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EXPLAINER: GOP leaders announce deal on $9.8B spending plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate announced an agreement Tuesday on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was not included in a statement announcing ...

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 ...

Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated — with a troubling sign

CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the waning days of Payton Gendron's COVID-altered senior year at Susquehanna Valley High School, he logged on to a virtual learning program in economics class that asked: "What do you plan to do when you retire?" "Murder-suicide," Gendron typed. Despite his protests ...

In Buffalo, Biden mourns victims, says ‘evil will not win’

BUFFALO (AP) — President Joe Biden mourned with Buffalo's grieving families on Tuesday, then exhorted the nation to reject what he angrily labeled the poison of white supremacy. He said the nation must "reject the lie" of the racist "replacement theory" espoused by the shooter who killed 10 ...

Review finds US troops didn’t violate law in Syria airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military investigation found that American troops did not violate the law of war or deliberately cause civilian casualties in a 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of people, including women and children. It did find that the military committed procedural ...

Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an anticipated increase in migrants crossing the border from Mexico, days before a public health order is set to end after being used to turn people away nearly 2 million times ...

Judge suspends Michigan’s dormant 1931 abortion ban

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday suspended Michigan's dormant, decades-old ban on abortion, which means the procedure would not be illegal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its historic Roe v. Wade decision. The Michigan law, which makes it a crime to assist in an ...

2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Ducey’s desk

PHOENIX (AP) — Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, including one that would impact the ability of future state leaders to respond to another airborne-spreading disease and a second blocking the state from ever ...

Draft report finds Noem’s daughter got special treatment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday will consider a legislative report that finds Gov. Kristi Noem's daughter received preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The Legislature's Government Operations and Audit ...

House 1/6 panel rejects Justice Dept.’s transcript request

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is rejecting a request from the Justice Department for access to the committee's interviews, for now. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee's chairman, said Tuesday that the Justice Department ...

Abortion rights group files longshot Arizona initiative bid

PHOENIX (AP) — A newly organized group of abortion rights supporters on Tuesday filed an initiative that seeks to amend the Arizona Constitution to protect the right to abortion. The effort by a group called Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom is a longshot to make the ballot, since the group ...

US sues casino mogul Steve Wynn over relationship with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued longtime Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday to compel him to register as a foreign agent because of lobbying work it says he performed at the behest of the Chinese government during the Trump administration. The department said it had ...

New Mexico fires prompt forest closures; governor seeks aid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor said Tuesday that given the ferocity and swift movements of a record-setting wildfire burning in the northeastern part of the state, the damage will be significant with estimates of burned homes and other structures likely to range between 1,000 ...

Paul-Booker fall matchup set in Kentucky Senate race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul looked past his fall opponent Tuesday to slam national Democrats, while his Democratic challenger doubled down on his progressive message and vowed to take the fight to the incumbent in a matchup featuring contrasting agendas. The ...

Prosecutor: Church gunman had ‘diabolical plan’ to massacre

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The man charged with opening fire on a Taiwanese church congregation of mainly elderly people in Southern California wanted to "execute in cold blood as many people in that room as possible," a prosecutor said Tuesday in announcing murder, attempted murder and other ...

Democrat McGarvey wins Louisville-area congressional primary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Morgan McGarvey has won the Democratic nomination in the Louisville-area U.S. House district, advancing to a fall matchup in which he shoulders his party's hopes for maintaining its lone seat in Kentucky's Republican-dominated congressional delegation. McGarvey, the ...

Candidate who survived shooting wins Louisville mayor nod

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Businessman Craig Greenberg won the Democratic primary for mayor of Kentucky's largest city, months after surviving a shooting attempt at his campaign office. Greenberg beat out a crowded field of eight candidates for Louisville mayor and will be buoyed in November by ...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs Wednesday on her ...

Watchdog: US troop pullout was key factor in Afghan collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says decisions by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military. The new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, ...

Trump-backed Mastriano wins GOP Pennsylvania governor nod

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor on Tuesday, beating eight other candidates and a party establishment that had tried to head off his nomination over fears that he is too extreme to win the general election in the presidential ...