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(The Center Square) - Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers were shot Wednesday night as protestors hit the streets in the Kentucky city’s downtown district to speak out against a grand jury’s decision earlier in the day not to indict officers in the Breonna Taylor case. 

SEATTLE - The team destined for the postseason slogged its way through the three-game series with the emotion and intensity of high schoolers stuck in Saturday detention. The Astros know the playoffs are an inevitability with their amassed talent. But the swagger of years past was noticeably absent, perhaps filling those infamous trash cans now jettisoned from Minute Maid Park. Meanwhile the ...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lt. Gen. Richard Clark received a first-of-its kind homecoming Wednesday when he took command as the Air Force Academy's superintendent. Clark, a 1986 academy graduate, is the first former commandant of cadets to come back for the three-star job. He's also the first Black superintendent in the school's 66-year history. "I am honored to be part of that history," Clark ...

He's still the greatest. I'm talking about Muhammad Ali, of course, who was a heavyweight boxing champion, activist, poet, philanthropist, philosopher and, above all, a professor of "the Sweet Science." He's also the star of a new graphic novel from Titan Comics, due in February. I should note this isn't the first time Ali has been the star of a graphic novel. He's headlined several others ...

Ben Roethlisberger had many reasons to resume his career at the age of 38 after shredding elbow ligaments in his right arm last season. One of his more popular responses has been to play with this Steelers defense, which he believes is one of the best he's ever seen with the Steelers. And Roethlisberger has played with many great ones over his 17-year career, including two of the franchise's ...

Democrats propose new restraints on White House aimed at Trump WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. The late congressional session package ranges from bills to expedite enforcement ...

BOISE, Idaho - Alex Kuzmenko is the organizer behind some of the pro-Trump caravans that have filled downtown Boise with supporters of the president on recent summer nights. The 33-year-old Meridian resident, an unknown in local politics, also is the impetus behind the "cruises" that have turned the streets of downtown into a pro-Trump venue at least twice since July. And he organized the ...

Las personas con trastornos por consumo de sustancias (especialmente las que tienen que ver con los opiáceos o el tabaco) corren un riesgo significativamente mayor de contraer COVID-19. Es más, también son más propensos a desarrollar un caso grave del virus y morir, según un nuevo estudio financiado por los Institutos Nacionales de Salud (NIH, por su sigla en inglés). Además, estos hallazgos ...

LOS ANGELES - Andres Ramirez doesn't know who scrawled the words "SHUT DOWN THE PLANT" across a cinder-block wall outside Valley Generating Station, where red and white smokestacks tower over the northeast corner of the San Fernando Valley. But in a neighborhood burdened by dozens of landfills, recycling centers, junkyards, trucking companies and other noisy and polluting industrial facilities ...

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(The Center Square) - A grand jury in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday declined to indict any law enforcement officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. The only charges returned came against a former officer whose shots entered a neighboring apartment. 

MOSCOW - Unrest erupted once again on the streets of the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Wednesday after a swearing-in ceremony that reinstalled longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko as president. Videos seen by dpa showed security forces positioning themselves on the streets, pushing crowds back and driving groups apart. Police used water cannon on the crowd in the city center and there were a ...

WASHINGTON - With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon. The court's eight justices, masked along with everyone else because of the coronavirus pandemic, gathered for the first time in more ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump publicly insists he doesn't rehearse for debates, claiming recently that he is preparing for his first debate on Tuesday in Cleveland with Democratic nominee Joe Biden "just by doing what I'm doing." But behind the scenes, Trump is quietly studying videotapes of Biden's debate performances in 2008 and 2012 to look for weakness or vulnerabilities he can ...

WASHINGTON - The upcoming Senate battle over a Supreme Court nomination is sharpening the focus on the 2010 health care law on the campaign trail before a high-stakes oral arguments hearing to determine the law's future, which will be held just a week after the election. In a campaign in which health care was already a top issue for voters, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raised the ...

The start of the confirmation hearings to put Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court was nowhere to be found on The New York Times' front page. Joe Biden couldn't have been more thrilled. "My heart sang," said Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He declared the muted media coverage - an indication of the dearth of controversy surrounding the liberal jurist - was the ...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor's death. The jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor's home on ...

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to ...

KYIV, Ukraine - President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged. One opposition leader called the secretive ceremony "a farce," and several European countries reiterated that they don't ...

Johnson & Johnson has begun dosing up to 60,000 volunteers in a study of its COVID-19 vaccine, marking the first big U.S. trial of an inoculation that may work after just one shot. J&J became the fourth vaccine maker to move its candidate into late-stage human studies in the U.S. If enrollment goes as expected, the trial could yield results as soon as the end of the year, allowing the company ...

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, immediately announcing their intent to nominate and confirm a replacement. Tempting as it is for Republicans to install a third Supreme Court justice during Trump's first term, it would nevertheless be a serious mistake - and potentially a historic one - for Senate ...

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. - Bars couldn't keep up with the demand for Coors Light. Same with auto dealerships and new cars. Boat dealers had trouble keeping up and construction crews ran out of lumber needed to build new homes. The real estate market heated up so much that buyers made unsolicited multi-million-dollar offers on lakefront homes. And restaurants filled reservations even at odd ...

CHICAGO - Gale Sayers, the dazzling Chicago Bears running back and kick returner whose injury-shortened career made him the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a years-long decline in health that included dementia. He was 77. The "Kansas Comet," as Sayers was nicknamed, was one of the most agile and elusive ...

LOS ANGELES - In another setback for theaters, Walt Disney Co. has delayed the release of its highly anticipated Marvel Studios film "Black Widow" until next year, amid concerns about the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on moviegoing. Burbank-based Disney on Wednesday said the Scarlett Johansson superhero blockbuster is now set to hit cinemas on May 7, 2021. It was previously set for ...

LOS ANGELES - Joseph I. Castro, the grandson of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student who rose during a career in higher education to lead Fresno State, has been named chancellor of the California State University system, trustees announced Wednesday. Castro, 53, will be the first chancellor of color to lead CSU, the nation's largest four-year system, serving 480,000 ...

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to ...

Two children sit alone, facing a judge in an immigration court set in Litchfield, New York. "Ms. Casillas, do you and your brother have a lawyer?" the judge asks. The little girl shakes her head. "Do you know what a lawyer is?" the judge replies. "No," the little girl whispers. "Well, do you understand that we are here to determine whether or not you two can remain in the United States?" "Can ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump publicly insists he doesn't rehearse for debates, claiming recently that he is preparing for his first debate on Tuesday in Cleveland with Democratic nominee Joe Biden "just by doing what I'm doing." But behind the scenes, Trump is quietly studying videotapes of Biden's debate performances in 2008 and 2012 to look for weakness or vulnerabilities he can ...