Trump White House lawyers subpoenaed by 1/6 probe grand jury

A federal grand jury investigating efforts to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election has subpoenaed the White House counsel under then-President Donald Trump and his top deputy, according to a person familiar with the matter. The subpoenas to Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin suggest an intensifying Justice Department...
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WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine and could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between the two world powers. The...
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Primaries bring big losses for incumbent GOP state lawmakers

As Wisconsin’s longest-serving Assembly speaker, Republican Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates. Despite that, he’s facing a primary challenger who claims he’s not conservative enough. The challenger’s argument: Vos should do more to...

Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life

Pope Francis has promoted a Vatican nurse whom he credited with saving his life to be his “personal health care assistant.”. The Vatican announced the appointment of Massimiliano Strappetti in a one-line statement issued Thursday. Strappetti, the nursing coordinator of the Vatican’s health department, accompanied Francis on a difficult trip to Canada last month.

Munich's Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

Germany’s annual Oktoberfest festival is finally on again for this fall, following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the famous Bavarian beer festival said Thursday. “The Wiesn will take place,” Clemens Baumgaertner told reporters in Munich using the locals’ Bavarian colloquialism for the Oktoberfest...

Jill Biden carries out new mission in 2nd year as first lady

Jill Biden barnstormed the country during her debut year as first lady as if on a one-woman mission to help her husband’s administration tackle the problem of the moment: getting people vaccinated and boosted against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. New headwinds blowing in year two — President Joe Biden’s...

After Supreme Court ruling, it's open season on US gun laws

The Supreme Court ruling expanding gun rights threatens to upend firearms restrictions across the country as activists wage court battles over everything from bans on AR-15-style guns to age limits. The decision handed down in June already has led one judge to temporarily block a Colorado town from enforcing a...

4 takeaways from AP's Mormon church sex abuse investigation

When an Arizona bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, learned that a member of his ward was sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter, he followed church policy and called the Mormon Abuse Help Line. The bishop later told law enforcement that...

Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Griner

Prosecutors asked a Russian court Thursday to convict American basketball star Brittney Griner and sentence her to 9 1/2 years in prison at closing arguments in her drug possession trial. The trial neared its end nearly six months after Griner’s arrest at a Moscow airport in a case that has...

He lived in Oregon and she lived in England. A drawing of a cat brought them together

Two cats and one popular Twitter artist helped unite a man and woman separated by more than 4,600 miles. It all started on Twitter — specifically, with the account called “poorly drawn cats.” The account’s premise is pretty simple: Artist Heloísa Nora uses photos of people’s cats and draws them. The drawings don’t have a lot of details, but they’re still perfect in how they really do capture each individual cat.

How to protect the people you care about from extreme heat

All summer in Tokyo, Ms. Tsutsumi, a gray-ponytailed 73-year-old, has worried about getting sick from the heat. “The other day it was so hot,” she recalls, “I went to a shrine and prayed, ‘Please let us survive this summer.'”. Like North America, Europe and other parts of...

Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Charles Loudermilk dies at 95

Work hard. Dream big. That was the guiding philosophy of Atlanta’s Charlie Loudermilk. The 95-year-old business mogul and philanthropist died Wednesday from a stroke. Robert Charles Loudermilk Sr. had business in his blood. He started off making money by selling cold Coca-Cola to passing cars headed to the movies.

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

U.S. Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the...

Walker accepts debate invite, but not one that Warnock chose

Georgia Republican Herschel Walker has accepted an invitation in his U.S. Senate race to debate Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock, but it’s not one of the three debate invitations Warnock earlier accepted, leaving it unclear whether the two will actually clash in person before the November general election. Walker’s campaign...

Sea turtles crawl to new nesting record on Georgia coast

Rare sea turtles that spend summers laying eggs on Southern beaches have crawled to a new state record in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3,960 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted since May along the Georgia coast. That’s 10 more nests than...

UN chief criticizes `grotesque greed' of oil companies

The United Nations chief sharply criticized the “grotesque greed” of oil and gas companies on Wednesday for making record profits from the energy crisis on the back of the world’s poorest people, “while destroying our only home.”. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was “immoral” that the...

Christian flag at center of legal battle flies over Boston

The Christian flag that became the focus of a free speech legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court was raised outside Boston City Hall on Wednesday to cheers and songs of praise. The flag-raising took place about three months after the Supreme Court in a unanimous...