Idaho abortion law one reason hospital won’t deliver babiesMarch 23, 2023 GMT
A rural hospital in northern Idaho will stop delivering babies or providing other obstetrical care, citing a shifting legal climate in which recently enacted state laws could subject physicians to prosecution for providing abortions, among other reasons.
Rioter charged in Pelosi laptop theft sentenced to prisonMarch 23, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman linked to a far-right extremist movement was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she invaded then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with other rioters.
TikTok sends influencers to Washington as its troubles growMarch 22, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — TikTok is ramping up a public relations campaign to fend off the possibility of a nationwide ban by the Biden administration, and it’s bringing some unconventional advocates to help: online influencers.
Nevada to add gas plant as drought tests US West power gridsMarch 22, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utility regulators in Nevada gave the state’s largest power provider clearance to start work on a $333 million project to build a natural gas plant in the state for the first time in nearly 15 years, signaling yet another consequence of the extreme drought conditions in the southwestern U.S.
Wisconsin Legislature allows conversion therapy for patientsMarch 22, 2023 GMT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature took the final step needed Wednesday to stop Gov. Tony Evers' administration from enacting a ban on the discredited practice known as conversion therapy.
Missouri House passes bill to allow sports gamblingMarch 22, 2023 GMT
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill to legalize sports gambling in Missouri passed the state House speedily on Tuesday, but the measure's prospects in the Senate are far less certain.
The Republican-led House voted 118-35 in favor of the legislation, which would tax sports betting at 10%.
Trump’s potential indictment caps decades of legal scrutinyMarch 22, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — For 40 years, former President Donald Trump has navigated countless legal investigations without ever facing criminal charges. That record may soon come to an end.
Only 1 Black rep gets role in talks on Mississippi policingMarch 22, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One Black lawmaker and nine white ones have been chosen to negotiate final versions of bills that could expand the territory of a state-run police department inside Mississippi's majority-Black capital city.
Springsteen, Kaling, Louis-Dreyfus among 22 honored by BidenMarch 22, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed a high-wattage collection of singers, authors, artists and humanitarians to the White House on Tuesday to present them with medals — and then stole the show himself with a quip about seeking reelection.
Puzzling highway death part of West Virginia police probeMarch 22, 2023 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping investigation into misconduct at the West Virginia State Police has brought new scrutiny to the mysterious roadside death of a man who was hit by a trooper’s Taser during a struggle with the officer that the governor labeled “very very concerning” in ordering a major shakeup of the agency.
Paid family and medical leave in play at Minnesota CapitolMarch 21, 2023 GMT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Supporters of creating a paid family and medical leave system in Minnesota rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday and lobbied their lawmakers to try to push the plan over the finish line.
Man gets 4 years for attacking police at Jan. 6 Capitol riotMarch 21, 2023 GMT
A Virginia man who assaulted police with a stolen baton and used a flashing strobe light to disorient officers trying to defend the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison.
Saudi Arabia frees American imprisoned over critical tweetsMarch 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 72-year-old American imprisoned more than a year in Saudi Arabia over tweets critical of the Saudi crown prince was back with family members in Riyadh on Tuesday, but it remained unclear whether the kingdom would drop a travel ban to allow him to return home to Florida.
DC braces for ‘robust oversight’ after criminal code fiascoMarch 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's signature on a bill nullifying an overhaul of the District of Columbia criminal code ended a public fight between Congress and local lawmakers.
Army of lobbyists helped water down banking regulationsMarch 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a good idea at the time: Red-state Democrats facing grim reelection prospects would join forces with Republicans to slash bank regulations — demonstrating a willingness to work with President Donald Trump while bucking many in their party.
Biden signs measure nullifying DC criminal code revisionsMarch 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law legislation nullifying the recent overhaul of the District of Columbia criminal code, but the fight between Congress and local lawmakers is continuing.
Some Trump supporters ambivalent on calls for protestsMarch 21, 2023 GMT
Biden issues first veto, taking on new Republican HouseMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden issued the first veto of his presidency Monday in an early sign of shifting White House relations with the new Congress since Republicans took control of the House in January — a move that serves as a prelude to bigger battles with GOP lawmakers on government spending and the nation's debt limit.
‘Ted Lasso’ visits White House, promotes mental health careMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso used a White House visit Monday to encourage people, even in politically divided Washington, to make it a point to check in often with friends, family and co-workers to "ask how they're doing, and listen, sincerely,”
West Virginia state police superintendent resigns amid probeMarch 20, 2023 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday ordered a sweeping investigation of the State Police after he accepted the resignation of the agency's superintendent and revealed allegations of wrongdoing, including that a video camera was placed inside a women's locker room.
4 guilty of conspiracy in latest Oath Keepers Jan. 6 trialMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four people associated with the Oath Keepers were convicted on Monday of conspiracy and obstruction charges stemming from the attack on the U.S. Capitol in the latest trial involving members of the far-right antigovernment extremist group.
Prosecutors rest in sedition case against Proud Boys leadersMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday rested their seditious conspiracy case against former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four lieutenants charged with plotting to stop the transfer of presidential power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden after the 2020 election.
Lawyer: Former US pilot could have been lured to AustraliaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — A former United States military pilot accused of training Chinese aviators could have been lured from China to Australia as part of a U.S. plan to extradite him to his homeland, his lawyer said Monday.
Judge orders more Trump lawyer testimony in Mar-a-Lago probeMarch 18, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating the potential mishandling of classified documents at former President Donald Trump's Florida estate will be able to again question a Trump lawyer before a grand jury, a judge has ruled in a sealed order.
Florida man sentenced for role in Jan. 6 Capitol attackMarch 17, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to four years and seven months in federal prison for three felony charges related to the insurrection and storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan.
Washington turns to Wall Street to help rescue dying bankMarch 17, 2023 GMT
The scene was reminiscent of the last financial crisis, nearly 15 years ago: Faced with a blossoming emergency in the banking sector, worried regulators and policymakers in Washington turned to Wall Street for help.
Santos refuses to quit, brazenly says ‘truth still matters’March 17, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Besieged Republican Rep. George Santos arrives on the House floor most days to deliver short speeches — celebrating women-owned small businesses, a special high school in his district or raising concern about various countries in crises.
Planes in Florida close call were cleared to use same runwayMarch 16, 2023 GMT
Federal investigators say an air traffic controller cleared a plane to take off from Sarasota, Florida, while an American Airlines jet was making its final approach to the same runway last month, leading the American pilots to abandon their landing.
FBI: Newspaper editor interfered with police at Capitol riotMarch 16, 2023 GMT
A former top editor of an Orthodox Jewish newspaper in New York City was arrested Thursday on charges that he interfered with police officers who were trying to protect the U.S.
Mobile sports bets booming in some states as others shy awayMarch 16, 2023 GMT
The stakes are higher in Ohio this year for March Madness — and not just because it's a regional host for the first round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament.
Taiwan chip pioneer warns US plans will boost costsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. government efforts to shift production of processor chips from Asia to the United States will double their cost and slow the spread of their use in phones, cars and other products, the billionaire founder of the global industry’s biggest manufacturer warned Thursday.
North Korea launches ICBM before South Korea-Japan summitMarch 16, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday just hours before the leaders of South Korea and Japan were to meet at a Tokyo summit expected to be overshadowed by North Korean nuclear threats.
China, Japan trade accusations over maritime incursionsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s dispute with Japan over tiny Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea is heating up again, with both sides accusing the other of infringing on their maritime territory.
Indiana couple arrested for alleged role in Capitol riotMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis couple was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that they took part in the 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Arthur Reyher, 38, and Jessica Reyher, 38, were arrested in Indiana on a felony civil disorder charge and four misdemeanors, prosecutors said in a news release.
James Gunn to direct ‘Superman: Legacy,’ aiming for 2025March 15, 2023 GMT
James Gunn is directing a Superman film.
“Superman: Legacy,” which Gunn also wrote, is also set for a July 11, 2025, he and his co-chair and fellow CEO of DC Studios Peter Safran announced Wednesday.
When will Medicare cover medical marijuana?March 15, 2023 GMT
Many older adults are using medical marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, but experts say that conflicting laws, unclear safety standards and complicated rulemaking processes mean it could be years before Medicare may cover the drug.
Not magic: Opaque AI tool may flag parents with disabilitiesMarch 15, 2023 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the two weeks that the Hackneys’ baby girl lay in a Pittsburgh hospital bed weak from dehydration, her parents rarely left her side, sometimes sleeping on the fold-out sofa in the room.
Biden says Jimmy Carter has asked him to deliver his eulogyMarch 15, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden says he plans to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of former President Jimmy Carter, who remains under hospice care at his home in south Georgia.
Biden told donors at a California fundraiser Monday evening about his “recent” visit to see the 39th president, whom he has known since he was a young Delaware senator supporting Carter's 1976 presidential campaign.
Ovechkin out for Capitals’ game against RangersMarch 14, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington star Alex Ovechkin missed the Capitals' game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night due to a lower body injury.
It was the sixth time the Capitals played without Ovechkin this season, including four games last month following the death of his father.
FAA to investigate runway wrong turn at DC-area airportMarch 14, 2023 GMT
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal officials announced Tuesday that they're investigating after a taxiing airplane took a wrong turn at a Washington-area airport and crossed a runway where another plane was preparing to take off.
Biden on gun control: ‘Do something, do something big’March 14, 2023 GMT
Boston Police Department fires 2 outspoken officersMarch 14, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Police Department has fired two officers, one who protested vaccine mandates at the mayor's house and other places and another who criticized former Vice President Mike Pence on social media for allowing the certification of President Joe Biden's election.
Princeton student charged with joining mob’s Capitol attackMarch 14, 2023 GMT
A Princeton University student was arrested Tuesday on charges that he joined other rioters in pushing against police officers guarding an entrance to the U.S. Capitol during a mob's attack, court records show.
GOP lawmakers allow conversion therapy for LGBTQ patientsMarch 14, 2023 GMT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to continue allowing therapists and others to attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The discredited practice is known as conversion therapy, and Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have been trying to stop it from being banned.
Cubans search for holiday food amid deepening crisisMarch 14, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — As Belkis Fajardo, 69, walks through the dense streets of downtown Havana with a small bag of lettuce and onions in hand, she wonders how she’ll feed her family over the holidays.
Scarcity and economic turmoil are nothing new to Cuba, but Fajardo is among many Cubans to note that this year is different thanks to soaring inflation and deepening shortages.
$2.5B in grants for EV chargers aim at underserved US areasMarch 14, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday announced $2.5 billion in new grants for the construction of electric vehicle charging stations and alternative fueling infrastructure, aiming in part at increasing access in underserved neighborhoods and communities.
Health data breach hitting Congress ‘could be extraordinary’March 9, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders say the impact of a hack of a health insurance marketplace used by members of Congress “could be extraordinary,” exposing sensitive personal data of lawmakers, their employees and families.
Congress members warned of significant health data breachMarch 9, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House and Senate were informed Wednesday that hackers may have gained access to their sensitive personal data in a breach of a Washington, D.C., health insurance marketplace.
Senate votes to block DC crime laws, Biden supportiveMarch 9, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday to block new District of Columbia crime laws and overrule the city government as lawmakers in both parties have expressed concern about rising violent crime rates in cities nationwide.
Xi accuses US of trying to hold back China’s developmentMarch 9, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Is the United States out to sabotage China? Chinese leaders think so.
President Xi Jinping accused Washington this week of trying to isolate his country and hold back its development.
Biden upends politics, precedent in pivot on DC crime lawMarch 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s support of a Republican resolution to block new District of Columbia crime laws has split members of his own party amid rising concerns about crime in the nation’s capital and other cities.
Murder charge for DC officer in death of man asleep in carMarch 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., police sergeant has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal August 2021 shooting of a man who had been found asleep in his car.
Mississippi Senate OKs bill affecting majority-Black cityMarch 7, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The majority-white and Republican-led Mississippi Senate voted Tuesday to pass its version of a bill that would allow an expanded role for state police and appointed judges inside the majority-Black capital city of Jackson, which is led by Democrats.
Military veteran convicted of obstruction in Capitol riotMarch 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A military veteran accused of telling an undercover FBI agent about a plan to "wipe out" the nation's Jewish population was convicted on Tuesday of storming the U.S.
Slain man’s mother decries plan to expand Mississippi policeMarch 7, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a 25-year-old Black man who was shot to death by Mississippi Capitol Police last year told some state lawmakers Monday that she strongly opposes giving the state-run law enforcement agency wider territory to patrol inside the majority-Black capital city of Jackson.
DC to pull new crime law; Senate still plans to reject itMarch 6, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council is withdrawing a sweeping rewrite of the capital city’s criminal code from consideration, just before a U.S. Senate vote that seemed set to overturn the measure. But the move will not prevent the Senate vote or spare President Joe Biden a politically charged decision on whether to endorse the congressional action.
Chinese company rejects rights accusation after US sanctionsMarch 5, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — BGI Group, one of the world's biggest genetics analysis companies, said Sunday it never would be involved in human rights abuses after the U.S. government said there was a danger some of its units might contribute to Chinese surveillance.
Civilians flee embattled town as Ukrainian pullout loomsMarch 4, 2023 GMT
KHROMOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Pressure from Russian forces mounted Saturday on Ukrainians hunkered down in Bakhmut, as residents attempted to flee with help from troops who Western analysts say may be preparing to withdraw from the key eastern stronghold.
Drexel knocks off Monmouth in Colonial tournamentMarch 4, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amari Williams had 16 points in Drexel's 64-45 win against Monmouth on Saturday in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
Williams added 11 rebounds for the Dragons (17-14).
Marianne Williamson begins longshot 2024 challenge to BidenMarch 4, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-help author Marianne Williamson, whose 2020 White House campaign featured more quirky calls for spiritual healing than actual voter support, launched another longshot bid for the presidency on Saturday, becoming the first Democrat to formally challenge President Joe Biden for the 2024 nomination.
Election conspiracies fuel dispute over voter fraud systemMarch 4, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — A bipartisan effort among states to combat voter fraud has found itself in the crosshairs of conspiracy theories fueled by Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election and now faces an uncertain future.
DC conflict reflects wider efforts undermining local controlMarch 3, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' expected vote next week to overturn District of Columbia laws dealing with criminal justice and voting has created a political tempest in the nation’s capital — and reflects a contentious political dynamic that is playing out more broadly across the country:
Householder’s claims questioned as corruption testimony endsMarch 3, 2023 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) — Government prosecutors used former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder 's own speeches, photographs and conversations against him on Thursday, as they sought to unravel the Republican's denials of key elements of the secretly funded $60 million racketeering scheme that they allege he carried out on behalf of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp.
Trump can be sued for Jan. 6 riot harm, Justice Dept. saysMarch 3, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump can be sued by injured Capitol Police officers and Democratic lawmakers over the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S.
Biden rallies Senate Democrats, endorses Republican measureMarch 2, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden visited the Senate on Thursday to demonstrate unity among Democrats — but he ended up endorsing a Republican priority instead.
With Democrats acknowledging they cannot get much done in the closely divided Congress, Biden has pledged to try to find areas where the two parties can agree.
More Medicaid for moms gets Missouri nod after abortion dealMarch 2, 2023 GMT
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New mothers in Missouri could gain Medicaid health care coverage for up to a year under legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate, part of a national movement of expanded care that began during the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden willing to sign effort to block new DC crime lawsMarch 2, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday he is willing to sign a Republican-sponsored resolution blocking new District of Columbia laws that would overhaul how the nation's capital prosecutes and punishes crime.
Biden rallies Democrats as GOP pushes him toward 1st vetoMarch 2, 2023 GMT
BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden implored House Democrats on Wednesday to go out and sell the accomplishments of the last two years to voters, rallying the lawmakers at a time when their party is confronting the limits of its power in a newly divided Washington.
DC’s cherry blossoms coming early due to confusing weatherMarch 1, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The cherry trees in the nation’s capital are confused by Earth’s changing climate, with the iconic blossoms appearing earlier than expected because of the unusually warm winter.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service announced Wednesday that Washington’s 3,700 cherry blossom trees would reach peak bloom this year from March 22-25.
COVID-19 conspiracies soar after latest report on originsMarch 1, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19's origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it's still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab or spread to humans from an animal.
Mississippi House panel OKs longer Medicaid after birthsFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi House committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would provide women with a full year of Medicaid coverage after giving birth, just days after Republican Gov.
Sports betting grows on campuses with few restrictionsFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
College students are in the highest risk group for problem gambling, yet universities have been slow to create policies, educational programs or restrictions on sports betting, according to a survey by The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Black Mississippi capital distrusts plans by white officialsFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Random gunfire, repeated break-ins and a decaying city water system are constant challenges at Mom's Dream Kitchen, the soul food restaurant Timothy Norris' mother opened 35 years ago in Mississippi's capital.
Maryland church celebrates heritage on ‘Caribbean Sabbath’February 25, 2023 GMT
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (RNS) — As worshippers entered the sanctuary of Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church, doorman Percy Joseph greeted them with “Happy Sabbath,” his bright red Trinidad and Tobago T-shirt showing beneath his long black coat.
Eastern Washington beats Weber State 89-82, win streak at 18February 24, 2023 GMT
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Casey Jones scored 25 points and Eastern Washington extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 with an 89-82 victory over Weber State on Thursday night.
Jones added six rebounds for the Eagles (22-7, 16-0 Big Sky Conference).
Brooks posts double-double, leads Washington over Cal 65-56February 24, 2023 GMT
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Keion Brooks Jr. scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Washington cruised to a 65-56 victory over California on Thursday night for its third straight win.
Keyon Menifield had 16 points and five assists for Washington (16-13, 8-10 Pac-12), which swept the season series.
Winner comes forward to claim $1.35B Mega Millions jackpotFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The winner of a $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot — the fourth largest in U.S. history — has come forward to collect the prize, state officials said Wednesday.
The winner had been a mystery, and remains a mystery.
Ex-member: Proud Boys failed to carry out ‘revolution’February 22, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proud Boys leaders plotted to violently prevent President Joe Biden from taking office because they were trying to “save the country" from what they feared would be a tyrannical government, a former member of the far-right extremist group told a jury on Wednesday.
Mainer who swung pole at Capitol police chargedFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who swung a pole at law enforcement officers defending the U.S. Capitol is facing federal charges.
Christopher Maurer, 45, made an initial court appearance Wednesday after being charged with seven counts including civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a deadly and dangerous weapon.