Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

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

  NASA Mars helicopter heard humming through thin Martian air

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

  Authorities: Fake vaccination cards sold at California bar

  US job growth slows sharply in sign of struggles

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

  Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill passes House

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

  KFC plans to hire 20,000 workers

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

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida ports

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

  White House allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance

  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

  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

TripAdvisor removes insensitive review of Auschwitz Museum

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

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

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

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.

  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.

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.

  Sheriff: Girl shoots 3 at Idaho school; teacher disarms her

A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said.

  Pres. Biden speaks in front of I-10 bridge over Calcasieu River

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that he will join President Joe Biden when he visits Lake Charles Thursday.

  Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

Some employees have left the restaurant industry for good amid the perils of the pandemic, which exposed workers to the coronavirus and uncooperative patrons.

R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring

Aaron Neville said embarking on multi-date tours is no longer appealing.

At least 25 dead during Brazilian police raid in Rio

The civil police’s press office confirmed the death of an officer and 24 alleged “criminals” in a message to the Associated Press.

  Cheney challenger Stefanik says GOP must work with Trump

No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post Wednesday as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signaling that the fallout over her repeated clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome.

Saturday night NASA rocket launch may be visible across eastern US

The rocket may be visible from Maine to central Florida and from the East Coast as far west as Illinois.

  Biden pushes for his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold

Biden is leaning into the stagecraft of the presidency on Thursday by choosing to speak in the city of Lake Charles in front of a 70-year-old bridge that is 20 years past its designed lifespan.

Biden’s plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

The multiagency effort will create thousands of jobs and strengthen the economy, the report says, while also tackling climate change and environmental justice, including expanded access by disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.

  US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden announced last month that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

  Tenn. lawmaker: Three-Fifths Compromise was to end slavery

Justin Lafferty’s comment echo sentiments expressed last month by Colorado Republican Rep. Ron Hanks last month, who said the Three-Fifths Compromise “was not impugning anybody’s humanity.”

  Support grows for IP waiver on virus vaccines; snags remain

The move to support waiving intellectual property protections on vaccines under World Trade Organization rules marked a dramatic shift for the United States — and drew cheers from activists, complaints from Big Pharma, and a lot of questions about what comes next.

  Texas family praises how officers handled 911 call over kids playing with Nerf guns

A Texas family is praising how police handled things when someone called 911 on their kids playing with Nerf guns.

  Remote learning still widespread even after Biden hits goal

Almost 4 in 10 students continued to take all their classes remotely, and another 2 in 10 were split between classroom and remote learning.

NY: Broadband companies paid for 8.5 million fake net neutrality comments

The proceeding generated a record-breaking number of comments — more than 22 million — and nearly 18 million were fake, the attorney general’s office found.

Florida gov. signs GOP voting law critics call ‘un-American’

Florida’s Republican legislators passed this law — without a single Democratic vote — even though they acknowledged there were no signs of fraud in the state, which Trump won handily in November.

  Hawk perches on woman’s arm after she saved it from swimming pool

The hawk stayed for 20 minutes before flying off.

Army to put civilian in charge of criminal probes, add staff

Army officials announced the plan Thursday but provided few details on how much the reorganization will cost or how long it will take, other than to say some changes will unfold over months.

  Veterans address extremism in the military debate

In the aftermath of the violence at the U.S. Capitol this past January, there’s a discussion taking place about rooting out extremism in the military.

  Moderna: Vaccine boosters likely needed every 9-12 months

Moderna says vaccine recipients will likely need a booster for new variants.

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said revoking the regulatory changes finalized during Trump’s last days in office represented part of the Biden administration’s efforts to ensure that agency decisions are guided by science.

Judge temporarily stays ruling in eviction moratorium case

The stay, issued late Wednesday by a federal judge in Washington, came after the Justice Department filed an emergency appeal in the case.

  Caught on camera: Couple beaten near bus stop while on Florida vacation

Police in Florida have arrested a man accused of attacking an out-of-town couple on vacation, and the violent confrontation was captured on video surveillance.

  Father hikes 10 miles for help after son has mini-stroke in wilderness

The 26-year-old credits his father’s quick actions and preparedness along with rescuers for his life.

Josh Duggar granted release as he awaits child porn trial

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar starred on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until it was pulled from the network in 2015 following revelations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter.

US unemployment claims fall to a pandemic low of 498,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 498,000.

Walt Disney World to end temperature checks for staff, guests

The on-site temperature screenings for cast members will end on May 8 and on May 16 for guests.

  Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation.

  19-year-old who aged out of system adopted by caseworker

As a teen, she spent years in state care and group homes, where she met her caseworker. Over five years, the two formed a special bond.

  Naked woman tackled by Arkansas police after 10-mile chase

Police pursued her for about 10 miles before a tire-puncturing spike strip forced her to pull over.

  Man forced to drive backward on highway after steering wheel locks

Power steering failure is a known issue in early 2000s-era Chevy Malibus. More than 1.3 million vehicles were recalled over it in 2014.

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters.

South Carolina House adds firing squad to execution methods

The South Carolina House has voted to add the firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs.

Caitlyn Jenner to critics: ‘I move on’ she says in interview

Caitlyn Jenner is continuing the slow rollout of her campaign for California governor with a one-on-one interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

  Firing of Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks reversed

Garrett Rolfe was fired in June, a day after he shot Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

  US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position in a Wednesday statement, amid World Trade Organization talks over easing global trade rules to enable more countries to produce more of the life-saving vaccines.

  Mom who gave birth on flight didn’t know she was pregnant

The baby boy, Raymond Mounga, arrived early at just 29 weeks while mom was traveling to Hawaii for vacation with her family.

  Gov. Edwards says he will join Pres. Biden in Lake Charles

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that he will join President Joe Biden when he visits Lake Charles Thursday.

Democrats revise voting bill, but Senate obstacles remain

Democrats are revising key sections of their sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. elections, hoping to address concerns raised by state and local election officials even as they face daunting odds of passing the bill through Congress.

Woman, 25, gives birth to 9 babies after only expecting 7 in Morocco

The 25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to the babies by cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco where she was sent for special care.

Boeing crash victims’ families push for changes at FAA

Family members are demanding that President Joe Biden replace the head of the Federal Aviation Administration and other top FAA officials.

  Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos

America lost nearly 2,700 dining establishments through last summer, according to the Labor Department. About 1.8 million food service jobs also have been lost, though the sector has been gradually returning jobs since last May.

Peloton recalls treadmills, halts sales, after a child dies

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that Peloton received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items, such as exercise balls, being pulled under the treadmill.

Uber demand jumps as delivery grows, ride-hailing recovers

Uber saw record demand in the first quarter as its food delivery business grew while lockdowns ended and more customers hailed rides

  Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

Canada is the first country to authorize Pfizer for ages 12 to 15. The U.S. and the European Union are also reviewing it.

  Federal judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium

The moratorium was first enacted under former President Donald Trump and later extended through June.

Child tax credit checks set to roll out in July

Starting in July, families will get monthly payments of $250 to $300. The payouts will continue through December.

Coroner: Infant killed by bullet, caught in crossfire between police and murder suspect

A three-month old baby shot Monday during a shootout between police and the infant’s father died due to a gunshot, said authorities on Wednesday.

Broadway readies imminent ticket sales for a fall reopening

All city theaters abruptly closed on March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows, including 16 that were still scheduled to open.