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  • US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for elderly, high-risk

    An influential federal advisory panel has soundly rejected a plan to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans.
  • California Republican turnout not high enough to boot Newsom

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans, vastly outnumbered by Democrats in California, needed a huge turnout in this week’s recall election to have any chance of removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. It didn’t happen. About 9.2 million votes were counted Tuesday and an estimated 2.9 million were still left to tally. That suggests overall turnout […]
  • Empty desk array at UN spotlights lost learning in pandemic

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — While world leaders converge on the U.N. headquarters next week, the coronavirus will be on the agenda — and a set of empty, backpack-draped chairs and desks will symbolize what the pandemic has done to education. In front of the desks, a blackboard-like display will count the number of in-person class […]
  • Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at his job at the California Men’s […]
  • San Diego synagogue shooter avoids death penalty with plea

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old former nursing student pleaded guilty to the murder of one person and the attempted murders of 53 others in connection with a 2019 deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover, effectively ending the possibility of facing the death penalty. John T. Earnest entered […]
  • Colorado man accused of killing wife heads to trial

    SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence for the case to proceed against a southern Colorado man who was charged with first-degree murder nearly a year after his wife was reported missing on Mother’s Day 2020. Judge Patrick Murphy ruled Barry Morphew, 53, should stand trial for the presumed death […]
  • Suspect in deaths of 4 found in SUV surrenders in Arizona

    MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting deaths of four Minnesotans who were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin surrendered to authorities in Arizona on Friday. Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said in a statement that Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. He […]
  • NY millionaire Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance. Durst, 78, […]
  • UN using honor system to check vaccinations for big meeting

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is relying on an honor system — and only an honor system — to ensure that world leaders have been vaccinated before they speak at next week’s big meeting, the assembly president said. Presidents, premiers, monarchs and other dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other […]
  • Police: Missing Florida woman and slain couple unrelated

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah county sheriff said Friday detectives have determined there is no connection between the disappearance of a Florida woman who went missing during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend and a still-unsolved slaying of two women who were fatally shot. Police in Florida had said Thursday a possible connection […]