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Police face growing criticism over response to Texas school shooting as parents speak out

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UVALDE, Texas — With criticism swelling about the police response to the Texas elementary school massacre, a law enforcement official said Thursday that the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers entered the school “unobstructed” through an unlocked door 12 minutes after police were alerted about a man nearby with a rifle.

Those ...Read more

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Train strikes truck northeast of Pittsburgh, sending derailed cars into inlet near Allegheny River

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PITTSBURGH — More than a dozen train cars derailed Thursday afternoon after a train collided with a dump truck in Harmar, sending many of the cars into an inlet along the Allegheny River.

County dispatchers said the derailment occurred around 3:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of Freeport Road in Harmar. The area is between the Hulton Bridge and ...Read more

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Houston mayor says NRA should cancel convention this weekend

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the National Rifle Association should postpone its convention in the city this weekend out of respect for the victims of the nation’s second deadliest school shooting this week in Uvalde, Texas.

“There comes a point in time when people have to recognize it’s disrespectful to be talking about guns when ...Read more

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Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel granted parole, pending review and governor's approval

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LOS ANGELES — Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel has been found suitable for parole, according to an announcement Thursday by state prison officials.

Krenwinkel, 74, is California’s longest-serving female inmate and was a participant in the 1969 murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate by the Manson “family,�...Read more

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Florida orders Orange County schools to reveal who bought 'Gender Queer' book for libraries

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A state investigator who looks into teacher misconduct demanded to know who in Orange County Public Schools authorized the purchase of the book “Gender Queer,” a controversial memoir the district pulled from several high school libraries in late October, according to emails between the employee and the school district.

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Police face growing criticism over response to Texas school shooting as parents speak out

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UVALDE, Texas — With criticism swelling about the police response to the Texas elementary school massacre, a law enforcement official said Thursday that the gunman who killed 19 children and 2 teachers entered the school “unobstructed” through an unlocked door 12 minutes after police were alerted about a man nearby with a rifle.

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Long Island man who smoked weed in US Capitol during Jan. 6 insurrection sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

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NEW YORK — What a buzzkill!

A Long Island disc jockey who filmed himself smoking weed inside the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection was sentenced Thursday to 3 years and five months in prison.

“This is history! We took the Capitol,” Greg Rubenacker declared on infamous cellphone footage played at his sentencing in U.S. ...Read more

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Grandmother of Uvalde gunman, shot before he went to the school, in stable condition

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The 66-year-old grandmother of the man who killed 21 people at a Southwest Texas elementary school Tuesday is in stable condition after police said the gunman shot her in the face before going to the school.

The attacker, Salvador Ramos, killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.

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Hundreds of dementia patients in Virginia are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals that aren't equipped for them

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — May Wells’ heart sank as she watched her husband leave their Williamsburg home in the back of a police car. Her husband, Ray, suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and his condition had deteriorated to the point that Wells called for help.

“He was having these delusions that there were people in the house ...Read more

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Downtown San Jose church faces lawsuit over mass stabbing attack

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SAN JOSE — More than a year after five people were stabbed there in a brutal attack that sent shock waves through the community, Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose is facing a new lawsuit that accuses it of failing to protect those who worked and took refuge on the property.

The lawsuit blames the church and its nonprofit partner, ...Read more

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Learning Nisqually history starts with building a sense of place

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DUPONT, Wash. — A yellow school bus carefully chugged up a curving gritty driveway, past early 20th-century dairy barns to the top of the hill of what used to be known as Braget Farm.

Birdsongs and cool, late April morning air greeted the Meadows Elementary School fourth graders as they bounded down the bus steps and gathered outside the ...Read more

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They smeared blood on themselves, hid and watched their teachers get shot. These are the survivors' stories

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UVALDE, Texas — Two days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School here, survivors are recounting stories of the horrifying moments they endured as they were attacked.

Some children hid from the killer under tables, while others faked their deaths by smearing blood on themselves. Some were shot multiple ...Read more

Lawmakers OK $37.3 million spending plan to increase safety at Oxford, other schools

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature on Thursday pushed through a roughly $37.3 million supplemental budget bill to benefit Oxford Community Schools and to set up statewide school safety grants days after a shooting in Texas took the lives of 19 elementary students and two teachers.

The legislation expanded funding for Oxford schools ...Read more

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Donald Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. must testify in New York attorney general's investigation, appeals court rules

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump and two of his adult children must testify in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil investigation into the former president’s family real estate business, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. had fought a February order by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ...Read more

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Oxford High student walkout honors victims in Texas shooting

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OXFORD, Mich. — Several hundred Oxford High School students walked out of class Thursday, gathering on the school's football field after leaving the building to honor students and teachers killed in Texas on Tuesday.

Footage posted on social media from other outlets shows the students standing in a "U" shape after filing from the school onto ...Read more

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After Idaho lawmaker's comments on Plan B, some worry other birth control is at risk

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BOISE, Idaho — Abortion rights advocates like Planned Parenthood are raising concerns that Idaho lawmakers could pave the way to ban different forms of birth control. Their fears come after speculation on outlawing emergency contraception.

Earlier this month, Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said he intends to hold hearings on legislation that ...Read more

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'Too early to tell' if monkeypox can be contained in US, health officials say

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Public health officials hoping to cut off transmission of monkeypox in the United States say the virus is likely spreading within communities across the country and could become difficult to contain.

Only nine cases have been identified so far in seven states: Massachusetts, Florida, Utah, Washington, California, Virginia and New York. But some...Read more

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Police face growing criticism over response to Texas school shooting as parents speak out

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UVALDE, Texas — With criticism swelling about the police response to the Texas elementary school massacre, a law enforcement official said Thursday that the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers entered the school “unobstructed” through an unlocked door 12 minutes after police were alerted about a man nearby with a rifle.

Victor ...Read more

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Husband of one of the teachers fatally shot at Uvalde school dies from heart attack

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The husband of one of the fourth-grade teachers killed in the Uvalde school shooting Tuesday has died, according to multiple news reports.

Irma Garcia, who was a 23-year veteran teacher at Robb Elementary School, was killed after an 18-year-old gunman entered the campus, barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom and ...Read more

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Blinken aims at Xi in speech vowing to shape the global order

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. will seek to influence China’s behavior by shaping the world around Beijing in remarks that took direct aim at President Xi Jinping’s performance leading the world’s second-biggest economy.

“This is a charged moment for the world,” Blinken said Thursday in a speech laying out the Biden ...Read more