American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Stemberger wasn’t about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues, accepted the offer and boasted […]

Rethinking police: How Camden, NJ, reimagined its force

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — To Scott Thomson, changing the culture of policing in America is a relatively simple process. It’s just not an easy one. Thomson led a tumultuous police department makeover in Camden, New Jersey — a poor city of mostly brown and black residents just across the river from Philadelphia — in 2013. […]

Crews inspect, but won’t yet remove, Richmond’s Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Workers for the state of Virginia inspected Richmond’s huge statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monday before its planned removal. While protesters have toppled some other Confederate statues and some cities have moved swiftly to remove what critics see as symbols of white supremacy, this monument won’t be so easy […]

Cristobal weakens to tropical depression, rains persist

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cristobal weakened to a tropical depression Monday morning, after crashing ashore as a lopsided tropical storm a day prior in Louisiana and ginned up dangerous weather farther east, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida. Cristobal made a Saturday […]

US public schools need major building repairs, report finds

The majority of U.S. public school districts need to make major building repairs in at least half of their schools, yet many districts are unable to pay for updates or have postponed them to improve security in case of a shooting, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday released a […]

Tropical storm crashes onto US Gulf Coast amid flood threat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lopsided Tropical Storm Cristobal came ashore Sunday in Louisiana and ginned up dangerous weather much farther east, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida. Cristobal made an afternoon landfall between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the […]

Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by […]

Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

ATLANTA (AP) — One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg overseas and was always touched when people thanked him for his service. Another was drafted into the military at 18 and […]

‘Invisible demon’: Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, where 41 residents have died from the coronavirus, has been cited by regulators for infection control violations and fined three times by the state and federal governments over the last several years. It has the lowest nursing home overall rating issued by the federal […]

5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The tankers’ voyage came after Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro already turned […]

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