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Trump, facing potential indictment, holds defiant Waco rally

Mar. 25, 2023 21:34 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Facing a potential indictment, Donald Trump took a defiant stance at a rally Saturday in Waco, disparaging the prosecutors investigating him and predicting his vindication as he rallied supporters in a city made famous by deadly resistance against law enforcement. ...

Biden's pick to lead FAA withdraws amid shaky Senate support

Mar. 25, 2023 23:33 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s choice to run the Federal Aviation Administration has withdrawn his nomination, a setback for the administration that comes after Denver International Airport CEO Phillip Washington appeared to lack enough support in the closely divided Senate. ...

McConnell leaves rehab facility after therapy for concussion

Mar. 25, 2023 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday he has been released from the rehabilitation facility where he had physical therapy for a concussion caused by a fall earlier this month. The 81-year-old Kentucky Republican said in a statement released by his...

Greene's DC jail visit pulls GOP closer to Jan. 6 rioters

Mar. 25, 2023 11:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene swept into the District of Columbia jail to check on conditions for the Jan. 6 defendants, with Republican lawmakers handshaking and high-fiving the prisoners, who chanted “Let's Go Brandon!” — a coded vulgarity against President Joe Biden —...

Voting rights effort targets those held in jails across US

Mar. 25, 2023 19:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The voting precinct could have been any one of hundreds throughout Chicago, except that these voters in the first round of the mayoral election were all wearing the same beige smocks. And the security at this polling place wasn’t intended to keep disrupters and campaigners out,...

Vice President Harris' trip aims to deepen US ties in Africa

Mar. 25, 2023 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will try to deepen and reframe U.S. relationships in Africa during a weeklong trip that is the latest and highest profile outreach by the Biden administration as it moves to counter China's growing influence. Harris plans to visit...

As South bans abortion, thousands turn to Illinois clinics

Mar. 25, 2023 08:34 AM EDT

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Dr. Colleen McNicholas is fresh off performing two abortions when a ringing phone quickly stops her. “Oh, ugh,” she said, eyes widened, before she darted off to another room. Just the day before, 58 women had abortions at the...

Biden's TikTok, oil moves test the loyalty of young voters

Mar. 25, 2023 08:51 AM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Recent moves by President Joe Biden to pressure TikTok over its Chinese ownership and approve oil drilling in an untapped area of Alaska are testing the loyalty of young voters, a group that’s largely been in his corner. Youth turnout surged in the three...

Bank failures and rescue test Yellen's decades of experience

Mar. 25, 2023 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working against the clock to stop a developing banking crisis, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had until sunset on Sunday, March 12, to come up with a plan to calm the U.S. economy. She quickly turned to someone who had been through the fire before, and on a much...

A look at the US military mission in Syria and its dangers

Mar. 24, 2023 19:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When an Iranian drone struck a U.S. base in northeastern Syria, killing a contractor and wounding several U.S. troops, it was just the latest in a growing number of attacks on American forces in Syria. But its lethality was rare. In most recent cases, no U.S. forces have been...

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Today in History: March 26, Beethoven dies at age 56

Mar. 26, 2023 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2023. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 26, 2010, the U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing...

Trump, facing potential indictment, holds defiant Waco rally

Mar. 25, 2023 21:34 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Facing a potential indictment, Donald Trump took a defiant stance at a rally Saturday in Waco, disparaging the prosecutors investigating him and predicting his vindication as he rallied supporters in a city made famous by deadly resistance against law enforcement. ...

Voting rights effort targets those held in jails across US

Mar. 25, 2023 19:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The voting precinct could have been any one of hundreds throughout Chicago, except that these voters in the first round of the mayoral election were all wearing the same beige smocks. And the security at this polling place wasn’t intended to keep disrupters and campaigners out,...

Challenger wins close race to lead United Auto Workers union

Mar. 25, 2023 18:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A challenger defeated the president of the United Auto Workers in a close election and vowed Saturday to take a more confrontational stance in negotiating with the big automakers. A court-appointed monitor declared challenger Shawn Fain the winner over incumbent Ray...

Putin says Russia will station tactical nukes in Belarus

Mar. 25, 2023 17:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans on Saturday to station tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, a warning to the West as it steps up military support for Ukraine. Putin said the move was triggered by Britain’s decision this past week to...

Israel: 2 soldiers wounded in West Bank drive-by shooting

Mar. 25, 2023 17:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said two soldiers were wounded, one severely, Saturday evening in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank, the latest in months-long violence between Israel and the Palestinians. The attack was the third to take place in the Palestinian...

Bank failures and rescue test Yellen's decades of experience

Mar. 25, 2023 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working against the clock to stop a developing banking crisis, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had until sunset on Sunday, March 12, to come up with a plan to calm the U.S. economy. She quickly turned to someone who had been through the fire before, and on a much...

Venezuela: 21 officials, businessmen arrested in oil scheme

Mar. 25, 2023 16:08 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s attorney general said Saturday that 21 people, including senior officials in the government of President Nicolás Maduro and business leaders, have been arrested in connection with a corruption scheme involving international oil sales. ...

Vice President Harris' trip aims to deepen US ties in Africa

Mar. 25, 2023 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will try to deepen and reframe U.S. relationships in Africa during a weeklong trip that is the latest and highest profile outreach by the Biden administration as it moves to counter China's growing influence. Harris plans to visit...

Trump rally falls during anniversary of Waco's dark past

Mar. 25, 2023 15:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Donald Trump picking Waco, Texas, for the first rally of his 2024 campaign Saturday will put him in the middle of a big Republican state that has reliably delivered him big crowds. It will also put him not far from the grassy prairie where a...