US, South Korea Open Biggest Drills in Years Amid North Threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea began their biggest combined military training in years Monday as they step up their defense posture against a growing nuclear threat from North Korea. The drills could provoke an angry response from North Korea, which has ramped up its weapons-testing activity at a record … Read more

Kansas count confirms results in favor of abortion rights

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A decisive decision state vote A pro-choice vote in traditionally conservative Kansas was upheld by a partial manual recount, with fewer than 100 votes shifting after the final county reported results on Sunday. Nine of the state’s 105 counties recounted their votes at the request of Melissa Leavitt, who has pushed … Read more

Car explosion kills daughter of Russian known as ‘Putin’s brain’

MOSCOW (AP) — The daughter of an influential Russian political theorist often referred to as “Putin’s brain” was killed in a car bomb attack outside Moscow, authorities said Sunday. The Moscow branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee said preliminary information indicated that 29-year-old TV commentator Daria Dugina was killed on Saturday night by an explosive planted … Read more

Car explosion kills daughter of Russian known as ‘Putin’s brain’

MOSCOW — The daughter of an influential Russian political theorist often referred to as “Putin’s brain” was killed in a car bomb outside Moscow, authorities said on Sunday. The Moscow branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said preliminary information indicated that a bomb planted in the van driven by 29-year-old Daria Dugina exploded on Saturday … Read more

Pro-Trump victories in blue states threaten GOP hopes in November

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans have been successful in Democratic strongholds like Maryland and Massachusetts when they fielded moderate candidates who could appeal to voters of both parties. With Democrats facing headwinds this year, Republicans hoped the strategy could pay off once again. But Republican voters have nominated loyalists to former President Donald Trump in … Read more

UN: US buys large grain shipment from Ukraine for hungry regions

BULLA HAGAR, Kenya (AP) — The United States is stepping up buying some 150,000 metric tons of grain from Ukraine in the coming weeks for an upcoming shipment of food aid from ports no longer blockaded by war, the head of the World Food Program told The Associated Press. The final destinations of the grain … Read more

Finland asks: Can a prime minister party like a rock star?

HELSINKI (AP) — In a leaked video, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is seen dancing and singing with friends at a private party. The 36-year-old leader poses for the camera. He sits on his knees, hands behind his head. She is entangled in a group hug. She is having a good time. Countless similar videos … Read more

Judge won’t let Graham delay testimony in election inquiry

ATLANTA (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham cannot postpone his appearance before a special grand jury investigating if then-president Donald Trump and others attempted to illegally influence the 2020 elections in Georgia, a federal judge said Friday. Earlier this week, US District Judge Leigh Martin May ordered Graham to serve his subpoena for special grand jury. … Read more

US announces new military aid and drones for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said for the first time Friday that it will provide Ukraine with Scan Eagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, anti-armor shells and howitzer weapons to help Ukrainian forces retake territory and mount a counteroffensive against the Russian invaders. A senior defense official told reporters a new $775 million aid package … Read more

Judge: Prosecutors can’t enforce Michigan’s abortion ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge on Friday blocked county prosecutors from enforcing the state’s 1931 abortion ban for the foreseeable future after two days of testimony from abortion experts, providers and the state medical director. The ruling comes after the state Court of Appeals said earlier this month that county prosecutors were not … Read more