AP News Summary at 11:49 p.m. EST
Leonard has season-high 36 to send Clippers past Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 36 points against his former team, and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a two-game skid by beating the San Antonio Spurs 131-126. The Clippers had seven players in double figures, including Norman Powell with 26 points and Paul George with 16. Keldon Johnson had 23 points for San Antonio, which has lost nine of 11. Josh Richardson added 17 points, Zach Collins had a season-high 17 and Jeremy Sochan had 16. The Clippers won the second game of their four-game road trip. The Clippers were nearly back to full strength with Leonard and George playing together for just the third time in January.
March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters are celebrating the dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralding the political struggle set loose by the Supreme Court’s decision. Meantime President Joe Biden has pledged to do all in his power to restore that right. The first March for Life since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June came with a new focus. Instead of concentrating their attention on the court, the marchers vowed to push for action from the building directly across the street: the U.S. Capitol.
Defense chiefs fail to resolve dispute on tanks for Ukraine
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — Western defense leaders meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany have failed to resolve divisions over possibly providing battle tanks and other military aid to Ukraine. The tank debate roiling the coalition was not resolved in a long meeting Friday, but Germany’s new defense minister suggested the issue was inching forward. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told the group that this is a crucial moment in the war as Russia regroups and re-equips. The fighting is expected to intensify in the spring.
Elon Musk takes witness stand to defend Tesla buyout tweets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk has taken the witness stand to defend a 2018 tweet claiming he had lined up the financing to take Tesla private in a deal that never came close to happening. That tweet resulted in a $40 million settlement with securities regulators and a class-action lawsuit alleging he misled investors. The impulsive billionaire defended his prolific tweeting as “the most democratic way” to distribute information even while acknowledging constraints of Twitter’s 280-character limit can make it difficult to make everything as clear as possible. Musk spent about a half hour on the stand before the trial adjourned. He is supposed to return to court Monday.
Despite tear gas, Peru protesters vow to keep demonstrating
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Peru’s capital and are being met with volleys of tear gas for the second straight day, as demonstrators made clear they will keep up their mobilizations to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Many of the protesters in Lima had arrived from remote Andean regions, where dozens have died amid unrest that has engulfed large portions of the country since Pedro Castillo, Peru’s first leader from a rural Andean background, was impeached and imprisoned after he tried to dissolve Congress last month.
Arizona executions on hold amid review ordered by governor
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general has put a hold on executions in the state until the completion of a review of death penalty protocols ordered by the new governor due to the state’s history of mismanaging executions. Gov. Katie Hobbs’ order didn’t declare a moratorium on the death penalty, but Attorney General Kris Mayes’ office said she will not seek court orders to execute prisoners while the review is underway. Friday’s announcement of the review came as Mayes withdrew her predecessor’s request for a warrant to execute Aaron Gunches, who initially asked to be put to death but later backed out of that request. Arizona carried out three executions last year after a nearly eight-year hiatus.
The AP Interview: Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan’s top envoy to the U.S. says her self-ruled island’s leaders are scrambling to adapt the hard-won lessons of Ukraine’s conflict for their own deterrence and defense against any attack by China. That includes doing more to ready Taiwan’s military reservists and civilians for the kind of all-of-society fight that Ukrainians are waging against Russia. Bi-khim Hsiao spoke in an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. She said it’s up to new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to decide if he will visit Taiwan, risking a new military show of force by China.
Rare attack in Alaska renews interest in polar bear patrols
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear attack that killed a mother and her 1-year-old son in far western Alaska this week underscores the risks of living alongside the world’s largest land carnivores and has renewed interest in prevention programs known as bear patrols. Several other communities above or near the Arctic Circle rely on patrols where people use vehicles, lights, beanbag shotguns or other nonlethal measures to scare bears out of town. The bear patrol program in the village where Tuesday’s attack occurred had lapsed, though it’s unclear that it could have prevented the mauling even if it had been active. Officials say they are examining how to prevent such fatal encounters in the future.
Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand’s next prime minister
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s education minister is set to become the island nation’s next prime minister after the surprise resignation of Jacinda Ardern. Chris Hipkins was the only candidate to enter the race Saturday. The 44-year-old education minister must still get an endorsement Sunday from his Labour Party colleagues in Parliament, but that is just a formality now. Ardern shocked the nation of 5 million people Thursday when she announced she was resigning after five-and-a-half years in the top role. Hipkins will have just eight months before the next general election. Opinion polls suggest Labour is trailing its main opponent, the conservative National Party.
Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools
LAVEEN VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Native American boarding school survivors of abuse and their descendants shared memories and tears in Arizona on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s yearlong “Road to Healing” initiative. They spoke Friday at a school in the Gila Indian River Community just south of Phoenix before a large audience that included Gov. Katie Hobbs and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego. It is the fourth stop for the nation’s first and only Native American Cabinet secretary following stops in South Dakota, Oklahoma and Michigan. Several testimonies addressed issues in addition to abuse, including losing one’s culture, language and identity.
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