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  • Pulitzer-winning composer Wayne Peterson dies at 93

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Composer, pianist and educator Wayne Peterson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for music that was hotly contested because judges had chosen another composer, has died. He was 93. Peterson died on April 7 at his San Francisco home, his son Grant Peterson told the San Francisco Chronicle. Peterson taught music at […]
  • Topless clubs among businesses that can reopen in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Topless dancers can shed coronavirus restrictions next weekend in Las Vegas and get face-to-face with patrons again, under rules accepted Thursday by a state COVID-19 task force. But masks still will be required for adult entertainment employees and recommended for customers. Sin City strip clubs that went dark when Nevada Gov. […]
  • ‘Jersey Shore’ star arrested on domestic violence allegation

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested Thursday for investigation of felony domestic violence, police said. Ortiz-Magro, 35, was arrested in the coastal Playa del Rey section of Los Angeles, LAPD Officer William Cooper said. Police said Ortiz-Magro was arrested on suspicion of violating a California law covering violence against intimate […]
  • Foxx didn’t view video of Adam Toledo’s shooting in advance

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s top prosecutor said Thursday she bears the responsibility for not viewing the footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting or reviewing the misleading description of his killing by Chicago police before it was read by prosecutors in court. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said during interviews with local media that she […]
  • Suit: Police tore Black librarian’s shoulder in traffic stop

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by a Georgia librarian says white officers used excessive force on the Black woman during a traffic stop in North Carolina, adding they pulled her from her car by her hair and tore her rotator cuff. The suit filed Wednesday by Stephanie Bottom of Atlanta claims she […]
  • California goes from worst to first in virus infections

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just a few months ago, California was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Hospitals in Los Angeles were drowning in patients, and ambulances were idling outside with people struggling to breathe, waiting for beds to open. The death count was staggering — so many that morgues filled and […]
  • Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy production from public reserves. Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula, Montana, was nominated on […]
  • Panel: End commanders’ power to block military sex cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has learned. The recommendation by an independent review commission created […]
  • Ex-officer who killed Rayshard Brooks wants his job back

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former Atlanta police officer’s attorney said Thursday that his client didn’t get a chance to defend himself before he was fired for fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who had been running away from two white officers after he resisted arrest and fired a stun gun at one of them. […]
  • Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant-listing decision

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued […]