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'Pre-bunking' shows promise in fight against misinformation

Google and a team of university researchers have hit on what they say could be an effective way to make people more impervious to the harmful impact of online misinformation. In experiments, the researchers showed people videos that explain how…

Former Alabama legislator arrested on sex abuse charge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama legislator was arrested Tuesday on a sex abuse charge. A spokesperson for the Montgomery Police Department says Perry Hooper Jr. was charged with first-degree sex abuse related to an incident that occurred in…

Fauci to step down after decades as top US infection expert

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is leaving the federal government in December. Fauci became a household name - and the subject of partisan attacks - during the COVID-19 pandemic. He's served the government…

Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A grand jury in Mississippi has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago. Tuesday's news comes in the wake of revelations about…

Biden surveys flood damage in Kentucky, pledges more US help

LOST CREEK, Ky. (AP) - President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are witnessing firsthand the damage from deadly and devastating storms that have resulted in the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history. Biden and the first lady are meeting…

Olivia Newton-John, superstar singer and actress, dies at 73

NEW YORK (AP) - Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want” has died. She was 73. Newton-John, a longtime resident…

Vegan Florida mom faces sentence in starvation death of son

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A mother who followed a strict vegan diet in Florida faces sentencing for the malnutrition death of her 18-month-old son. Thirty-eight-year-old Sheila O’Leary was convicted in June of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, child…

'What recession?': US employers add 528,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added an astonishing 528,000 jobs last month despite flashing warning signs of an economic downturn, easing fears of a recession and handing President Joe Biden some good news heading into the midterm elections. Unemployment dropped…

Feds charge 4 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor raid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The federal government has filed civil rights charges against four Louisville police officers over the drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. She was a Black woman whose fatal shooting in Kentucky helped…

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. has declared a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the outbreak of monkeypox that already has infected more than 6,600 Americans. The announcement Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services…

WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) - A judge in Russia convicted American basketball star Brittney Griner of drug possession and smuggling. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange…

Jurors to visit still bloodstained Parkland school building

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz are preparing to visit the still-bloodstained building where he murdered 17 people four years ago. The 12 jurors and their…

4 takeaways from AP's Mormon church sex abuse investigation

By MICHAEL REZENDES Associated Press When an Arizona bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, learned that a member of his ward was sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter, he followed church…

Sheriff: Captive girl escapes home; police find 2 bodies

DADEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 12-year-old girl held captive in a rural Alabama residence escaped, prompting an investigation that led police to discover two decomposing bodies at the home where she had been kept. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy…

Heavy rain causes flash flooding in central Mississippi

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Heavy rain caused flash flooding in central Mississippi Tuesday, trapping some people in homes and offices. Fire department crews used boats to get people out of homes in Canton, about 26 miles north of Jackson. The…

Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

New research hints that even simple exercise just might help seniors with mild memory problems. While physical activity helps keep healthy brains fit, it's not clear how much it helps once memory starts to slide. The U.S. study compared sedentary…

At school shooter's trial, families recall lives lost

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Family members from three of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s 17 victims gave heartrending testimony about how their 2018 deaths at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have affected their…

2 former Natchez employees indicted on embezzlement charges

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi auditor's office says two former Natchez city employees have been arrested after they were indicted on embezzlement charges. Auditor Shad White says former city clerk Servia Fortenberry and former deputy clerk Sevetrius Dillon are…

Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended for 6 games

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by two dozen women in Texas during massage treatments. A disciplinary officer who reached that…

Federal judge seizes control of Mississippi jail

MICHAEL GOLDBERG Associated Press/Report for America JACKSON, Miss (AP) - A federal judge has seized control of a Mississippi jail after citing “severely deficient” conditions at the facility. U.S. Southern District of Mississippi judge Carlton Reeves placed Hinds County’s Raymond…