President Joe Biden waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, after returning from a trip t

Biden scores endorsements from Kennedy family, looking to shore up support against Trump and RFK Jr.

President Joe Biden will accept endorsements from at least 15 members of the Kennedy political family during a campaign stop Thursday in Philadelphia as he aims to undermine Donald Trump and marginalize the candidacy of independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Walz, St. Paul leaders urge support for copper wire theft bill: 'We've got to get in front of it'

April 17
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter inspect one of many lamp posts that have been illegally stripped for copper wire at Como Lake
The bill would require a license and receipt for people selling copper wire. Leaders believe the legislation will curb theft across Minnesota.

House's Ukraine, Israel aid package gains Biden's support as Speaker Johnson fights to keep his job

April 17
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., and the House Republican leadership meet with reporters following a closed-door Republican strategy session
President Joe Biden said Wednesday he strongly supports a proposal from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending crucial bipartisan support to the precarious effort to approve $95 billion in funding for the U.S. allies this week.
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The Latest | Seated juror in hush money trial excused as prosecutors ask judge to sanction Trump

Jury selection in Donald Trump 's hush money case encountered new setbacks Thursday as a previously seated juror was excused after backtracking on whether she felt she could be impartial and fair. The status of a second sworn-in juror was also called into question after he failed to report to court to address the accuracy of some of his previous answers to questions.
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Former Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Peter Barca announces new bid for Congress

A Democrat who represented southeast Wisconsin in Congress in the 1990s before going on to become a leader in the Assembly and state revenue secretary announced Thursday that he's running for Congress again.
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Sen. Rick Bennett, R-Oxford, left, and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Sen. Lisa Keim, R-Dixfield, share a laugh during the morning Senate session We

Sweeping gun legislation approved by Maine lawmakers following Lewiston mass shooting

The Maine Legislature approved sweeping gun safety legislation including background checks on private gun sales, waiting periods for gun purchases and criminalizing gun sales to prohibited people before adjourning Thursday morning, nearly six months after the deadliest shooting in state history.
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Trump trial jury selection process follows a familiar pattern with an unpredictable outcome

When the first batch of potential jurors was brought in for Donald Trump's criminal trial this week, all the lawyers had to go on to size them up at first were their names and the answers they gave in court to a set of screening questions.
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Nancy Pelosi book, 'The Art of Power,' will reflect on her career in public life

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has completed a book about her years in public life, from legislation she helped enact to such traumatizing moments as the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and the assault at her San Francisco home that left her husband with a fractured skull.
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Climate change concerns grow, but few think Biden's climate law will help, an AP-NORC poll finds

Like many Americans, Ron Theusch is getting more worried about climate change.
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April 17

New Black congressional district in Louisiana bows to politics, not race, backers say

Politics and race are both factors in a pending court challenge of Louisiana's new congressional maps. How much weight each carries is a major question before three federal judges whose ruling could affect the balance of power in the next Congress.
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April 17
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is sworn-in before the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on "A Review of the Fiscal

Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary

The Senate dismissed all impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday, ending the House Republican push to remove the Cabinet secretary from office over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border and shutting down his trial before arguments even began.
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April 17

Poland's president becomes the latest leader to visit Donald Trump as allies eye a possible return

Former President Donald Trump met Wednesday in New York with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the latest in a series of meetings with foreign leaders as Europe braces for the possibility of a second Trump term.
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April 17

Trump lawyers say Stormy Daniels refused subpoena outside a Brooklyn bar, papers left 'at her feet'

Donald Trump's legal team says it tried serving Stormy Daniels a subpoena as she arrived for an event at a bar in Brooklyn last month, but the porn actor, who is expected to be a witness at the former president's criminal trial, refused to take it and walked away.
Business
April 17

Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

President Joe Biden suggested to cheering, unionized steelworkers on Wednesday that his administration would thwart the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company, and he called for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel, seeking to use trade policy to win over working-class votes in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
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April 17

Biden is off on details of his uncle's WWII death as he calls Trump unfit to lead the military

President Joe Biden on Wednesday misstated key details about his uncle's death in World War II as he honored the man's wartime service and said Donald Trump was unworthy of serving as commander in chief.
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April 17

Sweeping gun legislation awaits final votes as Maine lawmakers near adjournment

The Maine Legislature moved in fits and starts toward adjournment on Wednesday, with unfinished business including final votes on a series of gun safety bills that were introduced after the deadliest shooting in state history last fall.
Business
April 17
FILE - The headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) stands on N. Capitol Street on April 15, 2013, in Washington. A National Public Radio editor w

An NPR editor who wrote a critical essay on the company has resigned after being suspended

A National Public Radio editor who wrote an essay criticizing his employer for promoting liberal views resigned on Wednesday, attacking NPR's new CEO on the way out.
Nation
April 17

Democrats clear path to bring proposed repeal of Arizona's near-total abortion ban to a vote

Democrats in the Arizona Senate cleared a path to bring a proposed repeal of the state's near-total ban on abortions to a vote after the state's highest court concluded the law can be enforced and the state House blocked efforts to undo the long-dormant statute.
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April 17

North Carolina university committee swiftly passes policy change that could cut diversity staff

The future of diversity, equity and inclusion staff jobs in North Carolina's public university system could be at stake after a five-person committee swiftly voted to repeal a key policy Wednesday.
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April 17

Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai producing. An election coming. 'Suffs' has timing on its side

Shaina Taub was in the audience at ''Suffs,'' her buzzy and timely new musical about women's suffrage, when she spied something that delighted her.
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April 17

Mississippi legislators won't smooth the path this year to restore voting rights after some felonies

Kenneth Almons says he began a 23-year sentence in a Mississippi prison just two weeks after graduating from high school, and one of his felony convictions — for armed robbery — stripped away voting rights that he still has not regained decades later.
Nation
April 17

Appeals court leaves temporary hold on New Jersey's county line primary ballot design in place

A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision to order New Jersey Democrats scrap a ballot design widely viewed as helping candidates with establishment backing.
World
April 17
Ukrainian soldiers fire a howitzer toward Russian forces in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, March 27, 2024.

Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has been gathering data on the vulnerabilities of its Western adversaries, a classified Russian document shows.

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