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Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home. The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality […]
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US takes control of Afghan embassy, consulates in NY, CA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has taken control of Afghanistan’s embassy in Washington and the country’s consulates in New York and Beverly Hills, California, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department said that it had assumed “sole responsibility” for the security and maintenance of the diplomatic missions effective on Monday and would bar […]
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Ukraine’s crowdfunding aims to keep donors’ interest in war

The Ukrainian government is marrying some digital marketing tools with crowdfunding and other incentives for giving to keep global attention trained on its war efforts against the Russian invasion. “There is a wave and there is this kind of euphoria, but then it abates,” Mykhailo Fedorov, vice prime minister of Ukraine and minister of digital […]
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Biden to host leaders of Sweden, Finland amid NATO bids

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinist√∂ of Finland at the White House for a meeting Thursday amid their push to join NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The White House said they would discuss the two countries’ applications to join […]
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Biden offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests to public

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government website for people to request free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is now accepting a third round of orders. The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. households can request an additional eight free at-home tests to be shipped by the U.S. Postal Service. The announcement comes as coronavirus […]
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Mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg discusses a canvassing route with campaign worker Ronel Brown, a ...
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Tensions over racial justice shadow Louisville mayor’s race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — On Valentine’s Day, a man appeared in the doorway of a Louisville campaign office and fired shots at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg. He wasn’t hit — a bullet grazed his sweater — but some of the tensions still lingering over this city flared once again. A social justice activist was charged […]
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5-term Idaho attorney general in tough GOP primary battle

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s five-term Republican attorney general has handled his duties in the deeply conservative state for 20 years with a strategy he describes as calling legal “balls and strikes.” He’s facing two challengers who see a more activist role for the office. Lawrence Wasden, a former prosecutor backed by establishment Republicans, is […]
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Idaho governor faces Trump-backed candidate in GOP primary

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Gov. Brad Little is fighting back a primary challenge on Tuesday from his lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Donald Trump-backed candidate who twice attempted a power grab last year when Little was out of state on business. The intraparty contest between Little and McGeachin is an extreme example of the […]
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Moderate, progressive face off in Oregon governor primary

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Democratic primary for Oregon governor in Tuesday’s midterm elections will serve as a test between the party’s moderate and progressive wings at a time when voters remain frustrated over the handling of the pandemic, the homelessness crisis, a lack of affordable housing and increasing gun violence. The two leading candidates […]
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War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless […]
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Gisele Barreto Fetterman, wife of Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who is running for the ...
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Election 2022: Pennsylvania, North Carolina hold key races

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday faces the strongest test yet of his ability to shape a new generation of Republicans as voters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina decide whether to rally around his hand-picked choices for critical U.S. Senate seats. As this year’s midterm primary season enters its busiest stretch […]
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Oregon Democrat at risk as 5 states hold US House primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of irking his colleagues, a longtime moderate Democratic congressman faces his stiffest primary challenge yet in Oregon. In North Carolina, a rising Republican star beset by personal and professional scandals is looking to eke out a win in his GOP-leaning district. And across the U.S., an exodus of House Democrats […]
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Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family business, started in 1924, was at serious risk. His business recovered, but […]
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Buffalo shooter’s previous threat raises red-flag questions

Less than a year before he was accused of opening fire and killing 10 people in a racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store, 18-year-old Payton Gendron was investigated for making a threatening statement at his high school. New York has a “red flag” law designed to keep firearms away from people who […]
24 hours ago
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With echoes of Trump, GOP splinters over $40B for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signs of Republican resistance are mounting over a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, a reemergence of the Trump-led isolationist wing of the GOP that’s coming at a crucial moment as the war against the Russian invasion deepens. The Senate voted late Monday to advance the Ukraine aid bill 81-11, pushing it […]
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In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns new victims

BUFFALO (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects Tuesday at a makeshift memorial to the 10 people killed in the white supremacist attack in Buffalo, confronting again the forces of hatred he once said called him back to seek the White House. Just off Air Force One, the first […]
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White House moves to loosen remittance, flight rules on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will expand flights to Cuba, take steps to loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift Trump-era restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island. The State Department said in a statement Monday that it will remove the current $1,000-per-quarter limit […]
24 hours ago
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Clinton campaign lawyer sought to ‘use’ FBI, prosecutor says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign who is charged with lying to the FBI early in the Trump-Russia probe sought to “use and manipulate” federal law enforcement to create an “October surprise” in the final weeks of the presidential race, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday at the start of his trial. Defense […]
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Press secretary hopes her rise helps kids ‘dream bigger’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary, hopes she can inspire young people to “dream big and dream bigger” now that she has broken a barrier by becoming the first Black and gay woman to be chief spokesperson for the president of the United States. Jean-Pierre reflected Monday on what it […]
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State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-District 33, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, addresses supporter...
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Pennsylvania governor race divides Republicans, unites Dems

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania Republicans prepare to choose a nominee for governor Tuesday, some party officials are twisted in knots over the possibility of a primary victory by a candidate many see as too far to the right to win statewide this fall. Doug Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel and state senator […]
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks before former President Donald Trump takes the stage at a ral...
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North Carolina Rep. Cawthorn seeks nomination after missteps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn faces seven challengers Tuesday in North Carolina’s Republican primary, an early test of whether voters will grant the pro-Donald Trump firebrand another term despite his personal and political stumbles. Several GOP leaders have turned away from the 26-year-old congressman, with some citing a series of unforced errors, […]
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Migrant border entries rise in April, boosted by Ukrainians

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities said Monday that they stopped migrants more than 234,000 times in April, one of the highest marks in decades as the Biden administration prepares to lift pandemic-era restrictions on claiming asylum. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials made 234,088 stops on the Mexican border last month, a 5.8% increase from […]
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FILE - Tourists are seen along the beach at the Iberostar Selection Varadero hotel in Varadero, Cub...
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White House moves to loosen remittance, flight rules on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Monday that it will expand flights to Cuba, take steps to loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift Trump-era restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island. The State Department said in a statement that it will remove the current $1,000-per-quarter […]
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The daughters of Ruth Whitfield, a victim of shooting at a supermarket, Angela Crawley, left, and R...
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Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life

WASHINGTON (AP) — In far-flung cities, deadly violence ripped apart the most typical of American spring weekends, driven by rage or madness, the bloodiest by suspected racist hate. The crime scenes represented a cross-section of ordinariness — a grocery store in upstate New York, a California church, a Texas flea market, the streets near a […]
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