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NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

Flight controllers in California confirmed Ingenuity’s brief hop after receiving data via the Perseverance rover, which stood watch more than 200 feet away.

  Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny to be moved to a hospital in another prison

  Police: 7-year-old girl killed outside McDonald’s in Chicago

  ‘I was gonna T-bone him’: Tractor driver helps end police chase

  Police: Man dragged, assaulted officer after mask demand

Luke Bryan wins top ACM Award, but female acts own the night

  Pig’s head, blood left at former home of Chauvin defense witness

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  Police: Suspect on the run in fatal shooting of 3 in Texas

Shots fired at Guardsmen patrolling near Wright scene

  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

  Suspect apprehended in fatal shooting at Wisconsin tavern

Alma Wahlberg, mother of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, dies at 78

  Teen arrested on murder warrant in Nebraska mall shooting

  Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, legally bought the rifles in July and September of last year, officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Saturday.

  Navalny’s team calls for protests amid reports of failing health

On Saturday, a doctor said test results that he received from Navalny’s family showed sharply elevated levels of potassium, which could lead to cardiac arrest, and signs of kidney failure.

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Biden has pledged the U.S. will switch to an emissions-free power sector within 14 years, and have an entirely emissions-free economy by 2050.

  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic is facing a potential tax bill of over $16,000.

  Woman with dementia sues Colorado police over alleged excessive force in arrest

  Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on TV’s ‘Addams Family,’ dies at 84

  Navalny’s doctor: Putin critic ‘could die at any moment’

1 dead after Westroads Mall shooting; Omaha Police still looking for suspects

  The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

After child dies, US regulator warns about Peloton treadmill

Peloton is best known for its stationary bikes, but it introduced the treadmill about three years ago and now calls it the Tread+.

  ‘Someone is going to be killed:’ Pa. gas station site of multiple crashes as owner demands change

A driver wiped out right outside of Bob Ackerman’s business Bob’s Auditorium on Thursday, taking out three parked cars and sending one of his customers to the hospital.

  Police ask for help identifying Portland, Oregon, rioters

Demonstrations began after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun.

  American, 2 Russians return to Earth from space station

They spent six months aboard the International Space Station.

Iran names suspect in Natanz attack, says he fled country

Already, Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 60% purity in response — three times higher than ever before, though in small quantities.

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday.

  Minnesota mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests.

  Video: Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

A review board initially said it couldn’t release the video because it involved the shooting of a minor, but it changed course after the mayor and police superintendent called for the video’s release.

  Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of the eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island.

  Minnesota mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the heavily guarded Brooklyn Center police station every night since former Officer Kim Potter, who is white, shot the 20-year-old Black motorist during a traffic stop on Sunday.

  Simba the goldendoodle survives fall off 200-foot cliff

Ruth and Wesley Wallace got out of the car to enjoy the view of the vista. Simba was out running with joy.

  Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

The talks featured unusually frank warnings from a Japanese leader against any effort by China to dominate the Indo-Pacific region by “force or coercion.”

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

A top official said only a few grams an hour of uranium gas would be enriched up to 60% purity — triple the level it once did but at a quantity far lower than what the Islamic Republic could produce.

Retired Geauga County, Ohio, Sheriff, K9 partner die on same day

Dan McClelland was with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office for 44 years.

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

The new allocations provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump’s restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

The moves are part of a government-wide effort by the Biden administration to address climate change ahead of a virtual global summit on climate change that President Joe Biden is hosting next week.

  FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year

Four people were killed outside the building and another four inside. Several people were also wounded, including five who were taken to the hospital.

  Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary-general of the Communist Party, but he previously has indicated that he favors yielding control to Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018.

Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

The complaint offers new details, written with a flourish, reflecting the university’s perspective on its rift with Falwell.

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department will consider putting Schaffer in the federal witness security program.

  Soldiers who served together over 2 decades end military careers together, too

Two soldiers whose careers intersected frequently over two decades of service in the U.S. and abroad ended their careers on April 7 by picking up retirement papers together.

NASA plans to upgrade astronaut spacesuits to explore lunar south pole

The next generation of moonwalkers will need brand new apparel to enable exploration of the ‘inhospitable’ lunar south pole for the very first time.

  GRAPHIC: State’s expert told grand jury police didn’t kill Prude

That was the only charge prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office asked the grand jury to consider after nine days of testimony.

‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ actress Helen McCrory dies of cancer at 52

Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, said McCrory died “peacefully at home” after a “heroic battle with cancer.”

  N.Y. elementary school principal accused of sexually abusing students

Kirk Ashton was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, sexual abuse and sexual conduct.

Human composting legislation considered in Delaware

The bill introduced Thursday would permit a practice known as “natural organic reduction” but also called “human composting.”

  2 dead, 6 rescued, search on for 11 others after boat capsizes south of Louisiana

The United States Coast Guard is assisting in the search for ‘multiple people in the water’ after at least one vessel capsized during a severe storm near Grand Isle, LA this afternoon.

  Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Moscow will add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the activities of U.S. nongovernment organizations from interfering in Russia’s politics.

AG Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing use of consent decrees

Garland issued a new memorandum to all U.S. attorneys and other Justice Department leaders spelling out the new policies on civil agreements and consent decrees with state and local governments.

  Woman gets pregnant while already pregnant

One day, a little sister joined him in the womb - Baby Rosalie, who first popped up on a scan at week 12.

  A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that ticket sales have been stronger in the last two weeks than at any time since the pandemic hit the U.S. last year.

Facebook panel’s Trump ruling delayed as comments flood in

The panel’s initial 90-day deadline to come up with a decision was days away.

  Driver takes SUV airborne over rising Florida drawbridge

Police in Florida are on the lookout for the driver of an SUV who smashed through traffic arms on a rising drawbridge Monday morning.

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The new effort, which relies on money approved by Congress as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, aims to break what experts say is a feast-or-famine cycle in U.S. preparedness for biological threats, of which the coronavirus is only one example.

  US says Russia was given Trump campaign polling data in 2016

Konstantin Kilimnik was one of 32 people and entities sanctioned by the U.S. government for interference in the 2020 election.

  Princely letter: Philip apologized to Nixon for ‘lame’ toast

In a handwritten note to the president uncovered by archivists at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, the Duke of Edinburgh wrote to “humbly apologize” for failing to toast the president’s health as dictated by protocol during a “stag” dinner in his honor.

Family asks feds to reopen case on Tamir Rice police killing

In late 2020, federal prosecutors said they would not bring charges against the two police officers involved, saying video of the shooting was of too poor a quality for them to conclusively establish what had happened. There were no other prosecutions in the case.

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

The question comes as the general secretary of ruling LDP political party, Toshihiro Nikai, raised the possibility the day before.

  Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceutical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules.

  Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

Former Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd’s death will be in a jury’s hands by early next week.

  Video shows Chicago teen wasn’t holding gun when shot by cop

Body camera footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy last month will be released Thursday, the board that reviews such shootings said.

  University of Arizona scientists help track greenhouse gas emissions all over the world

They will use satellites to image the gases. Two will be launched in 2023, with more two years later. It will allow scientist to track emissions world-wide, daily.

  Grandfather shoots mask-wearing grandson in home invasion in N.C., officials say

The home invasion happened before 9 a.m. at a home on 38th Street NW, near Cape Hickory Road, in Long View.

  Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

Closing arguments are set to begin Monday morning, after which the jury will get the case.

  US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

The actions, foreshadowed for weeks by the administration, represent the first retaliatory measures announced against the Kremlin for the hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach.

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

  White House: Intel on Russian ‘bounties’ on US troops shaky

President Joe Biden raised the subject of the reported bounties on U.S. troops during his first call with Putin on Jan. 26, the White House said at the time. No mention of the topic was revealed by the White House after their latest call on Tuesday.

San Antonio airport on lockdown after police shooting

An airport spokeswoman said the incident happened on the Terminal A lower level.

  National WWI memorial to be unveiled in D.C.

World War I is long over, but now, those heroes will never be forgotten. A new memorial in the nation’s capital is set to be dedicated this week. Until now, it’s the only major conflict from the 20th century that did not have a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

  Daunte Wright family calls for stiffer charge against ex-cop

Kim Potter, who quit her job on the Brooklyn Center force two days after Wright’s death, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun.

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker

Pence is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report.

  Disney cancels US cruise line sailings through June

Disney said it’s working with American officials in “resuming operations.”

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

The practice by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division continued until several people questioned or appealed being denied checks in 2019.

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act has yet to get a hearing in the Senate since it passed the House in March – a period during which 80 people were killed in mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive.