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Day of triumph turned to day of tragedy for honor student

May. 27, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Tuesday should have been a day of triumph for 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez. Instead, it was the day she died. Maite was among 19 grade school students who, along with two teachers, were shot to death at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of...

Police: Boy found in suitcase died of electrolyte imbalance

May. 27, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — An autopsy for a young boy found dead in a suitcase in southern Indiana showed he died from an electrolyte imbalance, Indiana State Police said Friday. The child's death from electrolyte imbalance was most likely due to gastroenteritis, or, in other words,...

Delaware lawmaker suggests mask opponents kill themselves

May. 27, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — House leaders in Delaware on Friday chastised a fellow Democrat who suggested in an online discussion that those who don’t support mask wearing amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases but do support gun rights should kill themselves with their guns. House leaders gave...

Investigation: No retaliation against COVID-19 whistleblower

May. 27, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There's nothing to indicate the Florida Department of Health told an employee to falsify COVID-19 data and she wasn't fired out of retaliation, according to a state investigator's report released this month. Former department employee Rebekah Jones received...

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

May. 27, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fabian Espinel last year helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the streets of the...

Cyprus gets rid of required COVID-19 tests for visitors

May. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Travelers to Cyprus will no longer be required to show either a valid COVID-19 vaccination or a recovery certificate and won’t need to produce a negative recent COVID-19 test of June 1, the Cypriot government said Friday. The government also decided to...

Many back strict gun laws, but opposition tends to be louder

May. 27, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majorities of U.S. adults think mass shootings would occur less often if guns were harder to get, and that schools and other public places have become less safe than they were two decades ago, polling shows. Still, public attitudes on guns and gun policy are...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries

May. 27, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited...

Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese...