Stories by Associated Press

President Joe Biden speaks at the 2023 International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference, Monday, March 6, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden Plans New Taxes on the Rich to Help Save Medicare

President Joe Biden wants to increase the Medicare tax rate from 3.8% to 5% on income exceeding $400,000 per year, including salaries and capital gains. The White House did not provide specific cost-saving estimates with the proposal

Two bars of the Toblerone Swiss chocolate are shown, at front is the new style 150 gram bar showing the reduction in triangular pieces, in the background is the older style 360 gram bar, pictured in London, on Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Toblerone Drops Iconic Design Due to Rules on 'Swissness'

Mondelez International of Deerfield, Illinois, which owns the Swiss-born brand, said Monday that it's in the process of adapting the packaging of Toblerone products to conform with strict rules in Switzerland about how products qualify for the coveted “Swissness” moniker.

The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device, Monday, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Twitter Glitches as Links, Images Fail to Load

The company, which has experienced an uptick instability and bugs in recent months after Elon Musk cut its staff sharply, said “Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now. We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences. We’re working on this now and will share an update when it’s fixed.”

Evena Joseph, left, sits with her son J. Ryan Mathurin, 9, as he does his homework, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at their home, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Many Kids Are Struggling in school. Do Their Parents Know?

It’s widely known from test scores that the pandemic set back students across the country. But many parents don’t realize that includes their own child.

A Chicago Transit Authority electric bus charges at Navy Pier Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, in Chicago. No. 66 is the first of many routes that will be converted to battery power as the CTA moves to all-electric by 2040. (AP Photo / Erin Hooley)

In Chicago, Adapting Electric Buses to Winter’s Challenges

The CTA started experimenting with electric buses in 2014 and plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2040. But as the temperature drops, lithium-ion batteries that run the buses aren't as efficient and lose range.

Brass markers, marking the state line between Bristol, Tenn. and Bristol, Va., line State Street in Bristol, Va., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (AP Photo / Earl Neikirk)

Abortion Clinics Crossing State Borders Not Always Welcome

As clinics have been forced to shutter in Republican-dominant states with strict abortion bans, some have relocated to cities and towns just over the border, in states with more liberal laws. The goal is to help women avoid traveling long distances. Yet that effort does not always go smoothly. 

A memorial to the victims of the July 4, 2022, shooting in Highland Park. (WTTW News)

Warrant: Bomb Materials Found at Home of Alleged Highland Park Parade Gunman

According to an affidavit, the alleged gunman charged in last year’s Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park told FBI agents he mulled the possibility of deploying explosives in the attack.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Can Be Sued for Jan 6 Actions, Justice Department Says

The department wrote that although a president enjoys broad legal latitude to communicate to the public on matters of concern, “no part of a President’s official responsibilities includes the incitement of imminent private violence.”

In this image taken from video provided by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the bow of the Ironton is seen in Lake Huron off Michigan’s east coast in a June 2021 photo. Searchers have found the long-lost Great Lakes ship that came to a tragic end. (Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary via AP)

Long-Lost 19th Century Ship Found in Lake Huron, Confirming Tragic Story

The 191-foot cargo vessel collided with a grain hauler on a blustery night in September 1894, sinking both. The Ironton’s captain and six sailors clambered into a lifeboat but it was dragged to the bottom before they could detach it from the ship. Only two crewmen survived.

FILE - The Ram 1500 Revolution electric battery powered pickup truck is displayed during the Stellantis keynote at the CES tech show Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

Stellantis Idles Illinois Plant, Takes Step Toward Closure

The factory, which employs about 1,350 workers, officially was placed on “idle” Tuesday; that term means the company intends to shut down the plant. Belvidere’s future is likely to be an issue in national contract talks coming up with the United Auto Workers union, one that could bring a strike.

FILE - Julie Su, of Calif., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her to be Deputy Secretary of Labor, on Capitol Hill, March 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon, File)

Biden to Nominate Julie Su as Next US Labor Secretary

If confirmed, Julie Su would be the first Asian American in the Biden administration to serve in the Cabinet at the secretary level. The civil rights attorney and former head of California's labor department was central to negotiations between labor and freight rail companies late last year.

New graduates walk into the High Point Solutions Stadium before the start of the Rutgers University graduation ceremony in Piscataway Township, N.J., on May 13, 2018.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Supreme Court Student Loan Case: The Arguments Explained

The Supreme Court is about to hear arguments over President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan, which impacts millions of borrowers who could see their loans wiped away or reduced.

FILE - OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., Feb. 19, 2013. (AP Photo / Toby Talbot, File)

Feds Seek to Limit Telehealth Prescriptions for Some Drugs

The proposal could overhaul the way millions of Americans get some prescriptions after three years of relying on telehealth for doctor’s appointments by computer or phone during the pandemic.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Chicago, Nov. 9, 2022. (Anthony Vazquez / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Pritzker Plan to Target Kids’ Mental Health Crisis Through Streamlining, Agency Coordination

A report examining the capacity and condition of Illinois’ response to behavioral health in young people has been in the works for nearly a year. It sketches avenues to help families understand mental illness, then make it easier for them to get required care without wrangling among disparate state agencies.

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Illinois Labor Officials Investigating Local Drugmaker Akorn’s Abrupt Closure

State labor officials are investigating an Illinois-based pharmaceutical company’s decision to abruptly close all of its operations, including its out-of-state locations in New Jersey, New York and Switzerland, and to lay off hundreds of workers with almost no warning.

A flu vaccine is readied at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans’ Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill, File)

Flu Vaccine Worked Well in Season That Faded Fast, CDC Says

The vaccines were more than 40% effective in preventing adults from getting sick enough from the flu that they had to go to a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital, health officials said during a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccines meeting Wednesday. 

A group prays at the site of a memorial for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on May 21, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo / Joshua Bessex, File)

US Mass Killings Linked to Extremism Spiked Over Last Decade, Report Says

The report, provided to The Associated Press ahead of its public release Thursday, also found that all extremist killings identified in 2022 were linked to right-wing extremism, with an especially high number linked to white supremacy. 

In this image from video, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Jan. 21, 2023, in Dakar, Senegal. (AP Photo / Yesica Fisch, File)

New Estimate Says US Could Face Debt Default by Early June

The Bipartisan Policy Center, which forecasts the approximate “X-date” when the government will no longer be able to meet its financial obligations on time, said the U.S. will reach its statutory debt limit as soon as the summer or early fall of 2023.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan speaks during a news conference in East Palestine, Ohio, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. Regan announced the agency will hold Norfolk Southern accountable for the costs of the cleanup of the Feb. 3 freight train derailment. (AP Photo / Matt Freed)

EPA Takes Charge of Cleanup in Toxic Ohio Train Derailment, Orders Company to Pay

The Environmental Protection Agency told Norfolk Southern to take all available measures to clean up contaminated air and water, and also said the company would be required to reimburse the federal government. 

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 19, 2022. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former Illinois US Rep. Adam Kinzinger to Release Book on GOP Falling Out After Capitol Attack

“Ever since my final falling-out with the GOP, on the day of the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump’s followers, I have wanted to tell the inside story of how my party and also my faith have been hijacked by extremists who represent a real danger to our democracy,” Kinzinger said in a statement.

Johnae Strong wakes her 10-year-old son Akeim Smith as they ready for school and work Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Erin Hooley)

Illinois Poised to Mandate Paid Leave for Nearly All Workers, Only 2 Other States Have Similar Law

The legislation would take effect on Jan. 1, 2024. Employees will accrue one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked up to 40 hours total, although the employer may offer more. Employees can start using the time once they have worked for 90 days.

Northwestern players celebrate after guard Ty Berry scored a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Houston Back at No. 1 as Northwestern Makes AP Top 25 Debut

Northwestern and Texas A&M barged into the AP Top 25 men's basketball rankings after each had a pair of impressive wins last week.

President Joe Biden walks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral on a surprise visit, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, in Kyiv. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Biden Declares 'Kyiv Stands' in Surprise Visit to Ukraine

Joe Biden spent more than five hours in the Ukrainian capital, consulting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on next steps, honoring the country’s fallen soldiers and seeing U.S. embassy staff in the besieged country.

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., walks to a motorcade vehicle after stepping off Air Force One behind President Joe Biden, Feb. 3, 2023, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Sen. John Fetterman Draws Praise for Getting Help for Depression

On Thursday, the office of Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman, a Democrat who was elected to the Senate after a bruising campaign during which he suffered a stroke, announced he had checked himself into the hospital for clinical depression. 

President Joe Biden speaks about the economy to union members at the IBEW Local Union 26, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Lanham, Md. (AP Photo / Jess Rapfogel)

Biden Wants ‘Sharper Rules’ on Unknown Aerial Objects

The president’s 2 p.m. White House remarks come after he directed National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to lead an “interagency team” to review U.S. procedures after the U.S. shot down the China balloon, as well as three other objects the U.S. now believes are most likely “benign” objects.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger works out during a spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Matt York)

Clevinger Reports to Spring Training as MLB Probes Domestic Violence Charges Against White Sox Pitcher

Mike Clevinger has reported to the Chicago White Sox for spring training, joining his new team amid an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball into allegations of domestic violence.