Update: Note says shooter’s family sends condolences

U.S. 06/01/19, 19:52

The Latest on the shooting in Virginia Beach (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A handwritten note at the home of the Virginia Beach shootings suspect, who died in a shootout with police, expresses condolences to the shooting victims on behalf of the suspect's family. Sandra Deadwyler is overcome with emotion while praying during ...

Beto O’Rourke heading to Oklahoma to tour flood damage

U.S. 06/01/19, 19:19

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is heading to northeast Oklahoma to tour communities hit with historic flooding.The former Texas congressman spoke at the Democratic state convention in California on Saturday and had been scheduled to fly home to El Paso, but decided he wanted to see first-hand the damage along ...

Did ‘silencer’ make a difference in Virginia Beach carnage?

U.S. 06/01/19, 18:18

The shooter who killed 12 people in a government office building in Virginia Beach used a firearm equipped with a suppressor that muffles the sound of gunfire. It's the nightmare scenario that gun-control advocates have warned about amid efforts in recent years to ease restrictions on the devices, which they ...

California governor has doubts about tougher vaccine rules

U.S. 06/01/19, 17:04

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren.The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. It's being considered by the ...

Woman taking photos dies in plunge off California waterfall

U.S. 06/01/19, 17:03

Authorities say a woman plunged to her death down a Northern California waterfall after she slipped and lost her footing while taking photos. The North Tahoe Fire Protection District said in a statement that the woman died Friday at Eagle Falls. Water cascades 150 feet (45 meters) from the waterfall overlooking ...

Harlem march highlights gun violence against minorities

New York 06/01/19, 16:46

Demonstrators are calling for the end of gun violence on the streets of New York City.The National Action Network joined other activists Saturday for a march in Harlem to call for peace and unity.The event highlighted gun violence among minorities and in the LGBTQ community.Activists and people who have been ...

Taylor Swift asks Tennessee senator to support Equality Act

Politics 06/01/19, 11:08

Taylor Swift says she's kicking off Pride Month by asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The pop star, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday that she supported the House's recent passage of the Equality Act, ...

Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees

U.S. 06/01/19, 10:49

The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman. Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 ...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:17

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi.Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history and wielded power for ...

Texas struggles to keep pace as thirst for water intensifies

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:01

About 1,000 people arrive in Texas each day, drawn by jobs, newly built homes and other opportunities. But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can sate everyone's thirst.Water experts are trying to determine how "resilient" the state's water infrastructure is ...

Voter surge in 2018 prompts voting reforms, restrictions

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:00

New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature.That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won majorities in both legislative chambers, and it didn't ...

Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town

U.S. 06/01/19, 08:27

Word of the arrest — via a friend's text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt."I said, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Sankey recalled. "And then I told the wife and she couldn't believe it. 'There's no way,' she said. 'Ray down the road?'"Ray Vannieuwenhoven was his next-door neighbor ...

Court OKs expedited appeal in NY Trump bank records case

Politics 06/01/19, 06:05

An appeals court says it will speedily consider President Donald Trump's challenge to congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks he did business with. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Friday setting a schedule for written arguments to be submitted by July 18, ...

Update: Shanahan calls out China over South China Sea

Politics 05/31/19, 19:30

The Latest on the U.S.-China relationship (all times local): 8:30 a.m. U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is describing China's actions to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a "toolkit of coercion." Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, and Chinese Minister of ...

Student detained after California school lockdown over gun

U.S. 05/31/19, 19:04

Police in Santa Rosa, California, detained a male student who was suspected of bringing a gun onto a high school campus, prompting an hours-long lockdown on the last day of classes for the year.The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a resource officer at Santa Rosa High School received a report ...

Update: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran’s funeral

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:59

The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local):5:50 p.m.Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years.An American flag flies at half-staff for former Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, ...

Judges: Feds must act if asked to take a fresh look at pot

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:44

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Drug Enforcement Administration must "act promptly" if formally asked to take another look at laws that consider marijuana as dangerous as heroin or LSD.The ruling came Thursday in a 2-to-1 vote by judges from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who ...

Police: 11 people killed in shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:39

A shooter wounded "multiple" people at a municipal center in Virginia Beach on Friday, according to police, who said they had taken a suspect into custody and believed the person was acting alone. Police tweeted that there were "multiple injuries," but did not elaborate on the exact number or extent. Sentara ...

Broken bee? Spelling experts say tougher words are out there

U.S. 05/31/19, 16:51

The Scripps National Spelling Bee suffered a body blow when eight kids ended up co-champions because they were simply too accomplished to stumble over any of the words Scripps threw at them.That doesn't mean it's irretrievably broken.Even some critics who thought the words Thursday night were insultingly easy are optimistic ...

Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast

U.S. 05/31/19, 16:30

U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. About five more have been ...

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