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Pentagon Debuts Its New Stealth Bomber, the B-21 Raider
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Pentagon Debuts Its New Stealth Bomber, the B-21 Raider

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s newest nuclear stealth bomber is making its public debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China.The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more than 30 years. Almost every aspect of the program is classified. Ahead of its unveiling Friday at an Air Force facility in Palmdale, California, only artists’ renderings of the warplane have been released. Those few images reveal that the Raider resembles the black nuclear stealth bomber it will eventually replace, the B-2 Spirit.The bomber is part of the Pentagon’s efforts to modernize all three legs of its nuclear triad, which includes silo-launched nuclear ballistic missiles and submarine-launched warheads, as it ...
Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations
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Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressThe former warden of an abuse-plagued federal women’s prison known as the “rape club” goes on trial Monday, accused of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells.Ray J. Garcia, who retired after the FBI found nude photos of inmates on his government-issued phone last year, is among five workers charged with abusing inmates at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, and the first to go to trial.Opening statements and the first witnesses are expected Monday in federal court in Oakland. Garcia, 55, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in prison.An Associated Press investigation in February revealed a culture of abuse and cover-up that had persisted for years at th...
Anti-Transgender Legislation Resonates on Day of Remembrance
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Anti-Transgender Legislation Resonates on Day of Remembrance

By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM, Associated Press/Report for AmericaRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Persistent efforts by North Carolina's legislature to restrict transgender lives cast a shadow over Callum Bradford as he grew up in Chapel Hill, following him through his journey of self-discovery, coming out and obtaining the gender-affirming health care the 16-year-old credits as lifesaving.After Republicans swept most state-level elections this month, Bradford and other trans and gender-nonconforming residents are bracing for the possibility of new or reintroduced legislation targeting LGBTQ people, and especially trans people, that could survive Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto if Republicans wrangle enough supporters.“Before I came out, I was thinking about those laws, and I was like, I know I’m male, b...
Guest Lineups for the Sunday News Shows
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Guest Lineups for the Sunday News Shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Paul Ryan, former Republican speaker of the House.NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Former Vice President Mike Pence.CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Pence; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., mayor-elect of Los Angeles.Political CartoonsCNN’s “State of the Union” — Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.“Fox News Sunday” — Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Mark Warner, D-Va.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Source link
US Moves to Shield Saudi Crown Prince in Journalist Killing
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US Moves to Shield Saudi Crown Prince in Journalist Killing

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration declared Thursday that the high office held by Saudi Arabia's crown prince should shield him from lawsuits for his role in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, a turnaround from Joe Biden's passionate campaign trail denunciations of Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal slaying.The administration said the prince’s official standing should give him immunity in the lawsuit filed by the fiancée of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and by the rights group he founded, Democracy for the Arab World Now.The request is non-binding and a judge will ultimately decide whether to grant immunity. But it is bound to anger human rights activists and many U.S. lawmakers, coming as Saudi ...
Democrat Andrea Salinas Wins US House Seat in Oregon’s 6th
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Democrat Andrea Salinas Wins US House Seat in Oregon’s 6th

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democrat Andrea Salinas has won the U.S. House seat in Oregon’s newly created 6th District.The state representative and former congressional staffer defeated Republican Mike Erickson, a businessman.Salinas was one of two candidates seeking to be Oregon’s first Latina congresswoman, along with Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the 5th District, who also won her race.A population boom made Oregon one of just six states to gain a House seat following the 2020 census. The state’s population jumped by more than 10% in the past decade to more than 4.2 million people, giving it a new congressional district for the first time in 40 years.Political CartoonsDemocratic incumbents held onto Oregon’s 1st, 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts a...
Unsettled California Races Could Tip US House Control
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Unsettled California Races Could Tip US House Control

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — The outcome in a string of closely matched California U.S. House races that could play into control of the chamber remained unsettled Friday, as millions of ballots remained uncounted in the nation's most populous state.More than a dozen races in the state remained in play, though only a handful were seen as tight enough to go either way. It takes 218 seats to control the House. Republicans had locked down 211 for far, with Democrats claiming 199.It could take days, or even weeks, to determine who gets the gavel next year.Should Democrats fail to protect their slim majority, Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield would be in line to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.Political CartoonsIn California, the primary...
Exodus of Incumbents Brings Change to State Legislatures
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Exodus of Incumbents Brings Change to State Legislatures

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated PressMore than one-quarter of state lawmakers whose seats are up for election across the U.S. are guaranteed to be gone from office next year — a statistic certain to grow when the votes are counted from the November general election.A combination of retirements, term limits, redistricting changes and primary defeats — especially among Republicans facing conservative challengers — already has driven turnover in state capitols to its highest rate in more than a decade.More incumbents will lose Tuesday, as voters decide nearly 6,300 state legislative races in 46 states.“There are going to be a lot of new faces in legislative chambers across the country," said Ben Williams, principal for the elections and redistricting program at the National Conference of Stat...
Oath Keepers Head Rhodes on Stand in Jan. 6 Sedition Trial
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Oath Keepers Head Rhodes on Stand in Jan. 6 Sedition Trial

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes took the witness stand on Friday in his high-stakes seditious conspiracy trial as he tries to counter allegations that his far-right extremist group planned an armed rebellion to stop the transfer of presidential power.Rhodes began testifying after prosecutors spent weeks laying out their case against him and four others accused of a violent plot to keep Democrat Joe Biden out of the White House.Rhodes' attorneys have signaled they will mount a novel defense with former President Donald Trump at the center. Rhodes is expected to argue that his actions leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, were in anticipation of orders he expected from Trump, a Republican. Those orders never came.R...
US Judges Puts Narrow Limit on Arizona Ballot Box Monitoring
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US Judges Puts Narrow Limit on Arizona Ballot Box Monitoring

By TERRY TANG, Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge agreed Tuesday to put limits on a group monitoring outdoor ballot drop boxes in Arizona, but within narrow confines that would not affect its members' constitutional right to gather.U.S. District Court Judge Michael Liburdi said he would issue a temporary restraining order requested by the League of Women Voters of Arizona against Clean Elections USA. It will also apply to The Lions of Liberty and the Yavapai County Preparedness team, which are associated with the far-right anti-government group Oath Keepers.Those groups or anyone working with them will be barred from filming or following anyone within 75 feet (23 meters) of a ballot drop box or the entrance to a building that houses one. They also cannot speak to or yell at ...