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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...

Supreme Court finds no bias against Black voters in a South Carolina congressional district

May. 23, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against Black voters. In dissent, liberal justices warned that the court...

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,...

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...

A comment from Trump and GOP actions in the states put contraceptive access in the 2024 spotlight

May. 23, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican lawmakers in states across the U.S. have been rejecting Democrats' efforts to protect or expand access to birth control, an issue Democrats are promoting as a major issue in this year's elections along with abortion and other reproductive rights concerns. ...

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...

State dinner honoring Kenya showcases country star Brad Paisley and gospel music

May. 23, 2024 13:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing one of its biggest-ever state dinners for Kenyan President William Ruto and leaning in to the African leader's tastes by showcasing two uniquely American types of music: gospel and country. The dinner Thursday night in a pavilion...

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. ...

Here's what's cooking for the three-course state dinner at the White House honoring Kenya

May. 23, 2024 10:51 AM EDT

Here's what cooking for Thursday's White House state dinne r honoring Kenya. White House executive chef Cris Comerford says the main course is a “best of both worlds” combination of smoked short ribs and lobster. First Course Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup ...

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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,...

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...

US government to give $75 million to South Korean company for Georgia computer chip part factory

May. 23, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — The federal government will spend $75 million to help build a factory making glass parts for computer chips. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the investment Thursday in Absolics, part of South Korea's SK Group. The plant in Covington,...

State dinner honoring Kenya showcases country star Brad Paisley and gospel music

May. 23, 2024 13:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing one of its biggest-ever state dinners for Kenyan President William Ruto and leaning in to the African leader's tastes by showcasing two uniquely American types of music: gospel and country. The dinner Thursday night in a pavilion...

Family of American caught in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son, Tyler Thompson, was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, in a statement provided to The Associated Press. ...

With Ukraine losing ground, allies debate how to squeeze cash for Kyiv out of frozen Russian assets

May. 23, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ukraine's allies are wrestling with how to squeeze money out of frozen Russian assets to support Kyiv's war effort, a debate getting more urgent as Russia gains territory on the battlefield and as the outlook for Ukraine’s state finances looks shakier. ...

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...

US intelligence agencies' embrace of generative AI is at once wary and urgent

May. 23, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — Long before generative AI's boom, a Silicon Valley firm contracted to collect and analyze non-classified data on illicit Chinese fentanyl trafficking made a compelling case for its embrace by U.S. intelligence agencies. The operation's results far...

Putin signs decree allowing seizure of Americans' assets if US confiscates Russian holdings

May. 23, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russia to confiscate assets of U.S. companies and individuals to compensate for any Russian assets confiscated in the United States. The decree was published on the Russian government's legal portal on Thursday as top finance...

Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

May. 23, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both powers to resolve their differences. Anwar, who is attending a Nikkei annual...