Biden’s approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll

President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party. Only 39% of US adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from … Read more

Oklahoma approves the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. It comes on the heels … Read more

Buffalo shooter let some people see plans just before attack

Shortly before he opened fire, the white gunman accused of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket allowed a small group of people to see his detailed plans for the attack, which he had been chronicling for months in a private, online diary. Discord, the chat platform where 18-year-old Payton Gendron kept … Read more

Accused Buffalo gunman followed familiar radicalization path

The 18-year-old gunman accused of a deadly racist rampage at a Buffalo supermarket seems to fit an all-too-familiar profile: an aggrieved white man steeped in hate-filled conspiracies online, and inspired by other extremist massacres. Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, appears to have been driven to action roughly two years from when his radical indoctrination … Read more

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The US death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died … Read more

Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, official says

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The white 18-year-old who shot and killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket had researched the local demographics and arrived in the area a day in advance to conduct reconnaissance with the “express purpose” of killing as many Black people as possible, officials said Sunday. The chilling revelation prompted grievance and … Read more

At least 10 dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — A gunman sporting a rifle and body armor opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being taken into custody Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. Details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market and their … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

1 of 2 FILE – Judge Sam J. Ervin IV makes a statement during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Raleigh, NC, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Upcoming primaries for state supreme court seats in North Carolina and Arkansas are putting the spotlight on how such races across the US have grown in importance … Read more

Louisiana debates murder charge for women who get abortions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s House of Representatives, venturing farther against abortion than lawmakers in any other state, is debating a bill to make women who end their pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecutions. Republican Rep. Danny McCormick pushed for a House floor debate on his bill Thursday afternoon despite a crescendo of opposition from … Read more

US inflation dips from 4-decade high but still causing pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation slowed in April after seven months of relentless gains, a tentative sign that price increases may be peaking while still imposing a financial strain on American households. Consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from a year ago, the government said Wednesday. That was below the 8.5% year-over-year surge in March, which … Read more