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CORRECTS THAT PLANTS ARE FORMERLY OWNED BY FIRSTENERGY -  Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Household...

‘Boom’: FirstEnergy exec text revels in landing state plane

CINCINNATI (AP) — New details emerged Thursday at the trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on the use of the state plane scheduled to bring state lawmakers back to Columbus to vote on the now-tainted nuclear bailout legislation at the heart of Ohio’s largest ever corruption case. Text messages presented to jurors in […]
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CORRECTS THAT PLANTS ARE FORMERLY OWNED BY FIRSTENERGY -  Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Household...

‘Boom’: FirstEnergy exec text revels in landing state plane

CINCINNATI (AP) — New details emerged Thursday at the trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on the use of the state plane scheduled to bring state lawmakers back to Columbus to vote on the now-tainted nuclear bailout legislation at the heart of Ohio’s largest ever corruption case. Text messages presented to jurors in […]
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FILE - In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Jackson Ligon, 341st Missile ...

Pentagon: Chinese spy balloon spotted over Western US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the balloon puts a further strain on […]
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FILE - Mississippi House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, speaks in the M...

Mississippi House seeks to control Jackson sales tax revenue

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House voted Thursday to further restrict how the capital city of Jackson, which has struggled with water problems, can spend money from a 1% local sales tax — the latest effort in the Republican-led Legislature to control actions of the Democratic-led city. Jackson voters approved the tax in 2014, […]
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FILE - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., arrives for the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership electio...

Pelosi backs Trump impeachment leader Schiff in Senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed fellow Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Thursday in his 2024 bid for the seat now held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, providing the long-serving incumbent doesn’t seek a seventh term. The public blessing of Schiff’s candidacy, though conditional, was significant. Feinstein has said she will […]
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FILE - Republican Gov. Tate Reeves outlines his priorities during his State of the State address on...

Doctor, GOP governor clash over private Medicaid discussion

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said in a private conversation that expanding Medicaid to people working low-wage jobs would be in the best interest of the state, but that he refuses to support the policy for political reasons, a former chancellor of the University of Mississippi said Thursday. Dr. Dan Jones […]
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FILE - Pallbearers carry the casket of John Granville, the American diplomat killed in Sudan, at hi...

US condemns Sudan freeing man convicted in diplomat’s death

CAIRO (AP) — The United States asked the Sudanese government Thursday to re-arrest a man convicted of killing a U.S. diplomat in the country 15 years ago. Abdel-Raouf Abu Zaid, the Sudanese man freed Jan. 30, was found guilty of murdering John Granville, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and his Sudanese […]
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FILE - A hiker sits on a ledge above Pueblo Bonito, the largest archeological site at the Chaco Cul...

Court: US needs to consider effects of drilling near Chaco

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with environmentalists, ruling that the U.S. government failed to consider the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the approval of nearly 200 drilling permits in an area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Home to numerous sites significant to Native American […]
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FILE - Low water levels at Wahweap Bay at Lake Powell along the Upper Colorado River Basin are show...

Interior: $580M headed to 15 tribes to fulfill water rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifteen Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements, the Biden administration announced Thursday. The money will help carry out the agreements that define the tribes’ rights to water from rivers and other sources and pay for pipelines, pumping stations, and […]
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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a news conference in Washington, Thurs...

US reunites nearly 700 kids taken from parents under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Biden administration task force designed to reunite children separated from their families during President Trump’s presidency has reconnected nearly 700 children with their families, officials said Thursday. President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office to reunite families that were split up under the Trump administration’s […]
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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, shakes hands with his Philippine counterpart, Carlito Ga...

How the US is boosting military alliances to counter China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expanding it military presence in Asia, in a string of moves aimed at countering Beijing and reassuring Indo-Pacific allies that America will stand with them against threats from China and North Korea. The U.S. actions stretch from Japan to the Solomon Islands. And they involve more and increasingly advanced […]
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S. Carolina bill shielding death penalty drugmakers advances

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans’ quest to resume executions in South Carolina overcame another hurdle Thursday. The state Senate Corrections and Penology Committee approved a bill that would shield the identities of the companies that dispense the drug cocktail used to execute people on death row. The full Senate must now take up the latest […]
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An aerial view of an apartment building hit by a Russian rocket in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Thursday, F...

US to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of agonizing, the U.S has agreed to send longer-range bombs to Ukraine as it prepares to launch a spring offensive to retake territory Russia captured last year, U.S. officials said Thursday, confirming that the new weapons will have roughly double the range of any other offensive weapon provided by America. […]
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FILE - President Joe Biden holds notes as he meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ...

Biden’s handwritten notes part of classified docs probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel’s investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn’t clear yet what the investigators are looking for by taking custody of […]
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FILE - President Joe Biden talks with reporters after speaking in the East Room of the White House ...

Biden’s handwritten notes part of classified docs probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel’s investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn’t clear yet what the investigators are looking for by taking custody of […]
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Dana Milbank’s ‘Fools On the Hill’ scheduled for 2024

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is planning a book on the House of Representatives, and it will not be flattering. Little, Brown and Company announced Thursday that Milbank’s “Fools on the Hill” is scheduled for 2024, an election year. Milbank, whose previous books include “Smash Mouth: Two Years in the Gutter […]
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FILE — Adnan Syed, center, leaves the Cummings Courthouse on Sept. 19, 2022, in Baltimore. The pr...

Judges hear appeal from victim’s family in Adnan Syed case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The protracted legal odyssey of Adnan Syed, whose murder case rose to prominence through the hit podcast “Serial,” marked its latest development Thursday when a Maryland appeals court considered whether the victim’s family experienced improper treatment when a Baltimore court overturned Syed’s conviction last year, allowing his release after more than […]
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FILE - In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, flags fly at half-staff at Camp Justice, ...

US releases Guantanamo prisoner once tortured at CIA sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Thursday they have freed and sent to Central America a onetime al-Qaida money courier who had completed his sentence, ending an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Majid Khan, a Pakistani citizen who grew up outside Baltimore, […]
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FILE -- Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washi...

Report: FBI investigating Santos fundraiser for sick dog

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a military veteran’s claim that U.S. Rep. George Santos raised $3,000 for life-saving surgery for his pet dog several years ago, then never turned over the money for the animal’s care, according to a published report. U.S. Navy veteran Richard Osthoff told Politico on Wednesday that two […]
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FILE - Arkansas Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers a question while taking part in a pan...

Arkansas Gov. Sanders to give GOP response to Biden address

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republican address to the nation in response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech next week as the GOP seeks to show it’s creating a new generation of leaders. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced the role […]
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Mexico’s president promises total withdrawal after term ends

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president is probably the most powerful political figure the country has had in decades, but he said Thursday that after his term ends in September 2024, he will totally withdraw from politics. There had been speculation that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would remain a power behind the scenes in […]
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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Ber...

Germany’s interior minister makes risky run for state office

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s interior minister said Thursday that she plans to run for governor of her home state this fall but remain the country’s top security official in the meantime, a politically risky course that opponents assailed even before the announcement. Nancy Faeser has been interior minister since Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-party governing coalition […]
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Police search inside a drainage grate near the home of Sayreville councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour in t...

NJ councilwoman found shot to death outside of her home

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey borough councilwoman was found shot to death in an SUV outside of her home, authorities said. Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was found at around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office. She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. […]
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Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, and Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson attend a jo...

Nordic PMs: Keep calm, we still plan to join NATO together

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In a strong show of unity, the prime ministers of Finland and Sweden on Thursday called for calm amid tensions with Turkey over their applications to become NATO members and reaffirmed their intent to have the two countries join the military alliance at the same time. A series of recent demonstrations in […]
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