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Independent booksellers continued to expand in 2023, with more than 200 new stores opening

May. 23, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Erin Decker was a middle school librarian in Kissimmee, Florida, increasingly frustrated by the state's book bans and worried that she couldn't make a difference remaining in her job. So, she and fellow librarian Tania Galiñanes thought of a way...

Baltimore's former top prosecutor being sentenced for mortgage fraud and perjury

May. 23, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — As a sentencing hearing got underway Thursday for Baltimore’s former top prosecutor on perjury and mortgage fraud charges, the presiding judge pressed federal prosecutors to identify the victims of her crimes. Former Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn...

FACT FOCUS: Trump distorts use of 'deadly force' language in FBI document for Mar-a-Lago search

May. 23, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump pointed to standard language in an unsealed FBI document to baselessly claim that the Biden administration wanted to kill him during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, nearly two years ago. “WOW! I just came out of the Biden...

'Heat dome' leads to sweltering temperatures in Mexico, Central America and US South

May. 23, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

Extreme heat in Mexico, Central America and parts of the U.S. South has left millions of people in sweltering temperatures, strained energy grids and resulted in iconic Howler monkeys in Mexico dropping dead from trees. Meteorologists say the conditions have been caused by what some...

Florida’s Skylar Wallace ends worst hit slump of career. Teammate says ‘everyone should be scared’

May. 23, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No matter what happens the rest of the way in the NCAA softball tournament, Florida shortstop Skylar Wallace won’t soon forget the most miserable month of her college career. She doesn’t want to, either. Wallace, the Southeastern...

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US, a new study says

May. 22, 2024 21:41 PM EDT

For the first time, the number of Americans who use marijuana just about every day has surpassed the number who drink that often, a shift some 40 years in the making as recreational pot use became more mainstream and legal in nearly half of U.S. states. In 2022, an estimated 17.7...

Florida Sen. Rick Scott, a close Trump ally, joins race to succeed Mitch McConnell as GOP leader

May. 22, 2024 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he will run for Senate Republican leader when Mitch McConnell steps down from the post, becoming the third Republican in the race. South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the current No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Texas Sen....

Heated hearing in classified documents case as lawyer for Trump co-defendant challenges prosecutors

May. 22, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer for Donald Trump's personal valet took aim at the conduct of prosecutors in the classified documents case in a heated hearing Wednesday, the first since a judge indefinitely postponed the trial. Stanley Woodward, a lawyer for Walt Nauta, said...

Suspect arrested in Florida shooting that injured Auburn RB Brian Battie and killed his brother

May. 22, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Sarasota man has been charged with murder in a shooting that killed the brother of Auburn running back Brian Battie and injured Battie and three other men. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested Darryl Bernard Brookins on Wednesday as a suspect in the...

Graceland foreclosure sale halted as Presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

May. 22, 2024 16:00 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday said Elvis Presley's estate could be successful in arguing that a company's attempt to auction Graceland is fraudulent as he halted a foreclosure sale of the beloved Memphis tourist attraction. Later Wednesday, a statement from someone...