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Israel, Hamas trade deadly fire as confrontation escalates

May. 11, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem escalated Tuesday as Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza while militants barraged Israel with hundreds of rockets. The exchange killed a number of militants and...

Internal emails reveal WHO knew of sex abuse claims in Congo

May. 11, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, a World Health Organization doctor offered her a job investigating Ebola cases at double her previous salary — with a catch. “When he asked me to sleep...

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight

May. 11, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside. Confidential...

Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

May. 11, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some back, according to a new poll that highlights the challenges at a pivotal moment in the U.S. vaccination campaign. ...

Gas stations report shortages as pipeline shutdown drags on

May. 11, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — More than 1,000 gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a major pipeline by a gang of hackers entered its fifth day Tuesday. ...

Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

May. 11, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business. The case was over...

Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

May. 11, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Parents, schools and vaccine clinics rushed to begin inoculating younger adolescents Tuesday after U.S. regulators endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12, a decision seen as a breakthrough in allowing classroom instruction to resume safely...

Pentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military response

May. 11, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's acting defense secretary during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots plans to tell Congress that he was concerned in the days before the insurrection that sending troops to the building would fan fears of a military coup and could cause a repeat of the deadly...

Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

May. 11, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said Tuesday they haven't yet determined the cause of death. Health officials working...

Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings

May. 11, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she’ll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. ...

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No-excuse absentee voting up for debate in Connecticut House

May. 11, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday was considering a resolution that could ultimately end Connecticut's long-standing, tight restrictions on when residents are allowed to vote by absentee ballot. Proponents contend Connecticut needs to finally join the majority...

Voting machines, ballots arrive for New Hampshire audit

May. 11, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The audit of a controversial legislative election in New Hampshire began Tuesday with the voting machines and boxes of ballots arriving at the site where they’ll be reviewed. A team of three auditors has until May 27 by law to complete their work...

South Dakota pitcher's prosthetic arm found at recycler

May. 11, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A college baseball player from South Dakota whose prosthetic arm was stolen from his vehicle got it back Tuesday after it was found at a recycling plant. Augustana’s Parker Hanson, a right-handed pitcher, was born without a left hand, but...

Mass. man convicted in bombing has sentence reduced

May. 11, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has reduced the life sentence of a Massachusetts man who was convicted in connection with building a bomb that killed a Boston police officer and severely injured his partner 30 years ago. Alfred Trenkle recently requested to be released...

Leigh Perkins, who took Orvis beyond fly fishing, dies at 93

May. 11, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

The man who transformed the Vermont-based Orvis company from a niche fly-fishing supply company into a global retailer of outdoor supplies, apparel and protector of the environment has died. Leigh H. Perkins was 93. The Sunderland-based Orvis company says Perkins died...

Iran: Clash near Turkey kills 2 Guard troops, 7 militants

May. 11, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard forces on Tuesday killed seven militants and dismantled their cell in the country's northwest near the border with Turkey, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. Two Guard members were also killed in the shootout. ...

Tennessee to end federal pandemic unemployment aid in July

May. 11, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that the extra federal unemployment aid offered amid the COVID-19 pandemic won't be available in Tennessee starting July 3, including the end of $300 weekly additional payments. With the decision, the Republican...

The Latest: Canada stops giving Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

May. 11, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

TORONTO — Canada’s largest province says it will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over blood clots. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says the decision has been made out of an abundance of caution...

EXPLAINER: Why are fears of high inflation getting worse?

May. 11, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices are rising. Auto prices are soaring. Consumer goods companies are charging more for household basics like toilet paper, peanut butter and soft drinks. All of which is resurrecting fears of an economic threat that has all but disappeared over...

US doctors group issues anti-racism plan for itself, field

May. 11, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

The nation’s largest doctors group Tuesday released a comprehensive plan aimed at dismantling structural racism inside its own ranks and within the U.S. medical establishment. The American Medical Association's plan has been in the works for more than a year. The...