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In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

May. 23, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa. (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their buckets. This is not a distant, rural community, but a township on the edge of the...

South Africa's election could bring a defining moment — and new complications. Here's what to know

May. 17, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's election will determine how weary the country has become of the ruling African National Congress party, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the...

US border arrests fall in April, bucking usual spring increase as Mexico steps up enforcement

May. 15, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests for illegally crossing the U.S. border from Mexico fell more than 6% in April to the fourth lowest month of the Biden administration, authorities said Wednesday, bucking the usual spring increase. U.S. officials have largely attributed the decline to more...

Some older Americans splurge to keep homes accessible while others struggle to make safety upgrades

May. 11, 2024 09:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brenda Edwards considers the four bedroom ranch-style house where she has lived for 20 years her forever home. It's where the 70-year-old retired nurse and her 79-year-old husband want to stay as their mobility becomes more limited. So she hired an interior...

News organizations have trust issues as they gear up to cover another election, a poll finds

May. 01, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as many Americans say they learn about the 2024 election campaign from national news outlets, a disquieting poll reveals some serious trust issues. About half of Americans, 53%, say they are extremely or very concerned that news organizations will report...

Florida Democrats hope abortion and marijuana questions draw young voters despite low enthusiasm

Apr. 30, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Vassallo is lukewarm about casting her first presidential ballot for President Joe Biden in November. But when the 18-year-old senior at Jupiter High School in Florida thinks about the things she cares about, she says her vote for the Democratic incumbent is an...

Journalists sign manifesto in defense of Spanish PM and wife, criticize right-wing media, parties

Apr. 26, 2024 13:46 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Spanish journalists came out Friday in support of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his wife following Sánchez’s announcement that he was considering his future as premier after a court opened preliminary proceedings against his wife on corruption...

Trump picks up more national delegates as the only choice for Wyoming Republicans

Apr. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

Republicans in Wyoming awarded former President Donald Trump all 29 of their national delegates in a presidential preference poll conducted Saturday. Trump was the only candidate in the poll at the state Republican convention in Cheyenne. The poll decided how all 29 of...

Biden avoids a further Mideast spiral as Israel and Iran show restraint. But for how long?

Apr. 20, 2024 14:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden can breathe a bit easier, at least for the moment, now that Israel and Iran appear to have stepped back from the brink of tipping the Middle East into all-out war. Israel's retaliatory strikes on Iran and Syria caused limited damage. The...

Climate change concerns grow, but few think Biden's climate law will help, AP-NORC poll finds

Apr. 18, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

Like many Americans, Ron Theusch is getting more worried about climate change. A resident of Alden, Minnesota, Theusch has noticed increasingly dry and mild winters punctuated by short periods of severe cold — symptoms of a warming planet. As he thinks about that,...