‘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.”

  Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Biden speeds refugee admissions but doesn’t lift Trump cap

  Police ID gunman in FedEx mass shooting as young male in 20s

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

  Woman gets pregnant while already pregnant

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

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Biden meets Japan’s leader to boost China-facing alliances

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

Facebook panel’s Trump ruling delayed as comments flood in

  Arizona dog survives fall off 200-foot cliff

  Video: Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer

  Driver takes SUV airborne over rising Florida drawbridge

  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

  Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

  Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

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

  Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

  US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

  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.

  Capitol Police watchdog says force needs a ‘culture change’

The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department’s broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a “war” and weapons that were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them.

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

The company is teaming up with medical researchers to see if its devices can predict early signs of respiratory illnesses, like the flu or coronavirus.

Atlanta school replacing KKK leader’s name with Hank Aaron’s

The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy to Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy.

  Democratic bill proposes Supreme Court expansion

Democratic lawmakers announed a measure Thursday to expand the number of justices on the nation's highest court, but it doesn't have the support of the Speaker of the House.

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.

  Princes William, Harry won’t walk side-by-side at funeral

Members of the royal family often wear uniforms to public events by virtue of their honorary roles with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday.

Australian man finds venomous snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

It was a venomous pale-headed snake that authorities say made a 540-mile journey to Sydney from a packing plant in the Australian city of Toowoomba wrapped in plastic with two heads of cos lettuce.

  Maryland trooper shoots, kills teenager who had airsoft gun

The superintendent of the Maryland State Police says a trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls shot and killed a teenager who was pointing what investigators determined was an airsoft gun at the officer.

Officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

COVID-19 cases have been surging across Japan with just over three months until the delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to open.

Toyota recalls Venza SUVs to fix air bag wiring problem

Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say wires to the air bag sensor in the driver’s side door can become damaged with regular use.

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

Jobless claims are now down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January and well below the 700,000-plus level they had been stuck at for months.

  Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Blinken was meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, and civic figures, a day after Biden announced that the remaining 2,500 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan would be coming home by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

J-Rod are done: Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez have split

They told the “Today” show Thursday in a joint statement that they are calling off their two-year engagement.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

  Ancestry site helps police solve cold case killing of pregnant teen

Investigators have arrested the victim’s then-boyfriend, who was allegedly abusive toward the pregnant teenager at the time of her disappearance.

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

The commission created by the bill would study possible remedies to slavery and discrimination in the United States such as compensation and a formal apology.

  Fatal police shooting at Ohio hospital caught on officer bodycams

Police body camera footage shows a routine police pat-down of a man in a hospital emergency room erupting within minutes into a fatal police shooting after the man apparently fires a gun he had concealed in his possession.

  Texas students disciplined over ‘slave auction’ on Snapchat

A group of ninth-grade students has been disciplined for cyberbullying other students based on their race, the school district says.

1 arrested, 1 sought in connection to Texas officer shooting

Authorities say a Texas police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

  Senate breaks filibuster on Asian-American hate crime bill

The bill is the most substantive congressional response to what has been an alarming rise in racist sentiment against Asian Americans, fueled in part by derogatory language about the virus’ origins in China.

  GRAPHIC: Former Minnesota officer charged in shooting of Daunte Wright

The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was filed Wednesday, three days after Wright was killed during a traffic stop and as the nearby murder trial progresses for the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd.

Soldier charged after video of confrontation with Black man

Online court records show Jonathan Pentland was charged Wednesday. He was listed as detained in the Richland County jail and records didn’t show him as having an attorney.

  Prosecutor: Missing student Kristin Smart killed during 1996 rape attempt

District Attorney Dan Dow said Paul Flores will be charged with first-degree murder and his father, Ruben Flores, will be charged with accessory after murder.

Buddy the beefalo caught after months on lam

The beefalo — a cross between a bison and domestic cattle — eluded its handlers on Aug. 3, while being loaded off a truck at a meat processing business in Plymouth, Connecticut.

  Chauvin trial expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart rhythm problem

Dr. David Fowler, a former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland and now a member of a consulting firm, said the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system, and possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors.

  Photo texted to friend helps find hiker lost in Calif. woods

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said rescuers found the hiker on Tuesday after he spent a night alone in the wilderness.

  J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

At an emergency meeting, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrestled with the fact that the U.S. has enough vaccine alternatives to do without the J&J vaccine for a time, but other countries anxiously awaiting the one-and-done shot may not.

Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback

Arizona lawmakers approved revamping the state’s sex education laws to make them some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues.

AP sources: NCAA dumps requirement that transfers sit a year

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to change the long-standing rule that has often deterred players in high-profile sports from switching schools, sources said.

  Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala

She said she would go as soon as possible, depending on restrictions put in place for the pandemic.

  Corporate pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Signatories to the letter include Amazon, American Airlines, Bank of America, Google and Best Buy, as well as hundreds of business and civic leaders

  Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

The royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99. The palace has said members of the royal family will “undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances” during the mourning period.

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.

  Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

The watchdog report released internally last month, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a congressional hearing Thursday, adds to what is already known about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating.

  Iran supreme leader: Vienna nuclear deal offers ‘not worth looking at’

The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state in the Islamic Republic, come as informal talks in Vienna continue ahead of a planned formal round of negotiations.

  Biden to pull troops from Afghanistan, end longest US war

“It is time to end America’s longest war,” Biden said, but he added that the U.S. will “not conduct a hasty rush to the exit.”

Biden begins to undo Trump’s ban on abortion referrals

Known as Title X, the federal family planning program has been in place for decades. It makes available about $286 million annually in grants that support clinics serving mainly low-income women.

  Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes, the person said. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.

  No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

The remarks by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made him the latest congressional Republicans to opt against springing to the defense of the three-term lawmaker from Florida’s panhandle.

Amazon claims social network Parler trying to conceal owners

Amazon has accused Parler, the social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter, of trying to conceal its ownership amid a legal dispute between Amazon and Parler stemming from the U.S. Capitol riots.

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase said it had 56 million verified users as of March 31, with 6.1 million making transactions monthly.

Senate OKs former regulator as Securities and Exchange Commission chief

The vote Wednesday was 53-45, mostly along party lines in the narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate, to confirm Gary Gensler, an expert with experience as a strong markets regulator during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting, along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.