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FBI: Perceived grievances drove Virginia Beach mass shooter

Jun. 09, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A city engineer who fatally shot 12 people in a Virginia Beach municipal building in 2019 “was motivated by perceived workplace grievances” that “he fixated on for years,” according to findings released by the FBI on Wednesday. The...

Louisiana coast still hurting from storms, bracing for more

Jun. 01, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Scores of people in coastal Louisiana are still living in campers on dirt mounds or next to cement slabs where their houses once stood. Unresolved insurance claims and a shortage of supply and labor are stymieing building efforts. And weather forecasters are warning of...

1 construction worker killed, 2nd injured in elevator plunge

May. 19, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A construction worker was killed and another was critically injured Wednesday in an elevator plunge at a Bronx building undergoing renovation, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the five-story building at 20 Bruckner Blvd. in the Mott Haven...

6th Washington state man charged in U.S. Capitol breach case

May. 14, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Seattle man has been arrested and charged with entering the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump mob during the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection. Joseph Elliott Zlab, 51, of Lake Forest Park, was arrested Thursday in Everett, an FBI spokesman told The...

Explosion damages house under construction, worker burned

May. 14, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — An explosion happened at an Amherst house that was under construction, causing a contractor to suffer burn injuries to his arms, New Hampshire fire investigators said Friday. Firefighters responded to the house near Baboosic Lake shortly before...

Suspected extremist in Kenya's east blow up truck killing 2

May. 04, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people were killed near Kenya's eastern border with Somalia when the vehicle they were travelling in ran over an explosive device suspected to have been planted by the extremist al-Shabab rebels, officials said Tuesday. It is the...

Providence man charged with trying to hire hitman to kill 2

May. 03, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man tried to hire a hitman to torture and kill two men, including a contractor he said owed him $8,500, federal prosecutors said Monday. Agustin Vinas, 51, of Providence, was held without bail at an initial court appearance last...

Wyoming jury awards $2M to widow, daughter for biker crash

Apr. 30, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A jury has awarded $2 million to the widow and daughter of a motorcycle rider killed by a Wyoming intersection crash. Bill Gray, 62, of Casper, died two weeks after a driver struck him on his motorcycle in the Evansville intersection in 2017. ...

Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

Apr. 21, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting “Help Wanted” signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services. ...

Whitmer changes contracting rules to target payroll fraud

Apr. 15, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced changes in the state's contracting process to ensure construction and other companies are not rewarded with government money for payroll fraud such as misclassifying workers as independent contractors. ...