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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel

Jun. 29, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been linked to meetings in which lawyers debated strategies to overturn former President Donald Trump's election loss. The...

1/6 hearings fuel the question: Did Trump commit a crime?

Jun. 29, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee has heard dramatic testimony from former White House aides and others about Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to overturn the 2020 election — and his encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol bent on achieving his goal. But the big...

Most say nation on wrong track, including Dems: AP-NORC poll

Jun. 29, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that finds deep pessimism about the economy plaguing President Joe Biden. Eighty-five percent of U.S....

$30B from Russian oligarchs frozen under REPO seizure effort

Jun. 29, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A multinational task force designed to seize Russian oligarchs' wealth has blocked and frozen $30 billion in sanctioned individuals' property and funds in its first 100 days in operation, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday. That’s on top of the yachts,...

High court noon: Jackson to be sworn in as Breyer retires

Jun. 29, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly three months after she won confirmation to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially becoming a justice. Jackson, 51, will be sworn as the court's 116th justice Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires. ...

US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

Jun. 29, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have agreed to purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign. The $3.2 billion deal announced by the Biden administration comes as federal scientists consider...

1st Native American treasurer to push economic development

Jun. 29, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, the nation's first Native American U.S. treasurer, comes from a line of chiefs who instilled in her the need to keep her tribe healthy and to survive. “It's our job to leave footprints on the path for those who come...

Democrats energized by tight race in GOP-leaning Nebraska

Jun. 29, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A special election in Nebraska was supposed to be an easy win for House Republicans. It instead was the tightest race in decades in the GOP-dominated district, boosting confidence among Democrats hoping to energize voters by tapping into public outrage over the U.S. Supreme...

Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

Jun. 29, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security’s warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony before the House committee investigating the 2021...

US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

Jun. 29, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. will significantly expand its military presence in Europe, the latest example of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reshaped plans for the continent’s security and prompted a reinvestment in NATO. Among the changes...

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Louisiana AG warns doctors against performing abortions

Jun. 29, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s attorney general on Wednesday warned doctors against performing abortions, despite a judge’s order blocking the state from enforcing its ban on the procedure. In a letter to the Louisiana State Medical Society, Attorney General Jeff Landry said...

New York governor: State to limit where guns can be carried

Jun. 29, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will ban people from carrying firearms into many places of business unless the owners put up a sign explicitly saying guns are welcome, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday. The Democrat said she and legislative leaders have agreed on the broad strokes of a...

New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology

Jun. 29, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government's road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview...

US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

Jun. 29, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have agreed to purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign. The $3.2 billion deal announced by the Biden administration comes as federal scientists consider...

House sets up committee to consider Philly DA's impeachment

Jun. 29, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers began a process Wednesday to study Philadelphia's growing gun violence plague, establishing a panel that could eventually recommend impeachment of the city's elected Democratic district attorney. The divided House of Representatives...

Russians fight to encircle Ukraine's last eastern stronghold

Jun. 29, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces battled Wednesday to surround the Ukrainian military’s last stronghold in a long-contested eastern province, as shock reverberated from a Russian airstrike on a shopping mall that killed at least 18 in the center of the country two days earlier. ...

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

Jun. 29, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St. Luke’s Health Kansas City said in...

Trump to rally for Palin, Dunleavy, Tshibaka in Alaska

Jun. 29, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a rally in Alaska next week for candidates he has endorsed in the state, including Sarah Palin, who is running for the Alaska's only U.S. House seat. A statement from a Trump political action committee said the...

Convicted ex-Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry begins appeal

Jun. 29, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska began the process of filing an appeal Wednesday, one day after he was sentenced to two years of probation for lying to FBI agents about an illegal campaign contribution from a Nigerian billionaire. Fortenberry, a...

Sheriff: Beacon led team to man mauled by grizzly in Wyoming

Jun. 29, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A distress signal initially thought to be from a crashed aircraft led searchers to a backpacker who'd been mauled by a grizzly bear in a remote Wyoming wilderness, according to sheriff's officials. No plane or helicopter had crashed but a crew preparing to...