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Cyberattack on US pipeline is linked to criminal gang

The shutdown of a vital U.S. pipeline because of a ransomware attack stretched into a third day Sunday, with the Biden administration saying an “all-hands-on-deck” effort is underway to restore operations and avoid disruptions in gasoline supply.

Kentucky Derby winner could be disqualified; track bans Baffert

Police: 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at downtown Phoenix hotel

Former Delaware governor, GOP presidential candidate Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV dies

  Good Samaritan recalls jumping from bridge to save 2-year-old after car crash

Olivia and Liam were most popular baby names of 2020

  China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry over Maldives

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  Pastor, wife suffer gouged eyes, parts of their ears bitten off in Chicago attack

  Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

Death toll soars to 50 in school bombing in Afghan capital

Police: 3 hit by stray bullets, including 4-year-old girl, in Times Square fight

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

Police: 3 hurt in Florida mall shooting as shoppers scatter

Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock ‘n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the semi-forbidden “Stagger Lee,” has died. He was 88.

Obama dog Bo, once a White House celebrity, dies from cancer

Former President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media.

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems.

Tawny Kitaen, star of ’80s rock music videos, dies at 59

Kitaen died at her home in Newport Beach, California, according to a report from Variety.

Archaeologists discover remains of 9 Neanderthals near Rome

  Authorities: 4 dead, 1 hurt after shooting, fire in Maryland

  Police: 29 people recovered from semitruck in Texas

  States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no ‘magic bullet’

  EU agrees to potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

  Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

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

Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

Legislation that would create new protections for LGBTQ Americans is stalling out in the U.S. Senate.

  California leaving: State population declines for first time

California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state that halted a growth streak dating to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the West.

  NASA Mars helicopter heard humming through thin Martian air

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first-ever audio Friday, just before Ingenuity was set to soar on its fifth test flight.

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

Once you get to know them, scientists say you can appreciate the wonder of these unusual creatures.

  Authorities: Fake vaccination cards sold at California bar

The owner of a Northern California bar where authorities say made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were sold to undercover state agents for $20 each was arrested in what officials call the first such foiled operation they are aware of nationwide.

  US job growth slows sharply in sign of struggles

With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, businesses have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1% from 6% in March.

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

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police on Friday evening at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City as weeks-long tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem soared again.

  Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill passes House

From Florida to Georgia, Iowa and now Texas, Republican lawmakers have used unsubstantiated claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies to justify new voting restrictions.

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

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for Washington to immediately stop paying out-of-work Americans an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits, saying the boost in government aid is giving some recipients less incentive to look for work.

  KFC plans to hire 20,000 workers

KFC says it has seen a growth in sales.

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

The notice of proposed rulemaking, made public Friday, comes several weeks after President Joe Biden promised a crackdown on “ghost guns.”

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida ports

The company says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order conflicts with guidelines from federal health authorities that would let cruise ships sail in U.S. waters if passengers and crew members are vaccinated.

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

The city’s medical examiner’s office said Friday that 750 bodies are being kept in long-term storage in refrigerated trailers at a Brooklyn pier while family members sort out plans for their final resting places.

  White House allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance

This latest round of aid for renters was included in the $1.9 trillion relief package President Joe Biden pushed through Congress in March. It followed $25 billion in emergency rental assistance in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress in December.

  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

The recalled models were sold at WalMart, Home Depot, Menards and Amazon between May 2019 and September 2020.

  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

The decision by a WHO technical advisory group — a first for a Chinese vaccine — opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the U.N.-backed COVAX program in coming weeks or months and distributed through UNICEF and the WHO’s Americas regional office.

TripAdvisor removes insensitive review of Auschwitz Museum

In a statement, TripAdvisor said it does not tolerate discrimination and regularly blocks or removes millions of reviews that violate its guidelines.

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

Reports of attacks on Asian Americans have occurred across the country.

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

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

That gives Pfizer and German partner BioNTech a shot at winning the first full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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.

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.

  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.

South Carolina to end unemployment pay boost due to worker shortage

Governor Henry McMaster directed the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) to terminate South Carolina’s participation in these programs, effective June 30, 2021.

  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.