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  Simba the goldendoodle survives fall off 200-foot cliff

Ruth and Wesley Wallace got out of the car to enjoy the view of the vista. Simba was out running with joy.

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Retired Geauga County, Ohio, Sheriff, K9 partner die on same day

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

  FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year

  Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba

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  Minnesota mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

  Soldiers who served together over 2 decades end military careers together, too

State’s expert told grand jury police didn’t kill Prude

‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ actress Helen McCrory dies of cancer at 52

  N.Y. elementary school principal accused of sexually abusing students

Kirk Ashton was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, sexual abuse and sexual conduct.

Human composting legislation considered in Delaware

The bill introduced Thursday would permit a practice known as “natural organic reduction” but also called “human composting.”

  2 dead, 6 rescued, search on for 11 others after boat capsizes south of Louisiana

The United States Coast Guard is assisting in the search for ‘multiple people in the water’ after at least one vessel capsized during a severe storm near Grand Isle, LA this afternoon.

  Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Moscow will add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the activities of U.S. nongovernment organizations from interfering in Russia’s politics.

FBI warns against making or buying fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

AG Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing use of consent decrees

Wilmington police seek 16-year-old girl missing since April 5

  Woman gets pregnant while already pregnant

  A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Facebook panel’s Trump ruling delayed as comments flood in

  Driver takes SUV airborne over rising Florida drawbridge

Police in Florida are on the lookout for the driver of an SUV who smashed through traffic arms on a rising drawbridge Monday morning.

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The new effort, which relies on money approved by Congress as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, aims to break what experts say is a feast-or-famine cycle in U.S. preparedness for biological threats, of which the coronavirus is only one example.

  US says Russia was given Trump campaign polling data in 2016

Konstantin Kilimnik was one of 32 people and entities sanctioned by the U.S. government for interference in the 2020 election.

  Princely letter: Philip apologized to Nixon for ‘lame’ toast

In a handwritten note to the president uncovered by archivists at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, the Duke of Edinburgh wrote to “humbly apologize” for failing to toast the president’s health as dictated by protocol during a “stag” dinner in his honor.

  ‘It weighs on me heavily’: Authorities seek community’s help in solving 2017 deaths of 3 Lumberton women

Law enforcement officials are asking Lumberton residents for their help in determining what led to the deaths of three women in 2017.

Alabama prosecutors want inmate stimulus checks to go to crime victims

Alabama inmates were potentially paid millions in the newest round of stimulus payments. Prosecutors say inmates who are court-ordered to pay their victims should not receive stimulus money.

Family asks feds to reopen case on Tamir Rice police killing

In late 2020, federal prosecutors said they would not bring charges against the two police officers involved, saying video of the shooting was of too poor a quality for them to conclusively establish what had happened. There were no other prosecutions in the case.

Veteran who died with no family in Florida will be returned to rest in his old Kentucky home

The body of a Korean War hero who died in Florida will be taken on a 1,000 mile journey from Zephyrhills, Fla to Kentucky

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

The question comes as the general secretary of ruling LDP political party, Toshihiro Nikai, raised the possibility the day before.

  Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceutical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules.

  Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

Former Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd’s death will be in a jury’s hands by early next week.

  Video shows Chicago teen wasn’t holding gun when shot by cop

Body camera footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy last month will be released Thursday, the board that reviews such shootings said.

Tamika Palmer blasts BLM Louisville, Rep. Attica Scott

Breonna Taylor’s mother called out Black Lives Matter Louisville and Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, using the word “fraud” to describe both in a Facebook post.

  Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

Closing arguments are set to begin Monday morning, after which the jury will get the case.

  US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

The actions, foreshadowed for weeks by the administration, represent the first retaliatory measures announced against the Kremlin for the hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach.

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

  White House: Intel on Russian ‘bounties’ on US troops shaky

President Joe Biden raised the subject of the reported bounties on U.S. troops during his first call with Putin on Jan. 26, the White House said at the time. No mention of the topic was revealed by the White House after their latest call on Tuesday.

San Antonio airport on lockdown after police shooting

An airport spokeswoman said the incident happened on the Terminal A lower level.

  National WWI memorial to be unveiled in D.C.

World War I is long over, but now, those heroes will never be forgotten. A new memorial in the nation’s capital is set to be dedicated this week. Until now, it’s the only major conflict from the 20th century that did not have a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

  Daunte Wright family calls for stiffer charge against ex-cop

Kim Potter, who quit her job on the Brooklyn Center force two days after Wright’s death, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun.

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker

Pence is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report.

  Disney cancels US cruise line sailings through June

Disney said it’s working with American officials in “resuming operations.”

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

The practice by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division continued until several people questioned or appealed being denied checks in 2019.

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.

  Capitol Police watchdog says force needs a ‘culture change’

The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department’s broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a “war” and weapons that were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them.

  Instagram post leads to Little River man’s arrest for alleged role in deadly Capitol riots

A Little River man is now accused of participating in one of the most infamous days in U.S. history when thousands of people stormed the U.S. Capitol.

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

The company is teaming up with medical researchers to see if its devices can predict early signs of respiratory illnesses, like the flu or coronavirus.

Atlanta school replacing KKK leader’s name with Hank Aaron’s

The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy to Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy.

  Democratic bill proposes Supreme Court expansion

Democratic lawmakers announed a measure Thursday to expand the number of justices on the nation's highest court, but it doesn't have the support of the Speaker of the House.

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.

  Princes William, Harry won’t walk side-by-side at funeral

Members of the royal family often wear uniforms to public events by virtue of their honorary roles with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Brett Favre says politics are ruining sports; protests are ‘more turmoil than good’

Favre, in a recent interview on The Andrew Klavan Show, says politics are ruining sports and that most people are tuning out because of it.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday.

Australian man finds venomous snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

It was a venomous pale-headed snake that authorities say made a 540-mile journey to Sydney from a packing plant in the Australian city of Toowoomba wrapped in plastic with two heads of cos lettuce.

  Maryland trooper shoots, kills teenager who had airsoft gun

The superintendent of the Maryland State Police says a trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls shot and killed a teenager who was pointing what investigators determined was an airsoft gun at the officer.

Officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

COVID-19 cases have been surging across Japan with just over three months until the delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to open.

Toyota recalls Venza SUVs to fix air bag wiring problem

Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say wires to the air bag sensor in the driver’s side door can become damaged with regular use.

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

Jobless claims are now down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January and well below the 700,000-plus level they had been stuck at for months.

  Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Blinken was meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, and civic figures, a day after Biden announced that the remaining 2,500 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan would be coming home by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

J-Rod are done: Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez have split

They told the “Today” show Thursday in a joint statement that they are calling off their two-year engagement.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

  Ancestry site helps police solve cold case killing of pregnant teen

Investigators have arrested the victim’s then-boyfriend, who was allegedly abusive toward the pregnant teenager at the time of her disappearance.

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

The commission created by the bill would study possible remedies to slavery and discrimination in the United States such as compensation and a formal apology.

  Fatal police shooting at Ohio hospital caught on officer bodycams

Police body camera footage shows a routine police pat-down of a man in a hospital emergency room erupting within minutes into a fatal police shooting after the man apparently fires a gun he had concealed in his possession.

  Texas students disciplined over ‘slave auction’ on Snapchat

A group of ninth-grade students has been disciplined for cyberbullying other students based on their race, the school district says.

Body found in Miss. River identified as missing LSU student

Officials confirm the body found in the Mississippi River in Reserve, La. on Tuesday, April 13 is that of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier.

1 arrested, 1 sought in connection to Texas officer shooting

Authorities say a Texas police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

  Senate breaks filibuster on Asian-American hate crime bill

The bill is the most substantive congressional response to what has been an alarming rise in racist sentiment against Asian Americans, fueled in part by derogatory language about the virus’ origins in China.

  GRAPHIC: Former Minnesota officer charged in shooting of Daunte Wright

The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was filed Wednesday, three days after Wright was killed during a traffic stop and as the nearby murder trial progresses for the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd.

Soldier charged after video of confrontation with Black man

Online court records show Jonathan Pentland was charged Wednesday. He was listed as detained in the Richland County jail and records didn’t show him as having an attorney.

  Prosecutor: Missing student Kristin Smart killed during 1996 rape attempt

District Attorney Dan Dow said Paul Flores will be charged with first-degree murder and his father, Ruben Flores, will be charged with accessory after murder.

Buddy the beefalo caught after months on lam

The beefalo — a cross between a bison and domestic cattle — eluded its handlers on Aug. 3, while being loaded off a truck at a meat processing business in Plymouth, Connecticut.

  Chauvin trial expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart rhythm problem

Dr. David Fowler, a former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland and now a member of a consulting firm, said the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system, and possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors.

Age is just a number: 81-year-old graduates from Alabama A&M, inspires others

We are three days away from the Magic City Classic at Legion Field and for one Alabama A&M graduate, she believes she’s giving the Bulldogs something to cheer about before her team hits the field.