — Norfolk Southern and its contractors botched the decision to blow open five vinyl chloride tank cars after last year's disastrous derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and trackside detectors that might have prevented the crash failed to accurately detect the temperature...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's plane leaves Bangkok on his way to a US court and later freedom

Jun. 25, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A plane carrying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange departed Bangkok after refueling Tuesday, taking him to Saipan to enter a plea deal with the U.S. government that will free him and resolve the long legal case over the publication of a trove of classified documents. ...

'Sing Sing' screens at Sing Sing, in an emotional homecoming for its cast

Jun. 25, 2024 13:00 PM EDT

OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — Clarence “Divine Eye” Maclin is standing inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility for the first time since he was incarcerated here 12 years ago. In this very chapel, he reminisces, he once sold drugs — a backup plan for when the yard was closed. Not many...

Improved weather helps firefighters battling wildfire near rural community in northern California

Jun. 25, 2024 12:59 PM EDT

PALERMO, Calif. (AP) — Improved weather conditions aided firefighters Tuesday as they battled a rural northern California wildfire that threatened the community of Palermo, which is near where the state's deadliest wildfire struck six years ago. The fire spread over about 1 square...

UK's gambling watchdog says 5 more police officers allegedly placed bets on election date

Jun. 25, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's gambling regulator has alleged that five more police officers bet on the timing of the country's July 4 national election, the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday, as claims widen that people close to the government used inside information for their own profit. ...

The Latest | UN tells Israel it will pause aid work in Gaza without better safety, UN officials say

Jun. 25, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

Senior U.N. officials have told Israel they will suspend aid operations across Gaza unless urgent steps are taken to better protect humanitarian workers, such as providing direct communication with Israeli forces on the ground, two U.N. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to...

The Lahaina fire worsened Maui's housing shortage. Now officials eye limiting tourist Airbnb rentals

Jun. 25, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Alicia Humiston bought her condo in Lahaina after she visited Maui and fell for its rainforests, lava fields and the whales that gather offshore. She travels there about three times a year and rents out her unit for short periods when she's not in Hawaii. “Maui...