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Here, kitty: Bidens welcome cat named Willow to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their pet family. Her name is Willow, and she’s a 2-year-old, green-eyed, gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania. “Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell […]
15 hours ago

Minister: Cyprus a ‘reliable’ security partner to US

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus has “all the ingredients” to be a “credible and reliable partner” for the U.S. in maintaining stability and security in the east Mediterranean region, the Cypriot foreign minister said on Friday.. Veteran politician Ioannis Kasoulides, who came out of retirement to retake his old job after the resignation of Nikos […]
15 hours ago
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Ex-cop’s trial for Taylor raid offers new chance for justice

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When hundreds of potential jurors gather at a Louisville courthouse on Friday, they’ll find out for the first time that they could be chosen to preside over the only criminal trial to arise from the botched police raid that left Breonna Taylor dead. The former Louisville officer facing trial, Brett Hankison, […]
19 hours ago
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Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama executed an inmate by lethal injection for a 1996 murder on Thursday after a divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and rejected defense claims the man had an intellectual disability that cost him a chance to choose a less “torturous,” yet untried, execution method. Matthew Reeves, 43, was […]
20 hours ago
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US tries to name and shame Russian disinformation on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a break from the past, the U.S. and its allies are increasingly revealing their intelligence findings as they confront Russian preparations for invading Ukraine, looking to undercut Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans by exposing them and deflecting his efforts to shape world opinion. The White House in recent weeks publicized what […]
20 hours ago
How many times can I reuse my N95 mask? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)...

How many times can I reuse my N95 mask?

NEW YORK (AP) — How many times can I reuse my N95 mask? It depends, but you should be able to use N95s and KN95s a few times. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says health care workers can wear an N95 mask up to five times. But experts say how often the […]
20 hours ago
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NYC gives final salute to slain NYPD officer

NEW YORK (AP) — Mourning New York police officers will give a final salute Friday to Jason Rivera, a rookie colleague gunned down with his partner a week ago. A morning funeral Mass is planned at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the officer, who, at age 22, was recently married and barely into his second year […]
20 hours ago
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US judge may suspend mustang roundup in Nevada; suit pending

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge is considering temporarily suspending the capture of wild horses in Nevada where their advocates say the federal government is “needlessly and recklessly” killing free-roaming mustangs in violation of U.S. laws. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du says she expects to rule by Monday, maybe sooner, on the advocates’ request […]
20 hours ago
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Key Pa. Dems to miss Biden visit, cite scheduling conflicts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House’s achievements in key states before the midterm elections. But two of the three leading Democrats on Pennsylvania’s statewide ballot this spring who were invited to appear with Biden will […]
20 hours ago
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After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not at stake — Biden is expected to nominate […]
20 hours ago
FILE - A person holds a candle during a vigil, Jan. 18, 2022, in New York's Times Square, in honor ...

LA, NYC killings spark anger, raise risk for homeless people

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three random killings — a woman pushed in front of a train, another punched at a bus stop and a third stabbed to death while working alone in a store, all allegedly committed by homeless men — have reignited anger, fear and frustration with the intractable issue of homelessness in New […]
20 hours ago
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Global stocks mixed after Wall Street sinks for third day

BEIJING (AP) — Major global stock markets fell Friday ahead of data on U.S. employment costs that might influence Federal Reserve decisions on interest rate hikes to cool inflation. London and Frankfurt opened lower. Tokyo and Seoul advanced while Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Wall Street futures were mixed after U.S. stocks declined Thursday for […]
20 hours ago
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jo-Ann Burdian, foreground, speaks along with Homeland Security Investigat...

EXPLAINER: Who uses Florida-Caribbean smuggling routes?

MIAMI (AP) — Little is known about the 40 people believed to have been aboard a boat that capsized and was found this week near Florida’s coast with just one survivor. But they were on a route often traveled by migrants trying to enter the U.S. clandestinely, and authorities suspect the trip was organized by […]
20 hours ago
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Prosecutors in Floyd killing probe use-of-force training

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd’s killing probed the department’s training on use of force, a key issue at the heart of charges that the officers violated Floyd’s civil rights. The commander of the department’s training division testified Thursday that officers are […]
20 hours ago
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‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic set for resentencing in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide a new sentence Friday for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic after an appeals court ruled last year that the prison term he’s serving on a murder-for-hire conviction should be shortened. Although supporters of Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — are seeking […]
20 hours ago
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Kyle Rittenhouse heads to court to get gun used in shootings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge was set to hear arguments Friday on whether prosecutors should return to Kyle Rittenhouse the assault-style rifle he used to shoot three people during a street protest. Rittenhouse shot the men during the protest in Kenosha in 2020. He killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige […]
20 hours ago
Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers hold a position in Hassakeh, northeast Syria, Thursday, Jan. 27, ...

UN: Syria prison attack shows need to deal with IS detainees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The attack by Islamic State militants on a Syrian prison holding around 3,000 of its fighters and about 700 children is a predictable tragedy spotlighting the need for urgent international action to deal with those allegedly linked to the extremist group in prisons and camps in the country’s northeast, the U.N. […]
22 hours ago
Morgan Harper, right, a progressive Democrat running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, speaks d...

Tim Ryan, not onstage, is early focus of Ohio Senate event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Tim Ryan wasn’t onstage when two of his competitors in Ohio’s U.S. Senate contest came together Thursday night for an unconventional debate, but his stature in the race featured prominently. During the fiery hour-and-a-half event between Republican Josh Mandel and Democrat Morgan Harper, Mandel repeatedly attacked Ryan for failing to […]
22 hours ago
FILE - A man wears a face mark as he fishes near docked oil drilling platforms, on May 8, 2020, in ...

Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale’s effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock environmental law. The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge […]
23 hours ago
FILE - Sarah Palin speaks during a panel discussion before a film preview on Capitol Hill, April 14...

Palin dines out again in NYC days after positive virus test

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was spotted dining out at a New York City restaurant two days after testing positive for the coronavirus. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s visit Wednesday to the upscale Manhattan eatery Elio’s drew attention from photo-snapping bystanders. It came shortly after she was in the news […]
24 hours ago
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Family says lax security allowed killing of rapper Drakeo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of security allowed dozens of men to ambush rapper Drakeo the Ruler, who was beaten and stabbed to death backstage at a Los Angeles music festival, his family and their lawyers said Thursday. Drakeo, 28, an acclaimed West Coast rapper whose legal name is Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed to […]
24 hours ago
FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, ...

After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not at stake — Biden is expected to nominate […]
1 day ago

Authorities: Officers shoot, kill man walking on interstate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officers fatally shot a man walking on an interstate in Nashville Thursday afternoon, a deadly encounter that shut down traffic on a normally bustling travel corridor in Tennessee, authorities said. The 37-year-old man was agitated and carrying a box cutter in his left hand, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman […]
1 day ago
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after ...

Appeals court mulls arguments on South Carolina abortion law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An appellate court heard arguments Thursday in Planned Parenthood’s legal challenge to South Carolina’s new abortion law, with attorneys for the state arguing the nonprofit doesn’t have standing to bring the case. The nonprofit group, which immediately challenged the law after Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed it last year, countered that […]
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