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  Father fined after trying to get in zoo’s elephant exhibit to ‘impress his daughter’

Zoo staff fear this was a copycat of a recent incident in San Diego where a man entered an elephant enclosure. They say these stunts are not funny and can be deadly.

Coroner: 6th person dead following South Carolina shooting

Trump: The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

Mother arrested after 3 children found slain in Los Angeles

  Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for world’s support

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in ’20s

1 killed, 3 injured in shooting at Missouri convenience store

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  Protest near Masters pushes back against Georgia voting law

Taylor Swift releases re-recorded album

  Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

  8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java

Man charged in spate of explosions outside ex-friend’s home

  ‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

  After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in much-anticipated election results announced Friday.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a commission that will spend the next 180 days examining the incendiary political issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for its justices.

  Gaetz faces House ethics probe; federal investigation widens

Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead the Florida Republican’s legal team, a spokesperson for Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a statement Friday.

  Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

‘New strategy’: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

Missing Texas boy has been found; Amber Alert canceled

  Amazon secures enough votes to block union effort

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Woman who coughed on cancer patient gets 30 days in jail

  Philip, defined by role of husband to British queen, dies

Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Bond set at $2.2 million for suspect in shooting that killed 1, injured 5 at Texas business

Police and DPS officials say Bollin was taken into custody in Bedias, Texas. The suspect worked at the facility, and a handgun was used in the shooting, officials said.

  Biden returns prisoner-of-war flag to perch atop White House

The black-and-white POW/MIA flag returned atop the chief executive’s residence, just below the American flag, on Friday.

Nurse, capturing the feeling of a nation, gets stuck in mud

Soon it was up to her knees and left her unable to move.

  ‘Nothing less than a giant’: Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

In launching the review, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise that came amid pressure from activists and Democrats to reshape the Supreme Court after its composition moved sharply to the right during President Donald Trump's term.

  Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

The request issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget spells out Biden’s top priorities as Congress weighs its spending plans for next year.

  Explosive eruption rocks volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent

The eruption followed mandatory evacuation orders issued Thursday as officials began to move people who live near La Soufriere volcano.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Lightning obliterates tree outside high school in Wis.

The Wautoma Area School District said there were no injuries or property damage from the lightning strike Thursday, except for the tree.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  UK mourns Prince Philip; leaders honor his service to queen

At Buckingham Palace, the queen’s London residence, members of the public laid daffodils at the gates, and the flag was lowered to half-staff. The BBC interrupted programming to broadcast the national anthem, “God Save the Queen.”

Facebook adds labels to satire pages in News Feed

Facebook is labeling posts from satire pages, fan pages, and public official pages.

Airlines ground 737 Max planes after Boeing reports possible electrical issue

Boeing said Friday that the issue affected planes used by 16 airlines, and that it recommended inspections before the planes fly again.

Kentucky limits no-knock warrants after Breonna Taylor death

The law signed by the Democratic governor is not the total statewide ban many demonstrators and some Democratic lawmakers had sought, but it drew bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled legislature.

Archeologists unearth an ancient pharaonic city in Egypt

Noted archeologist Zahi Hawass says that an Egyptian mission discovered the mortuary city, called the ‘Lost Golden City,’ in the southern province of Luxor.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  Police: Employee kills 1, wounds 5 at Texas cabinet business

Police confirm multiple people were shot during an incident Thursday afternoon at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

Ready to buy a home? The trick is finding or affording one

The housing market has been a pillar of economic strength during the pandemic, but many would-be homeowners, particularly first-timer buyers, have met with frustration because of a low number of homes for sale and consistently rising prices.

  Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades.

  Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”

  Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Floyd’s breathing while he was being held down by Chauvin and two other officers was too shallow to take in enough oxygen, which in turn damaged his brain and caused his heart to stop, said Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist.

Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer, dead at 74

Anne Beatts was among a team of gifted writers that included Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel, Marilyn Suzanne Miller and such cast members as Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase who helped make “Saturday Night Live” a cultural phenomenon.

Vote counting to start in Amazon union election

Labor organizers hope a win in Alabama will inspire thousands of workers nationwide — and not just at Amazon — to consider unionizing.

Facebook users report outage, inability to log on

Many Facebook users are reporting issues with the social media platform on Thursday evening.

  Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors

Joel Greenberg, the man whose close friendship with Gaetz has led to an investigation into the lawmaker, is heading to court this week.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools, in store

Verizon is recalling 2.5 million mobile hotspots after some reports of overheating and two reports of minor burns.

  North Carolina mother passes COVID-19 antibodies to baby through breast milk

A North Carolina mother said she received her COVID-19 vaccine while breastfeeding her baby who now has the antibodies.

Deputies: Abandoned newborn found on banks of Michigan creek

Deputies at a Michigan sheriff’s office announced a newborn boy was found on the banks of a creek lying face-down in a wooded area.

Fed’s Powell: US nears full reopening to ‘different economy’

The U.S. economy, boosted by quickening vaccinations and signs of rapid hiring, is headed toward a strong recovery, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Thursday.

  Unreleased Prince album coming out this summer

Prince's previously unreleased 'Welcome 2 America' album comes out this summer.

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it.

  Boehner blames Trump for ‘that bloody insurrection’ in upcoming memoir

Former House Speaker John Boehner is unleashing on former President Donald Trump in his new memoir.

Chipotle increases free college program offerings for employees

The company is set to increase its free degree offerings to its employees. New offerings include agriculture, culinary arts and hospitality.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  Forecasters predict above-normal hurricane season

Current warm sea surface temperatures in the subtropic Atlantic are driving the above-average probability.

  Number of kids alone at border hits all-time high in March

The U.S. says nearly 19,000 kids were picked up traveling alone across the Mexican border in March, the largest monthly number ever tallied.

  Young people deal with emotional fallout of Derek Chauvin trial

In Minneapolis, people are right in the middle of it. That has some children and youth there feeling overwhelmed and confused.

Authorities: 1 dead, 8 hurt in explosion at Ohio paint plant

Firefighters say an explosion and fire at a paint manufacturer’s plant in Columbus, Ohio, left one worker dead and eight people injured.

Source: NFL pro killed five people, then himself in York County, S.C. shooting

The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife, their two grandchildren and a worker, was a former NFL pro Phillip Adams, the Associated Press reports. Adams killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

  59-year-old Ironman athlete runs from Disneyland to Disney World

A 59-year-old Ironman athlete has just completed a run from Disneyland in California to Disney World in Florida.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Driver stops to rescue owl trapped in barbed wire fence

The owl, named Barbed Wire Owl, is now recovering at the Liberty Wildlife ICU.

  Colorado vaccination site shuts down after several adverse reactions

A vaccination site near Denver paused operations Wednesday after 11 people had a reaction to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

Virginia has become the first Southern state to legalize marijuana.

With a wave and smile, Lee Elder helps open the Masters

Player and Nicklaus each took a swing, as is tradition, knocking drives onto the first fairway. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Player’s first Masters win, the first by an international player, and the 35th anniversary of Nicklaus’ sixth and final victory.

  US jobless claims up to 744,000 as coronavirus still forces layoffs

Jobless claims have declined sharply since the virus slammed into the economy in March of last year. But they remain high by historical standards: Before the pandemic erupted, weekly applications typically remained below 220,000 a week.

  Off-duty Pentagon Police officer shoots, kills 2 he thought were breaking into car

Police say the officer opened fire with his service weapon after the two suspects tried to take off in a vehicle.

  Restaurant owner offers job to burglar instead of pressing charges

The Georgia restaurant owner says he wants to fix what he calls a broken system and hopes the burglar will take him up on his offer.

  Former track coach accused of tricking athletes into sending nude photos

The suspect is in federal custody facing cyberstalking, extortion and fraud charges.

  Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

It is the first time state officials announced they are investigating such allegations at one of the emergency facilities the U.S. government has quickly set up in Texas amid a sharp increase in crossings of unaccompanied youths.

  Biden open to compromise on infrastructure, but not inaction

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Wednesday it was “self-defeating” for then-President Donald Trump to assume that cutting the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% in 2017 would make the economy more competitive and unleash growth. Yellen said that competing on tax rates came at the expense of inve

  Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday.

  Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck

Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution witness, said that based on his review of video evidence, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck or neck area from the time officers put Floyd on the ground until paramedics arrived.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

Judge orders release of ex-Dallas officer arrested in killings

Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Audrey Moorehead ordered the release of Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.