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Why the White House will miss its vax target
Standing in the State Dining Room on May 4, President Joe Biden laid out a lofty goal to vaccinate 70% of American adults by Independence Day, saying the U.S. would need to overcome "doubters" and laziness to do it. "This is your choice," he told Americans. "It's life and death."
As for the ambition of his 70% goal, Biden added: "I'd like to get it at 100%, but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July Fourth."

He won't.

Thursday, June 24, 2021


United States durable goods orders rise 2.3% in May
Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose for the 12th time in the last 13 months in May, pulled up by surgin demand for civilian aircraft.
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Miami condo collapses; many feared dead
A wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed with a roar in a town outside Miami early Thursday, killing at least one person while trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal. Rescuers pulled dozens of survivors from the tower during the morning and continued to look for more.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett warned that the death toll was likely to rise, saying the building manager told him the tower was quite full at the time of the collapse around 1:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Lilly to seek FDA approval for potential Alzheimer's Drug
Äî Eli Lilly said Thursday that it is nearly ready to take another shot at getting regulatory approval for a possible Alzheimer's drug.

The drugmaker plans to submit its potential treatment donanemab to the Food and Drug Administration later this year.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Experts: Benefits of COVID vaccine outweigh small heart risk
Federal officials said Wednesday they plan to strengthen cautions about a rare side effect of some COVID-19 vaccines — chest pain and heart inflammation, mostly among teenagers and young adults.
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Dems want more support for Palestinians
A new poll on American attitudes toward a core conflict in the Middle East finds about half of Democrats want the U.S. to do more to support the Palestinians, showing that a growing rift among Democratic lawmakers is also reflected in the party’s base.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Russian gas pipeline vexes U.S. effort in Germany
The United States and Germany struggled Wednesday to resolve a major dispute over a Russian gas pipeline even as the Biden administration seeks to improve relations with Western Europe that had been strained during Donald Trump’s presidency.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Student loan payments to restart; here's how to get help
For 42.9 million student loan borrowers , it’s been 18 months without a payment. That ends in October — ready or not.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Latest: Leader threatens Filipinos who refuse vaccine
The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate with the efforts to contain the pandemic.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

US stocks open mostly lower ahead of testimony from Powell
Global shares were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street’s recovery from its latest bout of jitters over future central bank policies.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ranked choice voting gets big test in NYC
Ranked choice voting makes its debut in New York City's mayoral primary Tuesday in one of the most high-profile tests yet for a system gaining use in pockets across the U.S.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Cyprus gets new health minister in government mini-reshuffle
Cyprus’ president on Tuesday appointed an economics professor as the country’s new health minister, after his predecessor asked to leave the post.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Virginia hopes to remove time capsule along with Lee statue
If a court clears the way, the state of Virginia expects to remove not just a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue but also a little-known piece of history tucked inside the massive sculpture’s base: a 134-year-old time capsule.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

New psychotherapy may reduce anxiety, depression in heart patients
A type of psychotherapy that changes how people regulate thinking patterns may reduce anxiety and depression for people recovering from heart problems, new research shows.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await
In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state's pine forests, many people thought he was nuts.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Suspect sought after shooting at Iowa store wounds deputy
Authorities searched Monday for a man who shot and wounded a sheriff’s deputy during an armed robbery at a gas station in rural eastern Iowa.
Monday, June 21, 2021

US stocks open higher, led by gains in banks and industrials
Stocks were posting solid gains in early trading Monday, following the market’s steep declines the previous week. Bank and industrial companies, which were hit hard last week, were among the biggest gainers.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Biden, Congress face a summer grind
Until recently, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog of legislating.
Monday, June 21, 2021

When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren't people
In the eyes of the law, pets are property when it comes to divorce, but new ways of working out custody of the dog, cat or parrot have sprung up with special mediators and “petnups” to avoid courtroom disputes.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Deadly Pride parade crash appears unintentional
A member of a men’s chorus group unintentionally slammed into fellow chorists at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one member of the group and seriously injuring another, the group's director said Sunday, correcting initial speculation that it was a hate crime directed at the gay community.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Claudette regains tropical storm strength after 13 deaths
Claudette regained tropical storm status Monday morning as it neared the coast of the Carolinas less than two days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multi-vehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm in Alabama.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Fresenius Kabi Receives Premier Supplier Legacy Award
Fresenius Kabi, a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition, announced today it has received a 2021 Supplier Legacy Award from Premier Inc. ( www.premierinc.com ), a leading health care improvement company.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Tokyo Olympics to allow local fans - but with strict limits
A limited number of local fans will be allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics, organizers announced Monday as they tried to save some of the spirit of the Games where even cheering has been banned.
Monday, June 21, 2021

Can we talk? Gannett promotes effort at bridging gaps
The conversation between Brian Roy and Brian Webb felt, at first, like a blind date. In the same way, the people who brought them together hope that it’s the start of something.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Rapper IDK to launch music business program at Harvard
Rapper IDK is launching a music business program at Harvard University for students of color.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast
Threats of heavy wind and rain from a tropical weather system spinning Friday in the Gulf of Mexico prompted the closure of Louisiana coastal oyster beds, forced postponement of weekend Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and could tamp down Father's Day tourism on the northern Gulf Coast.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

3 killed, suspect sought after Oregon hit-and-run, shooting
Police searched Friday for a suspect believed to have killed three people in wave of violence that included a hit-and-run crash and a shooting at a pot shop in a small Oregon city.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power
After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their authority to crack down on demonstrations.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Court upholds FCC subsidy ban for Huawei purchases
A federal appeals court refused Friday to hear Chinese tech giant Huawei’s request to throw out a rule used to bar rural phone carriers on national security grounds from using government funds to purchase its equipment.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Elder-care COVID rules under fire
Barbara and Christine Colucci long to remove their masks and kiss their 102-year-old mother, who has dementia and is in a nursing home in Rochester, New York. They would love to have more than two people in her room at a time so that relatives can be there too.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Father gives daughter life-saving gift as living organ donor
Sitting poolside with his wife and two daughters, Rhett Shaffette says he’s already received the best gift this Father’s Day.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Search resumes after 3 tubers died, 2 disappeared on river
A search resumed Friday on a North Carolina river for two missing tubers after three others were found dead and four were pulled from the water, authorities said.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Tropical system to bring heavy rain
Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the central Gulf Coast as early as Friday and throughout the weekend.
Friday, June 18, 2021

US stocks lower after Fed official sees rate hikes in 2022
Stocks were broadly lower Friday after a Federal Reserve official said that the nation’s central bank might need to raise interest rates as early as next year, sooner than the Fed’s latest estimate of possible rate increases in 2023.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Republicans point to inflation to retake Congress
Gas prices have whizzed past $3 per gallon in much of the nation. The cost of used cars and new furniture, airline tickets, department store blouses, ground beef and a Chipotle burrito are on the rise, too.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Louisville Zoo offers free admission to dads on Father's Day
Fathers will get free admission to the Louisville Zoo on Father's Day.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Biden still silent on death penalty
Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, especially since an unprecedented spate of executions by his predecessor ended just days before Biden took office.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Frank Bonner, known for playing Herb on 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' dies at 79
Frank Bonner, who played a brash salesman with an affection for polyester plaid suits on the TV comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died. He was 79.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Many Americans resuming pre-virus activities
Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted, a new poll shows.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Students pulled from car, stunned by Atlanta police sue
Two students pulled from their car and hit with stun guns by Atlanta police while they were stuck in traffic caused by protests over George Floyd’s death sued the city Thursday and several of the officers, their attorneys said.
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Amanda Kloots hopes people 'don't forget' COVID devastation
As COVID-19 restrictions lift in the U.S., many are reacquainting with friends and loved ones, attending parties, booking vacations and celebrating a return to normal.
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Get a jab, win a condo: Hong Kong tries vaccine incentives
Like many in Hong Kong, Jason Chan had no immediate plans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For the finance professional, there seemed to be no pressing need, with travel restrictions still in place and no major outbreak at home.
Thursday, June 17, 2021

US jobless claims tick up to 412,000
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time since April despite widespread evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding steadily from the pandemic recession.
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Florida teen charged after 6-year-old fatally shoots himself
A Florida teenager is facing charges after a 6-year-old boy fatally shot himself after authorities say he had left the gun out.
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Stocks, bond yields in holding pattern ahead of Fed decision
Stocks were moving between small gains and losses Wednesday as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve on issues related to the economy and inflation.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Federal judge blocks pause on new oil, gas leases
The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters “and all eligible onshore properties.”
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Spacewalking astronauts boost station's solar power
Astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Wednesday to outfit the International Space Station with powerful, new solar panels to handle the growing electrical demands from upcoming visitors.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fire destroys pipe organ making business in western Iowa
Fire has destroyed a western Iowa business that made pipe organs for churches, schools and customers from around the world, officials said.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Biden, Putin plunge into hours of talks
With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion, a highly anticipated summit at a time when both leaders agree that relations between their countries are at an all-time low.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Making hot sauce and working to save wetlands
As storms grow more violent and Louisiana loses more of its coast, the family that makes Tabasco Sauce is fighting erosion in the marshland that buffers its factory from hurricanes and floods.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Famous German boys' choir to add separate choir for girls
One of Germany’s most famous Catholic boys’ choirs, the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, plans to establish a separate choral group for girls for the first time in its more than 1000-year history.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Winfrey, Hearst have Black journalists tell their stories
Oprah Winfrey and Hearst Magazines are teaming up for interviews that pair young Black journalists with elders who include civil rights activists, celebrities and others sharing some lessons learned in life.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Stocks edge mostly lower in early trading on Wall Street
Stocks are edging mostly lower in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit their latest record highs. Technology stocks, which had led the gains a day earlier, were in the losing column. The S&P 500 was off 0.1%. Investors were keeping a close eye on the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices rose 0.8% in May and by 6.6% over the past 12 months, the biggest such increase on records going back to 2010. European markets were mostly higher and Asian markets closed mixed. Treasury yields edged higher.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Trump pressured Justice Dept. on election
During the last weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, despite the fact his former attorney general had said there was no evidence of widespread fraud, according to emails released Tuesday by the House Oversight Committee.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Overcoming midlife barriers to exercise and better health
It can literally be as easy as a walk in the park.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies
The Girl Scouts have an unusual problem this year: 15 million boxes of unsold cookies.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Biden maintains Putin skepticism, unlike Trump
President Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective
Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a time when developing countries are desperate for doses.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Prime Peke! Wasabi the Pekingese wins the Westminster dog show
The flavor of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: Wasabi.
Monday, June 14, 2021

1 killed, 5 hurt after small plane crashes at Texas airport
One person was killed and five others injured when a small airplane crashed early Monday at a municipal airport in Texas, authorities said.
Monday, June 14, 2021

NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space
NATO leaders on Monday will expand the use of their all for one, one for all, collective defense clause to include attacks in space, the military organization’s top civilian official said.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Police: Car plows into protesters in Minnesota, killing 1
A woman was killed and another person was injured after being struck by a car during a protest in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood where a Black man was fatally shot earlier this month during an arrest attempt, police said Monday.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Hostage advocates concerned with US pullout
Advocates for Americans held hostage overseas are raising concerns that the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will make it harder to bring home captives from the country.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Prince Philip 'wasn't looking forward' to centenary 'fuss'
— On what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday, his youngest child said he would not have been looking forward to any celebrations to mark the occasion.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Marine recruit dies in final test of Parris Island training
Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Marine Corps recruit during a strenuous exercise that caps a 13-week training course at South Carolina’s Parris Island.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Youth director accused of hiding camera in church bathroom
The youth director at a Florida Panhandle church is accused of hiding a camera in a church bathroom, officials said.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

US stock indexes are mixed, while 'meme' stocks swing again
Stocks were mixed Wednesday, as modest gains from big technology companies offset declines in banks and other parts of the market. Stocks championed by hordes of online retail investors, the “meme” stocks as they have become known, were volatile once again.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Global sting began by creating service for crooks
When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The US investigation into COVID-19 origins
Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now receiving scrutiny under a new U.S. investigation.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ex-Olympic skater charged with defrauding virus relief fund
A former Olympic figure skater has been arrested on charges that he ripped off a program to help struggling small businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Amorous cicada blamed for causing car crash in Cincinnati
An amorous cicada was blamed for causing a car crash in Ohio.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Senate report details broad failures
A Senate investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol found a broad intelligence breakdown across multiple agencies, along with widespread law enforcement and military failures that led to the violent attack.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

World Almanac
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Menopause before 40 tied to higher stroke risk
Early menopause could mean an increased risk of stroke caused by blocked blood vessels, according to a new study. Yet for each year of menopause delay, stroke risk fell by 2%.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Global glitch: Swaths of internet go down after cloud outage
Multiple websites went offline briefly across the globe Tuesday after an apparent outage at the cloud service company Fastly, revealing how critical a handful of companies running the internet's plumbing have become.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

All roads -- blocked off roads -- lead to Tokyo
Roads were being closed off Tuesday around Tokyo Olympic venues, including the new $1.4 billion National Stadium where the opening ceremony is set for July 23.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Global glitch: Swaths of internet go down after cloud outage
Multiple websites went offline briefly across the globe Tuesday after an apparent outage at the cloud service company Fastly, revealing how critical a handful of companies running the internet's plumbing have become.

Dozens of sites including the New York Times, CNN, some Amazon sites, Twitch, Reddit, the Guardian, and the U.K. government's home page, could not be reached.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

All roads -- blocked off roads -- lead to Tokyo
Roads were being closed off Tuesday around Tokyo Olympic venues, including the new $1.4 billion National Stadium where the opening ceremony is set for July 23.

This is a clear sign that Tokyo Olympic planners and the International Olympic Committee are moving forward despite public opposition, warnings about the risks of the games becoming a spreader event, and Tokyo and other parts of Japan being under a state of emergency until June 20.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Menopause before 40 tied to higher stroke risk
Early menopause could mean an increased risk of stroke caused by blocked blood vessels, according to a new study. Yet for each year of menopause delay, stroke risk fell by 2%.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Virginia court to hear the challenges to removal of statue
Last June, when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the move was met with widespread praise and relief from racial justice activists who had long seen it as a symbol of white supremacy.
Monday, June 7, 2021

War on ransomware? Hurdles hinder US response
Foreign keyboard criminals with scant fear of repercussions have paralyzed U.S. schools and hospitals, leaked highly sensitive police files, triggered fuel shortages and, most recently, threatened global food supply chains.
Monday, June 7, 2021

No shirts, pants or undies needed on bike ride, just a mask
Philadelphia bike riders won’t need their shirts, pants, skirts or even underwear — just a mask.
Monday, June 7, 2021

High court to review draft registration law
The Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether it's sex discrimination for the government to require only men to register for the draft when they turn 18.
Monday, June 7, 2021

US senators promise vaccines for Taiwan amid China row
The U.S. will give Taiwan 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, part of President Joe Biden’s move to share tens of millions of jabs globally, three American senators said Sunday, after the self-ruled island complained that China is hindering its efforts to secure vaccines as it battles an outbreak.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Bezos plans to go to space aboard Blue Origin flight in July
Jeff Bezos will be aboard for Blue Origin’s first human space flight next month.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, dead at 84
Richard Robinson, who as the longtime head of Scholastic Inc. shaped the reading habits of millions of young readers through such bestsellers as J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” novels and through a wide range of educational materials, reading clubs and book fairs, has died. He was 84.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Meghan and Harry welcome second child, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana
Prince Harry and Meghan may have stepped away from their royal duties — but family appeared to be top of mind in naming their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born Friday in California.
Monday, June 7, 2021

2 San Diego police officers among 3 killed in head-on crash
Two San Diego police officers were among three people killed Friday after their car was struck by a driver going the wrong way on an interstate highway, authorities said.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

New England's success against COVID-19 could be a model
For Dr. Jeremy Faust, the moment he realized the pandemic no longer dominated his workday came over Memorial Day weekend, when he didn’t see a single coronavirus case over two shifts in the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

USDA: $1B in funding to country's food banks
The Department of Agriculture is sending $1 billion to the country's food bank networks, seeking to expand the reach of the system and revamp the way food banks acquire and distribute aid.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Protest erupts again over man killed by Minnesota deputies
Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a man by members of a U.S. Marshals task force.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

D-Day spirit of remembrance lives on
In a small Normandy town where paratroopers landed in the early hours of D-Day, applause broke the silence to honor Charles Shay. He was the only veteran attending a ceremony in Carentan commemorating the 77th anniversary of the assault that helped bring an end to World War II.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Mississippi group honors fictional man in 'Ode to Billy Joe'
A group of Mississippi residents gathered on a sleepy, dusty Delta day to remember the fictional Billy Joe McAllister where — as the 1967 hit song had it — he ended his life when he jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

House panel to interview Trump counsel
The House Judiciary Committee is poised to question former White House counsel Don McGahn behind closed doors on Friday, two years after House Democrats originally sought his testimony as part of investigations into former President Donald Trump.
Friday, June 4, 2021

US adds 559k jobs as firms struggle to fill positions
U.S. employers added a modest 559,000 jobs in May, an improvement from April’s sluggish gain but still evidence that many companies are struggling to find enough workers as the economy rapidly recovers from the pandemic recession.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits
China vehemently objected Friday to U.S. President Joe Biden’s expansion of a list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors because of their purported links to the Chinese military and surveillance.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Another infrastructure bill proposed
House Democrats released a plan Friday for spending $547 billion over the next five years on road, mass transit and rail projects, a blueprint for what they want parts of President Joe Biden’s broader infrastructure proposal to look like.

Friday, June 4, 2021

COVID-19 spurs shutdown of 'Mission Impossible' set
Paramount Pictures on Thursday temporarily shut down production on the British set of Tom Cruise’s seventh “Mission: Impossible” film after someone tested positive for coronavirus.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Third Quincy area bike fatality reported
A bicyclist has died after being struck by a speeding motorist in Davenport, Iowa — the third fatal accident involving a bicyclist in the Quad-City region in the past month.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Wallet lost by woman 46 years ago returned to owner
A woman from Ventura was reunited with a wallet she lost 46 years ago after an employee working on remodeling Southern California’s historic Majestic Ventura Theater discovered it inside a crawl space.
Friday, June 4, 2021

After pandemic pause, Avengers invade Disneyland
Now that it’s getting safer to assemble, the Avengers are at last descending on Disneyland.
Friday, June 4, 2021

NASA picks Venus as hot spot for two new missions
NASA is returning to sizzling Venus, our closest yet perhaps most overlooked neighbor, after decades of exploring other worlds.
Friday, June 4, 2021

US service sector growth surges during the month of May
Growth in the services sector, where most Americans work, hit an all-time high in May as people flock to bars, restaurants and other venues across the country that now have fewer or no pandemic-related capacity restrictions.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

US jobless claims drop
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for a fifth straight week to a new pandemic low, the latest evidence that the U.S. job market is regaining its health as the economy further reopens.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Netanyahu foes push for quick vote
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents pushed Thursday for a quick parliament vote to formally end his lengthy rule, hoping to head off any last-minute attempts to derail their newly announced coalition government.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Fed survey sees faster growth
The U.S. economy grew at a somewhat faster pace in April and May despite disruptions that choked supplies to the nations manufacturers, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Beer is latest vaccine incentive for Biden administration
Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as President Joe Biden is announcing a month of action Wednesday to get more shots into arms before the July 4 holiday.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Largest meat producer cyberattacked
The world's largest meat processing company is getting back online after production around the world was disrupted by a cyberattack just weeks after a similar incident shut down a U.S. oil pipeline.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

FBI agent charged in off-duty shooting
An FBI agent has been charged with attempted murder in the off-duty shooting of another man on a Metro subway train last year in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., according to court records unsealed Tuesday.

The agent, Eduardo Valdivia, was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County Circuit Court on charges including attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

'The foundation of the wealth:' Why Black Wall Street boomed
In a century-old family story about a teenage aunt who liked to drive her luxury car down the trolley tracks of Tulsa, Kristi Williams still savors a tiny, lingering taste of how different life could have been for all Black Americans after slavery.

On Monday, Tulsans commemorated the 100th anniversary of a two-day assault by armed white men on Tulsa’s prosperous Black community of Greenwood, known around the country as Black Wall Street, calling attention to  an era of deadly mob assaults  on Black communities that official history long suppressed.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Judge: COVID was reason for jail to go from books to tablets
Officials at a Louisiana jail reacted reasonably to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking away printed books and giving inmates tablets on which they could read books instead, a federal judge has ruled.

Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld dismissed Terrebonne Parish jail inmate James Robert Pitre's lawsuit claiming that his constitutional rights were violated when his Bible and other books were taken.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Illinois Medicaid companies rake in record profits from pandemic
 The for-profit insurance companies running Illinois Medicaid collected hundreds of millions of dollars in extra profits during the COVID-19 pandemic — much of it for services never provided to patients, an investigation by the Better Government Association has found.

The windfall was the result of a payment system based on annual, per-patient estimates. While the number of patients in the state’s Medicaid program swelled as people lost their jobs, many deferred elective medical procedures during the pandemic.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may triple stroke risk
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder may be more than three times as likely as those without it to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, particularly older adults, new research finds.

The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggests people with OCD should be closely monitored and treated for stroke risk factors.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

More US citizens apprehended for moving drugs over border
An increasing number of American citizens have been apprehended as they have tried to smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, an uptick that’s come amid travel restrictions at the border with Mexico.
Monday, May 31, 2021

Man accused of plotting Walmart attack arrested in Texas
Authorities in Texas arrested a man accused of plotting to carry out a mass shooting at a Walmart, and a search of the suspect’s home turned up firearms, ammunition and materials officials described as “radical ideology paraphernalia.”
Monday, May 31, 2021

So. Fla., shootings usher in bloody holiday weekend
Violence ushered in the Memorial Day weekend in South Florida, when gunmen indiscriminately sprayed bullets into crowds at two Miami venues. Two people died and at least 20 others were injured early Sunday morning during a shooting outside a banquet hall, about a day after a drive-by shooting killed one person and injured six.
Monday, May 31, 2021

Man shot, killed after striking Oklahoma deputy with vehicle
Monday, May 31, 2021

Governor signs pretrial interest legislation into law
Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Friday allowing for plaintiffs to collect pretrial interest on money awarded in some civil suits, after vetoing a previous version of the provision in March.

An amendment to Senate Bill 72, introduced by Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, grants 6 percent pretrial interest on money awarded to plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in civil court.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Shootings usher in bloody holiday weekend
Violence ushered in the Memorial Day weekend in South Florida, when gunmen indiscriminately sprayed bullets into crowds at two Miami venues. Two people died and at least 20 others were injured early Sunday morning during a shooting outside a banquet hall, about a day after a drive-by shooting killed one person and injured six.

Authorities called on the public to help identify the shooters.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Vets return to Memorial Day traditions
A pair of military vets navigate the hilly, meandering paths in a historic cemetery in Boston, searching out soldiers' graves and planting American flags in front of them.

About 10 miles away, scores of other vets and volunteers do the same, placing more than 37,000 small flags on the downtown Boston Common — a sea of red, white and blue meant to symbolize all the Massachusetts soldiers killed in battle since the Revolutionary War. It’s an annual tradition that returns in full this year after being significantly scaled back in 2020 because of the pandemic.

In Boston and elsewhere, this holiday weekend will feel something closer to Memorial Days of old, as COVID-19 restrictions are fully lifted in many places.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Biden honors fallen at Arlington National Cemetery
President Joe Biden honored America’s war dead at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the hallowed burial ground.

The president was joined on Monday by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff in a somber ceremony at the Virginia cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to the fallen U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Texas' fix after blackout doesn't dwell on climate change
Texas’ biggest fix to February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power puts new attention on projections by the state’s climatologist but does not dwell on climate change after a deep freeze buckled the state’s unprepared electric grid.

A far-reaching bill sent Sunday night to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott would require some power generators to winterize against extreme cold following one of the most massive blackouts in U.S. history. Experts praised some reforms as significant but say concessions to Texas’ powerful oil and gas industry still leaves the grid vulnerable.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Dems walk, stop Texas GOP's sweeping voting restrictions
Texas Democrats pulled off a dramatic, last-ditch walkout in the state House of Representatives on Sunday night to block passage of one of the most restrictive voting bills in the U.S., leaving Republicans with no choice but to abandon a midnight deadline and declare the legislative session essentially over.

The revolt is one of Democrats' biggest protests to date against GOP efforts nationwide to impose stricter election laws, and they used the spotlight to urge President Joe Biden to act on voting rights.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Religious leaders, artists honor George Floyd in concert
Religious leaders, musical guests, spoken word artists and politicians gathered for a concert in Houston, the home town of George Floyd, to commemorate the anniversary of his death.

Pastors Remus E. Wright and Mia K. Wright welcomed the Floyd family on Sunday at The Fountain of Praise, a church that held one of his funeral services, and more than 450 live viewers on Facebook.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Risky, impatient climbers bring danger to US highest peak
Rangers who keep an eye on North America's highest mountain peak say impatient and inexperienced climbers are taking more risks and endangering themselves and other climbers after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denali in southern Alaska is 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level and requires a level of expertise and acclimation to high altitudes not needed for climbing most peaks in the U.S.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tulsa pastors honor 'holy ground' 100 years after massacre
When white attackers destroyed the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood 100 years ago this week, they bypassed the original sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of North Tulsa.

By the church’s own account, the attackers thought the brick veneer structure was too fine for a Black-owned church. The mob destroyed at least a half-dozen other churches while burning and leveling a 35-square-block neighborhood in one of the nation’s deadliest spasms of racist violence. Estimates of the death toll range from dozens to 300.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Why Black Wall Street boomed in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In a century-old family story about a teenage aunt who liked to drive her luxury car down the trolley tracks of Tulsa, Kristi Williams still savors a tiny, lingering taste of how different life could have been for all Black Americans after slavery.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

25 years after CART/IRL split, open-wheel racing at peace
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Andretti hears the line repeatedly.

Yes, he's led more Indianapolis 500 laps than any driver who never reached victory lane. He also knows it's a title that could have been avoided if the Championship Auto Racing Teams series and the Indy Racing League hadn't parted ways in 1996, splitting American open-wheel racing in two.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

U. S. consumers boost April spending
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending by 0.5% in April, a slowdown after a massive gain in March that had been powered by the distribution of billions of dollars in individual stimulus checks.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

DA won't seek new death sentence against Scott Peterson
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California district attorney won’t seek a new death sentence against Scott Peterson, convicted in 2005 of murdering his pregnant wife Laci.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Fewer Americans sign home contracts
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April as a lack of supply continues to foil would-be buyers.

The National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales fell 4.4% to 106.2 in April, a third straight sluggish month after nearly a year-long rebound from the depths of the pandemic. The decline this month was far greater than economists were expecting heading into the summer.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

PG & E to pay $45.4 million in fire damages
Pacific Gas & Electric will pay $43.4 million to government agencies in three Northern California counties to cover bills left behind from wildfires ignited during the past two years by the beleaguered utility’s long-neglected power grid.

The settlements announced Wednesday will cover some of the costs incurred by 10 government agencies during the Kincade Fire that destroyed more than 100 homes in Sonoma County during October 2019 and the Zogg Fire that killed four people in Shasta County last September. Some of the money will also go to Tehama County, where the Zogg Fire also raged.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

GM's newest vehicle: Off-road moon rover
General Motors is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to produce the ultimate off-road, self-driving, electric vehicles — for the moon.

The project announced Wednesday is still in the early stages and has yet to score any NASA money. But the goal is to design light yet rugged vehicles that will travel farther and faster than the lunar rovers that carried NASA’s Apollo astronauts in the early 1970s, the companies said.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Two Exxon board members loose seats in climate fight
Exxon Mobil’s shareholders have voted to replace at least two of the company’s 12 board members with directors who are seen as better suited to fight climate change, bolster Exxon’s finances and guide it through a transition to cleaner energy.

The results, which Exxon called preliminary, were announced by the company after its annual shareholder meeting Wednesday. The company said that because the complexities of the voting process, inspectors might not be able to certify final voting results for “some period of time.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Surprisingly few women may have good heart health before pregnancy
Less than half of U.S. women entering pregnancy have good heart health, and those rates are falling, according to new research.

Experts already knew poor heart health can have dire consequences for mothers-to-be. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of a mother's death during pregnancy and postpartum, making up 26.5% of pregnancy-related deaths, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Blinken in Egypt to shore up cease-fire
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Egypt on Wednesday as he pressed ahead with a diplomatic mission aimed at shoring up a cease-fire that ended an 11-day war between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas militant group.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Pope Frances kisses Auschwitz survivor's tattoo
Pope Francis has kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor during a general audience on Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Army reprimands staff in sexual assault probe
A top general has lost her command and multiple soldiers have been reprimanded following a monthslong investigation into allegations that an Illinois-based Army Reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints for years, Army officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

John Warner, former U.S. Senator, dies Tuesday
John Warner served for 30 years in the U.S. Senate, much of it as chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee, and as a centrist Republican he established himself at the center of American politics.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

California, federal government agree to allow big off-shore wind farms
California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state’s central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A disaster entirely of Joe Biden's making
The more we learn about the true dimensions of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the worse it is. Now, a new report says that in the last few months, U.S. authorities have encountered illegal border crossers not just from Mexico, or the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, but from 160 nations around the globe. People are coming to Mexico from the most distant spots on the planet in order to cross illegally into the United States, confident that President Joe Biden will let them stay. And Biden is doing just that.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

GOP senators ready $1T infrastructure counter-offer to President Biden
Senate Republicans revived negotiations over President Joe Biden’s sweeping investment plan, preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would be funded with COVID-19 relief money as a counteroffer to the White House ahead of a Memorial Day deadline toward a bipartisan deal.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Biden to meet Putin in Geneva in June
President Joe Biden will hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month in Geneva, a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders that comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia in the first months of the Biden administration.

The White House confirmed details of the summit on Tuesday. The two leaders’ meeting, set for June 16, is being tacked on to the end of Biden’s first international trip as president next month when he visits Britain for a meeting of Group of Seven leaders and Brussels for the NATO summit.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

U. S. home sales fell 5.9% in April after big March gain
Sales of new homes fell a bigger-than-expected 5.9% in April, a drop that analysts blamed in part on rising home prices.

Sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 863,000 last month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That followed a sales pace of 917,000 in March, which was revised down from an original estimate of 1.02 million sales in March which would have been the fastest pace since August 2006 during the peak of the housing boom.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Baby Girl Sussex is coming, so what's big bro Archie to do?
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the 2-year-old son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, will soon have a sister in the California hamlet the decamped royals call home.

Hopefully, the introduction of Baby Girl Sussex in Montecito will go smoothly for the toddler, but seasoned parents and pediatric experts warn that for any family, the transition takes preparation and diligence. Throw in the upheaval of a pandemic for extra challenges that can include toilet regression, sleep strikes and aggressive behavior.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Moderna says its COVID-19 shot works in kids as young as twelve
Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Vatican issues a street art stamp, ends up getting sued
One night in early 2019, Rome street artist Alessia Babrow glued a stylized image of Christ she had made onto a bridge near the Vatican. A year later, she was shocked to learn that the Vatican had apparently used a reproduction of her image, which featured her hallmark heart emblazoned across Christ’s chest, as its 2020 Easter postage stamp.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Depression and anxiety linked to lower levels of heart health in young adults
Young adults with depression or anxiety may be more likely to have lower levels of cardiovascular health, new research shows.

Adults ages 18-34 who have moderate to severe anxiety or depression were more likely to smoke and have excess weight, and were less likely to get adequate exercise, according to the findings presented last week at the American Heart Association's virtual Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Conference.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Blinken off to push peace after Gaza truce
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to the Middle East to press the Israelis, Palestinians and regional players to build on last week’s Gaza cease-fire by laying the groundwork for an eventual resumption in long-stalled peace talks.

President Joe Biden announced Blinken would depart on Monday for a short visit to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Egypt for what will be the Biden administration’s highest-level in-person meetings on the crisis that erupted earlier this month.

Monday, May 24, 2021

India virus death toll passes 300,000, 3rd highest in world
India crossed another grim milestone Monday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus, while a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside.

The milestone, as recorded by India's Health Ministry, comes as slowed vaccine deliveries have marred the country's fight against the pandemic, forcing many to miss their shots, and a rare but fatal fungal infection affecting COVID-19 patients has worried doctors.

Monday, May 24, 2021

NYC mayor: Public schools will be all in person this fall
New York City schools will be all in person this fall with no remote options, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

“We can’t have a full recovery without full-strength schools, everyone back, sitting in those classrooms, kids learning again,“ de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Monday, May 24, 2021

George Floyd's family gather brother's memory
Members of George Floyd’s family, and others who lost loved ones to police encounters, joined activists and citizens in Minneapolis for a march that was one of several events planned nationwide to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.

Hundreds of people gathered for the rally Sunday in front of the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis where former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted last month in Floyd’s death. Many carried signs with pictures of Floyd, Philando Castile and other Black men killed by police.

Monday, May 24, 2021

What was behind a jet's diversion to Belarus?
The diversion of a Ryanair flight to Lithuania by Belarus, leading to the arrest of an opposition journalist who was a passenger, has sparked international outrage and calls for tough sanctions against the former Soviet nation.

Here is a look at what happened in the sky over Belarus and the aftermath of the incident.

Monday, May 24, 2021

National Guard mission to provide security ending at Capitol
Nearly five months after being deployed to the U.S. Capitol to help quell the Jan. 6 insurrection, National Guard troops were set to leave and turn over security of the area to Capitol Police.

Guard troops, their mission ending Sunday, were expected to be leaving on Monday, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person was not authorized to discuss the plan by name and requested anonymity.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Could Beto be back? O'Rourke mulling bid for Texas governor
There’s no road trip, no soul searching. No beard or blogging. But Beto O’Rourke is making a political life decision again.

Three years after becoming Democrats’ breakout star out of Texas, and a year removed from crashing back to Earth in a short-lived presidential run, O’Rourke is again weighing another campaign — this time for governor.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Justices reject case of retired cop put in police chokehold
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a retired federal law enforcement officer who was put in a chokehold and wrestled to the ground at a VA hospital security checkpoint.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes first in-person court appearance
Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, appeared in court in person Monday for the first time since the military arrested her when it seized power on Feb. 1.

One of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, told The Associated Press by phone that Suu Kyi was able to meet with her defense team for about 30 minutes before the hearing began at a special court set up inside the city council building in Naypyitaw, the capital.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Italy probes cable car crash as lone child survivor recovers
Italy’s transport minister vowed Monday to establish the cause of a cable car disaster that killed 14 people, after the lead cable apparently snapped and the cabin careened back down the mountain until it came off the line and crashed to the ground.

The lone survivor of Sunday's horrific incident, a 5-year-old Israeli boy living in Italy, remained hospitalized in Turin on Monday with multiple broken bones.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Volcanic eruption, ensuing chaos kill at least 15 in Congo
Torrents of lava poured into villages after dark in eastern Congo with little warning, leaving at least 15 people dead amid the chaos and destroying more than 500 homes, officials and survivors said Sunday.

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on Saturday night sent about 5,000 people fleeing from the city of Goma across the nearby border into Rwanda, while another 25,000 others sought refuge to the northwest in Sake, the U.N. children's agency said Sunday.

Monday, May 24, 2021

United States restricting visas, taking other action over Tigray crisis
The United States has begun restricting visas for people undermining efforts to resolve the deadly fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region, saying it is time for the international community to take action in a conflict that has sparked allegations of ethnic cleansing and fears of famine.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Last cat out of the Tiger King Park bag as seizure completed
Federal officials have removed the last of the 68 big cats from the private zoo in Oklahoma that had been the center of the “Tiger King” saga.

A jaguar was among the last cat removed from Tiger King Park in Thackerville, a few miles north of Oklahoma’s border with Texas, The Oklahoman reported Sunday.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Defense Secretary Austin addresses Cadets
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will speak to graduating U.S. Military Academy cadets Saturday in a ceremony returning to West Point’s football stadium with pandemic precautions.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

HGTV's Nicole Curtis wins dispute over Detroit home project
The star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” has won a dispute with Detroit over ownership of a blighted home.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Judge: Dakota Access line can stay open
A federal judge ruled Friday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline may continue operating while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an extensive environmental review.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Biden sees wage growth; GOP inflation
The Biden administration recently gave a bit of simple advice to businesses that are unable to find workers: Offer them more money.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

China's Yuan Longping, 'Father of Hybrid Rice,' dies at 91
Yuan Longping, a Chinese scientist who developed higher-yield rice varieties that helped feed people around the world, died Saturday at a hospital in the southern city of Changsha, the Xinhua News agency reported. He was 91.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

California Democrats to hear from Newsom as recall heats up
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

HGTV's Nicole Curtis wins dispute over Detroit home project
The star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” has won a dispute with Detroit over ownership of a blighted home.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Get the party started! Live audience for Eurovision final
After more than a week of rehearsals, two semifinals and 53,000 COVID-19 tests for fans, staff and performers, the Eurovision Song Contest that was canceled last year because of the pandemic goes live Saturday in front of 3,500 fans and a global television audience.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ex-BBC head quits gallery job amid Diana interview fallout
Tony Hall, who was director of BBC news and current affairs at the time of the public broadcaster's explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana, resigned Saturday as board chairman of Britain's National Gallery.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Chlebus inducted into Truckers Hall of Fame
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) today announced the 71 inductees for the 2021 class of the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame that included Joseph Chlebus, of Taylorville. The program casts a spotlight on the industry's top drivers for their outstanding records of service and safety. Since its inception, IFDA has worked tirelessly with its member companies to promote a culture of safety. The 2021 class is the largest in IFDA's history.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

New voter ID rules raise concerns of fraud and ballot rejection in some states
When voters in Florida and Georgia want to vote by mail in next year’s races for governor, they will have to make sure they take one more step to ensure they receive a ballot: providing their identification.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

As US schools resume testing, large numbers are opting out
Standardized tests are returning to the nation’s schools this spring, but millions of students will face shorter exams that carry lower stakes, and most families are being given the option to forgo testing entirely.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

The GOP future is bright
Republicans have had a brutal news cycle over the past month, between the ouster of Liz Cheney from leadership and the intraparty jousting over a January 6 commission.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Kennedy Center honorees still relish slimmed down tribute
This year’s Kennedy Center Honors may be a slimmed-down affair as the nation emerges from the coronavirus pandemic — but honoree Dick Van Dyke still says it’s “the capper on my career.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Activists blockade McDonald's distribution centers in UK
Animal rights protesters are blockading four McDonald’s distribution centers in the U.K. in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

California says $5 million Ponzi scam bilked older Filipinos
California’s attorney general on Friday charged 15 people with conspiring to defraud mostly elderly victims of Filipino descent out of a combined $5 million.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Busy Atlantic storm season predicted
The Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it's unlikely to be as crazy as 2020's record-shattering year, meteorologists said Thursday.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

April home sales fall due to higher prices
Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell for the third straight month in April as the number of properties for sale hit a record low, driving prices to new highs.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Hong Kong's new bishop wants differing views respected
Hong Kong's incoming Roman Catholic bishop Stephen Chow called for respect for different views as he prepares to lead a diocese that has been polarized by the city's deteriorating political situation.
Friday, May 21, 2021

China providing 40 million vaccine doses
China said Thursday it is providing COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 40 African countries, describing its actions as purely altruistic in an apparent intensification of what has been described as “vaccine diplomacy.“
Friday, May 21, 2021

Scattered clashes reported after Gaza truce
Scattered clashes have broken out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem hours after a truce in Gaza went into effect.
Friday, May 21, 2021

More Gaza strikes; Hopes for truce rise
Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, and Hamas fired more rockets, even as expectations rose that a cease-fire could be coming.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pushed back against calls from the U.S. to wind down the Gaza offensive, appearing determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. Still, officials close to the negotiations say they expect a truce to be announced in the next 24 hours.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Protected areas cover a sixth of Earth's land and freshwater
Roughly a sixth of the planet’s land and freshwater area now lies within protected or conservation areas, according to a United Nations report  released Wednesday.

Next comes the hard part. The world needs to ensure that those regions are actually effectively managed to stabilize the climate and to curb biodiversity loss while also increasing the total area of protected places, scientists say.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Goodwill: Please don't donate trash
Broken furniture. Flashlights with leaking batteries. Disfigured Barbie dolls.

Across the country, thrift stores have been flooded by household items, the offerings of people who have been homebound for months and are eager to clear out some of their possessions.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

N. Y. AG says Trump probe now criminal
The New York attorney general’s office said Tuesday that it is conducting a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business empire, expanding what had previously been a civil probe.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Charles Grodin, the droll, offbeat actor and writer who scored as a caddish newlywed in "The Heartbreak Kid" and later had roles ranging from Robert De Niro's counterpart in the comic thriller "Midnight Run" to the bedeviled father in the "Beethoven" comedies, has died. He was 86.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

McConnell opposes Jan. 6 commission
The House is poised to vote on a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a first step toward creating an independent, bipartisan panel that would investigate the siege and try to prevent it from happening again.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Origins found of Fla. monkey colony
A colony of monkeys has lived for about 70 years in urban South Florida, near jets taking off from a nearby airport and fuel storage tanks.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tip from dental office leads to arrest in US Capitol breach
A New York man has been charged with taking part in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after a tipster reported overhearing him boasting about it during a dental appointment.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia; 1200 cases in a week
Taxi drivers are starved for customers, weddings are suddenly canceled, schools are closed, and restaurant service is restricted across much of Asia as the coronavirus makes a resurgence in countries where it had seemed to be well under control.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag
Chinese nationalism on the internet has a new target: The popular Thai drama “Girl from Nowhere“ distributed by Netflix.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Can monthly cash payments cut child poverty by nearly half?
The check won't arrive until mid-July, but Katrina Peters already knows what she’ll do with her Child Tax Credit payments. The 20-year-old mother of three has applied to work as a driver with a food delivery app, and the extra cash is earmarked for repairing, registering and insuring her car.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

N. C. Prosecutor won't release video
North Carolina sheriff’s deputies were justified in their fatal shooting of a Black man in April because the man ignored their commands and drove his car directly at one of them before they fired any shots, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Climate change-triggered sea level rise added $8 billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, one of nation’s costliest weather disasters, a new study said.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lollapalooza returns
Lollapalooza is returning to Chicago this summer, a year after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of the music festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to a lakefront park, the mayor’s office said Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Many workers won't return to old jobs
There’s a wild card in the push to return to post-pandemic life: Many workers don’t want to go back to the jobs they once had.

Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Their former employers are hiring again — and some, like Uber and McDonald’s, are offering higher pay — but workers remain hesitant.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Biden to spotlight electric vehicle future for U. S.
President Joe Biden is putting the spotlight Tuesday on the electric vehicle future he envisions for the United States, as a way to tackle climate change and create jobs.

Biden is touring Ford’s Electric Vehicle Center, a new factory being built on the grounds of the automaker’s massive Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan.

The president was visiting a day before Ford is expected to release details of an all-electric version of its F-150 pickup truck called the Lightning.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

GOP Leader McCarthy opposes Jan. 6 commission
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that he won’t support a proposal to form an independent, bipartisan commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, almost certainly eroding GOP support ahead of a vote and positioning his party as opposed to investigations of the attack.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Cuomo set to earn $5M from book on COVID-19 crisis
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo disclosed Monday that he was paid a $3.1 million advance to write his COVID-19 leadership book last year and under his publishing contract will make another $2 million on the memoir over the next two years.

That total windfall of more than $5.1 million further inflamed critics who have said it was inappropriate for Cuomo to personally enrich himself with a self-congratulatory book, published just as the state was seeing a deadly resurgence in infections last October.

At least 52,987 people have died of COVID-19 in New York, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza Strip
Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Palestinians across the region observed a general strike as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating.

The strikes toppled a building that housed libraries and educational centers belonging to the Islamic University, leaving behind a massive mound of rebar and concrete slabs. Desks, office chairs, books and computer wires could be seen in the debris. Residents sifted through the rubble, searching for their belongings.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Stroke affects the whole family, and here's how to help keep it together
When Carol Coulther's husband, Rich, had a stroke, her teacher instincts kicked in immediately. She began writing down everything his doctors said to make sense of what happened and what he would need in his recovery.

Coulther's instinct to document everything was spot on, according to advice from Dr. Amytis Towfighi, director of neurological services and innovation for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and associate professor of medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Supreme Court to weigh abortion rights
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will decide whether states can ban abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb.

The court's order sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more conservative court seemingly ready to dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights.

Monday, May 17, 2021

'So I raped you.' Facebook message renews fight for justice
Shannon Keeler was enjoying a weekend getaway with her boyfriend last year when she checked her Facebook messages for the first time in ages. A name popped up that stopped her cold.

“So I raped you,” the person said in a burst of unread messages sent six months earlier.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Trump to speak at N.C. GOP convention June 5
Former President Donald Trump will speak at North Carolina’s annual state Republican Party convention next month, party officials announced Monday.

The former president will speak in person at the June 5 convention dinner in Greenville. Trump narrowly carried North Carolina in 2020 and held numerous events in the state toward the end of his campaign.

Trump’s speech will be closed to the media, and journalists won’t be able to view it via livestream or alternate forms, said Livy Polen, a spokeswoman for the NC GOP.

Monday, May 17, 2021

New law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.

South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Philip Roth biography, pulled last month, has new publisher
A long-awaited book about Philip Roth that was pulled last month amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment against biographer Blake Bailey has a new publisher.

Skyhorse Publishing told The Associated Press on Monday that it will have “Philip Roth: The Biography” available in paperback June 15, and hopes to have the e-book and audio editions ready by Wednesday.

Monday, May 17, 2021

AP Exclusive: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics
Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations.

A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like “diplomatic boycotts" and further negotiations with the IOC or China.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Officer charged in death of Daunte Wright to appear in court
A former suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright  is scheduled to appear in court via videoconference Monday.

Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who is white, has an omnibus hearing, also known as a pretrial hearing, on Monday afternoon in Hennepin County District Court. The purpose of such a hearing is to go over evidence and determine if there’s probable cause for the case to proceed.

Monday, May 17, 2021

AT&T, Discovery join media houses as cord-cutting encroaches
AT&T will combine its massive media operations that include CNN, HBO, TNT and TBS in a $43 billion deal with Discovery, the owner of lifestyle networks including the Food Network and HGTV.

It is a major directional shift for AT&T which squared off with the Justice Department less than three years ago in an antitrust fight when it wanted to acquire Time Warner Inc. That was a fight that AT&T won.

Monday, May 17, 2021

U. S. joins global push against violence on-line
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Free offices with a view: 4 lighthouses, courtesy of feds
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dreading your eventual return to the office? The federal government is making available — for free — some waterfront workspaces with killer views that are sure to entice. But there’s a catch.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

New $300M casino opens in northwestern Indiana
GARY, Ind. (AP) — A new $300 million casino has opened in northwestern Indiana, completing a move from along Lake Michigan to a location along heavily traveled Interstate 80/94 in Gary.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Soldiers who perished on secret mission are memorialized
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly 60 years ago, dozens of soldiers assembled for a top secret mission to Vietnam, three years before President Lyndon Johnson officially sent U.S. combat troops to the country.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

China lands first spacecraft on Mars
BEIJING (AP) — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Israeli strike destroys AP building
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. AP’s president said the agency was “shocked and horrified” at the strike.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Iran's hard line judiciary chief registers for president
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's judiciary chief, a hard-line cleric linked to mass executions in 1988, registered on Saturday to run in the Islamic Republic's presidential election next month, a vote that comes as negotiators struggle to resuscitate Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Liberal mayor to run for Hungary PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The liberal mayor of Hungary’s capital announced Saturday that he will enter an upcoming primary race that will choose a candidate to face nationalist Prime Minster Viktor Orban in closely watched elections next year.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

John Legand to headline Tulsa concert
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter John Legend will headline a nationally televised ceremony in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, an event official said Friday.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Gucci marks 100 years with new Italian exhibit
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Alessandro Michele has radically shifted Gucci codes and challenged fashion norms in his 6 1/2 years as creative director of the brand founded by Guccio Gucci as a travel bag company in Florence 100 years ago.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

House GOP elects Stefanik to No. 3 post
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans vaulted Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership Friday, electing an ardent Donald Trump defender in hopes of calming their searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney’s unremitting combat with the former president.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies
Gas shortages at the pumps are spreading from the South to the Mid-Atlantic states, where Virginia and the District of Columbia have become some of the hardest-hit areas following a cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Governor J. B. Pritzker's energy proposal gets first legislative hearing
As Illinois lawmakers continue to push for the passage of an energy overhaul this spring, the Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee discussed the latest proposal to enter the discussion – Gov. JB Pritzker’s Consumers and Climate First Act.

House Bill 4074, sponsored by Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, was brought before committee for discussion only. Pritzker’s 900-page proposal was released at the end of April with the goal of transitioning Illinois to 100 percent carbon-free energy – including nuclear power – by 2050.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hamas, Israel fighting escalates
Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel in a matter of minutes Thursday and Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes. The relentless escalation of hostilities came even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person talks with the two sides, intensifying efforts at mediation.

Previous fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, including a devastating 2014 war, was largely confined to the impoverished and blockaded Palestinian territory and Israeli communities on the frontier. But this round seems to be rippling farther and wider than at any time since the 2000 Palestinian intifada, or uprising, and is tearing apart the country at its seams.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Family farms are struggling with two hidden challenges: health insurance and child care
Kat Becker feeds hundreds of people with the vegetables she grows on her Wisconsin farm, and she wants to expand. But her ability to grow her business collides with her need for affordable health insurance and child care.

She has had to make difficult choices over the years: keep her farm income low enough so her children can qualify for the state’s public health insurance, or expand the farm and buy expensive private insurance. To look after her three young children, she could hire a cheap but inexperienced babysitter, or spend a significant share of her income on child care and have peace of mind that the kids are safe from dangers on the farm.

As farmers continue to age and retire, the U.S. needs young farmers to take their place. The country has 3.4 million farm operators today, roughly 2% of the American population, and their average age is 58.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Consumer prices up .06% in April
A worrisome bout of inflation struck the economy in April, with U.S. consumer prices for goods and services surging 0.8%, the largest monthly jump in in more than a decade, and the year-over-year increase reaching its fastest rate since 2008.

The acceleration in prices, which has been building for months, has unsettled financial markets and raised concerns that it could weaken the economic recovery from the pandemic recession.

Wednesday’s report from the Labor Department showed sharply higher prices for everything from food and clothes to housing. A 10% surge in the prices of used cars and trucks — a record jump — accounted for roughly one-third of last month’s increases. Prices for vehicles, both used and new, have been soaring as a result of a computer chip shortage that has slowed auto production and reduced dealer supplies.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out
During the gloomiest stretches of the pandemic, Dr. Diona Krahn's veterinary clinic has been a puppy fest, overrun with new four-legged patients.

Typically, she’d get three or four new puppies a week, but between shelter adoptions and private purchases, the 2020 COVID-19 pet boom brought five to seven new clients a day to her practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many are first-time pet owners.

Like many veterinarians across the country, she's also been seeing more sick animals. To meet the demand, vets interviewed by The Associated Press have extended hours, hired additional staff and refused to take new patients, and they still can't keep up. Burnout and fatigue are such a concern that some practices are hiring counselors to support their weary staffs.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

House GOP set to oust Trump critic Liz Cheney from top post
House Republicans seem ready to toss Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post after she repeatedly rebuked former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack.

GOP lawmakers gathered privately in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday and were expected to vote to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from the party’s No. 3 House position, a jarring turnabout to what’s been her fast-rising career within the party. She is Congress’ highest-ranking Republican woman and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and her demotion would provide the latest evidence that challenging Trump can be career-threatening.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge
U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate, amid an anticipated surge in the country's dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

There isn't data available yet on how the pandemic has affected the nation's overall dropout rate — 2019 is the last year for which it is available — and many school officials say it's too early to know how many students who stopped logging on for distance learning don't plan to return. But soaring numbers of students who are failing classes or are chronically absent have experts fearing the worst, and schools have been busy tracking down wayward seniors through social media, knocking on their doors, assigning staff to help them make up for lost time and, in some cases, even relaxing graduation requirements.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

14-year-old boy charged in girl's death expected in court
Classmates, friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil in honor of a 13-year-old cheerleader whose body was found in the northeast Florida woods. Authorities said her community pointed to a 14-year-old neighbor in her death.

The juvenile made his first appearance in court, via a Zoom call which his parents were also on. A judge ordered him held on a second-degree murder charge for 21 days in the death of Tristyn Bailey. State attorney’s officials told the judge they would likely have a decision by then on whether he will be tried as an adult.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Political newcomer Young wins Virginia GOP Governor's race
Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider, bested a field of seven candidates to emerge as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races.

Youngkin defeated a hard-right contender in state Sen. Amanda Chase, who closely aligned herself with former President Donald Trump, as well as an establishment candidate, former House Speaker Kirk Cox, who had more than 30 years’ experience in government as well as the endorsements of former governors George Allen and Bob McDonnell.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight
The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.

Confidential data obtained by the AP shows the number of migrant children in government custody more than doubled in the past two months, and this week the federal government was housing around 21,000 kids, from toddlers to teens. A facility at Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army post in El Paso, Texas, had more than 4,500 children as of Monday. Attorneys, advocates and mental health experts say that while some shelters are safe and provide adequate care, others are endangering children’s health and safety.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Preterm deliveries may pose long-term stroke risk for mothers
It's not surprising that babies born prematurely may face more health issues than those who were carried to term.

But new research suggests the same may apply to their mothers.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Senate advances variety of bills
Legislation that would overhaul sex education in Illinois and a measure to decriminalize the transmission of HIV were among several bills that passed the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday.

The committee, following a long and contentious debate, advanced legislation that would require public schools to teach sex ed by July 2023.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Job market: hiring, much competition

After a painful year of joblessness, the future has finally brightened for Alycia St. Germain, a 22-year-old college senior at the University of Minnesota.

Having lost a part-time gig at Barnes and Noble last March as the viral pandemic tore through the U.S. economy, she was left unemployed like tens of millions of other Americans. But now, St. Germain has a job lined up — with benefits — even before graduation and in her chosen field of developmental psychology. A family friend established a new child-care center in St. Paul, and St. Germain landed a job as an assistant in the infant room.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp set to repeal Georgia's 1863 citizen's arrest law
Gov. Brian Kemp plans to sign a repeal of Georgia’s Civil War-era citizen’s arrest law on Monday, a year after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man pursued by white men who said they suspected him of a crime.

The state House and Senate passed House Bill 479 by overwhelming margins. Kemp and lawmakers made the bill one of their top priorities after Arbery’s killing.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack
The federal government is working with the Georgia-based company that shut down a major pipeline transporting fuel across the East Coast after a ransomware attack, the White House says.

The government is planning for various scenarios and working with state and local authorities on measures to mitigate any potential supply issues, officials said Saturday. The attack is unlikely to affect gasoline supply and prices unless it leads to a prolonged shutdown, experts said.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Bosnia Serbs honor Nobel winner
Bosnian Serbs on Friday honored the controversial 2019 Nobel Literature Prize winner Peter Handke, who is known for his apologist views over Serb war crimes during the 1990s’ wars in the Balkans.

The Austrian novelist and screenwriter was welcomed by Bosnian Serb officials as he arrived in the northern town of Banja Luka, the main city in the Serb-run part of Bosnia. From there, Handke headed to the eastern town of Visegrad where he was received the literary award.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

California reports population drop
California’s population fell by more than 182,000 people in 2020, marking the first year-over-year loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state.

State officials announced Friday that California’s population dipped 0.46% to just under 39.5 million people from January 2020 to January 2021.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

U. S. job growth slows sharply; hiring struggles
The recovery of America’s job market hit a pause last month as many businesses — from restaurants and hotels to factories and construction companies — struggled to find enough workers to catch up with a rapidly strengthening economic rebound.

Employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected. With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, the recovery from the pandemic recession has been so fast that many businesses have been caught flat-footed in the face of surging consumer demand.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians attackers
Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded a third after the men opened fire on a base in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the latest in a series of violent confrontations amid soaring tensions in Jerusalem.

Dozens of Palestinians in an east Jerusalem neighborhood are at risk of being evicted following a long legal battle with Israeli settlers, and Palestinian protesters have clashed with Israeli police in the city on a nightly basis since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

In a small New Hampshire town, the 2020 election still rages
Meetings of the Windham Board of Selectmen are usually as sleepy as they sound — a handful of residents from the New Hampshire town, a discussion of ambulance fees, maybe a drainage study.

So when a crowd of about 500 people showed up last week, some waving American flags, carrying bullhorns and lifting signs questioning the presidential election, Bruce Breton knew things were about to change.

The crowd at the Monday meeting had been fired up by conservative media, which in recent weeks has seized on the town’s election results for four seats in the state House as suspect. The attention, fanned by a Donald Trump adviser who happens to be a Windham resident, has helped a routine recount spiral, ultimately engulfing the town in a false theory that the national election was stolen from Trump.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Online speech shield under fire
Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform is a far more complex and consequential question: Do the protections carved out for companies when the internet was in its infancy 25 years ago make sense when some of them have become global powerhouses with almost unlimited reach?

The companies have provided a powerful megaphone for Trump, other world leaders and billions of users to air their grievances, even ones that are false or damaging to someone's reputation, knowing that the platforms themselves were shielded from liability for content posted by users.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bomb kills at least 25 people in Afghan capital
A bomb exploded near a school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 25 people, many them young students, Afghan government spokesmen said. The Taliban condemned the attack apparently aimed at civilians, and denied any responsibility.

Ambulances were rushing to evacuate wounded from the scene of the blast near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shiite majority neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Last wild macaw in Rio is lonely and looking for love
Some have claimed she's indulging a forbidden romance. More likely, loneliness compels her to seek company at Rio de Janeiro's zoo.

Either way, a blue-and-yellow macaw that zookeepers named Juliet is believed to be the only wild bird of its kind left in the Brazilian city where the birds once flew far and wide.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus
About a year into mask mandates, nasal swabs and remote classes, the atmosphere turned tense at the University of Vermont as the school cracked down on rules for social distancing and face coverings amid a spike in student COVID-19 cases.

Students were handed hundreds of citations for violations like standing in another student’s doorway or walking maskless to a hallway restroom, igniting a student-led petition that blasted “strict and inhumane living conditions.”

“You start to feel suffocated like I’m afraid to leave my room,” freshman Patrick Welsh said in an interview on campus.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

NASA Mars helicopter heard humming
First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin Martian air.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Talks intensify on bringing United States back to Iran nuclear deal
World powers held a fourth round of high-level talks Friday in Austria aimed at bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, with both sides signaling a willingness to work out the major stumbling blocks.

The talks began in early April and Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted following Friday’s meeting that “the participants agreed on the need to intensify the process.”

Friday, May 7, 2021

National Day of Prayer makes pleas for unity, justice
U.S. soldiers were fighting in Korea when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. The purpose was for people to gather in houses of worship to pray for world peace, according to an Associated Press report from April 17, 1952.

Since 1988 the event has taken place on the first Thursday in May, diligently observed by some churches, ignored by others. The 70th edition this week comes after a year wracked by a devastating pandemic, political polarization and turmoil related to racial injustice.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Britain to ask G-7 for climate resources
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that he will use the Group of Seven meeting in June to “bend the ear” of fellow leaders to provide more financial help for poor countries to cope with climate change.

Johnson said governments have six months to resolve numerous thorny diplomatic issues, including making good on a $100-billion climate fund that was meant to go to developing nations each year from 2020.

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