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Balloon bickering over Biden's actions, China's intentions

Feb. 05, 2023 19:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Sunday accused China of deliberately surveilling sensitive U.S. military sites with a suspected spy balloon and said the Biden administration had given Beijing an intelligence opening by not downing the balloon during its high-altitude drift through...

Laurence Msall, leader of Illinois tax watchdog group, dies

Feb. 05, 2023 18:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Laurence Msall, the longtime president of a nonpartisan Illinois tax and budget watchdog group and a former aide to two governors, died following complications from surgery. He was 61. Msall had been the Civic Federation's president since January 2002. He died...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 05, 2023 17:19 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

US officials offer Congress briefing on Trump, Biden papers

Feb. 05, 2023 16:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have offered to brief congressional leaders on their investigation into the classified documents found at former President Donald Trump's Florida residence as well as President Joe Biden's Delaware home and former private office, people familiar with the matter...

Ex-foreign minister will face diplomat for Cyprus presidency

Feb. 05, 2023 15:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A center-right former foreign minister and a career diplomat backed by a communist-rooted party will battle it out for the presidency of ethnically divided Cyprus in a Feb. 12 runoff, according to official voting results announced Sunday. With all votes...

Biden's State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy

Feb. 05, 2023 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his second State of the Union address on Tuesday to remind Americans of how their lives have been improved over his first two years in office, as he tries to confront pessimism in the country and navigate the tricky politics of a newly divided...

Europe bans Russian diesel, other oil products over Ukraine

Feb. 05, 2023 10:18 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe imposed a ban Sunday on Russian diesel fuel and other refined oil products, slashing energy dependency on Moscow and seeking to further crimp the Kremlin's fossil fuel earnings as punishment for invading Ukraine. The ban comes along with a price cap...

How will EU ban and West's price cap on Russian diesel work?

Feb. 05, 2023 08:19 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Union is taking another big step toward cutting its energy ties with Russia. The 27-nation bloc is banning Russian refined oil products like diesel fuel and joining the U.S. and other allies in imposing a price cap on sales to non-Western countries. ...

Election skeptics slow to get sweeping changes in GOP states

Feb. 05, 2023 07:31 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans in some heavily conservative states won their campaigns for secretary of state last year after claiming they would make sweeping changes aimed at keeping fraud out of elections. So far, their efforts to make good on their promises are mixed, in some...

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure

Feb. 05, 2023 07:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn't her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party opposition for the rapid collapse of her government, and said she still believes her tax-cutting...