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Tennessee woman charged with stealing from tech college

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee College of Applied Technology employee has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from the school. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Valerie Carrier was indicted Monday on a theft charge in Carter…

Tennessee gov: Race shouldn't be taught in 'divisive' way

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has echoed arguments for a bill that would restrict what concepts on institutional racism can be taught in school, saying students should learn “the exceptionalism of our nation,” not things that “inherently…

Sheriff: Girl shoots 3 at Idaho school; teacher disarms her

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher. Officials said at a news conference Thursday that the three…

What did lawmakers pass this year? A look at the top bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have adjourned their annual legislative session, signing off on a $42.6 billion spending plan for the upcoming year. The budget includes a one-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, an infusion of…

Tennessee stalls bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee proposal to provide legal immunity to drivers who hit protesters and increase penalties for demonstrators who obstruct major roads has stalled for the year. The bill was among the dozen proposals Republicans across the…

US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is joining calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic. It's a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who…

Former Tennessee prison officer sentenced for beating inmate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Tennessee corrections officer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking part in the beating of an inmate along with other officers. Jonathan York is one of six…

Nashville officer shot, suspect dead in 'setup' 911 call

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee’s capital city say an officer was shot in the arm by a man who then killed himself as authorities responded to a false report that a woman had been wounded. Metro Nashville Police…

60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining up

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps. [field59_video account="WBBJ" key="bbadcde232a25f6c4e505ca0871094b6f8243c2d" vtitle="60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining…

Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not an indefinite one

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet. Four months after Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company’s quasi-independent oversight board upheld the bans.…

Trillions of cicadas about to emerge in the U.S.

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge from 15 U.S. states. Scientists say Brood X (as in 10, not the letter) is one of the biggest for these bugs that come out only once every 17…

EXPLAINER: Will Donald Trump return to Facebook?

Donald Trump will find out whether he gets to return to Facebook on Wednesday. That's when the social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board plans to announce its ruling in the case involving the former president. The decision is likely to stir…

Tennessee spikes bill to protect drivers who hit protestors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee proposal to provide legal immunity to drivers who hit protesters and increase penalties for demonstrators who obstruct major roads has stalled for the year. The bill was among the dozen proposals Republicans across the…

Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of American adults by July Fourth. He's focusing on easing access to shots as his administration tackles the vexing problem…

Hyundai recalls over 390K vehicles for possible engine fires

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling over 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for problems that can cause engine fires. In one recall, owners are being told to park outdoors until repairs are made. That recall covers more than…

TN man charged with killing woman holding grandson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been charged with fatally shooting a 55-year old woman who was holding her grandson when she was killed. The Shelby County district attorney's office says Darrell Peterson has been indicted…

11 injured when restaurant deck collapses in Tennessee

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say 11 people were injured when a deck collapsed during a birthday party at a Tennessee restaurant. A spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management said about 40 people were on the deck…

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year. That's according…

Biden raises Trump refugee cap after delay backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year. The move comes weeks after Biden faced bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling of 15,000 set by…

Tennesseans can request personalized license plates with app

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee residents can now apply to get a personalized licensed plate online with the MyTN mobile app. According to the Revenue Department, residents can use the app to chose from more than 100 types of Tennessee…

US general: Afghan forces could face 'bad possible outcomes'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military officer says Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and the potential for “bad possible outcomes” on the battlefield against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates. Gen. Mark…

2 killed, 23 hurt when boat capsizes off San Diego coast

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were hospitalized after a boat capsized just off the San Diego coast. Local lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m.…

Jenner says transgender girls in women's sports is 'unfair'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion and reality TV personality now running for California governor, said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school. Jenner told a TMZ reporter on Saturday that it’s “a…

SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delivered four astronauts back to Earth, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Panhandle early…

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar faces child porn charges

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the indictment against Duggar, who was arrested in northwest Arkansas by U.S. Marshals a day earlier.…

'Right to Work' amendment heads to Tennessee voters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee voters will have the choice next year to enshrine its “right to work” law in the state’s Constitution. The Republican-controlled General Assembly on Thursday successfully finished advancing the proposed constitutional amendment. Their goal is to…

Tennessee girl's request leads app to add Black hairstyles

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — An educational app has responded to the request of a 7-year-old Tennessee student by adding hairstyle options for Black girls to its avatars. The Tennessean reports that Morgan Bugg, of Brentwood, was using the Freckle app…

US extends face-mask requirement on planes until September

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is extending the requirement that travelers wear face masks on planes, trains and buses. The rule was set to expire May 11, but the Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it will extend the…

Girl Scout troop delivers cookies with drones

(CBS Newspath) -- A Girl Scout troop in Virginia found a special way to deliver their popular cookies during the pandemic. Here's how technology helped them transport their treats.

Tennessee could mandate bathroom signs about transgender use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that requires businesses or government facilities open to the public to post a sign if they let transgender people use multi-person bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms associated with their…

Tennessee to move ahead with new broadband coverage map

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials are moving forward with a plan to map out just where hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans without access to high-speed Internet live.   The plan follows the lead of other states that no longer…

Capital projects, sales tax holiday: $42.6B Tennessee budget

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s upcoming state budget is one signature by the governor away from becoming law, including a one-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, an infusion of cash into capital maintenance and improvements, and a…

US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting on May 4, the White House says, citing a devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergency of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. White House…

Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

DALLAS (AP) — Disneyland has reopened in Southern California. Cruise lines are welcoming the news that they could be sailing again in the U.S. by midsummer. And the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has topped 100 million. The…

Dozens injured in stampede at big Israeli religious festival

JERUSALEM (AP) — More than 100 people were injured, dozens critically, in a stampede at a Jewish religious gathering in northern Israel attended by tens of thousands of people. Israel’s main rescue service said early Friday that it was treating…

Child confesses to setting dog on fire; will not face charges

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A child confesses to intentionally setting a dog on fire in north Mississippi, but authorities say the suspect can’t be charged. Buddy was found last week in Tate County with severe burns to his face and…

US seeks to ban menthol cigarettes for good

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are pledging again to try to ban menthol cigarettes. This time the Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from African American groups to remove the mint flavor, which is popular among Black smokers.…

Tennessee officer fired for high-fiving man using racial slur

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police department has fired an officer after video surfaced of him high-fiving a man who used a racial slur. According to The Tennessean, the November firing of Seth Schilling from the Franklin Police Department…

Tennessee lawmakers OK to-go alcoholic drinks for 2 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bars and restaurants in Tennessee could keep up the coronavirus-era offering of to-go beers and other alcoholic drinks for two years under a bill now awaiting action from Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The Republican supermajority Legislature…

Tennessee lawmakers scale back gov's sales tax holiday plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are trimming in half Gov. Bill Lee’s spending wish list items on restaurant and grocery store sales tax holidays, broadband expansion and local government grants, and planning instead to funnel $250 million into the…

Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dead of cancer

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins has died at age 90. He orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on the moon in 1969. Collins' family said in a statement that the astronaut…

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announces expansion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is investing $11.5 billion over six years in a project that includes expanded cancer-focused research and construction of an outpatient clinic and a new patient family housing facility. The Memphis, Tennessee-based…

Biden to pitch sweeping 'family plan' in speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would transform the role government plays in American life. Biden delivers the Wednesday night…

Predicted COVID baby boom more like baby bust

NEW YORK (AP) — When most of the U.S. went into lockdown over a year ago, some speculated that confining couples to their homes would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics suggest the opposite happened. Births have…

DoorDash offers lower-priced delivery plans amid criticism

DoorDash is launching lower-priced delivery options for U.S. restaurants, responding to criticism that the commissions it charges are too high for the beleaguered industry. The San Francisco-based delivery company says it will offer a new basic plan which will charge…