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Probe of Arizona senator’s comments on Buffalo shooting done

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for the Arizona Senate's ethics committee submitted a report Friday on his investigation of a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for a supermarket massacre in Buffalo, New York. But the report from attorney Chris ...

Solidarity behind Ukraine’s Russia fight atop summit agendas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back-to-back world leader summits in Europe opening this weekend will focus on uniting Western nations behind Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion and overcoming Turkey's opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. The Group of Seven leading economic ...

Stocks rally, driving Wall Street to a rare winning week

Stocks racked up more gains on Wall Street Friday, as the S&P 500 had its best day in two years and just its second winning week in the last 12 to provide a bit of relief from the market's brutal sell-off this year. The benchmark index rose 3.1%, with technology and banks leading the broad ...

Juul can keep selling e-cigarettes as court blocks FDA ban

Juul can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes, at least for now, after a federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked a government ban. Juul filed an emergency motion earlier Friday, seeking the temporary hold while it appeals the sales ban. The e-cigarette maker had asked the ...

Jury takes fraud case against Elizabeth Holmes’s ex-partner

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The fate of hard-nosed technology executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani is now in the hands of a jury that will weigh criminal charges alleging he joined disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, his former partner, in an elaborate fraud that jarred Silicon Valley. U.S. ...

Airlines aim to shift blame for flight problems to FAA

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines under scrutiny for widespread flight disruptions are renewing their criticism of the government agency that manages the nation's airspace, saying that understaffing at the Federal Aviation Administration is "crippling" traffic along the East Coast. Airlines for ...

U.S. Army private admits plotting attack on military unit

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Army private from Kentucky pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he plotted to murder members of his unit in an attack that he planned to carry out in 2020 on behalf of a group that promotes extreme violence to bring about the demise of Western civilization, authorities ...

Pilots in line for big raises amid global travel disruptions

DALLAS (AP) — The largest pilots union has approved a contract that would boost the pay of pilots at United Airlines by more than 14% over the next 18 months, potentially clearing the way for similar wage hikes throughout the industry. The deal reflects the leverage currently held by unions, ...

Several accusers seek roles at Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of four women who testified at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial that she had a role in their sexual abuse at the hands of financier Jeffrey Epstein may be speaking at her sentencing or have their statements read aloud, court filings Friday show. Prosecutors told a federal judge ...

NY lawmakers to mull post-Supreme Court gun bills next week

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she is bringing state lawmakers back on Thursday to consider gun safety legislation in response to the Supreme Court striking down key portions of the state's licensing law. The court on Thursday overturned the state law that required that ...

Banchero arrives in Orlando, a day after becoming No. 1 pick

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft was incredibly well-kept. Among those who didn't know: Banchero himself. Banchero said even he was kept out of the Magic decision loop until about 30 seconds before NBA ...

DeSantis signs bills on smoking bans, stolen sexual images

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 35 bills on Friday, including a law allowing local governments to ban smoking on beaches and in parks and vetoed five, including legislation that would have made it easier for businesses to sue local governments over ...

FBI seizes disputed Basquiat artwork from Florida museum

The FBI raided a Florida art museum on Friday and seized more than two dozen paintings attributed to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following questions about their authenticity. Orlando Museum of Art spokeswoman Emilia Bourmas-Fry said in a statement that they were complying with a warrant from ...

Carnival shares cruise higher on gains in revenue, bookings

MIAMI (AP) — Long-battered shares of Carnival Corp. jumped more than 12% Friday as the cruise line owner reported a big increase in revenue, occupancy levels, and bookings for future trips. However, the company posted a $1.83 billion second-quarter loss and said the effects of the pandemic ...

Airline merger: Frontier sweetens offer for Spirit Airlines

Frontier Airlines on Friday added more cash and a larger breakup fee to its offer to buy Spirit Airlines, and the Spirit board repeated its preference for Frontier over a rival bid by JetBlue Airways. Frontier added $2 per share to its previous offer, boosting it to $4.13 in cash plus 1.9126 ...

Kentucky aluminum plant idling, laying off 600 workers

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large aluminum plant in Kentucky is temporarily halting production and laying off more than 600 workers due to rising energy costs. Century Aluminum has announced plans to shut down its Hawesville smelter for 9 to 12 months starting in August. The plant, with about ...

Court rejects pipeline’s request for new panel of judges

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request from a company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia to have a new panel of judges reconsider permits that have been struck down repeatedly . The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the motion from ...

Coast Guard: Overdue sailors are safe, on course to Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Two people reported overdue after deciding to return to Virginia in their weather-damaged sailboat instead of continuing their trip to Portugal's Azores are safely headed home, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday. Virginia Beach natives Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale ...

Indiana Oath Keeper member indicted on Capitol riot charges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has indicted an Indianapolis member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group with conspiracy and other charges for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. The indictment unsealed Friday charges Michael Greene, ...

3 more officers put on leave after man injured in police van

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three additional police officers in Connecticut have been placed on paid leave after a man was seriously injured in the back of a police transport van when one of the officers said he braked to avoid an accident, New Haven authorities announced. The man, Richard Cox, ...