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For ‘Last of Us’ composer Gustavo Santaolalla, silence is key to drawing the audience in

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When composer Gustavo Santaolalla sits with a new script, the words on the page often trigger visual elements, allowing him to hear the musical journey as the story travels from scene to scene.

Joe the Plumber, who questioned Obama's tax policies during the 2008 campaign, has died at 49

Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher, who was thrust into the political spotlight as “Joe the Plumber” after questioning Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 presidential campaign, and who later forayed into politics himself, has died, his son said Monday. He was 49.

College student fatally shot while trying to enter wrong home in South Carolina: police

A University of South Carolina student was shot and killed while mistakenly attempting to enter the wrong home early Saturday morning, police said.

Faculty member shot dead at UNC-Chapel Hill; suspect in custody

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — For more than three hours, the UNC-Chapel Hill campus was placed on a lockdown due to an active shooter situation. University of North Carolina Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz confirmed a faculty member was shot and killed in a campus building.

GOP silences 'Tennessee Three' Democrat on House floor for day on 'out of order' rule; crowd erupts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday voted to silence a Democratic member of the so-called Tennessee Three during an already tense House floor session after determining the young Black member violated newly enacted rules designed to punish disruptive members.

US, Chinese commerce leaders meet: 'Huge progress'

Following a meeting in Beijing Monday, commerce leaders promised to improve communication between the United States and China, a signal that tensions could be easing.

Biden and the first lady drop by a DC middle school math class and lunch to welcome back students

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden shook hands with middle schoolers heading to lunch and dropped by an eighth grade math class Monday to welcome students back for the new school year. The Bidens went to Eliot-Hine Middle School, located east of the U.S.

Around the world

Deadly militia attack in Congo leaves 14 dead amid ongoing unrest in the east

Militia fighters launched an attack on a village in northeastern Congo, sparking a clash that resulted in the deaths of 14 individuals, the Congolese army revealed on Monday.

Biden will visit Hanoi next month as he seeks to strengthen US-Vietnam relations

President Joe Biden is heading to Vietnam next month to meet with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other Vietnamese leaders.

With drones and webcams, volunteer hunters join new search for mythical Loch Ness Monster

Mystery hunters converged on a Scottish lake on Saturday to look for signs of the mythical Loch Ness Monster.

Removing Fukushima's melted nuclear fuel will be harder than the release of plant's wastewater

The sound of treated radioactive water flowing to an underground pool could be heard as media toured Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

France's education minister bans long robes in classrooms worn mainly by Muslims

PARIS (AP) — France’s education minister announced Monday a ban on long robes in classrooms starting with the new school year, saying the garments worn mainly by Muslims are testing secularism in the nation’s schools.

Illegal logging thrives in Mexico City's forest-covered boroughs, as locals strive to plant trees

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It’s a strange scene: in the forest-covered mountains of Mexico City — which most people outside Mexico don’t know exist — a brigade of farmers and forest rangers plant inches-high pine saplings in a recently cut stand of trees, even as the sound of chainsaws can be heard nearby.

Ukraine claims liberation of key southeastern town

Ukraine claimed Monday its forces had liberated Robotyne, a key town in the southeastern front that Kyiv has tried to fully seize for months.


Much of Florida under state of emergency as possible tropical storm forms in Gulf of Mexico

Forecasters are warning of possible flash flooding and landslides across the eastern Yucatan peninsula and western Cuba, and Florida is bracing for a possible hurricane by midweek, as a weather system off the coast of Mexico is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday.

Iran unveils armed drone resembling America's MQ-9 Reaper and says it could potentially reach Israel

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Defense Ministry unveiled a drone on Tuesday resembling America's armed MQ-9 Reaper, claiming that the aircraft is capable of staying airborne for 24 hours and has the range to reach the country's archenemy Israel.

Musk, tech CEOs to attend Schumer's AI Senate forum

The top executives at tech companies, including the world's richest man, Elon Musk, are among the confirmed guests at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) first scheduled “Insight Forum” about artificial intelligence (AI), the senator’s office said Monday.

DOJ sues SpaceX for allegedly not hiring asylees, refugees

The DOJ says SpaceX violated federal law when it "wrongly claimed" the company could only hire U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

A broad genetic test saved one newborn's life. Research suggests it could help millions of others

A recent study showed that tests for sick newborns that look at their full genetic blueprints are nearly twice as good at finding genetic problems as narrower, more commonly used tests.

T-Mobile to lay off 5,000 employees

"What it takes to attract and retain customers is materially more expensive than it was just a few quarters ago," Sievert wrote.

IBM is selling The Weather Company assets to private equity firm Francisco Partners

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM is selling assets of The Weather Company — including and The Weather Channel mobile app — to private equity firm Francisco Partners.

Sports News

The San Jose Sharks’ top prospect is starting college today. Here’s when he could turn pro

Will Smith has started classes at Boston College, roughly two months after the San Jose Sharks selected him fourth overall at the NHL Draft.

Spanish soccer federation leaders ask president Rubiales to resign over his kiss of player

GENEVA (AP) — Leading officials within the Spanish Football Federation asked suspended president Luis Rubiales to resign on Monday because of his behavior at the Women's World Cup, including kissing a player on the lips after Spain won the championship match.

El Segundo wins Little League World Series with dramatic walk-off HR

It could not have ended any better. The El Segundo 12U All Stars won the Little League World Series on Sunday afternoon in the most dramatic style possible: a walk off home run.

High School Hot Shot: CVC's Bryson Donelson

VISALIA, Calif. (KGPE) – Central Valley Christian senior running back Bryson Donelson started off his final season on a high note. The CVC star rushed for 327 yards on seven carries and scored five touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 63-41 win over Ripon Christian.

Fruita's lethal rushing attack helps dominate Central

That Fruita triple option offense is tough to stop for any defense and Central - with their new-look coaching staff - learned that the hard way.

49ers to trade QB Trey Lance to Cowboys: reports

(KRON) -- 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is going to the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports from multiple NFL insiders. San Francisco is giving away Lance, 23, in exchange for a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

From NL Central to Wild Card standings, big week is ahead for the Cubs

The club is in the thick of the race for a playoff spot in the National League as they complete a strong August.

Politics News

Apple backs California's 'Right to Repair' bill in major policy shift

Apple is now supporting a California bill that would require electronic and appliance manufacturers to provide product owners with tools and services to repair damaged items.

Texas National Guard member fires across Rio Grande, wounds Mexican citizen

The Texas Military Department isn’t identifying the Guard member or providing details about the Saturday shooting. The man who was shot in the leg said he was working out near the river.

Trump set to surrender at Georgia jail on charges that he sought to overturn 2020 election

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump is set to surrender Thursday to authorities in Georgia on charges that he schemed to overturn the 2020 election in that state, a booking process expected to yield a historic first: a mug shot of a former American president.

5 things you need to know about Medicare drug price negotiations

Many steps remain before older adults see the benefit of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' upcoming talks with drugmakers.

After setback, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick names another judge to help with Ken Paxton impeachment trial

Patrick’s previous appointment — Marc Brown, a former state appeals court judge in Harris County — declined the role after the Tribune inquired about a political donation he made.

Mark Meadows taking stand in Georgia hearing: reports

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has taken the stand in Atlanta as he argues his charges in the Georgia election case should be moved to federal court, according to multiple reports.

Ramaswamy camp uses Haley’s first name in attack that has critics raising eyebrows

Vivek Ramaswamy appeared to mock Nikki Haley's birth name on his website's rebuttal to her criticisms of his stance on U.S. support for Israel.