Arrest warrant issued for Kodak BlackFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
Trump rallying supporters in Waco ahead of possible chargesMarch 25, 2023 GMT
WACO, Texas (AP) — Staring down a possible indictment, a defiant Donald Trump is hoping to put on a show of force Saturday as he holds the first rally of his 2024 presidential campaign in a city made famous by deadly resistance against law enforcement.
Greene’s DC jail visit pulls GOP closer to Jan. 6 riotersMarch 25, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene swept into the District of Columbia jail to check on conditions for the Jan.
Vice President Harris’ trip aims to deepen US ties in AfricaMarch 25, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will try to deepen and reframe U.S. relationships in Africa during a weeklong trip that is the latest and highest profile outreach by the Biden administration as it moves to counter China's growing influence.
As South bans abortion, thousands turn to Illinois clinicsMarch 25, 2023 GMT
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Dr. Colleen McNicholas is fresh off performing two abortions when a ringing phone quickly stops her.
“Oh, ugh,” she said, eyes widened, before she darted off to another room.
Biden’s moves on Alaska drilling, TikTok test young votersMarch 25, 2023 GMT
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Recent moves by President Joe Biden to pressure TikTok over its Chinese ownership and approve oil drilling in an untapped area of Alaska are testing the loyalty of young voters, a group that’s largely been in his corner.
Bank failures and rescue test Yellen’s decades of experienceMarch 25, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Working against the clock to stop a developing banking crisis, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had until sunset on Sunday, March 12, to come up with a plan to calm the U.S.
North Carolina treasurer running for governor in 2024March 25, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced on Saturday he will run for governor in 2024, a bid that will likely require him besting Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson to earn the Republican nomination.
Biden, Trudeau say ‘inseparable’ nations won’t fail UkraineMarch 25, 2023 GMT
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (AP) — President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday celebrated the close, “inseparable” U.S.-Canada relationship and vowed that the two nations remain committed to defending Ukraine as it tries to repel a Russian invasion that has no end in sight.
Biden: US will ‘forcefully’ protect personnel in SyriaMarch 24, 2023 GMT
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that the U.S. would respond “forcefully” to protect its personnel after U.S. forces retaliated with airstrikes on sites in Syria used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard following a suspected Iranian-linked attack Thursday that killed a U.S.
A look at the US military mission in Syria and its dangersMarch 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — When an Iranian drone struck a U.S. base in northeastern Syria, killing a contractor and wounding several U.S.
Snowfall, heavy rain in Afghanistan kill at least 3March 25, 2023 GMT
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Snowfall and heavy rain killed at least three people in Afghanistan, including a child, a government spokesman said Saturday.
The severe weather hit nine provinces in different parts of the country on Friday and Saturday: Balkh, Zabul, Faryab, Uruzgan, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan, and Laghman.
Iran-backed fighters on alert in east Syria after US strikesMarch 25, 2023 GMT
BEIRUT (AP) — Iran-backed fighters were on alert in eastern Syria on Saturday, a day afte r U.S. forces launched retaliatory airstrikes on sites in the war-torn country, opposition activists said.
Yemen rebels restrict humanitarian flights arriving in SanaaMarch 25, 2023 GMT
CAIRO (AP) — The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen said they were imposing severe restrictions starting Saturday on U.N. and other humanitarian flights arriving in the capital, Sanaa.
The Houthi-run Civil Aviation Authority said no humanitarian flights would land in Sanaa between March 25-30.
Taliban want control of more Afghan diplomatic missionsMarch 25, 2023 GMT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban government is trying to take charge of more Afghan embassies abroad, a spokesman said Saturday, amid their continued international isolation because of restrictions on women and girls.
Ukraine says battle for Bakhmut is ‘stabilizing’March 25, 2023 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The top commander of Ukraine's military said Saturday that his forces are pushing back against Russian troops in the long and grinding battle for the town of Bakhmut, and British military intelligence says Russia appears to be moving to a defensive strategy in eastern Ukraine.
Fire destroys 5 beachfront homes in ScituateMarch 25, 2023 GMT
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — A massive fire has destroyed five homes and damaged three others in a beachfront neighborhood in Scituate.
The fire broke out Friday night near Minot Beach. No injuries have been reported.
Germany, EU reach agreement in combustion engine rowMarch 25, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the European Union announced Saturday that they have reached an agreement in their dispute over the future of cars with combustion engines, allowing the registration of new vehicles with such engines even after 2035 provided they use climate-neutral fuel only.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth kicks off reelection campaignMarch 25, 2023 GMT
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday officially accepted his party’s nomination as its main candidate to keep the job in the upcoming general election, promising to build a new political climate that does away with decades of conflict.
Mexico hopes to host Summer Olympics in 2036 or 2040March 25, 2023 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Mexico has declared its desire to host the Summer Olympics in 2036 or 2040 and says it already has most of the sports infrastructure required.
Interest in hosting the 2036 Olympics had earlier been expressed by officials in countries including Egypt, England, India, Indonesia, Qatar and South Korea.
New Zealand tells China its concern on lethal aid to RussiaMarch 25, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has expressed concern to China over any provision of lethal aid to support Russia in its war against Ukraine during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart.
India’s Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of favoring Adani GroupMarch 25, 2023 GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he was being targeted because he has raised serious questions about Modi's relationship with the Indian business conglomerate Adani Group.
Myanmar lawyer accused of helping army slain by guerrillasMarch 25, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — A veteran corporate lawyer has been shot dead in Myanmar’s biggest city by self-proclaimed urban guerrillas, highlighting the bloody struggle between the military government and its foes in the country’s cities as well as the remote countryside.
‘What can we do?’: Millions in African countries need powerMarch 25, 2023 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — From Zimbabwe, where many must work at night because it's the only time there is power, to Nigeria where collapses of the grid are frequent, the reliable supply of electricity remains elusive across Africa.
Bolsonaro’s legal woes deepen with undeclared diamond giftsMarch 25, 2023 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Undeclared diamond jewelry brought into Brazil from Saudi Arabia has deepened the legal jeopardy of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. An investigation into two sets of jewels reportedly worth millions is only the latest scandal threatening the far-right politician.
DEA overseas review barely mentions corruption scandalsMarch 25, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years and at least $1.4 million spent, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday released an external review of its overseas operations that barely mentions recent corruption scandals and offers recommendations that critics dismissed as overly vague.
17-year-old charged in kidnapping ending in Houston shootingMarch 25, 2023 GMT
A 17-year-old has been charged with kidnapping two migrants whose rescue this week from a Houston hotel by FBI agents after days of captivity ended in gunfire that killed another suspect.
Josiah Jackson was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated kidnapping in the abduction of a man and woman and the attempt to ransom them, Harris County court records show.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsMarch 25, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Donald Trump; Preet Bharara, a former U.S.
Powder, threat sent to Manhattan DA investigating TrumpMarch 25, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — A powdery substance was found Friday with a threatening letter in a mailroom at the offices of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the latest security scare as the prosecutor weighs a potential historic indictment of former President Donald Trump, authorities said.
Judge slams lawyers for slowing jailed 1/6 defendant’s caseMarch 25, 2023 GMT
A federal judge in Washington is threatening to report two attorneys for possible disciplinary action for delaying the trial of a man waiting in jail on charges that he assaulted police officers during the Capitol riot.
US, Canada end loophole that let asylum-seekers cross borderMarch 25, 2023 GMT
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vermont (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced a plan to close a loophole to an immigration agreement that has allowed thousands of asylum-seeking immigrants to move between the two countries along a back road linking New York state to the Canadian province of Quebec.
Geothermal developer wants to delist endangered Nevada toadMarch 25, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — In an unusual move that could pit two Biden administration agencies against each other, the developer of a planned Nevada geothermal power plant says it intends to sue U.S wildlife officials to overturn the endangered species listing of a toad in adjacent wetlands.
Drag community shows up to protest Nebraska drag show billMarch 25, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would criminalize exposing anyone 18 or younger to a drag show in Nebraska was the last one to get a public hearing in this year's legislative session late Friday.
Rwanda frees Paul Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fameMarch 25, 2023 GMT
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government has commuted the 25-year sentence of Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of countrymen from genocide but was convicted of terrorism offenses years later in a widely criticized trial.
Georgia activist killed by troopers shot first, officers sayMarch 24, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia authorities allege that state troopers in January fatally shot an environmental protester who had fired at authorities after a trooper shot pepper balls into the protester’s tent, according to incident reports obtained Friday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
California eases water restrictions, but drought isn’t overMarch 24, 2023 GMT
DUNNIGAN, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended some of the state's water restrictions on Friday because a winter of relentless rain and snow has replenished the state's reservoirs and eased fears of a shortage after three years of severe drought.
US-Russia dialogue must prevail in stormy Black Sea after drone crashMarch 24, 2023 GMT
Worryingly, the US seems unconcerned about triggering a potential conflict with Russia in the Black Sea. On March 14, its MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed into the sea after an encounter with two Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft.
China's top internet portal for academic papers will suspend foreign access to some databases starting next week, sparking concerns among scholars that they will lose not only an important resource for understanding China but also a useful guardrail to reduce misunderstanding between China and the West.
Death row minister sues Oklahoma Corrections agency for $10MMarch 24, 2023 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A death row minister who was inside the execution chamber during Oklahoma's last lethal injection sued the Department of Corrections for $10 million on Friday, alleging the agency and its spokesman defamed him in a statement to the media.
Kansas bank robbery suspect dies in Oklahoma shootoutMarch 24, 2023 GMT
PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A suspect in a Kansas bank robbery died Friday after a shootout with troopers in neighboring Oklahoma, authorities say.
The suspect in the Wellington, Kansas, bank heist fled south on Interstate 35 into Oklahoma where authorities had been alerted to be on the lookout.
Connecticut hopes to move up its presidential primary dateMarch 24, 2023 GMT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Both Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut are backing a proposal to move up the date of Connecticut's presidential primary in hopes of giving the small state a bigger say in choosing presidential candidates.
5 killed in west Sudan tribal violence, rights group saysMarch 24, 2023 GMT
CAIRO (AP) — Two days of tribal violence in western Sudan's long-troubled Darfur region killed at least 5 people, tribal leaders and a rights group said Friday.
The violence between African Masalit tribesmen and Arab shepherds in West Darfur erupted Thursday after two armed assailants fatally shot a merchant in a remote area, leaders from both groups said.
Education advocates seek more money from Mississippi budgetMarch 24, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top Mississippi lawmakers on Friday were still trying to decide how much money the state will spend on public schools during this election year, even as education advocates continued to push for a substantial increase.
Massachusetts House speaker rejects audit of LegislatureMarch 24, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Ronald Mariano said Friday that the House won’t meet with state Auditor Diana DiZoglio about an audit DiZoglio has launched into the Legislature.
ACLU: Lawsuit likely if Nebraska bill on trans health passesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Now that a Nebraska bill to ban gender-affirming treatments for minors has cleared its first and toughest hurdle, parents and children likely to be affected by the measure are preparing for a legal fight, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday.
Florida Legislature moving quickly on DeSantis prioritiesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — From expanding gun rights to going after “woke” investors, the Florida Legislature is quickly moving on a list of bills that will give Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis conservative-pleasing policy successes as he prepares to launch a presidential campaign.
Trump rally falls during anniversary of Waco’s dark pastMarch 24, 2023 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Donald Trump picking Waco, Texas, for the first rally of his 2024 campaign Saturday will put him in the middle of a big Republican state that has reliably delivered him big crowds.
Human rights groups criticize Cuba’s new criminal codeMarch 24, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba enacted a new penal code this week that activists and human rights organizations warned Friday could further limit free expression and snuff out protests at a time of deepening discontent on the island.
Cooper vetoes bill eliminating pistol purchase permit systemMarch 24, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Republican gun legislation Friday that would no longer require sheriff approval before someone can purchase a handgun, initiating his first showdown of the session with an increased — and nearly veto-proof — GOP majority.
Wisconsin DOJ, factory farm reach $215K pollution settlementMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A factory farm has agreed to pay the Wisconsin Department of Justice $215,000 to settle pollution allegations.
The Legislature’s finance committee is slated to approve the deal during a meeting Tuesday.
Man pleads guilty to role in Haiti president’s assassinationMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court Friday to participating in the assassination of Haiti’s president in 2021.
Rodolphe Jaar, 50, pleaded guilty in Miami to conspiring to provide material support, providing material support and conspiring to kidnap and kill President Jovenel Moïse, according to court records.
India expels Rahul Gandhi, Modi critic, from ParliamentMarch 24, 2023 GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top opposition leader and fierce critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expelled from Parliament Friday, a day after a court convicted him of defamation and sentenced him to two years in prison for mocking the surname Modi in an election speech.
Protesters in Suriname demand president resignMarch 24, 2023 GMT
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A few hundred protesters gathered in Suriname’s capital on Friday to demand that the president of the South American country resign.
They accused the administration of President Chan Santokhi of trying to postpone the 2025 general election, which can’t be organized until legislators amend an electoral law as required by a court ruling last year that aims to create a fairer voting system.
Watchdog: Israel promotes bids for 1,000 settlement homesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right government authorized construction bids for over a thousand new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, a watchdog group reported Friday, despite an Israeli pledge to halt settlement construction as part of efforts to curb a deadly wave of violence in the territory.
Big Indiana voucher expansion faces Republican questionsMarch 24, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A major expansion proposed for Indiana’s private school voucher program could become a hurdle as the Republican-dominated Legislature works on a new state budget.
Nevada ex-lawmaker gets probation in campaign funds caseMarch 24, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Democratic former state lawmaker in Nevada has been sentenced to three years of probation for misusing campaign funds and lying about his residency when he ran for office in 2018 and 2020.
With eye on British Museum, Greece welcomes back ancient artMarch 24, 2023 GMT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday welcomed the return of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis, furthering a campaign to press the British Museum to hand back a collection of sculptures taken from the ancient site in Athens more than 200 years ago.
UN head says survival depends on how people manage waterMarch 24, 2023 GMT
United Nations (AP) — Humanity’s survival depends on how people manage water, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday at the end of a three-day conference on global water resources during which developing nations made urgent calls for help with cleaner drinking water and better sanitation.
Tribe urges Army to speed up return of child’s 1879 remainsMarch 24, 2023 GMT
Federal authorities expect to return a 13-year-old boy's remains to his Native American tribe in South Dakota this fall, they said Friday. The statement comes days after the tribe urged for a faster return of the child who died at a federal boarding school for Indigenous children in 1879.
Michigan 1st state in decades to repeal ‘right-to-work’ lawMarch 24, 2023 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, on Friday became the first state in decades to repeal a union-restricting law known as “right-to-work” that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature.
Disabled Wisconsin voters say absentee law not followedMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Disabled voters say local election leaders across Wisconsin are not following federal law during early voting in the high-stakes race for state Supreme Court, incorrectly telling them they can't have another person return their absentee ballot for them.
Kentucky governor vetoes sweeping GOP transgender measureMarch 24, 2023 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor issued an election-year veto Friday of a sweeping Republican bill aimed at regulating the lives of transgender youths that includes banning access to gender-affirming health care and restricting the bathrooms they can use.
Trump lawyer in court after being forced before grand juryMarch 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Donald Trump was back in court Friday after being ordered to answer questions before a grand jury investigating the possible mishandling of classified documents at the former president's Florida estate.
Louisiana lawmaker rejoins Democratic Party ahead of sessionMarch 24, 2023 GMT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state Rep. Mandie Landry rejoined the Louisiana Democratic Party Friday, after registering as a political independent last year to protest decisions made by the party’s leadership.
Rare anti-Houthi protests in Yemen after activist’s deathMarch 24, 2023 GMT
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Rare protests have erupted against Yemen’s Houthi rebels following the funeral of a popular critic found dead after he was detained by the group.
Videos posted on social media showed hundreds of angry demonstrators carrying the body of Hamdi Abdul Razaq through the streets of Ibb province on Thursday.
King Charles’ state visit deflated as France leg canceledMarch 24, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — King Charles III’s international debut was deflated Friday when his trip to France was postponed indefinitely because of protests that threatened to mar events at high profile venues such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Palace of Versailles.
France bans TikTok, Twitter from government staff phonesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
PARIS (AP) — France announced Friday it is banning the “recreational” use of TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and other apps on government employees' phones because of concern about insufficient data security measures.
Russia puts ex-Putin speechwriter on wanted listMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia placed a former speechwriter for President Vladimir Putin on a wanted list for criminal suspects, the latest step in a sweeping crackdown on dissent.
Debt, expenses stress lower income households: AP-NORC pollMarch 24, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Personal finances are a major source of stress for about half of the lower income households in the U.S., a new poll shows, illustrating the toll of high inflation and economic uncertainty on those who can least afford it.
Mexican president pushes back on US criticism on violenceMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Friday angrily rejected comments by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Mexican government has lost control over parts of the country.
However, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged that Mexican cartels had placed people inside Mexico's drug regulatory agency to approve imports of fentanyl precursor chemicals from China.
Protesters greet Netanyahu as he meets UK leader in LondonMarch 24, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak held talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in London on Friday as protesters shouting “Shame!” in Hebrew demonstrated against the Israeli leader’s right-wing policies and his plans to overhaul the country’s judiciary.
Bill lowering child care rules passes Kansas SenateMarch 24, 2023 GMT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child care regulations would be lowered in Kansas under a bill that has won Senate approval and created a debate over how best to address a shortage of day care spots without compromising safety.
Washington Supreme Court upholds effort to balance tax codeMarch 24, 2023 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state's new capital gains tax, which was adopted by lawmakers in an effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive tax code.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro turns in undeclared jewels to authoritiesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A representative of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday handed a set of diamond jewelry he received during his presidency over to a state bank, as ordered by a government watchdog amid an investigation into the gifts.
Cuba holds national elections with no opposition candidatesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba holds National Assembly elections Sunday, but there are only 470 candidates running for the 470 seats, with no opposition challengers and no campaigning. Voters essentially will do no more than endorse the nominated slate of candidates.
House GOP passes parents’ rights bill in clash over schoolsMarch 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday narrowly passed legislation that would fulfill a campaign promise to give parents a role in what's taught in public schools. It has little chance in the Democrat-run Senate and critics said it would propel a far-right movement that has led to book bans, restrictions aimed at transgender students and raucous school board meetings across the country.
North Carolina unemployment rate falls to 3.6% in FebruaryMarch 24, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate declined to 3.6% in February, the state Commerce Department announced on Friday, marking its lowest level since last June.
US sanctions Belarus’ election officials, president’s planeMarch 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. imposed sanctions Friday on seven Belarusian elections officials, two state-owned automotive manufacturers and President Alexander Lukashenko's aircraft.
Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, intensified his repression after a wave of protests in 2020 following a presidential election that the West and Belarus’ opposition denounced as a sham.