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Looming shutdown rattles families who rely on Head Start program for disadvantaged children

Head Start programs serving more than 10,000 disadvantaged children would immediately lose federal funding if the government shutdown isn't averted.

Suspect in killing of Baltimore tech entrepreneur held without bail

BALTIMORE (AP) — The man accused of killing Baltimore tech entrepreneur Pava LaPere last week and committing a rape and arson days earlier will be held without bail pending trial in those cases, a judge ruled Friday.

Proud Boy who disappeared ahead of his Jan. 6 sentencing was found unconscious by agents at his home

A member of the Proud Boys extremist group who disappeared days before he was supposed to be sentenced for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot was found unconscious by federal agents after he tried to “covertly return” to his home, the FBI said on Friday.

The US is suffering a healthcare worker shortage. Experts fear it will only get worse.

Story at a glance Jen Reinmuth-Birch decided to go to medical school two years ago, at age 50, in part because of the struggle her ailing parents faced getting care in a medically underserved part of Oregon.

Here are the best and worst cities for women

Story at a glance Columbia, Md., is the best place in the country for a woman to thrive, according to a recently released WalletHub survey.

46 Utah State Parks to remain open during shutdown

With the Federal Government shutdown looming Utah is spreading some good news for residents and visitors coming to the Beehive State. Utah State Parks will remain fully operational.

Study finds link between drinking some diet soda during pregnancy and autism in boys

The team found that boys with autism had more than three times the likelihood of having a mother who drank diet soda daily while pregnant or breastfeeding than boys without autism.

Around the world

Fire rips through Iraqi wedding hall, killing around 100 in shock to Christian community

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — As they watched the bride and groom start their slow dance, Faten Youssef imagined the future wedding of her son, seated next to her at a reception table.

Cuba's ambassador to the US says Molotov cocktails thrown at Cuban embassy were a 'terrorist attack'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba’s ambassador to the United States says a weekend incident in which at least one incendiary device was thrown into the Cuban embassy compound was a “terrorist attack.

More than 80% of Nagorno-Karabakh's population flees as future uncertain for those who remain

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The exodus of more than 80% of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh raises questions about Azerbaijan's plans for the ethnic Armenian enclave following its lightning offensive last week to reclaim the breakaway region.

Senators unveil resolution calling for release of Evan Gershkovich from Russia

A bipartisan group of senators is calling for the immediate release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was detained by Russian authorities this spring and is being held in a notorious Moscow prison. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.

Libyan coast guard boat rams into migrant dinghy, throwing 50 into Mediterranean

A Libyan coast guard vessel on Friday rammed into and partially sank a dinghy carrying 50 migrants off the North African nation's coast.

Bindi Irwin says she feels she has 'second chance at life' after surgery

The 25-year-old expressed her gratitude for the treatment, stating that her life has completely transformed since the procedure.

Putin orders former Wagner commander to take charge of 'volunteer units' in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered one of the top commanders of the Wagner military contractor to take charge of “volunteer units” fighting in Ukraine, signaling the Kremlin’s effort to keep using the mercenaries after the death of their chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin.


Why the Pentagon’s ‘killer robots’ are spurring major concerns 

As the Defense Department is pushing aggressively to modernize its forces using fully autonomous drones and weapons systems, critics fear the start of a new arms race that could dramatically raise the risk of mass destruction, nuclear war and civilian casualties.

The Supreme Court will decide if state laws limiting social media platforms violate the Constitution

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether state laws that seek to regulate Facebook, TikTok, X and other social media platforms violate the Constitution.

Build an API gateway using YARP in ASP.NET Core

An API gateway provides a mechanism through which the user interface components of an application can connect to back-end services to exchange data.

To TikTok or not to TikTok? One GOP candidate joins the app even as he calls it 'digital fentanyl'

Republican presidential hopefuls have largely shunned TikTok, the hugely popular video-sharing app that some in both parties allege is a potential spy mechanism for China.

BrandPost: Securing AWS cloud environments

The benefits of moving workloads into a cloud-based environment cannot be overstated. AWS, for instance, is designed for flexibility, allowing users to select the operating system, programming language, web application platform, database, and other services to suit their own specific needs.

At US Antarctic base hit by harassment claims, workers are banned from buying alcohol at bars

From Sunday, workers at the main United States base in Antarctica will no longer be able to walk into a bar and order a beer, after the federal agency overseeing the research program decided to stop serving alcohol.

National Security Agency is starting an artificial intelligence security center

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency is starting an artificial intelligence security center — a crucial mission as AI capabilities are increasingly acquired, developed and integrated into U.S. defense and intelligence systems, the agency's outgoing director announced Thursday. Army Gen.

Sports News

A healthy Kawhi Leonard critical to Clippers’ success

The progress that two-time NBA champion Kawhi Leonard has made during the off-season is promising for the Los Angeles Clippers as they head into training camp next Tuesday. A year ago, Leonard came back from ACL surgery and helped lead the team into the playoffs.

MLB playoffs guide: Baseball's tight wild-card races are a prelude for what's coming in October

Major League Baseball’s final weekend of the regular season will include some sweaty palms and intense games.

Travis Kelce jersey sales increase nearly 400% after Taylor Swift attends Chiefs game: report

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift caused an immense whirlwind after the music superstar was spotted in Kansas City on Sunday.

Giants fire manager Gabe Kapler as season nears end

The San Francisco Giants fired manager Gabe Kapler Friday as the 2023 MLB season draws to a close. The team has missed the playoffs a second straight year.

Mets and Phillies rained out and rescheduled as Saturday doubleheader

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets' series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night was postponed because of persistent rain. The game was rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader Saturday beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Jets know they must try to at least keep up with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' explosive offense

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Garrett Wilson agreed with Willie Gay's assessment earlier this week that the New York Jets' struggling offense appears to be a run-first bunch without Aaron Rodgers leading the way. Yep, the Jets wide receiver said, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker has them pegged.

NFL revises gambling policy, reinstates Detroit's Jameson Williams and 2 other suspended players

The NFL has revised its gambling policy and is reinstating three players who previously received longer suspensions.

Politics News

Gen. Milley delivers defense of democracy and swipes at Trump in farewell address

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. (AP) — Army Gen. Mark Milley delivered a full-throated defense of democracy and not-so-subtle swipes at former President Donald Trump during a packed ceremony on Friday as he closed out his four, often tumultuous years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

RFK Jr teases ‘major announcement’ as speculation swirls about independent run

2024 hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. teased a "major announcement" early next month, fueling speculation that he will no longer run as a Democrat and launch an independent bid.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs law to protect doctors who mail abortion pills to other states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Wednesday that aims to stop other states from prosecuting doctors and pharmacists who mail abortion pills to patients in places where the procedure is banned.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California dies at age 90

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has died. Three people familiar with the situation confirmed her death to The Associated Press on Friday. She was 90.

Trump co-defendant pleads guilty in Georgia, becoming first to reach plea deal in election-subversion case

Part of the plea deal for Scott Hall, a bail bondsman who breached election equipment, requires him to testify against other co-defendants.

Menendez ordered to turn over personal passport at arraignment

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges Wednesday, must turn over his personal passport as a condition for his release, multiple reports indicated following the senator's arraignment in Manhattan.

San Diego mayor issues statement on Sen. Diane Feinstein's 'legacy of service'

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria issued a statement Friday morning to commemorate U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, following the news of her death.