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West Bank erupts in protest amid more Israel-Hamas fighting

May. 14, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Turmoil from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators in multiple towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least...

Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Just after midnight Friday, the Israeli military put out an ominous statement to the media: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.” The terse statement set off frenzied speculation that Israel had launched a ground...

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

May. 14, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. ...

In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

May. 14, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik to a leadership post Friday, highlighting how the party whose lodestar has long been conservative policies increasingly views allegiance to Donald Trump as its indispensable key to electoral success. ...

States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

May. 14, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases. But other states and cities and some major businesses hesitated amid doubts about whether the approach is safe or even workable. ...

UK eager for a big reopening thanks to vaccine success

May. 14, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When London’s Science Museum reopens next week, it will have some new artifacts: empty vaccine vials, testing kits and other items collected during the pandemic, to be featured in a new COVID-19 display. Britain isn’t quite ready to consign the...

Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting

May. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On Election Day last year, state Rep. Jon Echols was mortified to see a 3 1/2-hour line to vote in his district, which stretches from the edge of Oklahoma City's urban core into suburban neighborhoods that give way to wide stretches of rural land. A...

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

May. 14, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a...

The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online

May. 14, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

Dr. Michelle Rockwell lost a pregnancy in December and shared her heartache with her 30,000 Instagram followers. Weeks later, she received the COVID-19 vaccine and posted about that, too. By February, Rockwell was getting past the grief and finally starting to experience...

Irish health system targeted in 'serious' ransomware attack

May. 14, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's health service shut down its IT systems on Friday after being targeted in a ransomware attack by what it called “international criminals.” Appointments and elective surgeries were canceled at several hospitals and Deputy Prime Minister Leo...

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Southern California wildlife bridge plan gets huge boost

May. 14, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to build a bridge over a major Southern California highway to enable mountain lions and other wildlife to move between wilderness areas has received a $25 million challenge grant to advance the project, organizers said Friday. The challenge...

Suspended Boston top cop goes to court to block firing

May. 14, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's police commissioner, who was placed on leave shortly after he got the job over more than 20-year-old domestic violence allegations, went to court Friday to try to block the city from firing him from. An attorney for Dennis White filed a motion for...

Oklahoma governor booted from Tulsa Race Massacre commission

May. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The commission formed to observe the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre announced Friday that it has booted Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt from his seat on the panel. A statement from the commission did not indicate the reason for the parting,...

It's time: Duncan, Bryant, Garnett to enter Hall of Fame

May. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Vanessa Bryant got a private tour to see some of the newly remodeled Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, viewing the exhibit that will honor the life and legacy of her late husband before the rest of the world gets their first look. ...

Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Just after midnight Friday, the Israeli military put out an ominous statement to the media: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.” The terse statement set off frenzied speculation that Israel had launched a ground...

Maryland's governor announces he is ending a statewide mask mandate as of Saturday

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's governor announces he is ending a statewide mask mandate as of Saturday.

Governor lifting Delaware mask mandate effective next Friday

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney said Friday that he will lift Delaware’s mask-wearing mandate effective May 21 after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social...

Gov. John Carney announces he is lifting Delaware’s mask-wearing mandate effective May 21

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. John Carney announces he is lifting Delaware’s mask-wearing mandate effective May 21.

Woman pleads no contest in wreck that killed motorcyclist

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue woman pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in a wreck that killed a motorcyclist. Susan Barrett, 74, was charged after the Sept. 21, 2020, crash that killed Nicholas Scarpino-Vestal, 23. ...

Georgia public universities won't mandate COVID-19 vaccine

May. 14, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's 26 public universities and colleges do not currently plan to require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall, according to guidance issued Thursday by the University System of Georgia. The 340,000-student...