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Suspected Islamic extremists kill 69 people in western Niger

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists ambushed a self-defense brigade in western Niger, killing 69 people in the latest attack in the volatile border region near Mali, the Interior Ministry said.
Witnesses: Threat, lunge for gun from 1st Rittenhouse victim

Witnesses: Threat, lunge for gun from 1st Rittenhouse victim

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The first man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse on the streets of Kenosha was “hyperaggressive” that night, threatened to kill Rittenhouse and later lunged for his rifle just before the 17-year-old fired, witnesses testified Thursday.
Biden administration sues Texas over new voting restrictions

Biden administration sues Texas over new voting restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sued Texas over new election laws that outlasted a summer of dramatic protests by Democrats, who remain unable in Congress to pass legislation they say is needed to counteract a year of Republ

4 Oklahoma inmates appeal ruling permitting their executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for the next four Oklahoma inmates scheduled to be executed filed an appeal on Thursday of a federal judge's ruling allowing the executions to proceed.
Analyst who aided Trump-Russia dossier charged with lying

Analyst who aided Trump-Russia dossier charged with lying

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian analyst who contributed to a dossier of Democratic-funded research into ties between Russia and Donald Trump was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to the FBI about his sources of information, among them an associate of

First person of color confirmed as next Census Bureau leader

Robert Santos was confirmed Thursday as the next U.S. Census Bureau director, becoming the first person of color to lead the nation’s largest statistical agency on a permanent basis.
Spending $153, Edward Durr ousts NJ Senate leader Sweeney

Spending $153, Edward Durr ousts NJ Senate leader Sweeney

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s longtime state Senate president, Democrat Steve Sweeney, lost reelection, falling to a Republican newcomer who spent less than $200 on the race and leaving his party reeling.
Ethiopia compares Tigray forces to 'rat' as war marks 1 year

Ethiopia compares Tigray forces to 'rat' as war marks 1 year

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's government marked a year of war by lashing out Thursday in response to international alarm about hate speech, comparing the rival Tigray forces to “a rat that strays far from its hole” and saying the country is close
Jury selection starts for Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend

Jury selection starts for Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend

NEW YORK (AP) — The weekslong process of selecting a jury for the federal sex trafficking trial of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, a British socialite, began Thursday with a video introduction from the judge in which she called jury trials
Tennis star accuses China ex-vice premier of sexual assault

Tennis star accuses China ex-vice premier of sexual assault

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have squelched virtually all online discussion of sexual assault accusations apparently made by a Chinese professional tennis star against a former top government official, showing how sensitive the ruling Communist