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No bond: Woman accused of taking twins, shooting their mom

May. 12, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman was denied bond Wednesday and remained in custody, accused of shooting a woman and kidnapping the woman's infant twins, authorities said. The 6-week-old boys were found unharmed Tuesday, the Savannah Police Department said. The...

Missouri lawmakers vote to collect online sales taxes

May. 12, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The GOP Legislature on Wednesday passed bills that would require out-of-state online stores to collect sales taxes on Missourians' purchases. The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the proposal. Both bills still need at...

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine available to Connecticut teens

May. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer is now available to roughly 170,000 Connecticut residents, ages 12 to 15, at all clinics in the state offering that particular vaccine, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday. The state's announcement came shortly after advisers to the Centers...

Camas mayor unexpectedly steps down from role

May. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — The mayor of Camas, Washington, is stepping down after winning the position as a write-in candidate in October 2019. Former Mayor Barry McDonnell released a statement Tuesday announcing his resignation from the position, effective immediately,...

Bill that changes how inmates are counted heads to governor

May. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that would change the way prisoners are counted when Connecticut’s legislative district lines are redrawn heads to Gov. Ned Lamont's desk. The proposal received final legislative approval in the Democratic controlled House of...

Wisconsin appellate court rejects most of shaming sentence

May. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday threw out part of a woman’s shoplifting sentence that required she tell the management of any store she entered that she was on supervision for the offense. Markea Brown, 28, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty in...

Utah cop again charged with assault for misusing police dog

May. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City police officer has been charged with aggravated assault a second time for ordering a dog to attack someone who complied with officers’ orders, prosecutors said. K9 Officer Nickolas Pearce was charged Tuesday with lifting up his...

Medical pot bill dies, setting up Nebraska ballot drive

May. 12, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana died in the Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday, setting the stage for a much less restrictive ballot measure with a good chance of passing. Supporters of the bill fell two votes shy of the 33...

Australia signs deal for 25 million Moderna COVID-19 doses

May. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has reached a supply agreement for 25 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S.-based biotechnology company and the prime minister said Thursday. The deal included 10 million doses of the vaccine against the ancestral...

GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

May. 12, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans dumped GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post Wednesday for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, underscoring the hold the defeated and twice-impeached former president retains on his party. She...