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Gun in 8-year-old’s backpack goes off at school, mom charged

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago mother has been charged with child endangerment after a gun in her second grader's backpack accidentally discharged at school, injuring a 7-year-old classmate, police said Wednesday. The 28-year-old woman appeared in court on Wednesday on three misdemeanor child ...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday improved their chances of flipping the only Kansas congressional seat held by a Democrat, when the state's highest court upheld the new congressional map they drew. The map slices territory out of the Kansas City-area district Democratic U.S. Rep. ...

New ‘disinformation’ board paused amid free speech questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board's work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board ...

Moms seeking formula tire of those who say, just breastfeed

As Morgan Fabry drives around Chicago looking for baby formula that is in short supply, she can't help but be bothered by comments from people who don't understand why she can't breastfeed. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life by major medical entities like ...

Buffalo is latest mass shooting by gunman wearing body armor

When a shooter attacked a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend, its security guard tried to stop him. At least one of his shots hit the gunman, but it didn't stop the deadly rampage because the gunman was wearing body armor. Ten Black people died in the racist massacre, including ...

Harris tells Coast Guard grads rule of law is under attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris told the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets that they are starting their service at a crucial moment for the world, a period in history when the "rule of law is strained" and "fundamental principles are under threat." Harris, in the ...

Feds: National Guard members on state duty can join unions

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Justice has given the green light to National Guard members on active duty for their states to join labor unions, despite a U.S. law that makes it a felony for military personnel on active federal duty to unionize. The department on Tuesday settled a ...

Oz, McCormick still neck and neck in Pa. GOP Senate primary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick spent Wednesday essentially tied in Pennsylvania's hotly contested race for the Republican nomination to fill an open U.S. Senate seat. It's also expected to be among the party's ...

Deep beach holes are dangerous, Outer Banks town warns

A town on North Carolina's Outer Banks issued a public plea to beachgoers about the dangers of digging holes on the oceanfront just hours before a man died at a New Jersey beach when a hole collapsed on him. Officials from Kill Devil Hills posted a picture Tuesday on Facebook showing rescue ...

Panel recommends replacing Massachusetts seal, motto

BOSTON (AP) — The commission put together to study the racial implications of the Massachusetts state seal and motto has voted unanimously to recommend that both be replaced. The Special Commission on the Official Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth, made up of lawmakers, members of ...

US case of monkeypox reported in Massachusetts man

NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe. Monkeypox is typically limited to Africa, and rare cases in the U.S. and ...

Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft's seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in ...

Press secretary hopes her rise helps kids ‘dream bigger’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary, hopes she can inspire young people to "dream big and dream bigger" now that she has broken a barrier by becoming the first Black and gay woman to be chief spokesperson for the president of the United ...

Delaware governor isolating after positive COVID-19 test

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms. Carney, who turns 66 on Friday, has received the coronavirus vaccine and two booster shots. Carney's office said in a news release Monday night that he ...

US Rep. Gaetz associate receives another sentencing delay

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has approved yet another sentencing delay for a former Florida tax collector who was a close associate of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said in an order Monday that a sealed status report filed by prosecutors justifies ...

New UW-Madison leader deflects questions about GOP critics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin on Tuesday deflected questions during her first news conference about GOP critics who have painted her as an unabashed liberal and threatened to restrict funding if regents stand by the decision to hire ...

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in "freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism" is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis used his address ...

EXPLAINER: GOP leaders announce deal on $9.8B spending plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate announced an agreement Tuesday on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was not included in a statement announcing ...

US takes control of Afghan embassy, consulates in NY, CA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has taken control of Afghanistan's embassy in Washington and the country's consulates in New York and Beverly Hills, California, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department said that it had assumed "sole responsibility" for the security and ...

Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated — with a troubling sign

CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the waning days of Payton Gendron's COVID-altered senior year at Susquehanna Valley High School, he logged on to a virtual learning program in economics class that asked: "What do you plan to do when you retire?" "Murder-suicide," Gendron typed. Despite his protests ...