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Biden Starts Asia Trip With Global Issues and Tech on Agenda | Political News
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Biden Starts Asia Trip With Global Issues and Tech on Agenda | Political News

By AAMER MADHANI and JOSH BOAK, Associated PressPYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden is opening his trip to Asia with a focus on the computer chip shortage that has bedeviled the world economy, touring a Samsung computer chip plant that will serve as model for a $17 billion semiconductor factory that the Korean electronics company plans to open in Texas.The visit Friday is a nod to one of Biden's key domestic priorities of increasing the supply of computer chips. A semiconductor shortage last year hurt the availability of autos, kitchen appliances and other goods, causing higher inflation worldwide and crippling Biden's public approval among U.S. voters.Biden will grapple with a multitude of foreign policy issues during a five-day visit to South Korea and Japan, but he also c...
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Political News
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Political News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, saying she will isolate and work remotely this week.“Thankfully, I'm vaccinated and boosted, and I'm asymptomatic,” Hochul, 63, tweeted. “A reminder to all New Yorkers: get vaccinated and boosted, get tested, and stay home if you don’t feel well.”A day earlier, the Democratic governor had tweeted a photo from the Olana State Historic Site outside Hudson, New York, which she visited to thank park volunteers.Hochul is at least the 18th U.S. governor to test positive for COVID-19, according to an Associated Press tally. Several U.S. governors have tested positive in recent months, with Connecticut's Ned Lamont and Maine's Janet Mills testing positive in April. New York City Mayor Eric Adams tested positive on A...
Dozens Feared Dead as Russian Shell Hits Ukrainian School | Political News
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Dozens Feared Dead as Russian Shell Hits Ukrainian School | Political News

By ELENA BECATOROS and JON GAMBRELL, Associated PressZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Ukrainians were feared dead Sunday after a Russian bomb destroyed a school sheltering about 90 people in the basement as Moscow's invading forces kept up their barrage of cities, towns and villages in eastern and southern Ukraine.The governor of Luhansk province, one of two areas that make up the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas, said the school in the village of Bilohorivka caught fire after Saturday's bombing. Emergency crews found two bodies and rescued 30 people, he said.“Most likely, all 60 people who remain under the rubble are now dead,” Gov. Serhiy Haidai wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Russian shelling also killed two boys, ages 11 and 14, in the nearby town of Pryvilli...
Trump Lawyers Detail Document Hunt in Contempt Ruling Fight | Political News
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Trump Lawyers Detail Document Hunt in Contempt Ruling Fight | Political News

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's legal team wants to void a contempt ruling and $10,000-per-day fine against the former president over a subpoena for documents related to a New York civil investigation into his business dealings, saying they’ve conducted a detailed search for the relevant files.A new, 66-page court filing dated Friday describes Trump's lawyers' efforts to produce documents sought by New York Attorney General Letitia James's office, which is probing whether Trump may have misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses on financial statements for over a decade.Trump has called the investigation a political witch hunt and recently called James, who is Black, “racist" and said the courts were “biased, unyielding, and totally unfair."Last week, a New York appella...
Wisconsin GOP Eyeing Shift in Control of Election Oversight | Political News
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Wisconsin GOP Eyeing Shift in Control of Election Oversight | Political News

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated PressMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Doug La Follette is adjusting to a new status in Wisconsin politics: relevance.The 81-year-old secretary of state has been a forgotten man for four decades, stuffed into a basement office and stripped of most of his duties long ago. That is changing, however, as Republicans explore a push to shift election oversight, including certification of results, from a bipartisan election commission to La Follette’s office.The effort is less a sign of confidence in La Follette than a move by Republicans to shift power to an office they might someday control. While Republicans say the change would make Wisconsin's chief elections officer directly accountable to voters, it is also raising concerns that it would allow the party to rally behind cand...
US Added 428,000 Jobs in April Despite Surging Inflation | Political News
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US Added 428,000 Jobs in April Despite Surging Inflation | Political News

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of solid hiring that has defied punishing inflation, chronic supply shortages, the Russian war against Ukraine and much higher borrowing costs.Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed that last month’s hiring kept the unemployment rate at 3.6%, just above the lowest level in a half-century.The economy’s hiring gains have been strikingly consistent in the face of the worst inflation in four decades. Employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 12 straight months.At the same time, the April job growth, along with steady wage gains, will help fuel consumer spending and likely keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise borrowing rates sharply to fight inflati...