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  Israeli warplanes stage more heavy strikes across Gaza City

Airstrikes began when tensions over a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families from a nearby neighborhood boiled over.

Arrest made after boy, 4, found slain on Dallas street

  Police: Woman kills her 2 kids with meat cleaver in Arizona

  Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

  CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

  Trucker who blocked driver fleeing police says insurance company won’t cover repairs

  Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools

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  Florida’s amusement parks loosen pandemic mask requirements

  Republican Arizona election official says Trump claim ‘unhinged’

  CDC: Schools should require masks until end of school year

  Gas station worker nearly hit as truck plows into pump

WWII veteran, 95, becomes oldest organ donor in US history

  Police: Missing Texas tiger has been found safe, healthy

  Israel strikes Gaza home of Hamas leader, destroys AP office

An Israeli air raid in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week.

Rombauer springs big Preakness upset, Medina Spirit third

Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory in the Preakness on Saturday, denying Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Sprint the chance at a Triple Crown that would have come with a giant asterisk.

  Pipeline operator says ‘normal operations’ have resumed

Gas shortages have been improving since a peak on Thursday night.

  Boy performs Heimlich maneuver to save choking dog

Brady Cole’s brother realized that their mini golden doodle Kyrie wasn’t acting normal and possibly was choking.

Heart study: Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective

Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23

Universal Orlando Resort to no longer require masks outdoors

  Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

IRS to the rescue? Tax audits eyed for infrastructure cash

Del. university uses government stimulus to cancel some student debt

  States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

There is no easy way to determine who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. The new CDC guidelines essentially leave it up to people to do the right thing.

  Target stops selling Pokemon, sports trading cards in stores over safety concerns

Last week, a Wisconsin target was locked down after four people assaulted a man over sports trading cards.

  Walmart drops mask requirement for vaccinated customers, employees

Walmart will no longer require customers or employees who are fully vaccinated to wear masks, unless required by local law.

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

The majority of the league’s 20,000 retirees are Black. And only a quarter of the more than 2,000 men who sought awards for early to moderate dementia have qualified under the testing program.

  Woman says $26M California lottery ticket destroyed in wash

Store employee Esperanza Hernandez told the Whittier Daily News that a woman came in Wednesday and told workers that she had put the ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry.

Biden cancels Trump’s planned ‘Garden of American Heroes’

President Joe Biden on Friday put the kibosh on his predecessor’s planned “National Garden of American Heroes” and revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at social media companies’ moderation policies and branding American foreign aid.

  In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

Stefanik, R-N.Y., a moderate turned Trump loyalist who’s given voice to many of his false claims about election fraud, was elected as expected to the No. 3 post that Cheney, R-Wyo., held for over two years.

  Nearly half MLB teams reach 85% vaccine threshold

MLB says nearly half of all teams have reached the 85% threshold of fully vaccinated individuals.

  House to vote soon on bills to protect Capitol after Jan. 6

It would have subpoena power and be charged with issuing a final report by Dec. 31, along recommendations to prevent future attacks.

  Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation’s capital

As Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline reported making “substantial progress” in restoring full service, two people briefed on the matter confirmed that the company had paid the criminals a ransom of about $5 million in cryptocurrency for the software decryption key.

Columbus, Ohio, reaches $10M settlement for family of Andre Hill

The city attorney says no amount of money will bring Hill back to his family, but called the settlement an important and necessary step in the right direction.

Woman wakes to blood dripping from ceiling of apartment in Texas

Ana Cardenas said in a GoFundMe fundraiser post that the person in the apartment above hers had died.

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

In a plea agreement filed Friday in court in Orlando, Florida, Joel Greenberg admits he paid an underage girl to have sex with him and other unidentified men.

US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease

The National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security is an extension of one issued earlier this year in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. That alert was due to expire Saturday.

  Deaths rise as Palestinians flee heavy Israeli fire in Gaza

As international efforts at a cease-fire stepped up, Israel appeared to be looking to inflict intensified damage on the Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

  Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

The immigrants invited to Friday’s Oval Office meeting have used the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instituted in 2012 to legalize their residency.

Colorado man suspected in wife’s death cast presidential ballot in her name

Barry Morphew told investigators he mailed the ballot on behalf of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, to help Trump win, saying “all these other guys are cheating,” and that he thought his wife would have voted for Trump anyway, according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed Thursday.

  Study: Mixing COVID vaccines causes side effects

Mixing vaccines appears to make it more likely for a person to experience mild side effects.

Ex-Army Green Beret gets 15 years for Russian espionage

The sentence of 15 years and 8 months imposed on Peter Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton was largely in line with the 17-year term sought by prosecutors. Defense lawyers sought a 5-year term.

  Disney CEO says attendance caps at parks being raised

During an earnings call on Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek hinted that there could be a change to the mandatory mask requirement at Disney parks in the near future.

Vandenberg Air Force Base to be renamed Space Force Base

The name will be changed to Vandenberg Space Force Base during an afternoon ceremony on the parade field at the sprawling base on the state’s Central Coast, which tests ballistic missiles and conducts orbital launches for defense, science and commercial purposes.

  Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan has been struggling to slow infections ahead of the games.

‘Foot soldiers’ of Birmingham to BLM: ‘Keep on keeping on’

Veterans of the campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead to eradicate racial segregation in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago remain firmly in the corner of racial justice now.

  Cat makes 5-story leap from burning building, walks away

It happened at an apartment building near the Chicago’s South Side.

  Delta CEO to future hires: No jab, no job

While the company will “strongly encourage” current employees to get vaccinated, new hires will be held to a higher standard.

  Firefighters rescue man trapped in garbage truck

Emergency crews managed to pull him out. He was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending wanes

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed.

  Fully vaccinated can drop the masks, skip social distancing

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

  Explosion at dam kills 2 workers in Okla.

The contractors became trapped Thursday night at Kerr Dam after they hit a methane gas pocket while drilling, which caused an explosion.

  Arizona Senate Republicans sign lease to continue vote audit

Republicans have hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm, to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county.

  What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6

One Republican at a hearing Wednesday called the rioters a “mob of misfits.” Another compared them to tourists. And a third suggested the sweeping federal investigation into the riot — which has yielded more than 400 arrests and counting — amounts to a national campaign of harassment.

  Hospital throws prom for teen who survived serious crash

A Wyoming teen who survived a serious crash missed her school’s prom, so hospital staff decided to throw one for her.

Bill Maher taping canceled after host’s positive virus test

HBO said in a statement that Bill Maher was fully vaccinated and is “asymptomatic and feels fine.”

  Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion despite truce efforts

The escalating fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers has echoed — and perhaps even exceeded — their devastating 2014 war.

  Prince Harry thought about quitting royal life in his 20s

The Duke of Sussex speaks candidly during a Thursday episode of the “Armchair Expert” podcast.

Police: 9 wounded in Providence, Rhode Island, shooting

Rhode Island police said nine people have been wounded in a shooting.

  Collision Division: Crash test standards favor men, despite women being at higher risk for injury and death when behind the wheel

Experts say one of the most advertised safety standards largely doesn't account for more than half of all licensed drivers.

  ‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues.

For Muslims in America, Eid al-Fitr comes as pandemic eases

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

  Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks

President Joe Biden is welcoming a group of Republican senators to the White House to talk infrastructure.

  Trial for 3 ex-officers charged in Floyd’s death pushed to March

Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were scheduled to face trial Aug. 23 on charges they aided and abetted both murder and manslaughter. The officers’ co-defendant, Derek Chauvin, has already been convicted of murder and manslaughter counts.

Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay

McDonald’s, Sheetz and Chipotle are just some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting wages, in some cases to $15 an hour or higher.

  Missing Montgomery baby found dead; father arrested

Authorities confirm they have found the body of 1-month-old Caleb Michael Whisnand Jr.

Street racing surges across US amid coronavirus pandemic

Across America, illegal drag racing has exploded in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic began, with dangerous upticks reported from Georgia and New York to New Mexico and Oregon.

  US jobless claims sink to 473K as more GOP governors bar aid

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low and the latest evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs as consumers ramp up spending and more businesses reopen.

Rock legend Alice Cooper to auction off Andy Warhol artwork

Alice Cooper says the artwork was a birthday gift in the ’70s from a girlfriend who was friends with Andy Warhol.

  Pipeline hack fuels gas crunch; US suspects Russian origins

In a Thursday update, Georgia based-Colonial Pipeline said gasoline delivery is now underway in most of its markets.

DC Police victim of massive data leak by ransomware gang

Ransomware attacks have reached epidemic levels as foreign criminal gangs paralyze computer networks at state and local governments, police departments, hospitals and private companies.

Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use

Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.

Weather reporter ‘multiplies’ in hilarious graphics error on live TV

Jennifer McDermed, of KMSP in Minneapolis, got caught in the error that “multiplied” her across the screen.

  Chief of teachers union is ‘all in’ on full fall reopening

Most schools have less than a month left before they release for summer break.

  Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

School districts across the country are weighing whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school careers.

  Judge to weigh Arbery’s mental health records under seal

A Georgia judge will continue hearing legal motions Thursday in the murder case of three men facing a fall trial in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was chased and shot after being spotted running in the defendants’ neighborhood.

  Just how dirty is your mask? It’s probably filthy

Your mask is probably filthy, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's unhealthy.

  Biden warns against gas price gouging after cyberattack

The president said he expects the pipeline to resume normal operations by next week and stressed the importance of improving the durability of U.S. infrastructure as part of his $2.3 trillion jobs plan.

  Amazon seeks to hire 75,000; offers $100 to vaccinated hires

Amazon didn’t say if it is having trouble finding workers, but other companies have said they are as Americans start heading out again.

Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week.

Inventor of Post-it Notes adhesive dies at age 80

According to 3M, Spencer Silver was working in a company lab in 1968 when he discovered an adhesive formula that allowed notes to be easily attached to surfaces, removed and even re-posted elsewhere without leaving a residue.