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Police: Texas gunman walked through apparently unlocked door

May. 26, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A Texas law enforcement official says the 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 21 people at an elementary school entered the building “unobstructed” through a door that was apparently unlocked. Victor Escalon, a regional director at the Texas Department of...

Stocks rise broadly on gains from retailers including Macy's

May. 26, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly in afternoon trading on Wall Street Thursday as investors cheered a strong set of quarterly results from Macy's and other retailers. The S&P 500 rose 1.8% as of 3:27 p.m. Eastern and is solidly in the green for the week following a choppy few...

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

May. 26, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety. ...

Michigan GOP governor hopefuls off ballot, court fight next

May. 26, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

Two of the leading candidates for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor say they will ask the courts to intervene after they were found ineligible Thursday for the August primary, reshaping the race to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the battleground state this fall. ...

Wisconsin GOP leader isn't ruling anyone out for key slot

May. 26, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leader, who will appoint a key member of the state's bipartisan elections commission, said Thursday he was not “ruling anybody in or out” as he looks to quickly fill a vacancy in the battleground state before the next chair of the panel is...

Polish lawmakers back removing judicial body EU criticized

May. 26, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers on Thursday approved removing a controversial disciplinary body within Poland's top court that the right-wing government has used to sanction outspoken judges and which has drawn condemnation from the European Union. Poland's government...

Police: Woman killed man who fired rifle into party crowd

May. 26, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman in West Virginia fatally shot a man who began firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of people that had gathered for a party, authorities said. Dennis Butler, 37, was killed Wednesday night after he pulled out the rifle and began shooting at...

Russia slams sanctions, seeks to blame West for food crisis

May. 26, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Moscow pressed the West on Thursday to lift sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, seeking to shift the blame for a growing food crisis that has been worsened by Kyiv’s inability to ship millions of tons of grain and other agricultural products due to the...

Palestinians: Israel deliberately killed Al Jazeera reporter

May. 26, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced the results of its investigation into the shooting death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying it had proven she was deliberately killed by Israeli forces as she tried to flee. The conclusion...

Spain: Parliament backs "Only yes means yes" consent bill

May. 26, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that makes consent a key determinant in sexual assault cases, freeing victims of having to prove that violence or intimidation was used against them. The bill, popularly known as “Only Yes is Yes,” seeks to...