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US importing baby formula from Mexico to ease shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to ease nationwide supply shortages caused by the closure ...

‘Groundhog Day’ at IRS: Returns pile up, phone delays worsen

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Groundhog Day at the IRS. After digging out of a daunting backlog from 2021, the agency has an even bigger backup for this tax season than it did a year ago and its pace for processing paper returns is slowing down, according to a watchdog report released ...

Dredging company to pay $1M for restoration work oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Houston dredging company has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine for an oil spill that occurred when a subcontractor cut through an oil pipeline during barrier island restoration work off Louisiana in 2016. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, which describes itself ...

Alaska Airlines reaches contract deal with some workers

SEATTLE (AP) — A union has reached a deal with Alaska Airlines for a two-year contract extension that provides substantial raises for 5,300 gate agents, stores personnel and office staff, as well as for ramp workers who load cargo. The Seattle Times reports the deal announced Wednesday does ...

Powell: Fed aims to avoid recession but says it’s possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sought Wednesday to reassure the public that the Fed will raise interest rates high and fast enough to quell inflation, without tightening credit so much as to throttle the economy and cause a recession. Testifying to the Senate Banking ...

Biden calls for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months — an election-year move meant to ease financial pressures that was greeted with doubts by many lawmakers. The Democratic president also called on states to ...

San Francisco subway train shooting kills 1, wounds another

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting on a San Francisco subway train Wednesday that ended in the city's historically LGBTQ neighborhood just days before Pride celebrations, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on a commuter train ...

Hawaii governor signs $18 minimum wage increase, tax refund

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed legislation raising the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028. The $18 minimum would be the highest dollar amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, some states automatically boost their minimum wage when ...

Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Throngs of tourists gleefully watched the legendary Old Faithful geyser shoot towering bursts of steaming water while others got stuck in "bison jams" on picturesque valley roads as visitors returned Wednesday for the partial reopening of Yellowstone National ...

Head of California wildfire victim trust fund resigns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of a trust established to pay billions of dollars to victims of wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment is resigning even as payouts continue to lag. John Trotter, a retired California appellate court judge, announced Tuesday that he is ...

California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California air regulators are likely to hear a barrage of criticism Thursday on a plan to slash fossil fuel use and reach carbon neutrality by 2045, a proposal that would require a sweeping shift in how the state powers its massive economy in the face of climate ...

Protesters turn Supreme Court front into forum on abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of protesters has turned the street in front of the Supreme Court building into an open-air forum encapsulating the fierce national debate over abortion after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the justices would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ...

NYC subways to be more accessible under lawsuit settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's iconic subway system will become more accessible to people with disabilities under terms of a settlement announced Wednesday that resolves two lawsuits filed by disability rights advocates. Currently only 113 of the 472 stations have elevators or ramps usable ...

Man found not responsible for Times Square vehicle rampage

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who drove his car through crowds of people in Times Square in 2017, killing a young tourist and maiming helpless pedestrians, was cleared of responsibility Wednesday because of mental illness. A jury in New York City accepted an insanity defense claiming Richard Rojas ...

Decades later, ‘Torso Killer’ charged in killing at NY mall

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — More than five decades after Diane Cusick's lifeless body was discovered in the parking lot of a mall on New York's Long Island, authorities have linked her death to the so-called "Torso Killer," a serial killer already convicted in 11 other killings. The suspect, ...

Feds: Ghislaine Maxwell deserves at least 30 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell should spend at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period by her onetime boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors said Wednesday in written arguments. Prosecutors said she ...

3 injured when jetliner crash lands, catches fire in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — The crash landing of a jetliner that caught fire on the runway at Miami International Airport with 126 people on board had passengers screaming and panicking, witnesses said. "People were very frightened," RED Air Flight 203 passenger Mauricio Davis told the Miami Herald. ...

Scott: Texas GOP platform not ‘inclusive’ on homosexuality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chair of the GOP's Senate elections committee, on Wednesday criticized the Texas Republican Party's new platform for not being "inclusive" when it described homosexuality as "an abnormal lifestyle choice." Scott spoke to reporters at a breakfast ...

Proud Boys riot trial delayed due to committee hearings

A federal judge agreed on Wednesday to postpone a trial for the former leader of the Proud Boys and other members of the extremist group charged with attacking the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory. U..S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ...

Wildfire threatens unspoiled Georgia island rich in history

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded ...