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  North Carolina boy holds prom for his nanny

Curtis Rogers had not seen his nanny, Rachel Chapman, in two months because of COVID-19 and wanted to throw her a prom.

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

  ‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

  History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

  Police: 2 officers shot, woman found dead in North Dakota

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  Police: Soldier saved lives by stopping shooter on bridge

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

  Ben & Jerry’s sends new ice cream into stratosphere

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

  GRAPHIC: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged, Minneapolis mayor says

The Minneapolis police chief said the department would conduct a full internal investigation, and prosecutors will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved.

  Australian zoo welcomes first koala joey since thousands died during bushfires, names it Ash

Australia’s bushfires took a devastating toll on the nation’s wildlife.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

Tuesday Morning becomes 5th big retailer to file Chapter 11; 230 stores to close

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

NASA chief “all in” for Tom Cruise to film on space station

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

  Good Samaritan rescues man from burning car, holds his hand while waiting for ambulance

A man in Massachusetts was caught on camera pulling a crash victim away from a burning vehicle.

  Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for 5 days in June

Krispy Kreme is extending its free doughnut giveaway promotion to give customers more opportunities to swing by and pick up a sweet treat.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated

Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.

Suspension rust problem forces Mitsubishi to recall vehicles

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 223,000 vehicles in Canada and 22 cold-weather U.S. states because suspension parts can rust, detach and cause drivers to lose control.

GE selling century-old lighting unit to Savant Systems

General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp Jr. said in a statement Wednesday that the transaction is part of GE's ongoing process to be a more focused industrial company.

Jimmy Fallon apologizes for ‘SNL’ blackface appearance as Chris Rock in 2000

Jimmy Fallon apologized for a 20-year-old “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he appeared in blackface to impersonate former SNL cast member Chris Rock.

Japan police arrest man in Kyoto anime arson that killed 36

Shinji Aoba is accused of storming into Kyoto Animation's No. 1 studio on July 18 last year, setting it on fire and killing 36 people, and injuring more than 30 others.

  White House letter doesn’t explain why Trump fired watchdogs

A White House letter issued Tuesday in response to concerns from a prominent Republican senator does little to explain the decision-making behind Trump's recent upheaval of the inspector general community.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Body of 5-year-old boy who went missing on Memorial Day found in Calif. river

After an exhaustive overnight search, a family member spotted the boy’s body floating in the water.

  Wedding photography company refuses to refund money after bride-to-be dies

A wedding photography company refuses to refund a man after his fiancée died in a car accident.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  GRAPHIC: Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

His death, which occurred Monday night after a struggle with police officers, was under investigation by the FBI and state agents.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

  Woman fired after backlash from racist park confrontation

A white woman has apologized for calling the police on a black man who was birdwatching in Central Park. Her dog was off leash against park rules.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

"My request is simple: Please delete these tweets," Timothy J. Klausutis wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

California sues over sex misconduct on ‘Criminal Minds’ set

The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years.

  Turtle smashes through driver’s windshield

A Georgia woman was so shocked when a turtle crashed through her windshield, she actually thought it was some kind of alien at first.

  Victim’s wife says fugitive UConn student sought their neighbor

After giving Peter Manfredonia a ride back to his bike, Ted DeMers was killed with a machete, Cindy DeMers said in an interview.

Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago

Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015.

  GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sent an open plea to Trump Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the quadrennial convention.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts

The weather is looking up for SpaceX's first astronaut launch, as officials vow to keep crew safety the top priority.

Nike releases Ben & Jerry’s-themed sneakers

An unusual collaboration is hitting the streets.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

The new benefit — to be formally unveiled at a Rose Garden event Tuesday afternoon — is being touted as a major accomplishment by Trump administration officials eager to change the subject from the grim drumbeat of coronavirus pandemic news.

  When galaxies collide, we get … doughnuts?

The fiery doughnut-shaped galaxy has the snappy name of R5519.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

Strict parents make picky eaters even pickier, study suggests

If you’re frustrated with your child’s picky eating, becoming the food police only makes it worse, according to a new study.

’Incomprehensible’: Police say World War I monument vandalized on Memorial Day in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police are investigating after they discovered a World War I memorial vandalized on Memorial Day.

J.K. Rowling to release new book ‘Ickabog’ for free online

She wrote she decided to release it this way so children can read it or have it read to them "during these strange, unsettling times."

KFC tests a new chicken sandwich

It’s called the KFC Chicken Sandwich, which could replace the fast-food chain's Crispy Colonel sandwich.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Community surprises WWII vet with parade outside home on Memorial Day

A 99-year-old World War II veteran got a big surprise from his Massachusetts community on Memorial Day.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

At least 79 veterans at the hard-hit New Jersey facility have died from COVID-19.

  Great-grandmother shot, killed trying to stop fight outside DC grocery store

Family members say someone opened fire as the victim was trying to stop a fight after her granddaughter was attacked by two girls.

  Manhunt ongoing for Conn. college student after killings, home invasion, abduction

A lawyer for the family of the 23-year-old Connecticut college student and murder suspect pleaded for his surrender as police searched for him in multiple states.

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social-distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000, including nearly 100,000 Americans, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Branson’s Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet dubbed Cosmic Girl.

  Calif. 13-year-old earns 4 associate’s degrees in 2 years

At 13 years old, he is now the youngest graduate of Fullerton College in California after starting his college career when he was 11 years old.

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

President Donald Trump honored America’s fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic.

Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies

His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91.

Former US Rep. Allen West out of hospital after Texas crash

West was driving back from a rally in Austin focused on reopening the state amid the coronavirus pandemic when the accident occurred Saturday.

Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots

Calls for pragmatic centrism helped Joe Biden clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. But they left many of the party’s strongest liberals worried little progress would be made toward their sweeping goals.

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.

NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff' capsule.

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

They gathered information about victims from across the country and pointed out that they represent only about 1% of the total number.

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

By now, all 50 states have reopened to some degree and while experts are warning moving too fast could accelerate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering if it is even safe to visit businesses.