Visa, Mastercard, AmEx will start categorizing gun store sales

NEW YORK — Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday it plans to start separately categorizing gun store sales, a big win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspected increases in gun sales that could be the prelude to a mass shooting. But the decision by Visa, the world’s largest payment … Read more

Russia announces troop withdrawal from Ukraine’s Kharkiv area

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry announced Saturday that it was withdrawing troops from two areas in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region, where a Ukrainian counteroffensive made significant gains last week. The news came after days of apparent Ukrainian advances south of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, in what could become the biggest battlefield … Read more

Manchin’s big energy deal draws pushback from many Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats desperately needed the vote of Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to get its distinctive legislative priority last. So they did what Washington does best: They made a deal. To help win their support for a bill hailed by advocacy groups as the largest investment ever in curbing climate change, Manchin … Read more

Ukraine recovers some territory; nuclear plant in danger

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces scored another success Friday in their counteroffensive against Russian forces in the country’s east, seizing control of a sizeable village and moving toward a major transportation junction. The top US diplomat and NATO chief noted progress but warned the war is likely to drag on for months. Ukrainian President … Read more

Computer experts urge Georgia to replace voting machines

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of computer and election security experts is urging Georgia election officials to replace the state’s touchscreen voting machines with hand-marked paper ballots before the November midterm elections, citing the what they say are “serious threats” posed by a apparent breakdown of voting equipment in a county. The 13 experts sent … Read more

Britain mourns Queen Elizabeth as King Charles takes the throne

LONDON (AP) — Bells tolled across Britain on Friday as mourners flocked to the palace gates to honor Queen Elizabeth II when the country entered a new era under a new king. Throughout the world, his exceptional reign was commemorated, celebrated and debated. King Carlos III, who passed much of his 73 years preparing for … Read more

North Korea says it will never give up nuclear weapons to counter the US.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has stressed his country will never give up the nuclear weapons it needs to counter the United States, which he accused of pushing to weaken the North’s defenses and eventually collapse its government. state media said. Friday. Kim made the comments during a speech … Read more

Blinken in Kyiv reveals $2 billion in US military aid to Europe

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv Thursday as the Biden administration announced major new military aid worth more than $2.8 billion to Ukraine. and other European countries. countries threatened by Russia. In meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Blinken said the Biden … Read more

FDA panel backs hotly debated ALS drug in rare second review

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of federal health advisers voted Wednesday to recommend approval of an experimental drug to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease, a notable change for the hotly debated drug which was previously rejected by the same group earlier this year. Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 7-2 that the data from Amylyx Pharma … Read more

The Obamas return to the White House and present official portraits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, returned to the White House Wednesday to officially introduce portraits with a modern twist in an event that put humor and nostalgia about his presidency in the face of the current harsh political discourse on the survival of democracy. As her husband made a … Read more