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As cases surge, New Orleans 'strongly recommends' masks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the daily average of new COVID-19 cases surging to numbers not seen in months, New Orleans officials issued an advisory Wednesday “strongly recommending” people resume wearing masks indoors, hoping to avoid the kind of virus-r

Powerful magnitude-6.8 quake shakes Panama and Costa Rica

PANAMA CITY — A powerful magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook Panama and Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon, but it was relatively far from the largest population centres and there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S.
Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew.
Judge: Radio host Larry Elder will appear on recall ballot

Judge: Radio host Larry Elder will appear on recall ballot

LOS ANGELES — Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder will be a candidate in California’s upcoming recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.
Louisiana veto session ends with no bill rejections reversed

Louisiana veto session ends with no bill rejections reversed

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended their historic veto session Wednesday after two days in which Republicans failed to overturn any of Gov.
O'Reilly accuser's appearance on 'The View' stopped by order

O'Reilly accuser's appearance on 'The View' stopped by order

NEW YORK — “The View” cancelled a planned appearance Wednesday by a woman who settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly, after the former Fox News Channel personality sought and received a restraining order against her.
Shootings during Milwaukee NBA Finals celebrations wound 3

Shootings during Milwaukee NBA Finals celebrations wound 3

MILWAUKEE — Two shootings left three people wounded in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks' first NBA championship in 50 years, police said. The shootings happened about 12:42 a.m.
UK man arrested in Spain, charged in US with Twitter hack

UK man arrested in Spain, charged in US with Twitter hack

A British man has been charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last summer that compromised the accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden.
50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world.