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Probe OK’d of Arizona senator’s comments on Buffalo shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate's ethics committee voted Wednesday to formally investigate a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for the recent massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The panel was directed by the full Senate last ...

Angry Newsom criticizes Texas governor, US judges on guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday harshly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of an elementary school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead and assailed two federal judges as "extremists" for their rulings undermining California's gun ...

Beto O’Rourke interrupts briefing, echoing US debate on guns

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Surrounded by fellow Republicans on a high school stage, Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the killing of school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, when Beto O'Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience. "Gov. Abbott, I have ...

Board may find Michigan GOP governor candidates ineligible

Two leading contenders for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor could be ruled ineligible for the primary ballot on Thursday, after the state's elections bureau said they didn't file enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the August contest. In a recommendation that immediately ...

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the ...

‘Horrifying’ conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — By now it's as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow. It happened after Sandy Hook, after Parkland, after the Orlando nightclub shooting and ...

States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was quick to react to this week's carnage at a Texas elementary school, sending a tweet listing the gun control measures the Democratic-controlled state has taken. He finished with: "Your turn Congress." But gun control measures are likely ...

Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd’s death

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing —a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety ...

Trump ally Zinke fights claim he’s too ‘liberal’ for Montana

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — When Republican Ryan Zinke first ran for Congress, the former Navy SEAL faced false accusations amplified by Democrats that his military career had ended in disgrace. After winning in 2014 and two years later getting picked as President Donald Trump's interior secretary, ...

Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker gets France’s highest honor

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Walker, Ford Foundation president and preeminent connector and advocate for artists and art institutions, joined the exclusive company of global superstars like Stevie Wonder, T.S. Eliot and Meryl Streep, in receiving France's highest cultural honor. Walker was named ...

Kansas City Fed President Esther George announces retirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Esther George, said Wednesday that she will retire in January, as required by the Fed's mandatory retirement rules. George, who has typically supported higher interest rates to ward off inflation — a "hawk," in Fed ...

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world's poorest countries. The drugmaker announced the program at the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos, ...

Farms say NYC foie gras ban would be devastating in lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's planned ban on the sale of foie gras is being challenged in court by two upstate farms that claim it would leave them financially devastated. The two major foie gras producers, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and La Belle Farm, said the law enacting the ban set to go ...

Amazon shareholders nix warehouse working conditions audit

Amazon shareholders on Wednesday voted down a proposal calling for an independent audit of working conditions at the e-commerce behemoth's warehouses. The proposal's defeat at the Seattle-based company's annual shareholder meeting came despite calls from activist groups and unions to improve ...

Fed officials signal rates may head to ‘restrictive’ levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials agreed when they met earlier this month that they may have to raise interest rates to levels that would weaken the economy as part of their drive to curb inflation, which is near a four-decade high. At the same time, many of the policymakers also ...

Lilly plans new $2.1 billion manufacturing sites in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly and Company plans to invest $2.1 billion in two new Indiana manufacturing sites, a move that's expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the Hoosier state, the company announced Wednesday. The new facilities will expand the Indianapolis-based company's ...

Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

It's become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains: To win the changes they seek — like better pay and more reliable schedules — unionized stores must ...

Congressional Budget Office says inflation to last into 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office released an economic outlook Wednesday saying high inflation will persist into next year, likely causing the federal government to pay higher interest rates on its debt. The nonpartisan agency expects the consumer price index to rise 6.1% ...

EXPLAINER: Social media and the Texas shooter’s messages

Could Facebook have known about ominous direct-message threats made by a gunman who Texas authorities say massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school? Could it have warned the authorities? Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed the online messages sent minutes before the Wednesday ...

Administration opposes airlines in lawsuit over crew breaks

The Biden administration has sided against the airline industry and urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold a California law that would provide more rest and meal breaks than airline crews are guaranteed under federal rules. The U.S. solicitor general and other administration ...