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'Complete evil': Texas gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers

May. 25, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S....

Desperation becomes sorrow after elementary school shooting

May. 25, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Desperation turned to heart-wrenching sorrow for families of grade schoolers killed after an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in their Texas classroom and began shooting, killing at least 19 children and their two teachers. Relatives who gathered at a...

Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of firearms background-check bills Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of gun...

Takeaways: Trump's big defeat; election denial backfiring

May. 25, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump's crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump's entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss. It's a huge warning sign...

Scars of war seem to be everywhere in Ukraine after 3 months

May. 25, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Piano music wafted from an apartment block on a recent spring evening in Kramatorsk, blending with distant artillery fire for a surreal soundtrack to a bomb-scarred neighborhood in the eastern Ukrainian city. No matter where they live, the 3-month-old war...

FDA chief: COVID, mail mix-up delayed action on baby formula

May. 25, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that efforts to investigate problems at a baby formula plant linked to the nationwide shortage were slowed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and even a missing piece of mail. FDA Commissioner Robert...

UK's Johnson faulted for lockdown parties but won't quit

May. 25, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An investigative report released Wednesday blamed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior leaders for allowing boozy government parties that broke the U.K.’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, and while Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the breach, he insisted...

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

May. 25, 2022 04:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by...

Vigil, rally planned for 2nd anniversary of Floyd killing

May. 25, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A candlelight vigil to honor George Floyd's memory at the intersection where he died was among the remembrances scheduled for Wednesday's second anniversary of the Black man's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Activists planned the vigil, along...

Brittney Griner's wife tells ABC she wants WNBA star home

May. 25, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner's release, doing whatever is necessary to get the WNBA star home from Russia where she has been detained for more than three months. “I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a...

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Wisconsin Democrats renew call for votes on gun safety bills

May. 25, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats renewed calls Wednesday for the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun safety bills that were rejected without any debate just over two years ago. The bills would institute a universal background check for gun sales and...

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney tests positive for COVID-19

May. 25, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and planned to work through minor symptoms she said she was experiencing. The Wyoming Republican's diagnosis comes amid a nationwide surge in new coronavirus cases and reports of...

13-year-old in custody, accused of shooting Louisiana deputy

May. 25, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

WALDHEIM, La. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy is accused of shooting a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was investigating a burglary early Wednesday, authorities said. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Doby went to Waldheim, north of Covington, after a suspected business burglary...

Youth, 16, charged with attempted murder in school stabbing

May. 25, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have announced attempted murder and other charges against a 16-year-old youth in the stabbing of another student at a high school near Philadelphia that reportedly stemmed from a fight over a vape cartridge. Police were called to Coatesville Area...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 25, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 23 The Washington Post say paused Disinformation Governance Board was doomed from its inception The Disinformation Governance Board has been put on pause — leaving skeptics of the new...

School massacre continues Texas' grim run of mass shootings

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once again, one of America's deadliest mass shootings happened in Texas. Past shootings targeted worshippers during a Sunday sermon, shoppers at a Walmart, students on a high school campus and drivers on a highway. Among the latest victims were 19 children and...

Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of firearms background-check bills Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of gun...

Massachusetts sues companies over use of ‘forever chemicals’

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has sued more than a dozen companies involved in the manufacture or marketing of so-called forever chemicals, alleging they knowingly polluted the environment and endangered public health, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday. ...

Magistrate suspended for 6 months for improper emails

May. 25, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A magistrate who has been reprimanded before and whose husband is a former sheriff awaiting sentencing for stealing money from government programs has been suspended from the bench for six months, the South Carolina Supreme Court announced Wednesday. Chester...

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

May. 25, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world’s poorest countries. The drugmaker announced the program at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in...