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COVID's rise over coming weeks could strain Colorado health system if too many workers get sick, officials warn

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DENVER — Colorado should expect COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to keep rising for a few weeks, and while state officials aren’t expecting anything close to last winter’s surge, hospital capacity could become a problem if large numbers of health care workers are out sick.

State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy noted COVID-19 ...Read more

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Minnesota Capitol locked down after teen driver crashes stolen vehicle nearby, flees with passengers

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Capitol was briefly locked down Wednesday night when a 15-year-old driver of a stolen vehicle struck a squad car, and he and the passengers ran, according to St. Paul police.

Three tried to hide in a portable toilet in the area of the crash at University Avenue and Park Street near the Capitol, and the driver ...Read more

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Man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle is charged with unrelated attempted murder

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LOS ANGELES — The man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this month was charged Thursday with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing last year.

Isaiah Lee, 23, allegedly stabbed his roommate after a fight in December. In a statement issued Thursday, Los Angeles County District Attorney ...Read more

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Kids hurt after being attacked at middle school by angry adult mom, daughter, SC cops say

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — An adult mother and daughter are in jail after attacking three students at a Midlands middle school Wednesday, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sumter residents Whitley Smith, 32, and her mother, Mamie Smith, 67, were each charged with third-degree assault by mob and disturbing schools, the sheriff’s office said ...Read more

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McCloskey reacts after court says he can't complete community service with right wing group

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court this week rejected Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey and his wife’s request to give free legal services to the right-wing organization Project Veritas as a condition of their probation.

The court, in an order filed Wednesday, found that the conservative group, which produces ...Read more

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American Airlines plane ran off runway at Charlotte airport, no injuries reported

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An American Airlines plane briefly veered off a runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Thursday afternoon, according to the airline.

No injuries have been reported among the six crew members and 172 passengers on board the plane. American flight No. 775 was flying to Miami.

The flight stopped takeoff safely ...Read more

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String of accidental shooting deaths of young children in Colorado highlight importance of secure gun storage

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The parents of a 3-year-old girl accidentally shot to death by a sibling in Frederick on Mother’s Day were criminally charged this week in connection with what was the third accidental gunshot death of a child along the Front Range in less than a month.

The Frederick shooting and the recent accidental self-inflicted shooting deaths of ...Read more

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Jan. 6 panel wants to ask Rep. Barry Loudermilk about tour he led the day before Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection asked Rep. Barry Loudermilk on Thursday to voluntarily cooperate with the inquiry about a tour it says the Georgia Republican led in the Capitol complex the day before the attack.

“We write to seek your voluntary cooperation in advancing our investigation. Based on ...Read more

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CDC experts recommend COVID vaccine boosters for kids 5-11

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine expert panel Thursday recommended kids 5-11 get a third shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as a booster five months after their last dose, which once adopted by the agency clears the way for pharmacies and health care providers to begin offering the shots.

The CDC is expected to adopt ...Read more

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Moscow says hundreds of Ukrainian troops in custody; US Senate approves $40 billion in new aid

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russia said Thursday that more than 1,700 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered at a steel plant in the conquered city of Mariupol, even as Ukraine claimed battlefield gains elsewhere, continued its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier and prepared to launch a second.

The Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol, Russia said, ...Read more

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Chesapeake blue crab abundance falls to lowest level since scientists began tracking the population in 1990

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An annual survey of the Chesapeake Bay has found the blue crab population at its lowest level since scientists began tracking the beleaguered species more than 30 years ago.

The finding is expected to set off discussions about whether to tighten restrictions on crab harvests, such as what size crabs commercial watermen can legally collect, how ...Read more

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Jan. 6 panel wants to ask Rep. Barry Loudermilk about tour it claims he led the day before Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection asked Rep. Barry Loudermilk on Thursday to voluntarily cooperate with the inquiry about a tour it says the Georgia Republican led in the Capitol complex the day before the attack.

“We write to seek your voluntary cooperation in advancing our investigation. Based on ...Read more

'Kill for Thrill' murderer John Lesko's conviction, death sentence for 1980 spree upheld

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John Lesko, on Pennsylvania's death row for the "Kill for Thrill" murders 42 years ago, won't get a new trial or a new sentencing hearing. The 3rd U.S. Circuit of Appeals this week rejected his bid for both.

Lesko is on death row for the 1980 killing of 21-year-old rookie Apollo police Officer Leonard Miller. Lesko and his criminal partner, ...Read more

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Abbott baby formula factory could reopen by next week, FDA head says

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An Abbott baby formula plant in Michigan that’s been shut down since February could be up and running as early as next week, the head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers Thursday.

“I’m pleased to say today we’ve already made significant progress and I think we are on track to get it open within the next week to two weeks,...Read more

Harris says overturning Roe v. Wade could threaten other rights, including gay marriage

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday framed the Supreme Court’s potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a government incursion on personal liberties, saying that if conservative justices follow through with the decision, other rights could be threatened.

The leaked draft opinion, published earlier this month by ...Read more

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Census misses may have cost Florida and Texas in redistricting

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WASHINGTON — Census miscounts in Texas and Florida may have been big enough to cost those states a congressional seat this decade, and may have helped states such as Rhode Island keep a seat, according to data in a Census Bureau report released Thursday.

The report estimated how much the 2020 census either overcounted or undercounted the ...Read more

Missouri school board to vote on banning another book for sexual content

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ST. LOUIS — Months after causing a national uproar with its first book ban, the Wentzville School Board is expected to vote Thursday on a recommendation to yank another acclaimed book from school libraries.

The school district's review committee voted 5-4 to pull the comic memoir "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, citing graphic illustrations of ...Read more

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After found guilty of rape, former Idaho lawmaker wants new trial or acquittal

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BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who was convicted of rape in April, has requested for his case to be acquitted or retried, according to court documents obtained by The Idaho Statesman.

Boise-based attorney Jon Cox, who is representing the former Lewiston lawmaker, filed a motion last week that said that there was ...Read more

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Airbnbs outnumber New York City apartments in hot market

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The number of short-term rentals in New York City is outpacing the number of available apartments, putting a pinch on renters who are looking for space in a hot housing market.

The total number of short-term rentals of entire homes in the city’s five boroughs — those listed on Airbnb Inc. and Expedia Group Inc.’s Vrbo — is more than 13...Read more

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Jobless claims in US Climb to highest level since January

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Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level since January, led by increased filings in Kentucky and California.

Initial unemployment claims increased by 21,000 to 218,000 in the week ended May 14, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of ...Read more