Sheriff: Suspect in dance club shooting killed self in van
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in a California dance club shooting that left 10 dead has shot and killed himself. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna says the man killed himself as police officers closed in on the van he used to flee the scene of an attempted second shooting. Luna has identified the suspect at 72-year-old Huu Can Tran. He says no other suspects are at large. Luna did not have the exact ages of the victims but said they all appeared to be over 50. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital.
Minister: Germany won't block Poland giving Ukraine tanks
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany’s top diplomat says her country won't object if Poland decides to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. French TV channel LCI posted clips from an interview with Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Sunday in which she said her government has not received a formal request for approval from Warsaw but added “if we were asked, we would not stand in the way.” The Ukrainian government has insisted it needs advanced tanks to continue its defense against Russia. Berlin has hesitated in signing off on supplying the German-made Leopards. Earlier Sunday, The speaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament warned Sunday that countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risked their own destruction.
Dems: Biden should be 'embarrassed' by classified docs case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Democrats are expressing criticism of how President Joe Biden handled classified material after leaving office as vice president. And they're disappointed that the White House hasn't been more forthcoming with the public. The latest development came Saturday, when the president's lawyer said that during a search Friday of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the FBI found additional documents with classified markings and took possession of some of his handwritten notes. Second-ranking Democratic Dick Durbin says Biden should be “embarrassed by the situation.”
Native Hawaiians flock to Las Vegas for affordable living
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Native Hawaiians who have been priced out of Hawaii are finding more affordable places to live in cities like Las Vegas. According to 2021 U.S. census estimates, the biggest growth of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations was in Clark County, Nevada, and Sacramento County, California. The biggest decline was in Honolulu, where the median price for a single-family home is more than $1 million. Hawaii is now the state with the highest cost of living, and many worry about what it means for Hawaii that many Indigenous people can no longer afford to live here.
AP sources: Biden to pick Zients as his next chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to name the man who ran his administration’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic as his next chief of staff. Word of Jeff Zients' hiring comes from two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Biden’s current top aide, Ron Klain, is preparing to leave the job in the coming weeks. Since his role as the administration’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Zients has returned to the White House in a low-profile position to work on staffing matters for the remainder of Biden’s first term.
Sanders' Latinx ban wades into community's generational rift
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is tapping into a debate that's sharply divided Latinos with her decision to ban most state agencies from using the gender neutral term Latinx. Sanders this month signed an order banning the term by agencies. It was one of her first acts as governor. The move has raised complaints from some critics who view it as an attack by Republicans on the LGBTQ community. Latinx is a term that was coined in recent years as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina, since all nouns in the Spanish language are gendered. It's been embraced mainly by LGBTQ Latinos but has been slow to catch on more widely.
'Here again': Abortion activists rally 50 years after Roe
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Women's marches demanding the protection of abortion rights drew thousands of people to the streets across the country on Sunday. The day marks the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision for abortion rights that was overturned by the court last June. The main march was being held in Madison, Wisconsin. Organizers say they chose that location because of an upcoming state Supreme Court election that could determine the balance of power on the court and the future of abortion rights in Wisconsin. Abortions are unavailable in the state due to legal uncertainties faced by abortion clinics there.
Lawmakers seek to bar insurrectionists from holding office
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in a handful of states are trying to send a message two years after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Their message is that those people who engage in an attempted overthrow of the government shouldn’t be allowed to run it. New York, Connecticut and Virginia are among states where proposed legislation would prohibit anyone convicted of participating in an insurrection from holding public office or a position of public trust, such as becoming a police officer. While the bills vary in scope, their aim is similar. Many Republicans refuse to see the attempt to violently halt the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential vote as an insurrection.
Military probing whether cancers linked to nuclear silo work
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer. Slides from a military briefing obtained by The Associated Press also say there are “indications” the disease may be linked to officers' service. One of the nine officers has died. All of the officers were assigned as many as 25 years ago to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos. In a statement to the AP, an Air Force spokeswoman says seniors leaders are aware of the concerns and that medical professionals are gathering data to learn more.
NFL playoffs: Bengals win streak hits 10, 49ers also advance
The Kansas City Chiefs learned they’ll get to host the AFC championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals instead of playing at a neutral site. They have to play the Bengals and Cincinnati is now on a 10-game winning streak after an impressive 27-10 road victory over the Buffalo Bills on a snow-covered field in Sunday’s NFL divisional round. Joe Burrow threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns while Joe Mixon ran for 105 yards and a TD. The 49ers beat the Cowboys 19-12 in the NFC. The 49ers will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game.