Author: Associated Press

911 dispatcher who took Buffalo shooting call put on leave

A 911 dispatcher is on leave and may lose her job after allegedly hanging up on an supermarket employee hiding during this weekend’s shooting rampage in Buffalo, New York. A spokesperson for the Erie County executive said “termination will be sought” for the dispatcher at a disciplinary hearing later this month. An employee at the supermarket where 10 Black people…

Grand jury indicts man in Buffalo supermarket shooting

(Credit: Pixabay)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man accused of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket appeared briefly in court Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on a first-degree murder charge. Assistant district attorney Gary Hackbush said the indictment of 18-year-old Payton Gendron was handed up Wednesday. He was silent throughout the proceeding and sent back to…

New ‘disinformation’ board paused amid free speech questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has paused a new and controversial board’s work on disinformation and has accepted the resignation of its leader. Wednesday’s move follows weeks of criticism from Republicans and questions about whether the board would impinge on free speech rights. Nina Jankowicz, picked to lead the board, wrote in her resignation letter that the…

Moms seeking formula tire of those who say, just breastfeed

Some U.S. moms looking for baby formula that is in short supply are dealing with another layer of stress – people asking why they don’t just breastfeed. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life by major medical entities like the World Health Organization. But it doesn’t work for everyone. Health issues, work schedules and life stress…

Buffalo shooter’s previous threat raises red-flag questions

A warning about possible violence last year involving the 18-year-old now being held in the Buffalo, New York, supermarket shooting is turning attention to New York’s “red flag” law. Such laws are designed to keep firearms away from people who could harm themselves or others. Payton Gendron was still able to legally buy an AR-15-style rifle even though police had…

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants of the coronavirus. Some people, including those 50 and older, can choose a second booster. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Tuesday now opens a…

Reversing Trump, Biden acts to deploy US troops to Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed an order to redeploy hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab. It’s an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by President Donald Trump’s late-term decision to withdraw forces from the country. U.S. troops will be repositioned from elsewhere in Africa to train…

Abbott says agreement reached to reopen baby formula plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Infant formula maker Abbott says it’s reached an agreement with U.S. health officials to restart production at its largest domestic factory, a key step toward easing a nationwide shortage. Abbott did not immediately detail the terms of the agreement reached with the Food and Drug Administration, which has been investigating safety problems at the Michigan facility. The…

Not guilty plea entered for man in fatal home invasion

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea for a man accused of fatally shooting the daughter of a former Kentucky lawmaker during a home invasion. News outlets report 23-year-old Shannon Gilday appeared in Madison Circuit Court on Monday for a continued arraignment on charges that include murder and attempted murder. His attorney tried to enter…

Nurses protest Tennessee sentence for deadly medical mistake

(Credit: Pixabay)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of health care workers are protesting outside a Nashville courthouse where a former Tennessee nurse faces the possibility of prison for mistakenly causing the death of a patient. RaDonda Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in March after she accidentally administered the wrong medication. Vaught’s attorney argued Friday that she should be…