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Monkeypox is no joke

By DR. JOY MARTINEZ, Staff Writer This electron microscopic image depicts a monkeypox virion.CDC/ CYNTHIA S. GOLDSMITH A rare disease called monkeypox, a much less severe cousin of smallpox, is spreading around the world into places it usually never touches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 250 cases have been reported in at least 16 countries including a confirmed US case in a man in Massachusetts, and

Police face questions over response to Texas school shooting

By JAKE BLEIBERG, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT A family pays their respects next to crosses bearing the names of Tuesday's shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Law enforcement authorities faced mounting questions and criticism Thursday over how much time elapsed before they stormed a Texas elementary school classroom and put a stop to the rampage by a gunman

Abrams-Kemp slugfest promises to be pricey, long and ugly

By JEFF AMY This combination image shows Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Atlanta, left, and Georgia Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams on Dec. 16, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. The governor's race in Georgia between Republican incumbent Kemp and Democratic challenger Abrams promises to be a brutal battle that will further amp up the state's charged political environment. (AP Photo)  Georgia voters didn’t get much of a break

Texas governor: 15 killed in school shooting; gunman dead

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing 14 children, one teacher and injuring others, Gov. Greg Abbott said, and the gunman was dead.  It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut,

Buffalo shooting’s wounds need a strong salve, residents say

FILE - Children walk hand in hand in a street near the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. Long before an 18-year-old avowed white supremacist inflicted terror at a Buffalo supermarket, the city's Black neighborhoods, like many others around the nation, had been dealing with wounds that are generations old. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Shenaya Ann Washington and a close friend cleared

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

By ELENA BECATOROS, OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI and RICARDO MAZALAN Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, May 23, 2022. The court sentenced the 21-year-old soldier to life in prison on Monday for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial held since Russia's invasion. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison Monday

N. Carolina man charged with murder in deaths of mother, son

A 68-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths in a mother and son from North Carolina who were found dead in the grass behind their apartment building. Police in Hope Mills, just south of Fayetteville, announced Saturday that Rodney William McCrary has been charged with two counts each first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police say he lived in the same apartment building as 48-year-old Julie Camacho Smith and

Man charged in Buffalo massacre due back in court

Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen visits the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) The white man accused of slaughtering 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket was scheduled to appear in court Thursday as authorities including the FBI continue to investigate the possibility of hate crime and terrorism charges. Payton Gendron, 18, livestreamed the attack from a helmet camera before

Several incumbents lose N. Carolina legislative primaries

Air Force veteran and former Fayetteville City Council member Val Applewhite speaks before introducing Jill Biden in the backyard of Applewhite's Fayetteville, N.C., home on Oct. 6, 2020. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP) Several state legislators won’t be returning to the North Carolina General Assembly next January after primary losses, while former lawmakers had mixed results in trying to get back to the House or Senate.  Seven incumbents —

At least 10 dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, MICHAEL BALSAMO and DAVE COLLINS Police secure a perimeter after a shooting at a supermarket, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex) A gunman wearing military-style clothing and body armor opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being taken into custody Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. Details on the