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At Times Square rampage trial, victims recount day’s horrors

NEW YORK (AP) — For some survivors, the sounds are a part of what still haunts them: People screaming. Car tires screeching. An engine revving. It was "like somebody just floored it … It was so loud," Jyll Elsman told a jury on a recent day in a Manhattan courtroom. "That is the last thing ...

New York’s hasty redistricting rewrite draws ire of locals

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers pride themselves on the dynamism of their metropolis, where it can feel totally different on the next block, where tourists walking in Chinatown quickly find themselves in Little Italy, where a neighborhood can be a proxy for a lifestyle or worldview. Figuring out ...

Harris meets with abortion providers as court ruling looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris, embracing her role as one of the administration's most outspoken defenders of abortion rights, spoke Thursday with abortion providers from states with some of the country's strictest restrictions, saying they are "on the front lines of this war ...

Navy ship to be named for Filipino sailor Telesforo Trinidad

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced Thursday that a future destroyer will be named the USS Telesforo Trinidad in honor of a Filipino sailor who rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago. Fireman Telesforo De La Cruz ...

Drama not on the agenda for Minnesota Democratic convention

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota Democrats open their state convention in Rochester, drama won't be on the agenda. The 1,200 delegates will endorse Gov. Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Auditor Julie Blaha for reelection. They're all ...

After Buffalo, civil rights leaders pitch anti-hate plans

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's oldest civil rights organization said it will propose a sweeping plan meant to protect Black Americans from white supremacist violence in response to a hate-fueled massacre that killed 10 Black people in Buffalo, New York, last weekend. In a plan first shared ...

Navalny’s team urges more Russian sanctions to help Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's team hit Capitol Hill on Thursday, urging a fresh round of sanctions over the war in Ukraine that moves beyond wealthy oligarchs to spread the financial pain to Russian government officials, mid-level politicians and public ...

US lawmakers urge binding vote on Puerto Rico statehood

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of Democratic congress members, including the House majority leader, on Thursday proposed a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence. The draft proposal unveiled at an online news conference ...

Jury convicts man of killing woman, kids, suggests life term

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A jury convicted a man Thursday of killing a woman and her three children last year in their northeastern Indiana home and recommended he serve life in prison without parole. The Allen County jury found Cohen Hancz-Barron of Fort Wayne guilty of four counts of murder ...

Prosecutors detail charges against Trump’s inaugural chair

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have spelled out more details of the allegations against the chair of former President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, who's accused of secretly working as an agent for the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump's foreign policy. The details came in ...

Court says McCloskeys can’t advise right-wing group for free

The Missouri Supreme Court denied a request by U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey and his wife to give free legal advice to a conservative activist group as a condition of their professional probation, but McCloskey said Thursday he'll try to find another right-wing organization to ...

Prosecutors debunk Colorado clerk’s 2020 election claims

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in a western Colorado county said Thursday they found no evidence of tampering in the 2020 presidential election as alleged by a clerk who has become a prominent voice among those promoting former President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election. The Mesa ...

Rebutting Turkey, Biden lauds NATO bids of Sweden, Finland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by the leaders of Finland and Sweden, President Joe Biden forcefully supported their applications to join NATO on Thursday as Russia's war in the heart of Europe challenges the continent's security. The U.S. president rejected Turkey's opposition, insisting the two ...

Jan. 6 panel asks GOP lawmaker to testify about Capitol tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection is asking a House Republican for more information about a tour of the building the panel says he led the day before the deadly attack. The committee's letter to Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk on Thursday ...

Michigan expands state’s victims fund, increases payouts

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed expansions to Michigan's crime victim compensation fund, which ranks worst in the nation for application rates, according to the Alliance for Safety and Justice. Hurdles in the state's laws for victims and their families to apply ...

Oz, McCormick tied in Pa. with thousands of ballots to count

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vote counting in Pennsylvania's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate dragged into a third day as Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick remained essentially tied with thousands of ballots left to tally. Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald ...

Ivey, challengers race to right in Alabama GOP primary

In a pair of campaign ads this GOP primary season, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey falsely declares the election was stolen from Donald Trump and accuses the federal government of "shipping illegal immigrants" to the state. "My message to Biden: No way, Jose," she says. But a competing ad by former ...

Here’s how abortion clinics are preparing for Roe to fall

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a Tennessee abortion clinic calculated driving distances and studied passenger rail routes as they scanned the map for another place to offer services if the U.S. Supreme Court lets states restrict or eliminate abortion rights. They chose Carbondale in ...

Report finds falling student achievement in K-12 schools

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's public schools, which have long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, have experienced a yearslong trend of declining student performance exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a critical state report released Thursday. A review of ...

Arizona prisoner won’t be executed in gas chamber

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prisoner is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in less than three weeks for killing an 8-year-old girl, marking the second condemned man to decline lethal gas since the state refurbished its gas chamber — a method of execution that hasn't been used in the ...