Palestinians: 20 killed in fighting, including 9 children

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Hamas militant group of crossing a “red line” with its rocket attack on Jerusalem and promised a tough response.

Chipotle raising average wages to $15 per hour

  Hopes fade for minke whale stuck in River Thames near London

  1 killed, suspect caught in shooting at U.S. customs office in Fla.

  Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel

Pipeline hit by cyberattack could be online by week’s end

Police seek motive in shooting at Colorado birthday party

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Indiana woman charged after daughter nearly died from lice

US opens probe of steering problems in Honda Accord sedans

  80% of Americans live within 5 miles of all 3 COVID vaccines

  Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections

  New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

6-year-old girl fatally shot at San Antonio car club meetup

  Biden to join meeting of NATO’s eastern members by video

The meeting is in preparation for a full NATO summit next month.

  2-year-old boy missing in Nevada

Nevada Child Seekers issued a statewide alert for 2-year-old Amari Nicholson, missing since Wednesday.

  Parents fight college students’ suspension over lack of off-campus face coverings

The students parents' say their suspension meant they forfeited the entire semester’s grades and $16,000 in tuition.

  Inside Arizona’s election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

The 2.1 million ballots were already counted by Maricopa County election officials in November, validated in a partial hand recount and certified by Gov. Doug Ducey. Two extra audits confirmed no issues.

Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown

Boy, 4, secretly orders more than $2,600 in SpongeBob popsicles from Amazon

  Boy, 12, dies after alleged bullying, complaints of head pain from attacks

Cyberattack on US pipeline is linked to criminal gang

Man kills 6, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting

Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert

  House GOP leader says he backs ousting Cheney from No. 3 job

Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy on Sunday publicly endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik for the post of No. 3 leader, cementing the party conference’s support of the Donald Trump loyalist over Rep. Liz Cheney.

Denver officer shot in the leg; police search for shooter

A Denver officer has been shot in the leg and police are looking for the shooter.

Police: 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at downtown Phoenix hotel

Authorities say one person is dead and seven others injured after a shooting inside a downtown Phoenix hotel.

Former Delaware governor, GOP presidential candidate Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV dies

Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, has died. He was 86.

  Good Samaritan recalls jumping from bridge to save 2-year-old after car crash

The fire chief says the good Samaritan put his own life on the line because of the height of the bridge and the shallow water below.

Olivia and Liam were most popular baby names of 2020

The Social Security Administration has released its annual list of top baby names.

  China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry over Maldives

The roughly 30-meter (100-foot) -long stage is among the biggest space debris to fall to Earth.

  Pastor, wife suffer gouged eyes, parts of their ears bitten off in Chicago attack

The suspect faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. He is undergoing a psychiatric examination at a hospital.

  Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

Vax Live was one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic roiled the world more than a year ago.

Death toll soars to 50 in school bombing in Afghan capital

Three explosions outside the school entrance struck as students were leaving for the day. The blasts occurred in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the west of the capital.

  Police: 3 hit by stray bullets, including 4-year-old girl, in Times Square fight

Police say bullets struck three innocent bystanders in Times Square after at least one man fired a gun during an argument.

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the industrialization of space.

Child tax credits begin in July, IRS urging people with children to file returns ASAP

Payments run from July through December.

Police: 3 hurt in Florida mall shooting as shoppers scatter

A shooting at an upscale South Florida shopping mall that began as a fight between two groups of people left three people injured Saturday afternoon and sent mall patrons fleeing and ducking for cover, police and local news reports said.

Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock ‘n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the semi-forbidden “Stagger Lee,” has died. He was 88.

Obama dog Bo, once a White House celebrity, dies from cancer

Former President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media.

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems.

Tawny Kitaen, star of ’80s rock music videos, dies at 59

Kitaen died at her home in Newport Beach, California, according to a report from Variety.

Archaeologists discover remains of 9 Neanderthals near Rome

Archaeologists said the cave had perfectly preserved the environment of 50,000 years ago.

  Authorities: 4 dead, 1 hurt after shooting, fire in Maryland

Four people were killed and at least one was injured in a shooting and fire early Saturday morning in Maryland, authorities said, adding the suspect was shot by police and was among the dead.

  Police: 29 people recovered from semitruck in Texas

A police official in Texas says 29 people have been recovered from a big rig that was stopped near San Antonio.

  States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine.

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no ‘magic bullet’

The U.S. has kept a tight lid on exports of American-made vaccines so it can inoculate its own population first.

  EU agrees to potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that her office “has just approved a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses” with the same amount of doses as a future option.

  Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

Facebook played an integral role in both of Donald Trump’s campaigns.

Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

Legislation that would create new protections for LGBTQ Americans is stalling out in the U.S. Senate.

  California leaving: State population declines for first time

California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state that halted a growth streak dating to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the West.

  NASA Mars helicopter heard humming through thin Martian air

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight.

  EXPLAINER: What are cicadas and why do they bug some people?

Once you get to know them, scientists say you can appreciate the wonder of these unusual creatures.

  Authorities: Fake vaccination cards sold at California bar

The owner of a Northern California bar where authorities say made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were sold to undercover state agents for $20 each was arrested in what officials call the first such foiled operation they are aware of nationwide.

  US job growth slows sharply in sign of struggles

With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, businesses have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1% from 6% in March.

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Al-Aqsa mosque; 53 hurt

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police on Friday evening at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City as weeks-long tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem soared again.

  Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill passes House

From Florida to Georgia, Iowa and now Texas, Republican lawmakers have used unsubstantiated claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies to justify new voting restrictions.

  Chamber of Commerce seeks end to extra $300 weekly US jobless benefits

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for Washington to immediately stop paying out-of-work Americans an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits, saying the boost in government aid is giving some recipients less incentive to look for work.

  KFC plans to hire 20,000 workers

KFC says it has seen a growth in sales.

Justice Department rule would aim to crack down on ‘ghost guns’

The notice of proposed rulemaking, made public Friday, comes several weeks after President Joe Biden promised a crackdown on “ghost guns.”

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida ports

The company says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order conflicts with guidelines from federal health authorities that would let cruise ships sail in U.S. waters if passengers and crew members are vaccinated.

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

The city’s medical examiner’s office said Friday that 750 bodies are being kept in long-term storage in refrigerated trailers at a Brooklyn pier while family members sort out plans for their final resting places.

  White House allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance

This latest round of aid for renters was included in the $1.9 trillion relief package President Joe Biden pushed through Congress in March. It followed $25 billion in emergency rental assistance in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress in December.

  In surprise, Atlanta Mayor Bottoms won’t seek a second term

“Leadership sometimes is about passing off the baton,” Bottoms told reporters at City Hall, the morning after releasing an election-year surprise public letter and video announcing that she wouldn’t run for re-election this year.

Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

The U.S. pulled out of the landmark 2015 deal in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump said the pact needed to be renegotiated.

Army to allow ponytails, braids for female soldiers

Under the updated policy, female soldiers may wear braids and ponytails down the center of their back in all uniforms.

  Summer of the road trip: Vacations are back

The U.S. Travel Association says 72% of Americans will make at least one trip this summer.

Kidde recalls thousands of smoke detectors for fire alert failure

The recalled models were sold at WalMart, Home Depot, Menards and Amazon between May 2019 and September 2020.

  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

The decision by a WHO technical advisory group — a first for a Chinese vaccine — opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the U.N.-backed COVAX program in coming weeks or months and distributed through UNICEF and the WHO’s Americas regional office.

TripAdvisor removes insensitive review of Auschwitz Museum

In a statement, TripAdvisor said it does not tolerate discrimination and regularly blocks or removes millions of reviews that violate its guidelines.

  GRAPHIC: Study says hate crimes against Asian Americans up 164% from last year

Reports of attacks on Asian Americans have occurred across the country.

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

That gives Pfizer and German partner BioNTech a shot at winning the first full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Elections agency declines to punish Trump for campaign payment to Stormy Daniels

Two Democrats from the Federal Election Commission are criticizing Republican members after the commission decided not to punish former president Donald Trump over payments to Stormy Daniels.

  Pressure rises for India lockdown; COVID surge breaks record again

Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to quell the rise in infections.

London high-rise blaze raises new concerns about cladding

London Fire Brigade said about 125 firefighters tackled a fire that spread to three floors of a 19-story building in the city’s Docklands.

  Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

The restrictions backed by Republicans in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Texas and Arizona often take aim at mail voting, a method embraced by voters from both parties but particularly popular with older voters.

CAUGHT ON CAM: Armed Fort Jackson trainee hijacked SC school bus full of children, police say

Eighteen children from Forest Lake Elementary were on board, but are safe, officials said.

Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death

The Cornell family alleged in the lawsuit filed in 2018 in Los Angeles Superior Court that medication, especially the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, prescribed by Dr. Robert Koblin led to erratic behavior from the Soundgarden front man before his death in Detroit in 2017 at age 52.

  China discounts possibility of harm from falling rocket

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson says Chinese authorities will release information about the re-entry of the rocket, expected over the weekend, in a “timely manner."

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

More than 100 days into his administration, President Biden has put forward just 11 ambassador nominations and has more than 80 such slots still to fill around the globe.

Rio’s deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse

A bloody, hourslong gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum is echoing into a new day, with authorities saying the police mission successfully eliminated two dozen criminals, while residents and activists claim human rights abuses.