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Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity

May. 19, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn’t involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and...

Germany's top court OKs vaccine mandate for health workers

May. 19, 2022 05:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top court said Thursday it has approved rules requiring health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Federal Constitutional Court announced that it had rejected complaints against the measure, arguing that the importance of protecting vulnerable...

Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link

May. 19, 2022 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent deadly shooting at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California didn’t just violate a sacred space. Taiwanese Americans across the country say it ripped through their cultural bastion. It is where the congregation in Laguna Woods worshipped....

Today in History: May 19, Anne Boleyn beheaded

May. 19, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 19, the 139th day of 2022. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of...

House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo shooting

May. 19, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation late Wednesday night that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress...

US warns abortion ruling could increase extremist violence

May. 18, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion striking down the constitutional right to abortion has unleashed a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence, an internal government report says. Violence could come...

911 dispatcher who took Buffalo shooting call put on leave

May. 18, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

A 911 dispatcher has been placed on leave and may lose her job after allegedly hanging up on an supermarket employee hiding during this weekend's shooting rampage in Buffalo, New York. “Termination will be sought” for the dispatcher at a disciplinary hearing later this month,...

Georgia store shootings: White man faces hate crime charges

May. 18, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury in Georgia has brought hate crime charges against a white man accused of shooting into two convenience stores at people because of their race, telling police afterward that "this is a hate crime." Larry Edward Foxworth, 48, of Jonesboro was...

Moms seeking formula tire of those who say, just breastfeed

May. 18, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

As Morgan Fabry drives around Chicago looking for baby formula that is in short supply, she can’t help but be bothered by comments from people who don’t understand why she can’t breastfeed. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life by major medical...

Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

May. 18, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — He was known by all as simply Dr. John, the quiet, calm physician who mentored kids in kung fu, finding time between patient appointments to encourage people to learn self-defense. So it was no surprise to friends and colleagues that John Cheng spent his final moments...