Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant. The Defense Production Act order requires … Read more

Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

1 of 3 FILE – This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows Thomas Lane. Lane former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 18,2022 to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. As part of the plea deal, … Read more

2022 primaries: Live updates on May 17 races

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Democrats have made their choice for governor official, handing the appointment to second-term state Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Shapiro was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, is term-limited. Shapiro, 48, from the Philadelphia suburb of Abington, spent the primary campaign season raising money and working to … Read more

Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on US roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home. The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality … Read more

Accused Buffalo gunman followed familiar radicalization path

The 18-year-old gunman accused of a deadly racist rampage at a Buffalo supermarket seems to fit an all-too-familiar profile: an aggrieved white man steeped in hate-filled conspiracies online, and inspired by other extremist massacres. Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, appears to have been driven to action roughly two years from when his radical indoctrination … Read more

2022 Pennsylvania primary: Live updates on governor’s race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania Republicans prepare to choose a nominee for governor Tuesday, some party officials are twisted in knots over the possibility of a primary victory by a candidate many see as too far to the right to win statewide this fall . Doug Mastriano, a retired US Army colonel and state … Read more

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

By HUIZHONG WU and DAKE KANG May 16, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/china-prisons-uyghurs-religion-0dd1a31f9be29d32c584543af4698955 BEIJING (AP) — Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows … Read more

Supreme Court rules for Sen. Cruz in campaign finance case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday sided with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in his challenge to a provision of federal campaign finance law, in a ruling that a dissenting justice said runs the risk of causing “further disrepute” to American politics. The justices, in a 6-3 decision that divided … Read more

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The US death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died … Read more

McConnell, GOP senators meet Zelenskyy in surprise Kyiv stop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of GOP senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv during an unannounced visit Saturday, delivering the latest show of American solidarity with the country at war with Russia. A video posted on Zelenskyy’s Telegram account showed McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. Susan Collins … Read more