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Some Georgia state legislative races head to June runoffs

May. 28, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One Georgia state Senate seats and as many as 10 state House seats are headed to runoffs on June 21 after a majority of voters couldn't choose a party nominee on Tuesday. Banker Mike Hodges and former state House member Jeff Jones will contend for the Republican...

As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

May. 28, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. Flags flew at...

Kansas equity efforts bring little change after George Floyd

May. 28, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — First she saw the graphic cellphone video showing Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death in Georgia, then news that Breonna Taylor had been shot in her Kentucky home during a botched drug raid. But when Teresa Parks watched videos of the white Minneapolis police officer pressing his...

In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat

May. 28, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Wayne Black was one of the few African Americans in the crowd as about 100 people gathered recently at the Republican Party headquarters near Columbus, Georgia, to hear from U.S. Senate candidate and football legend Herschel Walker. A member of the Muscogee...

Former Scientologist called police, went nowhere, she sued

May. 28, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Before she sued the Church of Scientology last month for allegedly trafficking her as a child, Valeska Paris, 44, tried to pursue criminal charges. She filed a 32-page affidavit in September 2019 with the Clearwater Police Department alleging forced labor and...

Today in History: May 28, Dionne quintuplets are born

May. 28, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 28, the 148th day of 2022. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, made up of freed Blacks, left Boston to fight...

Uvalde school police chief faulted in shooting response

May. 27, 2022 22:37 PM EDT

The police official blamed for not sending officers in more quickly to stop the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting is the chief of the school system's small police force, a unit dedicated ordinarily to building relationships with students and responding to the occasional fight. Preparing...

Hogan vetoes 18 bills, including ballot signature measure

May. 27, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced vetoes of 18 bills Friday, including a measure that would have allowed voters who forget to sign their mail-in ballot envelope to do so after mailing it to get it counted. The Republican governor also vetoed a bill that...

Arizona governor vetoes voter registration cancelation bill

May. 27, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill Friday that would require county recorders to launch an investigation anytime someone claims that a person's voter registration is invalid. Ducey, a Republican, said the bill could allow for subjective decisions and lead to...

Phoenix cops find 1,200 catalytic converters as thefts soar

May. 27, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man was facing multiple theft charges Friday after detectives found more than 1,200 catalytic converters packed into a storage unit, a case that highlights a national surge in thefts of the pricy auto parts that play a critical role in reducing vehicle emissions. ...