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Ex-airman sentenced to 45 months for leaking drone info

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking top-secret information about the U.S. government’s drone strike program to a journalist. Daniel Hale told a federal judge he felt…

CDC changes course on indoor masks in some parts of the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing course on some masking guidelines. The agency announced new recommendations Tuesday that even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.…

Records: State spent $11K on influencers for airfare promo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee paid thousands of dollars for social media influencers to promote a contentious new initiative that uses $2.5 million in taxpayer dollars to offer flight vouchers largely to out-of-state residents. According to documents obtained through a…

Family: Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A relative says the last victim of the Florida building collapse has been identified. Ikey Hedaya told The Associated Press on Monday that his sister Estelle Hedaya, an outgoing 54-year-old, was the last victim of…

Tennessee museum to open Confederate bust to public

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum will soon allow the public to view the busts of three military leaders, including an ex-Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader. On Friday, officials removed a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust…

Official: 1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

(AP) --- Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who endured beatings and jail while leading black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86.…

Average US price of gas rises 2 cents per gallon to $3.22

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.22 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas supply is abundant, which could…

Fauci says US headed in 'wrong direction' on coronavirus

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says the United States is in an ``unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant. The nation's top infectious diseases expert tells CNN's “State of the…

Country star Morgan Wallen addresses his use of racial slur

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Disgraced country star Morgan Wallen said it was ignorant of him to use a racial slur. In his first interview in six months, Wallen talked to Michael Strahan on ABC's “Good Morning America.” Wallen was already…

Jackie Mason, comic who perfected amused outrage, dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-jokester whose feisty brand of standup comedy got laughs from nightclubs in the Catskills to West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has died. He was 93. Mason died Saturday in Manhattan, the…

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19. The zoo says caretakers noticed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Two separate tests confirmed the…

Prosecutors air more claims in R. Kelly case; 1 involves boy

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims.…

Man convicted in Tennessee toddler's 2001 death

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been convicted in the 2001 death of a 15-month old boy. WTVF-TV reports that Christopher Lee Goodwin was found guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder stemming from aggravated child neglect in the…

$35M settlement reached in Tennessee opioid lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A drug manufacturer says it has reached a $35 million agreement that would settle a Tennessee lawsuit by local governments and a child born dependent to opioids. The announcement by Endo would resolve a 2017 northeast…

Man sentenced for deadly 'swatting' scheme over username

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in an international “swatting” scheme that led to a person’s death. The Commercial Appeal reports that 20-year-old Shane Sonderman is accused of…

WEB EXTRA: Pets and heat safety

(CBS Newspath) --- DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe and cool on hot summer days.

Singer Luke Combs pays for funerals of 3 who died after show

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Country singer Luke Combs is paying the funeral expenses of three young men who saw him perform at a Michigan music festival before they died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Meeka Sova, the mother of 19-year-old…

Official: State still can inoculate kids without parental OK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top health official has dialed back claims by lawmakers that state health clinicians won’t follow a decades-old policy letting providers vaccinate certain minors without parental consent. Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters Friday the Mature…

I-40 bridge in Tennessee likely won't reopen until August

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation now says it will likely be early August before the Interstate 40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee can reopen to traffic. The Hernando DeSoto Bridge (Photo courtesy:…

Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site

MIAMI (AP) — Firefighters have officially ended their search for bodies in the debris of the collapsed Surfside condo building. The decision concludes a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high.…

Ex-airman: Guilt over drone strikes prompted to leak secrets

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst says his guilt over participating in lethal drone strikes in Afghanistan led him to leak government secrets about the drone program to a reporter. Daniel Hale of Nashville, is scheduled…

Tennessee panel picks 3 options to fill judicial vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has sent Gov. Bill Lee three options to fill a judicial vacancy that covers five counties. A news release says the candidates for the 25th Judicial District circuit court opening are James Walter…

Bedford Forrest bust officially leaving TN Capitol after vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A decades-long effort to remove a bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the Tennessee Capitol has cleared its final hurdle. State leaders on Thursday approved the final vote needed to…

US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years. The Centers…

Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke' into East Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West shrouded the sky and led to air quality alerts on parts of the East Coast. [field59_video account="WBBJ" key="316c9c94a31f2f5263f2a1c553e53049cec1d8d5" vtitle="Wildfires in US West blowing 'so much smoke'…

Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: 'Best day ever!'

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos has made it into space, riding his own company's rocket. It was Blue Origin's first flight with people on board after 15 test flights. [field59_video account="WBBJ" key="786b9b170b836c87825bbba47d6d1791a001fa5e" vtitle="Jeff Bezos blasts into space on…

Third Tennessee child dies from accidental shooting

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating after a 6-year-old boy died in what they described as an accidental shooting. News outlets report that Sumner County Sheriff’s office said that deputies responded to a report that a young…

Families of last victims in condo say waiting is agony

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two close friends and former New Yorkers are among the last of the missing as the South Florida condo search stretches into a fourth week. Estelle Hedaya was the life of the party and loved…

Family sues airline, saying aborted landing ruined vacation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina family has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines, saying a turbulent and aborted landing led them to seek medical help and cancel much of a scheduled vacation. The Charlotte Observer reports Roger Brunton…

Padres, Nats recall harrowing scene after shots outside park

(AP) --- The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals have resumed playing, a day after their game was suspended when gunfire erupted outside the stadium. Washington police said three people were in injured in the shooting. A chaotic scene quickly…

Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by the 11th…

Lawson: Gov. Lee has 'hole down the middle' in his soul

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Civil rights champion Rev. James M. Lawson lobbed pointed criticism toward Gov. Bill Lee, accusing the Republican of having a “hole down the middle of his soul.” Lawson gave his remarks Saturday before a Nashville audience…

1st female sailor completes Navy special warfare training

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, a female sailor has successfully completed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman. Those are the boat operators that transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own missions…

18-year-old joining Blue Origins's 1st passenger spaceflight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space. The rocket company Blue Origin announced Thursday that instead of an auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, Oliver Daemen will be…

Hawaii teenager recycles to help students reach college

(AP-One-Good-Thing-Hawaii) --- Genshu Price began to recycle bottles after his father encouraged him to help save money for his college tuition. Then, he decided to recycle thousands of bottles and cans to help other students in Hawaii reach their college…

Biz Markie, known for classic rap song 'Just a Friend,' dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died.  He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with…

Fired Tennessee vaccine leader rebuts claims point-by-point

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Days after she was fired under pressure from Republican legislators, Tennessee’s former vaccinations director has issued a point-by-point rebuttal to a letter that recommended her removal. The letter from the state's chief medical officer said Michelle…

Recovery effort at collapsed building could end soon

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — The recovery efforts for a South Florida condo building that collapsed last month might be coming to an end soon. Miami-Dade police identified six more victims of the Surfside condo collapse Thursday, meaning that 92 of…

US unemployment claims fall to 360,000, a new pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the U.S. economy and job market are quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report…

Records reveal Tennessee's claims for firing vaccine leader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer reasoned that the state’s now-fired vaccination leader should be let go in part due to complaints about her leadership approach and how she handled a letter about vaccination rights of minors that…

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government estimate released Wednesday eclipses the 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2019 and amounts to a 29% increase. Experts…

National Guard command sergeant major retires in Tennessee

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gentry has retired. Brig. Gen. Jimmie Cole, Tennessee’s Land Component Commander, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gentry with an American flag at Gentry’s retirement ceremony, July 8,…

Zinc mining accident in Tennessee kills 1 worker, injures 2

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say one worker was killed and two others were injured in an accident at an underground zinc mine. News media outlets report the accident occurred Tuesday at Nyrstar’s Immel Mine in Knox County. Rural/Metro…

Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats say that they have reached a budget agreement among themselves that envisions spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade. The fiscal plan would pave the way for Democrats’ drive to direct a huge…