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COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary…

Severe storms pummel South killing at least 2 in Florida

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press Severe storms packing isolated tornadoes and high winds are racing across the Deep South, killing two in the Florida Panhandle and leaving scattered damage to buildings and homes in their path.…

7 hurt in Arkansas tornado as storms move into Deep South

By KEN MILLER and JILL BLEED Associated Press Severe storms that included at least two confirmed tornadoes injured several people, damaged homes and businesses and downed power lines in Mississippi and Tennessee. That's after they spread damage in Arkansas, Missouri…

'Grooming': The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ school debate

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and KARENA PHAN Associated Press Proponents of restrictions on how U.S. public schools address sexual orientation and gender identity say their ultimate goal is to allow parents more involvement in their children's education and ensure classroom materials…

1 dead, 1 injured in Tuscaloosa shooting Monday night

One man is dead and another is recovering after a shooting Monday evening in Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa Police said the shooting happened in the 3000 block of 27th Street in West Tuscaloosa. LaKeith Cameron, 26, died after being taken to DCH…

'Don't Say Gay' bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny…

Oscars roundup: Coming-of-age film 'CODA' wins best picture

By The Associated Press "CODA" has won best picture at the Oscars. The small, coming-of-age film about the only hearing member in a family of deaf adults written and directed by Siân Heder took the top prize over bigger-budget contenders…

Teen falls to death from Florida amusement park ride

By FREIDA FRISARO and MIKE SCHNEIDER ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy fell to his death from a free-fall amusement park ride that's taller than the Statue of Liberty along a busy street in the heart of Orlando's, tourist…

Takeaways: Civil rights, Trump close out Jackson hearing

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - The historic Senate hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who's the first Black woman nominated for the Supreme Court, have been joyful, combative and clarifying. The hearings are putting on display…

Live updates: US to welcome up to 100,000 from Ukraine

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says the United States will welcome up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine as 3.5 million flee Russia's invasion. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement later…

TikTok increases maximum video length to 10 minutes

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Zhoee' Williams Less than a year after it introduced 3-minute videos to its app, TikTok is preparing to push its users further once again. The mega-popular short-form video social media platform, has increased the maximum…

Live updates: Biden to announce new sanctions against Russia

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden plans to announce new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while in Brussels for meetings with NATO and European allies, according to a top national security aide. Biden, who will take part…

The Latest: EU official accuses Russia of war crimes

By The Associated Press BRUSSELS - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is accusing Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine, most notably in the besieged port city of Mariupol where hundreds of civilians have been killed. Borrell says that…

NTSB: 13-year-old drove pickup that struck van, killing 9

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says a 13-year-old was driving the pickup truck that struck a van in West Texas in a fiery collision that killed nine people. NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said Thursday…

Alabama House committee advances lottery bill

MONTGOMERY (AP) - An Alabama legislative committee has advanced a lottery proposal as proponents try to get the issue before voters for the first time since 1999. Thursday, the House Tourism and Economic Development Committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment…

G-7 decries Russia's 'indiscriminate attacks'

BERLIN (AP) - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading economies are calling on Russia to comply with the International Court of Justice's order to stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw its military forces. In a joint statement,…

Nine dead in Texas crash involving college golf teams

ANDREWS, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of Public Safety says nine people were killed in a head-on collision in West Texas, including six students and a coach from a New Mexico university who were returning home from a golf…

Russia keeps up attacks in Ukraine as two sides hold talks

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian and Russian officials have held a a new round of talks as Moscow's troops press their assault on Kyiv and other cities. Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted a photo of the two sides meeting…

The Oscars is this month, but do people still care?

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Melanie Bumpus Hollywood’s biggest night is approaching, but is the big-budget event still relevant in the age of superhero blockbusters and instant digital releases? The 94th Academy Awards is happening March 27. You can check out…

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