Chinese Balloon’s Downing Creates Spectacle Over Tourism Hub

Chinese Balloon's Downing Creates Spectacle Over Tourism Hub

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon just off South Carolina’s coast created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering. The balloon was struck by a missile from an F-22 fighter just off Myrtle … Read more

Tesla Hikes Price of Model Y After US Alters Tax Credit Rule

New Mexico Governor Names New Indian Affairs Secretary

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla has raised prices on its Model Y in the U.S., apparently due to rising demand and changes in U.S. government rules that make more versions of the small SUV eligible for tax credits. The Austin, Texas, electric vehicle company bumped up the price of the Model Y Long Range version by … Read more

Famed LA Mountain Lion’s Death Shines Light on Tribal Talks

Famed LA Mountain Lion's Death Shines Light on Tribal Talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The life of Los Angeles’ most famous mountain lion followed a path known only to the biggest of Hollywood stars: Discovered on-camera in 2012, the cougar adopted a stage name and enjoyed a decade of celebrity status before his tragic death late last year. The popular puma gained fame as P-22 … Read more

Memphis Police Fire Officer Involved in Tyre Nichols’ Death -Statement

Memphis Police Fire Officer Involved in Tyre Nichols' Death -Statement

(Reuters) – The Memphis Police Department said on Friday it had fired an officer involved in the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was beaten by officers in the U.S. city last month. The department named the officer fired as Preston Hemphill. In a statement, it said he had violated department policies … Read more

Cops Searching for 3 Missing Rappers Find ‘Multiple Bodies’

Judges Vacates Woman's Sentence in Baby's Neglect Death

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities searching for three aspiring rappers who have been missing for nearly two weeks found “multiple bodies” Thursday at a vacant Detroit-area apartment building. State police cautioned that the identities of the bodies had not been confirmed. “Please remember all victims have families, and we don’t have the luxury of … Read more

New England Prepares for ‘Wicked’ Deep Freeze as Ice Storm Coats South

New England Prepares for 'Wicked' Deep Freeze as Ice Storm Coats South

By Brad Brooks and Brendan O’Brien LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Northeast braced on Thursday for a historic deep freeze, with wind chills expected to plunge to the equivalent of -50 degrees Fahrenheit (-46 Celsius) in some spots, while freezing rain in the South left thousands without power and turned roadways into ice rinks. … Read more

Why Are People Turning to Psychedelics Like Ayahuasca?

Why Are People Turning to Psychedelics Like Ayahuasca?

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — Ayahuasca is a psychedelic tea whose roots go back hundreds of years to ceremonial use by Indigenous groups in the Amazon region. It’s widely used in South America where it is legal in several countries, including Peru and Brazil. But in the United States, it remains illegal because the brew contains … Read more

U.S. Awarding $800 Million to Improve Roads, Cut Traffic Deaths

U.S. Awarding $800 Million to Improve Roads, Cut Traffic Deaths

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration will announce Wednesday it is awarding $800 million to redesign roads, improve sidewalks and make other upgrades to address the sharp increase in U.S. traffic deaths. Traffic deaths jumped 10.5% to 42,915 in 2021, the highest number killed on American roads since 2005. After declining for decades, traffic deaths … Read more

Fate of Last Ex-Cop Charged in Floyd Murder Lies With Judge

Fate of Last Ex-Cop Charged in Floyd Murder Lies With Judge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer who held back bystanders while his colleagues restrained a dying George Floyd said in court filings Tuesday that his client is innocent of criminal wrongdoing and should be acquitted on state charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. But prosecutors argued in their … Read more

‘School Choice’ Is Culture-War Focus for Kansas Lawmakers

'School Choice' Is Culture-War Focus for Kansas Lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas are focusing on helping conservative parents remove their children from public schools over what’s taught about gender and sexuality rather than pursuing a version of what critics call Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. A proposal to allow parents to use state tax dollars to pay for … Read more