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US will announce $275 million more in artillery and ammunition for Ukraine, officials say

May. 23, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of military aid...

Iran inters its late president at holiest Shiite site in nation after fatal helicopter crash

May. 23, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran interred President Ebrahim Raisi at the nation's holiest Shiite shrine Thursday, days after he was killed in a helicopter crash that added to the woes of a country already beset by international sanctions, internal unrest and tensions abroad. ...

How does this end? With Hamas holding firm and fighting back in Gaza, Israel faces only bad options

May. 23, 2024 08:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Diminished but not deterred, Hamas is still putting up a fight after seven brutal months of war with Israel, regrouping in some of the hardest-hit areas in northern Gaza and resuming rocket attacks into nearby Israeli communities. Israel initially made tactical...

Government sues Ticketmaster owner and asks court to break up company's monopoly on live events

May. 23, 2024 15:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Ticketmaster and its parent company Thursday, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America and asking a court to break up the system that squelches competition and drives up prices for fans. Filed in federal...

Border bill fails Senate test vote as Democrats seek to underscore Republican resistance

May. 23, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans again blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought Thursday to underscore GOP resistance to the proposal. The legislation,...

White House pushes tech industry to shut down market for sexually abusive AI deepfakes

May. 23, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

President Joe Biden's administration is pushing the tech industry and financial institutions to shut down a growing market of abusive sexual images made with artificial intelligence technology. New generative AI tools have made it easy to transform someone's likeness into a sexually...

UK politicians kick off a 6-week election campaign with incumbent Sunak playing the underdog

May. 23, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political party leaders crisscrossed the country on Thursday, kicking off a six-week election campaign in which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party is trying to overturn a widespread sense that it will be ousted from power. Voters will decide...

Rutgers, Northwestern defend deals with student protesters: 'We had to get the encampment down'

May. 23, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers universities defended their decisions to end pro-Palestinian encampments through negotiations rather than police force, telling a House committee on Thursday that they defused the danger without ceding ground to protesters. ...

Trump is holding a rally in the South Bronx as he tries to woo Black and Hispanic voters

May. 23, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will campaign in one of the most Democratic counties in the nation Thursday, holding a rally in the South Bronx to woo minority voters days before a Manhattan jury will begin deliberations on whether to convict him of felony charges in his criminal...

Toronto awarded WNBA's first franchise outside US, with expansion team to begin play in 2026

May. 23, 2024 13:30 PM EDT

Toronto has been awarded the WNBA’s first franchise outside the United States, with the expansion team set to begin play in 2026. Larry Tanenbaum-led Kilmer Sports Ventures is paying $115 million for the team. Tanenbaum also is the chairman and a minority owner of Maple Leaf Sports...

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Border bill fails Senate test vote as Democrats seek to underscore Republican resistance

May. 23, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans again blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought Thursday to underscore GOP resistance to the proposal. The legislation,...

Former South African President Jacob Zuma criticizes top court over election disqualification

May. 23, 2024 15:09 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday criticized the country's highest court and his former allies in the ruling African National Congress over his disqualification from next week's election and said he would fight for his rights “in a disciplined...

Political consultant behind fake Biden robocalls faces $6 million fine and criminal charges

May. 23, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A political consultant who sent artificial intelligence-generated robocalls mimicking President Joe Biden's voice to voters ahead of New Hampshire's presidential primary faces a $6 million fine and more than two dozen criminal charges. The Federal...

Government sues Ticketmaster owner and asks court to break up company's monopoly on live events

May. 23, 2024 15:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Ticketmaster and its parent company Thursday, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America and asking a court to break up the system that squelches competition and drives up prices for fans. Filed in federal...

Doctors treat hundreds of victims of heatstroke in Pakistan after heatwave hits the country

May. 23, 2024 15:02 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Doctors treated hundreds of victims of heatstroke at hospitals across Pakistan on Thursday after an intense heatwave sent temperatures above normal levels due to climate change, officials said. Temperatures soared as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees...

Explosion at a sugar factory in eastern Tanzania kills 11 workers, including 3 foreigners

May. 23, 2024 15:02 PM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — An electric short at a sugar factory in Tanzania on Thursday morning set off an explosion that killed 11 workers, including three foreign nationals, police said. The electrical fault caused a steam pipe to burst as a technical team was readying machines...

Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances

May. 23, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of...

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer

May. 23, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer, according to recently unsealed court documents. The bodies of Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, both of Hugoton, Kansas, were found April 14 buried on land in rural Texas County...

Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul faces economic woes after floods, and an unclear path to rebuilding

May. 23, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Flooding in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state ravaged nearly everything needed for economic activity, from local shops to factories, farms and ranches. The environmental catastrophe — unprecedented in state history — upended transportation, including the...

Biden thanks Kenya's Ruto for sending police to Haiti and defends keeping US forces from the mission

May. 23, 2024 14:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed deep appreciation to Kenyan President William Ruto for the coming deployment of Kenyan police forces to help quell gang violence in Haiti and he defended his decision to withhold American forces from the mission in the beleaguered...