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Woman says Maxwell abused her at age 14

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers testified Tuesday that she was just 14 years old when the British socialite had her undress, fondled her and told her she had a "great body" that financier Jeffrey Epstein would enjoy. The woman, who was identified only by her first name, ...

Cruise ship with COVID-19 infections has new passengers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cruise ship that carried at least 17 passengers and crew members with breakthrough COVID-19 infections when it docked in New Orleans has set sail again with new passengers. Nine crew members and eight passengers were infected when the Norwegian Breakaway arrived on ...

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes faces cross-examination

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes spent another five hours on the witness stand Tuesday sparring with a federal prosecutor aiming to prove criminal allegations that she misled investors, customers, and patients about a flawed blood-testing technology that she spent ...

Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II. The USS Chung-Hoon, a guided missile destroyer, passed in ...

Youngkin inaugural plans include pricey dinner, musical act

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is planning a celebratory inaugural weekend that will include a mix of high-dollar ticketed events and other functions open to the public, according to a program that also touts an appearance by an unspecified Grammy-winning musical ...

Jan. 6 panel threatens contempt vote after Meadows withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection are threatening to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after his lawyer said Tuesday that his client will cease cooperating with the panel. In an abrupt ...

Biden’s Supreme Court commission releases final report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commission tasked by President Joe Biden with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released its final draft report, a cautious take on proposals for expanding the court and setting possible term limits. The 36-member bipartisan commission was not charged ...

Former Trump ambassador to run against Alabama governor

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama businesswoman who served as former President Donald Trump's ambassador to Slovenia on Tuesday became the third Republican candidate to announce a run against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in the gubernatorial primary next year. Formally declaring her intention to ...

A would-be justice makes his Supreme Court debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland finally made his Supreme Court debut on Tuesday. Not in a justice's black robe, but wearing the striped pants and jacket with tails reserved for government lawyers appearing before the court. The onetime high court nominee was there to take part in a ...

Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors, the latest in a string of victories for Republican-led states pushing back against Biden's pandemic policies. U.S. District Court Judge R. ...

Congressional leaders reach deal to hike debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached an elaborate deal Tuesday that will allow Democrats to lift the nation's debt limit without any votes from Republicans, likely averting another last-minute rush to avoid a federal default. The House is expected to pass legislation late Tuesday ...

Senate rejects bipartisan bid to stop $650M Saudi arms sale

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday rejected a bid from a bipartisan group of lawmakers to stop President Joe Biden's administration from selling more than $650 million worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, allowing the deal to proceed despite the gulf nation's dismal record on human ...

Biden, Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face for over two hours, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin squared off in a secure video call Tuesday as the U.S. president put Moscow on notice that an invasion of Ukraine would bring sanctions and enormous harm to the Russian economy. With tens of ...

Bidens honor Pearl Harbor’s fallen in visit to WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Tuesday marked the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with a somber visit to the World War II Memorial in the nation's capital. The Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor and other locations in Hawaii ...

Study can’t confirm lab results for many cancer experiments

Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat early but influential lab experiments in cancer research. They recreated 50 experiments, the type of preliminary research with mice and test tubes that sets the stage for new cancer drugs. The results reported ...

If Roe falls, some fear ripple effect on civil rights cases

If the Supreme Court decides to overturn or gut the decision that legalized abortion, some fear that it could undermine other precedent-setting cases, including civil rights and LGBTQ protections. Overturning Roe v. Wade would have a bigger effect than most cases because it was reaffirmed by a ...

Unprecedented feeding plan mulled for dying Florida manatees

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Normally giving food to wild animals is considered off limits, but the dire situation in Florida with more than 1,000 manatees dying from starvation due to manmade pollution is leading officials to consider an unprecedented feeding plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Michigan attorney general will review Oxford school shooting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday her office will review events that occurred before the mass shooting that left four students dead at Oxford High School, despite the district's rejection of her offer to be its third-party investigator. "What we can't do is ...

Airbnb’s nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017. Even though Mousa Alkhafaji had finally received a Special Immigrant Visa for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, his family's original flight had been canceled when the Trump ...

US trade deficit narrows in October as exports rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $67.1 billion in October, the lowest in six months, after hitting a record high in September. A big rebound in exports helped to offset a much smaller rise in imports. The October deficit was 17.6% below the all-time peak in September of ...