Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks

President Joe Biden is welcoming a group of Republican senators to the White House to talk infrastructure.

Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay

Street racing surges across US, with deadly consequences

  US jobless claims sink to 473K as more GOP governors bar aid

Rock legend Alice Cooper to auction off Andy Warhol artwork

  Pipeline hack fuels gas crunch; US suspects Russian origins

DC Police victim of massive data leak by ransomware gang

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Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use

Weather reporter ‘multiplies’ in hilarious graphics error on live TV

  Israel begins firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza

  Chief of teachers union is ‘all in’ on full fall reopening

  Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

  Judge to weigh Arbery’s mental health records under seal

  Just how dirty is your mask? It’s probably filthy

Your mask is probably filthy, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's unhealthy.

  Biden warns against gas price gouging after cyberattack

The president said he expects the pipeline to resume normal operations by next week and stressed the importance of improving the durability of U.S. infrastructure as part of his $2.3 trillion jobs plan.

  Amazon seeks to hire 75,000; offers $100 to vaccinated hires

Amazon didn’t say if it is having trouble finding workers, but other companies have said they are as Americans start heading out again.

Woman hit in face with 10-pound ‘log of prepackaged meat’ during fight at Walmart, South Euclid police say

A Cleveland woman was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for her role in a fight at the South Euclid Walmart.

Bear rummages through dumpster in Gatlinburg

Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

Inventor of Post-it Notes adhesive dies at age 80

EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules

Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert lead CMT Music Awards noms

  School nurses, health service corps part of $7.4B virus plan

  GRAPHIC: Newly obtained Capitol riot video shows attack on officer

The footage shows the horrifying moment rioters attacked D.C. Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone on Jan. 6.

  Big 0.6% April wholesale price jump catches many off guard

Wholesale prices rose a higher-than-expected 0.6% in April, driven by escalating food costs.

McDonald’s raising US workers’ pay in company-owned stores

The fast-food giant followed Chipotle, which also announced pay hikes this week.

  ‘So embarrassed’: Student says she was forced to cut braids at softball game

The North Carolina high school sophomore says the umpires enforced a rule that she calls discriminatory.

  Ohio’s ‘golden tickets:’ Everything we know about the $1 million vaccine sweepstakes

Five vaccinated Ohioans are about to get rich.

  Rising commodities costs hit Americans at home and on road

Many factors are playing into the price hikes: strong demand, understaffed manufacturers and higher shipping costs.

Boy, 2, takes gun off nightstand, accidentally shoots parents

The incident remains under investigation.

  ‘Hero’ boy, 6, saves baby brother from drowning in fish tank

Investigators say the 9-month-old boy somehow managed to climb into the filled fish tank, despite safety measures to try to keep him out.

  Mother punches, chases would-be car thief down sidewalk

The would-be thief climbed out the passenger’s side door then fled after the mother continued to chase him.

Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year

The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that her upcoming season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the end of her contract.

  Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

Dozens have died in the most severe outbreak of violence since a 2014 war, with no resolution in sight.

  EXPLAINER: How COVID-19 vaccines will work for kids in US

A government advisory committee recommended Pfizer’s vaccine for children 12 and older on Wednesday, after the Food and Drug Administration expanded authorization of the shots to the age group earlier in the week.

  GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as the chamber’s No. 3 GOP leader on Wednesday, punishing her after she repeatedly rebuked former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Documents: Firefighters could be fired for Bryant photos

An internal investigation found that two firefighters had taken photos of the bodies in the helicopter wreckage that “served no business necessity."

  Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

The nation’s largest fuel pipeline restarted operations, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers.

  Boy with prosthetic leg gets a puppy born without a paw

A similar medical condition has created a special bond between a Minnesota boy and his golden retriever puppy.

Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses

The order will require all federal agencies to use basic cybersecurity defenses.

Firing squad bill headed to South Carolina governor’s desk

South Carolina can’t put anyone to death now because its supply of lethal-injection drugs expired, and it has not been able to buy any more.

Ohio’s governor announces $1 million dollar drawings for people who get COVID vaccine

The money will come from existing federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.

  Hearing on Jan. 6 Capitol violence exposes stark partisan divisions

The colliding lines of questioning, and a failure to settle on a universally agreed-upon set of facts, underscored the challenges Congress faces as it investigates what law enforcement officials have described as a deadly act of domestic terrorism carried out by Trump loyalists.

  Biden courts Hill leaders, but GOP won’t budge on big deal

This first formal Oval Office meeting for the group — and for Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — brought together those two deal-makers at a dramatically different political and economic time than in their past talks.

  Two planes collide mid-air in Colorado, officials say

Two airplanes collided mid-air over Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado, officials said.

  Emergency program to give eligible people $50 off internet bill

The government is increasing spending on broadband as the pandemic made stark that millions of Americans did not have access to, and could not afford, broadband at a time when jobs, school and health care was moving online.

  Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September.

Times Square shooting suspect arrested in Florida

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and did so on the condition of anonymity.

  WATCH: Doorbell camera captures EF0 tornado in Algiers

A 90-second doorbell camera captures what appears to be tornadic winds whipping rain in Algiers.

  Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Go-Go’s in Rock Hall on first try

Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s were elected Wednesday to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren.

Leland Middle School teacher resigns, accused of possessing nearly 25 pounds of marijuana

A sixth-grade math and science teacher at Leland Middle School has resigned after she was arrested Wednesday, accused of possessing nearly 25 pounds of marijuana.

  Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

In his ruling, Judge Peter Cahill found that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd last year, and that he treated Floyd with particular cruelty.

  Woman impersonates high school student to gain Instagram followers, police say

The arrest report states the student impersonator recorded herself handing out flyers at the school then promoted her Instagram page.

  US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

Doctors who are ready to vaccinate their own kids want other parents to line up, too.

Chick-fil-A facing sauce shortage

Chick-fil-A is limiting the number of sauces it's giving out to customers because of limited stock.

  Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

The debates have been emotional and highly divisive around the country, in some cases leading to the involvement of police.

  Are Tyson roosters to blame for chicken shortage?

The company says it tried out a new kind and the breeding birds aren’t living up to their get-up-and-go farmyard stereotype.

  New details emerge in fatal shootings of California police

Jimmy Inn, an officer in the northern California city of Stockton, was fatally shot Tuesday morning while responding to a domestic violence incident. In San Luis Obispo, Detective Lucas “Luca” Benedetti was shot and killed while serving a search warrant.

  Judge asked to OK evidence of Ahmaud Arbery’s past troubles

Attorneys for a white father and son charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery asked a judge Wednesday to allow evidence of the slain Black man’s past problems to be presented when their clients stand trial for murder.

Uncle Ben’s is now Ben’s Original: Rebranded rice arrives in stores

The rebranded rice is now available on store shelves nationwide as Ben’s Original.

  Deadly Defects: 17 million recalled Takata airbags still on US roads

There are 17 million vehicles in the US, ranging in age from 2002 to 2015, that still have deadly Takata airbags inside the steering wheel.

  Vaccine passports and summer travel: What we know

The truth is, we know very little about vaccine passports or how proof of vaccination will affect international travel.

  ‘George of the Valley’: Va. man climbs 60-foot tree to rescue cat

Robin Bradfield said she reached out to local first responders, who were unable to save the cat due to how high up it was in the tree.

Dunkin’ employee charged in death after allegedly hitting customer over slur

A Dunkin' employee allegedly punched a customer for using a racial slur

  Consumer prices shot up 0.8% in April as worries escalate

April’s sharp increase in inflation was led by a record 10% surge in the price for used cars and trucks.

  Gas stations run out of fuel, one charges $6.99 a gallon

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency Tuesday due to the potential of gas shortages.

  COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out

Burnout and fatigue are such a concern that some practices are hiring counselors to support their weary staffs.

Number of children traveling alone at border eases in April

The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday.

  Panic buying fuels gas supply issues in East

There’s not a fuel shortage right now, but fear could fuel one.

  Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics

A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.N. health agency should be granted “guaranteed rights of access” in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks.

  Teacher has 5th grade students in ND reenact George Floyd arrest

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave until the district finishes its investigation.

  Couple cares for more than 200 kids in nearly 50 years as foster parents

In addition to fostering, the couple had three biological children and adopted nine more.

  Lawyers: Black man didn’t drive into deputies who shot him

Under a judge’s order, family members were shown approximately 18 minutes of footage related to the death of Andrew Brown Jr.

  Israel, Hamas escalate heavy fighting with no end in sight

The barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip and airstrikes into the territory continued almost nonstop throughout the day, in what appeared to be some of the most intense fighting between Israel and Hamas since their 2014 war.

  Mother’s boyfriend charged with murder of missing Las Vegas toddler

The suspect is being held without bond on a charge of open murder in relation to the 2-year-old boy's disappearance.

Woman arrested for kidnapping 2 infants, shooting in Savannah

The two missing infants that were taken during a shooting in Savannah have been found and are safe.

  Liz Cheney says Trump and GOP backers threaten democracy

Rep. Liz Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump in the weeks following the deadly insurrection.

  Gas stations report shortages as pipeline shutdown drags on

The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, was hit by a cyberattack on Friday.

  Pentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military response

Christopher Miller’s testimony is aimed at defending the Pentagon’s response to the chaos of the day and rebutting broad criticism that military forces were too slow to arrive even as pro-Trump rioters violently breached the building and stormed inside.

  Democrats press for broader voter access as GOP resists

The action in Congress comes as states including Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Texas are pushing new voting rules, spurred by former President Donald Trump’s false claims about election fraud after his 2020 loss.

Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in Atlanta spa shootings

A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, 22, in the March 16 slayings.