Russia rejects $60-a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

Russia rejects -a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian authorities rejected a price cap on the country’s oil put by Ukraine’s Western supporters and threatened on Saturday to stop supplying the nations that supported it. Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, the United States and the 27-nation European Union agreed on Friday to cap what they would pay for Russian … Read more

Macron hits New Orleans’ French Quarter, meets with Musk

Macron hits New Orleans’ French Quarter, meets with Musk

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Friday in Louisiana, the US state historically most closely aligned with his country, to celebrate their longstanding cultural ties and discuss energy policy and climate change. Macron met with political leaders and strolled through New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, the heart of the city, stopping to … Read more

Democrats are moving to make South Carolina, not Iowa, the first voting state

Democrats are moving to make South Carolina, not Iowa, the first voting state

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats voted Friday to remove Iowa as the top state on the presidential nominating calendar and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024, a dramatic shakeup championed by President Joe Biden to better reflect the party’s deeply diverse electorate. The Democratic National Committee’s rulemaking arm took the step to divest Iowa … Read more

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, to reflect

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, to reflect

HONOLULU (AP) – As Willette Kalaokahaku Akima-Akau looks out at the lava flowing from the Mauna Loa volcano and offering gin, tobacco and coins, she will partake in a tradition passed down from her grandfather and other native Hawaiians as a way to honor both the natural and spiritual worlds. Akima-Akau said she plans to … Read more

The Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

The 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 response to growing concerns about a future conflict with China. The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber for more than 30 years. Almost every aspect of the program is … Read more

Russia rejects withdrawal from Ukraine as a condition for negotiations

Russia rejects withdrawal from Ukraine as a condition for negotiations

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia said Friday that the West is demanding that it withdraw completely from Ukraine as part of any future talks to end the war, effectively ruling out such talks as Russian attacks continued and a Ukrainian official set his country’s combat losses of up to 13,000 soldiers. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov … Read more

Arizona county certifies elections by court order

Arizona county certifies elections by court order

PHOENIX (AP) – A rural Arizona district certified its midterm election results Thursday, following the order of a judge who ruled that Republican supervisors broke the law when they refused to sign off on the vote count before this week’s deadline. Two Republicans on Cochise County’s three-member Board of Supervisors refused for weeks to certify … Read more

AP sources: Biden tells them he wants SC as first voting state

AP sources: Biden tells them he wants SC as first voting state

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Thursday that Democrats should abandon “restrictive” caucuses and prioritize diversity at the start of their presidential primary calendar — dealing a major blow to Iowa’s decades-long status as the state leading the process. In a letter to the rulemaking arm of the Democratic National Committee, Biden did not … Read more

Hawaii outbreak brings tourism boon during slow season

Hawaii outbreak brings tourism boon during slow season

HILO, Hawaii (AP) – The spectacle of glowing lava spew from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa has drawn thousands of visitors and is becoming a tourism boon for this Big Island town near the world’s largest volcano. Some hotels in and around Hilo are about to be fully booked at what is usually a slower time of … Read more

Prosecutors: Donald Trump knew about the director’s tax fraud scheme

Prosecutors: Donald Trump knew about the director’s tax fraud scheme

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” with top Trump Organization executives plotting for years to evade taxes on company-paid fringe benefits, a prosecutor said Thursday, disputing defense claims that the former president was unaware of the plot at the heart of the company’s tax fraud case.. Manhattan prosecutor Joshua … Read more