Vigilantes in Haiti strike back at gangsters with brutal street justice
'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' swings to massive $120.5 million opening
Apple appears poised to unveil a long-rumored headset that will place its users between the virtual and real world. The headset will also serve to test the technology trendsetter’s ability to popularize new-fangled devices after others failed to capture the public’s imagination. The stage is set for the widely anticipated announcement be be made Monday at Apple’s annual developers conference. Apple is also likely discuss other products and software during the event. But the show's star is expected to be a pair of goggles that could become another milestone in Apple's lore of releasing game-changing technology, even though the company wasn’t always the first to try its hand at making a particular device
The body of one of three men who had been missing after the partial collapse of an apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, has been found. A city official confirms that Branden Colvin Sr.’s body was recovered Saturday. Colvin is the first person confirmed to have died in the collapse. He was 42. Two other men — 51-year-old Ryan Hitchcock and 60-year-old Daniel Prien — are still unaccounted for. The Quad-City Times reports that Colvin’s son, Branden Colvin Jr., graduated from high school Saturday. He and other family members had been at the collapse site almost constantly, hoping for a miracle. The six-story building partially collapsed May 28.
Body recovered of one of three people missing in Iowa apartment building collapse, official confirms
Body recovered of one of three people missing in Iowa apartment building collapse, official confirms.
A new Florida law banning gender-affirming care for minors is getting a lot of attention nationally as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis runs for president, but it's also impacting transgender adults. Children were the main focus of debate and coverage of the new law that DeSantis signed last month. However, it also includes restrictions on adult care. That's creating chaos for patients and providers in the state with what's estimated to be the nation's second-highest transgender population. Patients now have to be treated face-to-face by a medical doctor. Those restrictions have proved particularly onerous because many trans adults were seeing nurse practitioners and using telehealth.
Four people are dead and seven others were seriously injured after a car crossed the center line of a Missouri highway and struck five motorcycles. The accident happened Saturday afternoon on a state highway near Aurora. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Toyota Corolla crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and struck five motorcycles, ejecting the drivers and passengers on each motorcycle. One of the motorcycles caught fire. Two motorcycle drivers and two passengers died. One of the passengers was a 17-year-old girl. The 51-year-old woman who was driving the Toyota was arrested on suspicion of impairment. That is what the patrol told KYTV-TV. As of Sunday, no charges had been filed.
Chicago police say a 25-year-old woman was fatally shot and six other people were wounded when gunfire erupted during a remembrance for a man who died in a car crash. Deputy Chief Adnardo Gutierrez of the Chicago Police Department says a large group of people had gathered about 1 a.m. on Sunday to mark four years since a man’s fatal crash when there was an altercation and shots rang out. He says seven people were wounded and one of them, a 25-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Five of six other shooting victims were hospitalized in good condition but a 29-year-old man was in critical condition. Gutierrez says the shooting remains under investigation.
It's no secret that Christopher Nolan made “Oppenheimer” to be seen on the big screen, but not all “big screens” are created equal. As tickets go on sale early for over 1,000 of the best “big screens” out there including IMAX, 70mm and so forth, Nolan, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, offers a guide to his favorite formats, why it matters and even where he likes to sit in different theaters so that audiences don’t feel like they need a film school degree (or one in theoretical physics) before settling on a projection type. “Opphenheimer” opens on July 21.
Jimmy Carter is now 98 years old as he receives hospice care. His fellow Georgian, Martin Luther King Jr., would have been 94. The two men never met during all their time in Atlanta. But the Rev. Bernice King tells The Associated Press that Carter has been a “courageous” and “principled” figure who built on her father’s work, advancing the King family's vision of racial equality and human rights. She says Carter first had to navigate in a society where white people were expected to treat Black people in a demeaning way. The Carters and the Kings have since formed an enduring partnership.
Zach Whitecloud scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Adin Hill made a remarkable stick save among his 33 stops in net. Original Knights players Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore and captain Mark Stone also scored on Florida's Sergei Bobrovsky. Stone's insurance goal late in the third was reviewed for a high stick and upheld. The Panthers lost the series opener for the first time since the first round against Boston.
New York's fledgling marijuana market doesn't have enough licensed retailers to sell the 300,000 pounds (136,000 kilograms) of cannabis grown by farmers in the state. Farmers can only legally sell their product in a dozen licensed dispensaries statewide, and they're feeling a financial pinch as another growing season gets underway. Pot businesses in the West have struggled with black market competition and high taxes, but in New York, the farmers’ plight is part of the bumpy launch of New York’s recreational pot market. State leaders had always planned to gear up the market in stages, but dispensaries have debuted at a slower pace than expected.
Wisconsin Republicans still reeling from an April election that saw conservatives lose majority control of the state Supreme Court hope to use their upcoming state convention to unify and refocus on the looming presidential race in which Wisconsin will once again be a battleground. Democrats, recognizing that four of the past six presidential elections in the state have been decided by less than a percentage point, are trying not to become overconfident in the face of recent gains. They are gathering for their annual state convention starting June 10. Wisconsin Republicans gather for their state party convention June 16.
A wildfire in Michigan has burned more than 3 square miles but an emergency evacuation has been halted. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said late Saturday the wildfire in Grayling Township has burned an estimated 2,400 acres while moving west and southwest. An earlier department statement says the blaze threatened multiple buildings, while a department spokesperson says evacuations were being lifted late Saturday. The U.S. Forest Service, federal Bureau of Land Management and Michigan police and fire departments are assisting the natural resources department to combat the fire with ground crews, airplanes, helicopters and heavy equipment. The cause was not immediately determined.
Biden signs debt ceiling bill that pulls US back from brink of unprecedented default
Sixteen Venezuelan and Colombian migrants who entered the country through Texas were flown to California by chartered plane and dropped off outside a church in Sacramento. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he and the state's attorney general met with the group of young migrants on Saturday. He says they learned the migrants were transported from Texas to New Mexico and then flown by private chartered jet to Sacramento. Newsom says he is working with the mayor of Sacramento and nonprofit organizations to ensure the migrants are treated with “respect and dignity.” He says he has asked for an investigation into who paid for the group's travel.
Utah district bans Bible in elementary and middle schools 'due to vulgarity or violence'
Video of a youth children’s choir being cut off as it was singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the U.S. Capitol has spread widely on social media. Leaders of the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir claim they were told by police at the scene of the May 26 show that the performance was considered a demonstration that some might find offensive. But Capitol Police say it was only cut short because they were unaware at the time that the group had permission to be there. Three Republican Congress members from South Carolina and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a joint statement saying that the Speaker’s office had invited the choir to the Capitol.
Police in Florida have arrested one man and announced arrest warrants for two others believed to be the gunmen who opened fire along a crowded beachside promenade on Memorial Day. The shooting wounded nine people and sent others scrambling for cover. The Hollywood Police Department on Saturday said authorities have arrested suspect Jordan Burton and obtained arrest warrants for Ariel Cardahn Paul and Lionel JeanCharles Jr. The suspects will be charged with one count of attempted murder in the first degree, eight counts of attempted murder in the second degree and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.
While judges, lawyers and support staff at the federal courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire, keep the American justice system buzzing, thousands of humble honeybees on the building’s roof are playing their part in a more important task: feeding the world. The Warren B. Rudman courthouse is one of several federal facilities around the country participating in the General Services Administration’s Pollinator Initiative. The goal of the program is to assess and promote the health of bees and other pollinators. The insects contribute billions to the U.S. economy annually and are under constant threat. Without human intervention, a bee extinction could be a disaster for the world.
A federal judge says Tennessee’s first-in-the-nation law designed to place strict limits on drag shows is unconstitutional. In a ruling late Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker wrote that the law was both “unconstitutionally vague and substantially overbroad” and encouraged “discriminatory enforcement.” The Memphis-based LGBTQ+ theater company that filed the complaint said the law would negatively impact them because they produce “drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays” with no age restrictions. The Tennessee drag law marks the second major proposal targeting LGBTQ+ people passed by state lawmakers this year. Earlier, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a GOP-backed law that bans most gender-affirming care, which is being challenged in court.
A three-year pause on student loan payments will end this summer regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the White House plan to forgive billions of dollars in student loan debt. If Congress approves a debt ceiling deal negotiated by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden, payments will resume in late August. Even if the deal falls through, payments will resume by 60 days after the Supreme Court decision. Regardless of what justices decide, more than 40 million borrowers will have to start paying back their loans by the end of the summer at the latest.
The Turkish defense ministry announced Saturday it will be sending a commando battalion to northern Kosovo in response to a NATO request for troops to help quell violent unrest. The request came from NATO’s Joint Force Command Naples, the ministry said in a press statement posted on its official Twitter account, with the battalion joining as a reserve unit the alliance’s peacekeeping mission in the region, known as KFOR. The mission currently consists of almost 3,800 troops, including 350 from Turkey. The Turkish commando battalion will be deploying to the Sultan Murat Barracks in Kosovo on June 4-5.
Customers of Chase’s online banking services have seen double transactions, fees and payments in their accounts. But by late Friday the bank said it had fixed the glitch. Numerous Chase customers had posted on social media that their rent or bill payments were taken out of their accounts twice and reported hold times with customer service approaching more than an hour. The New York-based bank is one of the country’s largest financial institutions with millions of online customers.
The case of a Missouri doctor whose body was found in an Arkansas lake more than a week after he was reported missing remains shrouded in mystery. Forty-nine-year-old Dr. John Forsyth, an emergency room doctor in Cassville, Missouri, was last heard from on May 21. His body was found with an apparent gunshot wound in Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas on May 30. Authorities say an autopsy was done but they have not released a cause of death. His family says Forsyth, a divorced father of eight, had recently become engaged and was happier than they had seen him in many years.
Charter fishing industry experts in southeast Alaska say they're eager to learn the cause of a tragedy that left five people dead or lost at sea. A boat called the Awakin was found partially submerged off an island about 10 miles west of Sitka last Sunday. Efforts to recover the vessel have been hampered by rough seas. A salvage company is hoping to try again Saturday. Richard Yamada from the Alaska Charter Association says he can't remember any other fatal accident in Alaska's charter industry. He says he and others are hoping to learn what happened.
Kaija Saariaho, who wrote acclaimed works that made her the among the most prominent composers of the 21st century, has died. She was 70. Saariaho's family says in a statement posted on her Facebook page that she died at her apartment in Paris. She had been diagnosed in February 2021 with an aggressive and incurable brain tumor. Her “L’Amour de Loin” premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 and made its U.S. debut at Santa Fe two years later. In 2016, it became the first staged work by a female composer at the Metropolitan Opera since Ethel M. Smyth’s “Der Wald” in 1903.
More than 230 killed and 900 hurt after 2 trains derail in India. Hundreds are still trapped.
Connecticut lawmakers vote to allow people to use deadly force as the bear population grows
Community members are grieving the death of a 14-year-old boy who authorities say was fatally shot in the back by a South Carolina gas station owner. A Friday evening prayer vigil across the street from the Xpress Mart Shell station in Columbia featured calls to channel righteous anger into community support and political action. The station owner Rick Chow is accused of killing Cyrus Carmack-Belton on Sunday night after chasing down the teenager, who he wrongly suspected of stealing four water bottles. The shooting leaves many in the community also crying out against racial profiling.
An Alaska fishing adventure became a nightmare for a family of eight when the wreckage of one of the two boats they’d chartered over the Memorial Day weekend was found partially submerged off an island. The frantic search for survivors has only brought tragedy to the Tyau family. Two sisters and one of their husbands are dead. The other’s partner and the boat captain remain missing in the waters off southeast Alaska four days after the boat didn’t return Sunday. Authorities suspended a 20-hour search covering 825 square miles on Monday. They have no plans to resume it.
Nebraska has the country's only single-chamber, nonpartisan legislature, and state leaders have long held up the unique system as an example of efficiency that rises above hyperpartisan politics. But this year's acrimonious session may have changed that. The session began with conservatives still stinging from 2022 losses on bills to ban most abortions and to loosen gun regulations so they packed legislative committees, angering progressives. That anger came to a head when a bill by a freshman conservative lawmaker to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors led a group of left-leaning lawmakers to filibuster nearly every bill up for debate — even ones they supported.
An Iowa task force has completed its search for survivors at the site of a partially collapsed Davenport apartment building without finding three missing people who are feared dead, authorities said Friday. The focus has shifted to shoring up the structure so recovery efforts can begin. Rick Halleran, the task force’s Cedar Rapids division chief, said the search for survivors was completed Thursday evening after electrical equipment connected to the building was controlled. Officials said Friday the building has been unstable and needed to settle before further action could take place. Halleran said, “We do what the building tells us to do."
A structural engineer report issued just days before an Iowa apartment building partially collapsed indicated a wall of the century-old structure was in imminent risk of crumbling. But neither the owner nor city officials warned residents of the danger days before the building partially collapsed. Officials in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport say three residents of the six-story building are missing. Officials also say there are no immediate plans to demolish what remains of the structure, which remains extremely unstable. The state’s search and rescue team, search dogs and cameras were used Thursday to continue combing the building for missing people.
A man who spent nearly 21 years in prison for the deaths of two Michigan hunters has filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million for wrongful convictions. Jeff Titus filed the suit Friday, just a day after a prosecutor dropped murder charges against him and ruled out a second trial. Titus’ convictions were thrown out in February based on newly discovered evidence. His lawyer, Wolf Mueller, says it’s a key threshold to get compensation from the state. Earlier this year, authorities acknowledged that Titus’ rights were violated in 2002 when his trial attorney wasn’t given a police file with details about another suspect. That suspect was serial killer Thomas Dillon of Ohio, who targeted hunters and others outdoors.
Alabama now has an official state cookie: the Yellowhammer Cookie. Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed legislation naming the confection created by a Montgomery fourth-grader as the official state cookie. Students at Montgomery’s Trinity Presbyterian School came up with the idea of a state cookie. WSFA-TV reports fourth-grader Mary Claire Cook submitted the winning recipe, which includes pecans, peanut butter and honey. Cook brought a batch of the cookies to Ivey for the bill-signing ceremony. Alabama has a long list of official state emblems and symbols, including a state vegetable, nut, reptile, amphibian and spirit.
The Good Book is being treated like a bad book in Utah after a parent frustrated by efforts to ban materials from schools convinced a suburban district that some Bible verses were too vulgar or violent for younger children. And the Book of Mormon could be next. The Davis School District north of Salt Lake City banned the Bible from its elementary and middle schools in response to a parental complaint. After news of the Bible ban, the district said it received a complaint about the Book of Mormon. This all comes as parent activists throughout the United States sow alarm about how sex is talked about in schools.
A building under construction in New Haven, Connecticut, partially collapsed during a concrete pour, injuring eight construction workers, including two critically. But officials say there were no fatalities in Friday's collapse. Officials say firefighters pulled six people from the building, including three who were partially buried, and two others made it out on their own. Fire Chief John Alston Jr. says the injuries include broken bones. Officials say a portion of second floor collapsed through the first floor and into the basement. Workers told officials the concrete was being poured faster than they could spread it, and it pooled too much and caused the collapse. Federal officials are investigating.
As Louisiana’s legislative session nears adjournment, lawmakers are pushing forward controversial LGBTQ+-related bills, including advancing a resurrected ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youths. Earlier this week, lawmakers advanced a bill that would broadly ban K-12 public school employees in Louisiana from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom. A similar measure, which would require teachers to use the pronouns and name that align with a student’s sex assigned at birth, also advanced to final passage this week. Lawmakers must adjourn the 2023 legislative session no later than Thursday evening.
A judge in Colorado has agreed to delay the first criminal trial in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was stopped by police, forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful sedative nearly four years ago. Police officers Randy Roedema and Jason Rosenblatt had been scheduled to go on trial starting July 10, but their lawyers asked for more time. They said they could not mount a proper defense because prosecutors had not spelled out what actions by their clients allegedly led to McClain’s injuries, or whether they are accused of being directly responsible for his death or considered complicit in other defendants' actions. The two have pleaded not guilty.
The Phoenix Police Department says the arresting officer in the landmark Miranda rights case has died at age 87. The department said Friday that retired Police Capt. Carroll Cooley died on May 29 of an unspecified illness. He was the arresting officer in the case partially responsible for the Supreme Court’s ruling that now requires suspects to be read their rights. Information about services and survivors was not immediately available. Cooley in 1963 arrested Ernesto Miranda on charges of kidnapping and rape. The Supreme Court overturned Miranda's conviction, which depended on a written confession. He was tried again and convicted without the confession.
Lies, complaints and Larry Nassar: Takeaways from the records detailing Jeffrey Epstein's final days
Nearly four years after Jeffrey Epstein's death, thousands of pages of records obtained by The Associated Press are shedding new light on the financier’s time behind bars. The documents include emails between jail officials and psychological evaluations. They offer a fuller picture of Epstein's weeks inside the now-shuttered Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. He killed himself at the federal jail in 2019. In the days and weeks that followed, corrections officials struggled to answer how such a high-profile detainee had been allowed to take his own life.
The Biden administration is withdrawing hundreds of square miles in New Mexico from oil and gas production for the next 20 years on the outskirts of Chaco Culture National Historical Park that tribal communities consider sacred. The action Friday by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is intended to protect cultural and historic resources that tribal communities consider sacred. The order will apply only to public lands and federal mineral rights within a 10-mile radius. President Joe Biden initially proposed this ban in November 2021 at the White House Tribal Nations Summit. Navajo Nation leaders are concerned about economic consequences of the decision.
Stocks rushed higher after a strong report on the U.S. job market eased Wall Street's worries about a possible recession. The S&P 500 jumped 1.5% Friday, while the Dow soared 701 points. The rally brought the S&P 500 nearly 20% above a low hit in October. It's on the edge of entering a new bull market. The rally built after a report showed unexpectedly strong hiring last month. At the same time, increases for workers’ pay slowed. That could mean the economy remains strong enough to avoid a recession without adding too much upward pressure on inflation.
An appeals court says an anti-discrimination lawsuit involving Native American hair can go to trial in New Mexico. The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that an English teacher in Albuquerque cut off the end of one girl's braids and asked another if she was wearing a “bloody Indian” costume during a Halloween event in class. A lower court that dismissed the suit, saying schools don't qualify as public accommodations under the state's civil rights law. The New Mexico Court of Appeals overruled that, ordering the case to be heard on its merits. Outrage over the girls' treatment propelled legislation prohibiting discrimination based on hairstyle or religious head garments.
In gun law push, Tennessee governor's office memo says NRA prefers to 'round up mentally ill people'
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s administration accused the National Rifle Association of wanting to use involuntary commitment laws “to round up mentally ill people and deprive them of other liberties." The talking points came in memos drafted by the Republican’s staffers as part of their initial attempt to pass a gun control proposal in April. Lee has previously praised the NRA’s help on other legislation. He has since faced its opposition on his proposal to keep guns away from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. Lawmakers are expected to consider the change in an August special session.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill banning build-at-home firearms without serial numbers. The so-called ghost guns allow buyers to evade background checks and impede law enforcement's ability to trace a firearm's origin, and they've grown increasingly popular nationwide. Polis signed the bill into law on Friday. Eleven other states have already regulated ghost guns, which have been linked to high-profile mass shootings across the U.S. Under the new law, those who have such guns will be able to get them serialized at a licensed dealership by 2024. The dealer is required to run a background check before giving the firearm back, however.
A judge has granted bond for three activists involved in supporting the protest against a planned police and fire training center in Atlanta that opponents have derisively dubbed “Cop City.” Adele MacLean, Marlon Scott Kautz, and Savannah Patterson were arrested Wednesday on charges of charities fraud and money laundering. They are leaders of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which has provided bail money and helped find attorneys for arrested protesters. Magistrate Court Judge James Altman agreed to set bond of $15,000 apiece. That bond is to be subject to various conditions that Altman planned to outline in a written order later Friday.
A lawsuit has been filed challenging an Arkansas law that would subject librarians and booksellers to criminal charges if they provide harmful materials to minors. A coalition of libraries, booksellers and other groups filed the lawsuit Friday over the measure, which is set to take effect Aug. 1. The law also creates a new process to challenge library books and request they be relocated. The lawsuit comes amid a growing push to make it easier to ban or restrict access to books. The lawsuit says Arkansas' measure is unconstitutional and would force libraries to remove books that could be challenged.
Three chemical manufacturing companies have reached a deal to resolve complaints of polluting many U.S. drinking water systems with compounds known as PFAS. DuPont and spinoff companies Chemours and Corteva said Friday they'll create a $1.18 billion fund that could compensate thousands of public water systems. PFAS chemicals are used widely in nonstick and water-resistant products, as well as some firefighting foams. Many water providers have sued the three DuPont companies and others that made or used the compounds. A federal judge must approve the settlement before it takes effect.