National News

Women are evacuated by volunteers of Vostok SOS charitable organisation in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukra...
Associated Press

Live updates | Ukrainian minister pleads for heavy weapons

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s foreign minister is pleading with Western nations to provide Kyiv with heavy weapons to enable it to push Russian forces back. Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday night tweeted a video of himself answering questions submitted on Twitter and said: “We need heavy weapons. The only position where Russia is better than us […]
1 hour ago
Conor Daly waits for his crew to ready his car during practice for the IndyCar auto race at Indiana...
Associated Press

Indy 500 drivers find crypto craze fuels needed sponsorship

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Should he win one of auto racing’s crown jewel races, Conor Daly would gladly take the seven-figure payout awarded to the Indianapolis 500 champion and deposit traditional American cash straight in his bank. Oh, and throw in some digital dollars, too. “We have bitcoin bonuses in our contract, so we win,” Daly […]
2 hours ago
Former Detroit Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov plays Uno with health care provider Angela Mart...
Associated Press

New law puts NHL great Konstantinov’s 24/7 care in jeopardy

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Vladimir Konstantinov has traded hockey sticks for an Uno deck. Many, in fact. The onetime Soviet and Detroit Red Wings star plays so often that he goes through a pack per week, wearing out cards with the hands that once made him one of the world’s best defensemen. During a […]
2 hours ago
A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left,...
Associated Press

Asian shares’ rise broadly cheered by US earnings, rally

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares gained Friday as investors cheered a strong set of earnings from retailers that has sent U.S. shares higher. Benchmarks were rising in early trading across the region, including Japan, China, Australia and South Korea. “Improved risk sentiments in Wall Street, along with earnings outperformance from Alibaba and Baidu, may aid […]
3 hours ago
This satellite photo from Planet Labs PBC shows the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's newest ship, the ...
Associated Press

Ship expands Iran Revolutionary Guard’s reach to new waters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard is building a massive new support ship near the strategic Strait of Hormuz as it tries to expand its naval presence in waters vital to international energy supplies and beyond, satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show. The construction of the Shahid Mahdavi provides […]
3 hours ago
Associated Press

Officials: 4 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania home explosion

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At least four people have been killed and others might still be missing after a house explosion in a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania, authorities said. Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller confirmed in a press conference that the explosion occurred Thursday just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) […]
4 hours ago
A person holds a program for the funeral service for Aaron Salter Jr. at The Chapel on Crosspoint o...
Associated Press

3 more funerals for Buffalo victims in week of goodbyes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A mother and sister known for baking decadent pastries. A restaurant worker buying his 3-year-old’s birthday cake. A father of six who worked as a school bus aide. These three victims of the racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket will be laid to rest Friday, in a week filled with goodbyes […]
4 hours ago
Lucy Shelton Caswell, founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library Museum, examines memora...
Associated Press

A good man: Exhibits honor ‘Peanuts’ creator Schulz on 100th

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a series of “Peanuts” comic strips that ran in mid-April of 1956, Charlie Brown grasps the string of his kite, which was stuck in what came to be known in the long-running strip as the “kite-eating tree.” In one episode that week, a frustrated Charlie Brown declines an offer from […]
4 hours ago
Dan Fischer, of Newport, R.I., carries his surfboard on Easton's Beach, in Newport, Wednesday, May ...
Associated Press

Surfer helps families honor loved ones with ‘one last wave’

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Surfing is no longer a solitary pursuit for Dan Fischer. When he catches a wave along the shores of Rhode Island, he looks down at a surfboard covered with the names of people who have died, but who shared his love of the ocean. His father’s name is the guiding light […]
4 hours ago
Actor Johnny Depp returns from a break in the courtroom in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in...
Associated Press

At long last, jury gets closing arguments in Depp trial

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday in Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Each side will have two hours to summarize their case in a trial that has stretched on for six weeks. With broadcast cameras in the courtroom, a celebrity trial that garnered intense […]
4 hours ago
FILE - In this July 10, 1945, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is shown of...
Associated Press

Documents reveal sea burials for 13 USS Indianapolis sailors

HONOLULU (AP) — Navy Seaman 2nd Class George David Payne was just 17 years old when a Japanese submarine torpedoed his ship in the last weeks of World War II, sinking the vessel and killing him along with more than 800 other U.S. sailors. For decades, his family thought he was missing in action. But […]
4 hours ago
FILE - President Donald Trump shakes hands with NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre...
Associated Press

NRA opens gun convention in Texas after school massacre

HOUSTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun-rights lobbying group are gearing up to “reflect on” — and deflect any blame for — the deadly shooting earlier this week of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. […]
5 hours ago
Crosses with the names of Tuesday's shooting victims are placed outside Robb Elementary School in U...
Associated Press

Shooter warning signs get lost in sea of social media posts

Washington (AP) — The warning signs were there for anyone to stumble upon, days before the 18-year-old gunman entered a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, slaughtering 19 children and two teachers. There was the Instagram photo of a hand holding a gun magazine, a TikTok profile that warned, “Kids be scared,” and the image of […]
5 hours ago
Associated Press

Liberal Los Angeles could take right turn in mayor’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many voters in heavily Democratic Los Angeles are seething over rising crime and homelessness and that could prompt the city to take a turn to the political right for the first time in decades. One of the leading candidates for mayor is Rick Caruso, a pro-business billionaire Republican-turned-Democrat who sits on […]
5 hours ago
Associated Press

On remote US territories, abortion hurdles mount without Roe

HONOLULU (AP) — Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy if the Supreme Court overturns a precedent that established a national right to abortion in the United States. Hawaii is the closest U.S. state where abortion […]
5 hours ago
Activists join Senate Democrats outside the Capitol to demand action on gun control legislation aft...
Associated Press

Senators talk expanded gun background checks, red flag laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is considering how Congress should respond to the horrific shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, restarting gun control talks that have broken down many times before. Aware of the difficulty of their task, the Democrats and Republicans say they hope to find agreement […]
5 hours ago
Capri Isidoro, of Ellicott City, Md., looks at her one-month-old baby Charlotte, Monday, May 23, 20...
Associated Press

Baby formula shortage highlights racial disparities

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Capri Isidoro broke down in tears sitting on a chair at the office of a lactation consultant. The mother of two had been struggling to breastfeed her 1-month-old daughter ever since she was born, when the hospital gave the baby formula first without consulting her on her desire to breastfeed. Now, […]
5 hours ago
FILE-- Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall speaks at the office on Thursday, May 19, 2022,...
Associated Press

Oregon ballot fiasco spotlights clerk’s troubled 20-year run

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Voters in an Oregon county where a ballot-printing error has delayed primary results for nearly two weeks have elected the same county clerk five times in the past 20 years despite missteps that impacted two previous elections and cost taxpayers at least $100,000. Opponents have repeatedly tried to unseat Clackamas […]
5 hours ago
In this image from Senate Television, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, speak on th...
Associated Press

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tried to nudge Republicans into taking […]
5 hours ago
A police officer walks past posters of Historical Pact coalition presidential candidate Gustavo Pet...
Associated Press

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Last year, Fabian Espinel helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as Colombia heads into its presidential election Sunday, Espinel walks the streets of working class sectors in Bogota handing out flyers for front-running candidate Gustavo Petro […]
5 hours ago
Travelers queue up at the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Ai...
Associated Press

Prepare for sticker shock if you are traveling this summer

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines and tourist destinations are expecting monster crowds this summer as travel restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes lingering fear of contracting COVID-19 during travel. Many forecasters believe the number of travelers will match or even exceed levels in the good-old, pre-pandemic days. However, airlines have thousands fewer employees than they did […]
5 hours ago
Associated Press

Today in History: May 27, Queen Mary’s maiden voyage

Today in History Today is Friday, May 27, the 147th day of 2022. There are 218 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act, a key component of President Franklin D. […]
5 hours ago
FILE - Dr. Larry Nassar, appears in court for a plea hearing on Nov. 22, 2017, in Lansing, Mich. Th...
Associated Press

No charges for agents in botched Larry Nassar probe

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts. The agency’s inspector general found that two former agents likely provided […]
6 hours ago
FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks from the podium during a campaign rally, on May 1, 2022...
Associated Press

Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, rejecting his argument that he be excused from testifying because his answers could be used in a parallel criminal probe. A four-judge panel in […]
7 hours ago
In this image from Senate Television, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, speak on th...
Associated Press

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tried to nudge Republicans into […]
8 hours ago
This March 13, 2020, photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ...
Associated Press

Parole recommended for California follower of Charles Manson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California parole panel recommended the release of Patricia Krenwinkel for the first time Thursday, more than five decades after she and other followers of cult leader Charles Manson terrorized the state and she wrote “Helter Skelter” on a wall using the blood of one of their victims. Krenwinkel, 74, was […]
9 hours ago
Associated Press

Feds stop boat with 1,400 pounds of meth by US-Canada border

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities say they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after they saw it riding low in the water near the Canadian border with Washington state. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers stopped the 18-foot (5.5-meter) Bayliner speedboat in the San Juan Islands on Wednesday as it […]
9 hours ago
Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Desper...
Associated Press

Texas shooter sent warning signs, messages, mostly too late

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Monday morning at Robb Elementary School, a line of graduating high school seniors in maroon caps and gowns paid a visit to the children to offer smiles, high fives and encouragement that one day, if they studied hard enough, they could graduate too. Notably missing from those Uvalde High School seniors […]
9 hours ago
FILE - Traffic moves along the Interstate 76 highway in Philadelphia. The Senate on Thursday, May, ...
Associated Press

Senate confirms Steven Cliff to lead highway safety agency

DETROIT (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former California pollution regulator Steven Cliff to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Joe Biden’s pick to run the agency was confirmed by consent without objections or a formal roll call vote. Cliff takes over the road safety agency at a critical time, about a […]
9 hours ago
Associated Press

Rights group sues over US denying Afghans humanitarian entry

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston civil rights group is challenging the U.S. government’s denial of humanitarian relief to scores of Afghans fleeing from the Taliban. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit in Boston federal court Wednesday on behalf of Afghans and their New England-area families seeking to bring them to the […]
10 hours ago