The National Enquirer's former publisher is expected to return to the stand in Donald Trump's historic hush money trial as testimony continues in the first-ever criminal trial against a former U.S. president. David Pecker was the first and only witness Monday following opening statements. Prosecutors say Pecker worked with Trump and Trump性视界传媒檚 then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, on a 性视界传媒渃atch-and-kill性视界传媒 strategy to buy up and then spike negative stories during the 2016 campaign. Testimony resumes Tuesday. It's the first of Trump's four indictments to go to trial and the first criminal trial against a former U.S. president. He has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts.

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Wall Street pointed modestly higher early Tuesday as markets prepare to digest another heavy slate of corporate earnings. Futures for the Dow were 0.1% higher before the opening bell, while S&P 500 futures rose 0.2%. General Motors rose 4.2% after the automaker reported that its first-quarter net income rose more than 25% on strong deliveries of pickup trucks and other higher-profit vehicles. JetBlue shares tumbled more than 10% after the airline posted another decline in sales and lowered its revenue outlook for the year. About a third of the companies in the S&P 500 are scheduled to report earnings this week.

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Columbia University canceled in-person classes and police arrested dozens of students at New York University and Yale as tensions over Israel's war with Hamas continue to grow on U.S. college campuses. The moves at the Ivy League schools came hours before Monday evening's start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. A New Haven, Connecticut, police spokesperson said about 45 protesters were arrested at Yale on Monday morning and charged with misdemeanor trespassing. All were being released on promises to appear in court later. Following arrests last week at Columbia, pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up encampments on other campuses around the country, including at the University of Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina.

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Satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press appear to show a new compound of tents being built near Khan Younis in southern the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continues to signal it plans an offensive on the city of Rafah. Khan Younis has been targeted by repeated Israeli military operations over recent weeks. Israel says it plans to evacuate civilians from Rafah during an anticipated offensive on the southern city, where hundreds of thousands of people have taken refuge during the war, now in its seventh month. On Monday, a failed rocket strike was launched at a base housing U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria.

Columbia University性视界传媒檚 main campus will switch to hybrid learning for the rest of the semester amid protests over Israel性视界传媒檚 war with Hamas that have roiled colleges across the U.S. University officials announced the move late Monday after more than 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators who had camped out on Columbia性视界传媒檚 New York City campus were arrested last week. Students have protested against Israel性视界传媒檚 war in Gaza at many campuses. That includes New York University a few miles south of Columbia. An encampment there swelled to hundreds of protesters, and police began to make arrests Monday night. A police spokesperson said he did not know how many NYU protesters had been arrested.

Associated Press photographers were there for San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Vazquez working in the shadows and the lighting of a cauldron with the Olympic flame at the ancient Parthenon temple in Athens. Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya raised her arms in triumph while crossing the finish line at the London Marathon. Nelly Korda took the traditional jump into the lake after winning a record-tying fifth straight LPGA tournament at the Chevron Championship in The Woodlands, Texas.

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A longtime tabloid publisher is expected to tell jurors about his efforts to help Donald Trump stifle unflattering stories during the 2016 campaign as testimony resumes in the ex-president's New York hush money trial. Prosecutors say former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker worked with Trump and Trump性视界传媒檚 lawyer Michael Cohen on a strategy called 性视界传媒渃atch and kill性视界传媒 to buy and then spike negative stories. Pecker testified briefly Monday and will be back on the stand Tuesday. Prosecutors are expected to tell a judge Trump should be held in contempt over social media posts they say violated a gag order. The Republican ex-president faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records but denies wrongdoing.

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A South Korean man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for killing 76 cats in one of the country's the most gruesome cases of animal cruelty in recent years. The Changwon District Court in southeastern South Korea said that the man, who is in his 20s, was convicted of violating South Korea性视界传媒檚 animal protection law last week. It says the man went on a cat-killing spree due to a deep hatred of the animal that he began harboring after other cats scratched his car. The court says the man had caught stray cats and adopted others from online sites to kill them between December 2022 and September 2023.

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Faced with falling global sales and a tumbling stock price, Tesla has slashed prices again on some of its electric vehicles and its 性视界传媒淔ull Self Driving性视界传媒 system. It's an apparent effort to boost the company's earnings growth. But Wall Street was unimpressed and will be looking for other answers from CEO Elon Musk when Tesla releases first-quarter earnings Tuesday. For Musk, the answer appears to be the long-elusive robotaxi, which he has been touting as a growth catalyst for Tesla. Now, Musk appears to be betting that the unveiling of a new robotaxi on Aug. 8 will be the catalyst that his company needs to return to huge annual sales growth.

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French police have evicted migrants from a makeshift camp in Paris a few steps away from the Seine River. It's the latest operation in what aid groups call a campaign of 性视界传媒渟ocial cleansing性视界传媒 ahead of the Summer Olympics. Around 30 teenage boys and young men from West Africa were awakened by police officers and urged to pack their tents and belongings. The operation came days after police carried out a large-scale eviction at France性视界传媒檚 biggest squatter camp. Such evictions happen every spring. But aid groups say these efforts are intensifying ahead of the Olympics. Paris police say the operation was carried out for security reasons.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says a Russian missile strike that smashed a television tower in Kharkiv was part of the Kremlin性视界传媒檚 ongoing effort to intimidate Ukraine性视界传媒檚 second-largest city. Kharkiv has come under increasingly frequent attack. Zelenskyy said the strike sought to 性视界传媒渕ake the terror visible to the whole city and to try to limit Kharkiv性视界传媒檚 connection and access to information.性视界传媒 The northeastern Kharkiv region straddles the about 600-mile front line where Ukrainian and Russian forces have been locked in battle for more than two years since Moscow性视界传媒檚 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The front line has changed little amid a war of attrition, focused mostly on artillery, drones and trenches.

Five people migrants were found dead Tuesday while trying to cross the dangerous English Channel from northern France, according to reports in French media.The Voix du Nord newspaper said the bodies were discovered at the Wimereaux beach in northern France on Tuesday.This came only hours after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak性视界传媒檚 latest effort to send some migrants on a one-way ticket to Rwanda finally won approval from Parliament. Human rights groups have described the legislation as inhumane and cruel.

A legendary rugby player has cited the fear and anxiety that has invaded his life among the reasons for urging the Australian government to fund support services and education about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Wally Lewis was known as 性视界传媒淭he King性视界传媒 when he played rugby league for Queensland state and Australia in the 1980s. He made an appeal on behalf of the Concussion and CTE Coalition for millions of dollars in funding during a National Press Club address Tuesday. The 64-year-old Lewis said he性视界传媒檚 living with probable CTE, which he described as a type of dementia associated with repeated concussive and sub-concussive blows to the head. Lewis says 性视界传媒淭he fear is real."

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India性视界传媒檚 main opposition party is accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hate speech after he called Muslims 性视界传媒渋nfiltrators性视界传媒 and used some of his most incendiary rhetoric to date about the minority faith. The remarks sparked fierce criticism for peddling anti-Muslim tropes, and for breaking election rules which bar candidates from engaging in any activity that aggravates religious tensions. Critics of Modi 性视界传媒 an avowed Hindu nationalist 性视界传媒 say India性视界传媒檚 tradition of diversity and secularism has come under attack since his party won power in 2014 and returned for a second term in 2019.

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The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in May in Malm枚, Sweden. It will see acts from 37 countries vie for the continent性视界传媒檚 pop crown. Founded in 1956, Eurovision is a feelgood extravaganza that strives to banish international strife and division. It性视界传媒檚 known for songs that range from anthemic to extremely silly, often with elaborate costumes and spectacular staging. This year's favorites include nonbinary Swiss singer Nemo性视界传媒檚 song 性视界传媒淭he Code性视界传媒 and Croatian singer-songwriter Baby Lasagna性视界传媒檚 electro number 性视界传媒淩im Tim Tagi Dim.性视界传媒 Israel is also competing, but the contest has faced calls to expel it over its conduct of the war in Gaza. Pro-Palestinian groups say they will protest in Malm枚 and security will be tight for the final on May 11.

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Thousands of negotiators and observers representing most of the world性视界传媒檚 nations are gathering in the Canadian city of Ottawa this week to craft a treaty to end the rapidly escalating problem of plastic pollution. Each day, the equivalent of 2,000 garbage trucks full of plastic are dumped into the world性视界传媒檚 oceans, rivers and lakes. People are increasingly breathing, eating and drinking tiny particles of plastic. Some at the talks thinks there should be less plastic produced. Oil and gas companies and some countries rich in these resources disagree. Most plastic is made from fossil fuels. Inger Andersen, at the UN, says it性视界传媒檚 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix something everyone knows must be fixed.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a case filed by Starbucks against the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from Starbucks' firing of seven workers who were trying to unionize their store in Memphis, Tennessee. The labor board asked a court to intervene and a federal judge ordered Starbucks to rehire the workers. Starbucks wants the Supreme Court to curb the board's power in such cases. Workers at 420 company-owned U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize since late 2021, but none of those stores have secured a labor agreement with Starbucks. Company and union representatives plan to meet Tuesday for their first bargaining session in nearly a year.

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Tech billionaire Elon Musk has accused Australia of censorship after an Australian judge ruled that his social media platform X must block users worldwide from accessing video of a bishop being stabbed in a Sydney church. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese responded Tuesday by describing Musk as an 性视界传媒渁rrogant billionaire.性视界传媒澛燲 announced it would fight in court Australian orders to take down posts relating to a knife attack on a bishop as a service was being streamed online on April 15. The material was geoblocked from Australia but remained available elsewhere. But the regulator that made the orders successfully applied Monday to the Federal Court for a temporary global ban on sharing the video.

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The high costs and limited availability of quality child care are holding back American moms without college degrees. Women性视界传媒檚 participation in the workforce has recovered from the pandemic, reaching historic highs in December. But that masks a lingering employment crisis among moms who lack a college degree. For these moms, a day without work is often a day without pay. And when they face an interruption in child care arrangements, an adult in the family is far more likely to adjust by giving up work, according to an analysis of U.S. Census survey data by The Associated Press.

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U.S. colleges and universities are preparing for end-of-year commencement ceremonies with a unique challenge: providing safety for graduates while honoring the free speech rights of students involved in protests over the Israel-Hamas war. Since the conflict began, colleges and universities have struggled to maintain a balance between security and civil liberties amid intense student debate and protests. Many schools that tolerated protests and other disruptions for months are now doling out more heavy-handed discipline. That, in turn, has sparked criticism from some students and civil liberties advocates, who contend the crackdowns threaten free speech.

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The social media company founded by former President Donald Trump applied for a business visa program that he sought to restrict. Many of his allies want him to curtail the H1-B program in a potential second term. Records show Trump Media & Technology Group, the company behind Truth Social, filed an application in June 2022 for an H-1B visa for a worker at a $65,000 annual salary, the lowest wage category allowed under the program. The company says it did not hire the worker and says previous management made the application.

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Life-saving medication and equipment is dwindling or altogether absent at hospitals and clinics across Haiti's capital as brutal gangs tighten their grip on Port-au-Prince and beyond. They have blocked roads, forced the closure of the main international airport in early March and paralyzed operations at the country性视界传媒檚 largest seaport, where containers filled with key supplies remain stuck. Dr. Rachel Lavigne of Doctors Without Borders says that 性视界传媒渆verything is crashing.性视界传媒 Haiti性视界传媒檚 health system has long been fragile, but it性视界传媒檚 now nearing total collapse after gangs launched coordinated attacks on Feb. 29, targeting critical state infrastructure in the capital and beyond.

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The final letter that George Mallory wrote to his wife before he vanished on Mount Everest a century ago has been digitalized. The letter was published on Monday by Cambridge University. In it, he tried to ease her worries, though he said his chances of reaching the world性视界传媒檚 highest peak were 性视界传媒50 to 1 against us.性视界传媒 He also expressed a mix of optimism while describing his exhaustion and the difficulties his expedition encountered on their quest to be the first party to conquer the peak. It remains a mystery whether Mallory and climbing partner Andrew Irvine reached the summit before they perished in 1924.

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A $12 billion high-speed passenger train line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area has started construction. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined Brightline West company officials on Monday to hammer commemorative yellow rail spikes at the site of terminal due to open in 2028 just south of the Las Vegas Strip. The company plans to build track in the median of Interstate 15 to a Rancho Cucamonga, California, commuter rail hub connection to Los Angeles. Trains would whisk past at speeds comparable to Japan's bullet trains. A Brightline sister company operates a train about two-thirds that fast between Miami and Orlando.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised salvo launches of the country性视界传媒檚 性视界传媒渟uper-large性视界传媒 multiple rocket launchers that simulated a nuclear counterattack against enemy targets, state media said Tuesday, adding to testing activities and threats that have raised tensions in the region. The report by North Korea性视界传媒檚 official Korean Central News Agency came a day after the South Korean and Japanese militaries detected the North firing what they suspected as multiple short-range ballistic missiles from a region near its capital, Pyongyang, toward its eastern seas.

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Vietnam aims to transform its rice sector, making it more resilient to climate change while also reducing its emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide. Rice is to blame for around 8% of global methane emissions. The government aims to plant 性视界传媒渓ow emission性视界传媒 rice in a million hectares of land, encouraging farmers to use new irrigation systems where rice fields are not kept submerged but are allowed to dry out from time to time. New seeds are more tolerant of climate extremes. Vietnam is the world's No. 3 rice exporter. It must adapt since it is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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An Arizona judge has declared a mistrial in the case of rancher accused of fatally shooting a Mexican man on his property near the U.S.-Mexico border. Jurors could not reach consensus on last year性视界传媒檚 fatal shooting. George Alan Kelly was charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 30, 2023, shooting of Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, who lived just south of the border in Nogales, Mexico. Cuen-Buitimea was in a group of men that Kelly encountered that day on his cattle ranch. The nearly monthlong trial coincided with a presidential election year that has drawn widespread interest in border security.

The Chicago Bears have scheduled a Wednesday news conference to announce plans for 性视界传媒渁 state-of-the-art, publicly owned enclosed stadium性视界传媒 on the city性视界传媒檚 Museum Campus near Lake Michigan. The announcement Monday said the plans also call for additional green and open space with access to the lakefront. The team said last month it was prepared to provide more than $2 billion in funding toward a publicly owned stadium in the city. That statement signaled a shift in focus away from building a new home in the suburbs. Soldier Field has been the Bears性视界传媒 home since 1971. The team性视界传媒檚 lease there runs through 2033.

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A federal jury says BNSF Railway contributed to the deaths of two people who were exposed to asbestos decades ago when tainted mining material was shipped through a Montana town where thousands have been sickened. The jury awarded $4 million each in compensatory damages to the estates of the two plaintiffs, who died in 2020. The jury did not find that BNSF acted intentionally or with indifference. Attorneys for the estates of the two victims had argued that the railroad knew the asbestos-tainted vermiculite was dangerous but failed to clean it up. Warren Buffett性视界传媒檚 Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate purchased the railway in 2010.

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HOUSTON (AP) 性视界传媒 A legal battle over a lack of air conditioning in Texas prisons is bringing together advocates on the issue and one current inmate who says his health is being endangered by the state性视界传媒檚 hot prisons 性视界传媒 the former mortician whose murder case inspired the movie 性视界传媒淏ernie.性视界传媒

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A Peruvian psychologist who suffered from an incurable disease that weakened her muscles and had her confined to her bed for several years, died by euthanasia, becoming the first person in the country to obtain the right to die with medical assistance. Ana Estrada fought for years in Peruvian courts for the right to die with dignity, and became a celebrity in the conservative country where euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal. In 2022 Estrada was granted an exception by the nation性视界传媒檚 Supreme Court, which upheld a ruling by a lower court that gave Estrada the right to decide when to end her life, and said that those who helped her would not be punished.

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A prosecutor told jurors that Donald Trump tried to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election by preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public. The statement came Monday at the start of the former president性视界传媒檚 historic hush money trial. A defense lawyer countered by saying Trump was innocent and by attacking the integrity of the onetime Trump confidant who性视界传媒檚 now the government性视界传媒檚 star witness. The opening statements offered the 12-person jury 性视界传媒 and the voting public 性视界传媒 a roadmap for viewing the allegations at the heart of the case and Trump性视界传媒檚 expected defenses.

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The ownership group of the Kansas City Current announced plans Monday for the development of the Missouri River waterfront where the club recently opened a purpose-built stadium for the National Women性视界传媒檚 Soccer League team. CPKC Stadium will serve as the hub for the project, which will break ground later this year and include residential units, public recreation and gathering spaces, and restaurant locations designed to create a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood setting. Chris and Angie Long, part of the KC Current ownership group, said in a statement that more than $200 million in private funds have been guaranteed for the project. It is expected to exceed $800 million in total investment.

An independent panel reviewed the neutrality of the U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees after Israel alleged that a dozen of its employees in Gaza had participated in Hamas性视界传媒 Oct. 7 attacks. The panel released its report on Monday and made a number of recommendations for strengthening the neutrality of the agency, known as UNRWA. Among them is a recommendation that UNRWA share staff lists with host countries and Israel that include ID numbers and jobs. In response, host countries and Israel should provide UNRWA with results of their screening and 聽性视界传媒渁ny red flags.性视界传媒

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The opening statements in the first criminal trial of a former American president provided a clear roadmap of how prosecutors will try to make the case that Donald Trump broke the law, and how the defense plans to fight the charges on multiple fronts. Lawyers presented dueling narratives Monday as jurors got their first glimpse into the prosecution accusing Trump of falsifying business records as part of a scheme to squelch negative stories about him during his 2016 presidential campaign. Still to come: weeks of what's likely to be dramatic and embarrassing testimony about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee性视界传媒檚 personal life as he simultaneously campaigns to return to the White House.

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Thousands of Indigenous people are gathering in Brazil's capial for what is expected to become a protest against President Luiz In谩cio Lula da Silva's unfulfilled promises to create reserves and expel illegal miners and land-grabbers from their territories. Holding Lula性视界传媒檚 government to account appeared to be the focus of this year性视界传媒檚 20th Free Land Camp, an annual weeklong encampment of Indigenous people in Brasilia. Last week, Lula created two new reserves instead of the six his government had promised for this year. During the announcement, he acknowledged that 性视界传媒渟ome of our friends性视界传媒 would be frustrated.

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President Joe Biden has marked Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in federal grants to provide residential solar projects serving 900,000-plus households in low- and middle-income communities. He also criticized Republicans who want to gut his policies to address climate change. Biden spoke at northern Virginia性视界传媒檚 Prince William Forest Park on Monday and announced thousands of new positions offered as part of his New Deal-style American Climate Corps green jobs training program. Biden性视界传媒檚 latest environmental announcements come as he's working to energize young voters for his reelection campaign.

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