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California investigating sick and dying brown pelicans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildlife authorities are trying to determine why large numbers of California brown pelicans are being found sick and dying. Hundreds of the pelicans, which are a protected species in the state, have been admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Southern and ...

3 more funerals for Buffalo victims in week of goodbyes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A mother and sister known for baking decadent pastries. A restaurant worker buying his 3-year-old's birthday cake. A father and die-hard Buffalo Bills fan who worked as a school bus aide. Those three victims of the racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket were laid to rest ...

Despite ample school security plan, Texas shooter found gaps

Robb Elementary School had measures in place to prevent this kind of violence. A fence lined the school property. Teachers were ordered to keep classroom doors closed and locked. Students faced regular lockdown and evacuation drills. But when an 18-year-old man arrived Tuesday at the school in ...

Dodgers’ Roberts misses game to attend daughter’s graduation

PHOENIX (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts missed Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to attend his daughter's high school graduation in Southern California. Bench coach Bob Geren will manage the team Friday. Roberts — in his seventh season managing the ...

The names: 19 children, 2 teachers killed in Uvalde school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Nineteen children were looking forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts and soccer and video games. Two teachers were closing out a school year that they started with joy and that had held such promise. They're the 21 people who were killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old ...

Authorities: 13 wells leaked methane near California homes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Crews have sealed 13 oil wells in California's San Joaquin Valley that leaked methane, some reportedly at levels that risk an explosion, a state official said Friday. "The wellheads have been repaired," and there were no readings of methane emissions in a nearby ...

Lieberman ends Democratic campaign for Arizona governor

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Aaron Lieberman ended his campaign for Arizona governor Friday, saying there's no viable path to victory. Lieberman, a former state lawmaker from Paradise Valley, struggled to gain traction against the Democratic front-runner, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has ...

San Francisco police say officers shot, killed 2 men

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police shot and killed two men in a confrontation last week after being called to help a man who was being attacked, police said Friday. Police Chief Bill Scott provided information about the shooting at a virtual town hall Friday after facing criticism for ...

Mentorship program works to grow more than a garden

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On a patch of grass outside the fence that surrounds the community garden at Fred Alexander Park, a cherry tree is dying and Reggie Singleton knows why. The tree's brown, bare branches stand in stark contrast to the two peach trees planted next to it, already sprouting ...

Arrington ad aims to draw South Carolina contrast with Mace

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Trump-backed Republican challenger has taken to South Carolina's coastal airwaves with a "six-figure" digital and television ad buy seeking to contrast herself against incumbent Rep. Nancy Mace. Katie Arrington's 30-second spot, provided to The Associated Press ahead ...

Liberal Los Angeles could take right turn in mayor’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many voters in heavily Democratic Los Angeles are seething over rising crime and homelessness and that could prompt the city to take a turn to the political right for the first time in decades. One of the leading candidates for mayor is Rick Caruso, a pro-business ...

Ex-veterans hospital worker sentenced in theft of HIV meds

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmacy technician involved in the theft of more than $8.2 million worth of prescription HIV medication from a Veterans Affairs hospital in northern New Jersey has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Lisa Hoffman, 50, of Orange, had pleaded ...

3 federal prison officers accused of civil rights violations

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Three correctional officers at a federal prison in eastern Kentucky have been indicted on charges alleging civil rights violations, officials said. A federal grand jury in London returned an indictment Thursday charging the officers at U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Inez ...

US levels new sanctions after North Korea missile launches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. targeted two Russian banks Friday as part of new sanctions over alleged support for North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, ...

Governor saw deadly arrest video months before prosecutors

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With racial tensions still simmering over the killing of George Floyd, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his top lawyers gathered in a state police conference room in October 2020 to prepare for the fallout from a troubling case closer to home: troopers' deadly ...

Bill to aid those convicted by non-unanimous juries shelved

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation providing a possible path to freedom for people convicted of felonies by non-unanimous Louisiana juries has been shelved for the current legislative session. The bill would have allowed those convicted by non-unanimous juries to apply for a review by a ...

Many back strict gun laws, but opposition tends to be louder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majorities of U.S. adults think mass shootings would occur less often if guns were harder to get, and that schools and other public places have become less safe than they were two decades ago, polling shows. Still, public attitudes on guns and gun policy are complicated, ...

Biden tells Naval Academy grads Putin ‘NATO-ized Europe’

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — President Joe Biden told Naval Academy graduates Friday that they will be "representatives and defenders of our democracy," as free societies are under threat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to China's maritime expansion. Delivering a commencement address to more ...

Adam Conover’s ‘G Word’ is funny crash course in government

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Conover is certain that laughing and thinking at the same time is both possible and downright synergistic. He tested the approach in "Adam Ruins Everything," in which he punctured conventional wisdom on matters ranging from charity to jaywalking. He's back with "The G ...

Federal government sues Alaska over fishing on refuge river

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration is suing Alaska over fishing rights on a river that runs through a national wildlife refuge, saying the state is undermining federal efforts to limit harvests when fish numbers are low to local residents in the area of predominantly Indigenous ...