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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday's Pride Night game against Vancouver because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country.

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested on charges that she set fire to a building that was slated to become Wyoming’s only full-service abortion clinic. Police say 22-year-old Lorna Roxanne Green was arrested on Tuesday. She is suspected of starting the May 2022 fire at a building in Casper that was being renovated to house the Wellspring Health Access clinic. No one was injured in the blaze, but the fire delayed the clinic’s opening, which was initially planned for last summer. It was most recently scheduled to open next month. The arrest was announced Wednesday, hours after a judge temporarily blocked a ban on abortion that went into effect a few days ago.

Authorities say a student shot and wounded two school administrators after a handgun was found during a daily search of a student at a Denver high school. The vehicle of suspect Austin Lyle was found later Wednesday in a mountain community about 50 miles southwest of Denver, but he remains at large. A shelter in place order has been issued by authorities around the small town of Bailey, in Park County. The shooting occurred at a school shaken by frequent lockdowns and violence. Denver school officials, facing criticism over lax security, say they will put armed officers into the city’s public high schools.

A rare tornado left a line of damage across roofs of commercial buildings in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello. Video captured Wednesday shows pieces of roofing being ripped up and twisting into the sky. One person was hurt. The National Weather Service says it sent teams to assess damage in Montebello and later confirmed that a tornado touched down. The violent weather comes amid a strong late-season Pacific storm that brought damaging winds and more rain and snow to saturated California. Five deaths have been attributed to the storm.

Starbucks workers and their supporters rallied outside the company’s Seattle headquarters Wednesday to protest what they describe as union-busting efforts by executives. Organizers said employees also walked off the job at more than 100 stores across the country. The company disputed the breadth of the protests, saying that nearly every store remained open for business, though it did not immediately indicate how many had closed amid the strikes. The demonstrations came on the eve of the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Organizers said they were designed to urge new Starbucks Chief Executive Laxman Narasimhan to take a more welcoming approach to unionization efforts and workers rights.

Proposals in several states would allow or require schools to deadname transgender students or out them to their parents without consent. Transgender kids and their families say the proposals could eliminate K-12 public schools as one of the last remaining havens to explore their identities. The stated aim of the bills is to give parents greater control over their childrens' education. Some parents and teachers argue they have a right to know. But others warn the proposals could jeopardize children's health and safety. And some teachers say the reporting requirements force educators to betray the trust of their students or risk losing their job.

Doctors testified on the second day of trial in Utah, where Gwyneth Paltrow is accused of crashing into a skier at Deer Valley Resort, leaving him concussed and with four broken ribs. A radiologist testified Wednesday morning that the ski collision left 76-year-old Terry Sanderson with lasting injuries including brain damage. A neuropsychologist told jurors the crash caused Sanderson to rapidly deteriorate. Paltrow, an actor-turned-wellness tycoon, has vehemently denied the allegations and has filed a symbolic $1 countersuit alleging that the man suing her was responsible. Paltrow may testify Thursday, but likely will take the stand Friday.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas proposal based on the disputed claim that providers leave infants to die after they're born during certain types of abortions is nearing legislative approval, as Republicans pursue limited anti-abortion measures following a decisive statewide vote last year prote…

TikTok is ramping up a public relations campaign to fend off the possibility of a nationwide ban by the Biden administration. And it’s bringing some unconventional advocates to help: online influencers. Dozens of TikTok creators came to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby in favor of the platform the day before lawmakers are slated to grill the company’s chief executive about concerns over user data falling into the hands of the Chinese government. TikTok’s CEO plans to tell Congress on Thursday that the video-sharing app is committed to user safety, data protection and security, and keeping the platform free from Chinese government influence. Shou Zi Chew is due to answer questions from lawmakers concerned about the social media platform’s effects on its young user base.

California state Sen. Aisha Wahab has introduced legislation adding caste as a protected category under the state's anti-discrimination laws. If this legislation passes, California could become the first U.S. state to outlaw caste-based bias. Caste is a division of people related to birth or descent. Calls to outlaw caste bias have grown louder among South Asian diaspora communities in the United States. Proponents of the bill say this bias is prevalent and it manifests in the form of social alienation and discrimination in housing, education and the tech sector where South Asians hold key roles. Opponents argue such measures will hurt a community that already faces discrimination.

Scientists have pulled DNA from Ludwig van Beethoven's hair to look for clues about his many health problems and hearing loss. They weren't able to figure out why the famous composer lost his hearing and had severe stomach problems. But they reported Wednesday that they did find clues about the liver disease that is widely believed to have killed the German composer. Beethoven's genome showed that he had a high risk for liver disease and was infected with the liver-damaging hepatitis B. The researchers concluded that those factors, along with his drinking, likely contributed to his death nearly 200 years ago.

Stocks fell sharply after the Federal Reserve said it doesn’t expect to cut rates anytime soon despite Wall Street’s hopes. But it also indicated the end may be near for its economy-crunching hikes to interest rates. The S&P 500 fell 1.6% for its first drop in three days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 530 points. Some of the sharpest drops came again from the banking industry, where investors are worried about the possibility of customers yanking their cash to cause more collapses. Treasury yields sank again to continue their remarkable slide for the month so far.

For over 20 years, the work of gospel music composer Charles Henry Pace sat in 14 unorganized crates, dirty and decomposing. This was until a music historian at the University of Pittsburgh was inspired to uncover the true history behind the photo negatives, printing plates and pieces of sheet music the university acquired in 1999. As a result, they’ve discovered that Pace was an early pioneer of gospel music whose independently owned publishing company helped elevate and expand the genre. This week the community will honor Pace and his wife Frankie with a free concert in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh, showcasing some of his work.

The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month before the state Board of Education and has been put forth by state Education Department, both of which are led by appointees of the governor. The rule change would ban lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity from grades 4 to 12, expanding the current law critics call “Don't Say Gay.” DeSantis has leaned heavily into cultural divides on his path to an anticipated White House bid.

More than 119,000 people have been injured by tear gas and other chemical irritants around the world since 2015 and some 2,000 suffered injuries from “less lethal” impact projectiles. That's according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations. It took 2 1/2 years to research and provides a rare partial count of casualties, compiled from medical literature, from these devices used by police around the world. The groups called for bans of rubber bullets and of multi-projectile devices in all crowd-control settings and tighter restrictions on weapons that may be used indiscriminately.

The Chevrolet Camaro has for decades been the dream car of many teenage American males. Now it is going out of production. General Motors is the maker of the brawny muscle car and it says it will stop producing the current generation early next year. The future of the car is a bit murky. GM says a new generation may be in the works. Chevrolet Vice President Scott Bell said they're not announcing a successor but the production halt is not the end of the Camaro's story. The current sixth-generation Camaro that was introduced in 2016 has done well on the racetrack, but sales have been tailing off in recent years. GM says the last of the 2024 model year Camaros will come off the assembly line in Lansing, Michigan, in January.

The Federal Reserve has raised its key rate by another quarter point, bringing it to the highest level in 15 years. It's part of an ongoing effort to ease inflation by making borrowing more expensive. If you have money to save, you’ll probably earn a bit more interest on it, but the increase will make it even costlier to borrow for homes, autos and other purchases. The interest rate increase comes at a time when credit card debt is at record levels.

Newsmax is returning to DirecTV after a dispute between the parties saw the conservative network removed from the satellite carrier. The duo were initially unable to agree to financial terms on an agreement, which led to DirecTV losing the rights to distribute Newsmax programming on Jan. 25. The companies said Wednesday that they’ve now reached a multiyear distribution deal that will see the Newsmax channel return to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream and U-verse starting on Thursday. DirecTV emphasized in a statement that the dispute that led to dropping Newsmax was always entirely financial, and “never about limiting conservative voices.”

Authorities say rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was assaulted by several people at a gym in Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to an LA Fitness in Lake Worth on Tuesday night. The assault left the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, with injuries not considered life-threatening. It's not clear whether the motive for the attack might be connected to his 2021 testimony against fellow gang members. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them. The rapper is known for his rainbow-colored hair and trademark “69” tattoo on his forehead.

Pay is notoriously low for school support staff who shuttle America’s children to schools, feed them in cafeterias and provide classroom assistance to students who need the most help. School support staffers earn, on average, about $25,000 a year in Los Angeles, barely enough to get by in one of the expensive cities in America. The pay is a driving factor behind a three-day strike that has shut down the entire Los Angeles school system and put a spotlight on the paltry pay of support staff that serves as the backbone of schools nationwide.

A mother whose son was found dead in the middle of a South Carolina road eight years ago is opening a private investigation into his death after raising almost $90,000 amid the publicity surrounding the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh. The lawyers for Sandy Smith say there isn’t any evidence linking Stephen Smith’s death to the Murdaugh family. Investigators have remained tight-lipped about their reasons for taking over the case around the same time police said Murdaugh killed his wife and son. Stephen Smith was found dead on a lonely highway in July 2015. Investigators initially thought it was a hit-and-run, but authorities say no skid marks or vehicle debris was found near his body.

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The battle between the U.S. and China over TikTok will come into full view when the social media platform’s CEO testifies before Congressional lawmakers. Shou Zi Chew’s hearing is happening at what he’s called a “pivotal moment” for the hugely popular short video sharing app. TikTok is owned by parent company ByteDance, which has offices in Beijing. The platform has 150 million American users but it's been dogged by persistent claims that it threatens national security and user privacy, or could be used to promote pro-Beijing propaganda and misinformation. Chew will attempt to persuade lawmakers not to pursue a ban on the app or force its sale to new owners.

Republicans blasting a hush-money probe against former President Donald Trump as politically motivated are blaming a frequent target: George Soros. The 92-year-old billionaire investor and philanthropist doesn’t know and didn’t donate directly to the New York prosecutor steering the probe. But that hasn’t stopped Trump and other high-profile Republicans from accusing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who convened the grand jury investigating Trump, of acting on Soros’ behalf. As Trump awaits a possible indictment, experts say the Soros rhetoric is a strategy to divert attention from the case that builds on years of unfounded and antisemitic conspiracy theories about Soros.

MIAMI (AP) — Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout had dreamed of this moment, along with millions of fans throughout Japan and the United States: the two biggest stars on the planet, longtime teammates, facing each other at 60 feet, 6 inches, the world title at stake.

Women's college basketball has displayed an odd mix this season and now there's the rare combination of South Carolina's undefeated dominance alongside parity in the Sweet 16. Just two of the four No. 1 women's seeds advanced through the first two rounds, which hadn't happened since 1998. The Gamecocks are one of them looking to continue their perfect season against No. 4 seed UCLA on Saturday. Virginia Tech is the other No. 1 seed advancing. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says her team's success comes from a singular focus on the game and its next task.

The glitzy, fictional Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe that formed the heart of the TV show “Smash” will make the leap to an actual Broadway stage next season. Producers said Wednesday that “Smash” is slated for Broadway in the 2024-25 season, welcome news to many of the show’s fans and the Broadway community who embraced its look at the inner workings of their industry. The new book for “Smash” will be co-written Tony-nominated Rick Elice, who penned “Jersey Boys,” and Tony-winner Bob Martin, who won for “The Drowsy Chaperone.” No casting for the Broadway version was revealed.

A special prosecutor with a reputation for winning complicated cases has been hired onto the case of five white Louisiana law officers charged in the deadly 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene. But Hugo Holland may be an unlikely advocate for racial justice. Holland drew criticism for displaying a portrait of early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. He once sent an email joking about chasing down “a Black guy or a Mex-can.” Holland also is a reserve police officer who has rarely prosecuted police. Union Parish District Attorney John Belton defended Holland’s hiring, calling him a proven winner.

Weeks after winning more Grammys, Willie Nelson's next honor is a university endowment in Texas. The 89-year-old country music icon is the namesake of the new Willie Nelson Endowment for Uplifting Rural Communities at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. The school announced the endowment Wednesday and praised the Texas native for his working supporting farming and rural communities. At the Grammys last month, Nelson won best country album for “A Beautiful Time” and best country solo performance for “Live Forever.” He has won a dozen Grammys in all over the course his career.

Authorities say two inmates in a Virginia jail used primitive tools to create a hole in the wall of their cell and escape and were found hours later at an IHOP restaurant nearby. A statement from the Newport News Sheriff’s Office says the inmates exploited a construction design weakness and used tools made from a toothbrush and a metal object to access to untied rebars between the walls. Officials say they then used the rebar, escaped from the cell and scaled an outside wall. They were discovered missing Monday evening but were taken into custody again early Tuesday after patrons at an IHOP called police.

It's one of the world's most vital resources. In Paraguay, a man displaced by a rising river hauls heavy buckets of it to his temporary home. In the Philippines, a girl uses a manual pump to get just enough to wash. In Haiti children fill large jugs of it in dwindling ravines.

Asian shares are higher after stocks rallied on Wall Street, including the banks most beaten down by the industry's crisis. Oil prices fell back and U.S. futures were little changed. The S&P 500 rose 1.3% Tuesday for its first back-to-back gain in two weeks after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the government could offer the banking industry more assistance if needed. Markets around the world have pinballed this month on worries the banking system may be cracking under the pressure of the fastest set of hikes to interest rates in decades. Treasury yields rose in another dramatic swing as the Federal Reserve began its latest meeting on interest rates.

Oregon lawmakers have approved $200 million to tackle the state's homelessness and housing crises. The Senate voted on the package Tuesday night after it passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Much of the money will boost homelessness and eviction prevention services. It will go toward expanding increasing shelter capacity, rental assistance and ramping up housing production, among other things. Nearly $27 million will go specifically to rural areas struggling to curb homelessness. Analysts estimate Oregon is short 140,000 homes, and federal data shows its homeless population has increased by 22% since 2020.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned a portion of the state’s ban on abortion, ruling women have a right to an abortion not just in a medical emergency. The court on Tuesday ruled that a woman has the right under the state Constitution to receive an abortion to preserve her life if doctors determine that continuing the pregnancy will endanger her life due to a condition she has or is likely to develop during the pregnancy. The court, however, didn't rule on whether the state Constitution grants the right to an abortion for other reasons. The voted 5-4 in ruling in the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and others.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed a new law prohibiting transgender people at public schools from using the restroom of their choice. Sanders’ office on Tuesday said she signed the bill, making Arkansas the fourth state to enact such a restriction. The new law will take effect later this summer. It applies to multi-person restrooms and locker rooms at public schools and charter schools serving prekindergarten through 12th grade. The move comes as Arkansas lawmakers are considering a more far-ranging bathroom bill that would criminalize transgender adults using public restrooms that match their gender identity.

The effort to recall New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has failed. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday the number of valid signatures needed to force a referendum was short by nearly 18,000. Recall efforts against Cantrell, the first woman to serve as New Orleans' mayor, began last August. She was easily reelected in 2021, but has since faced numerous problems, including violent crime and fitful progress on major street projects. Questions also have been raised about her travel expenses and her personal use of a city-owned apartment. Cantrell has repeatedly criticized the recall effort as a Republican-led attack on the administration of a Black, Democratic woman.

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen says he is recovering from an attack outside a Florida hotel. Allen was in South Florida earlier this month for a show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. He was attacked while taking a smoke break outside the Four Seasons hotel in on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Police arrested a 19-year-old man, but have no motive for the attack. They didn't identify the suspect, or Allen, in the police report. In a social media post, Allen says he’s thankful for all the support from his fans. Police say the man ran at Allen, knocking him to the ground.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer called the story of a retired optometrist who is suing her over a 2016 ski collision “utter B.S.” during the trial’s opening day in Utah, where the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer appeared in court. The trial started Tuesday in the ski town of Park City, where Paltrow is accused in a lawsuit of crashing into a skier, who says he has brain damage and four broken ribs. Paltrow has countered that the retired optometrist suing her was actually the culprit in the collision, is overstating his injuries, and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth.

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A large group of sheriff's deputies and employees of a Virginia mental hospital pinned patient Irvo Otieno to the floor earlier this month until he was motionless and limp, then began unsuccessful resuscitation efforts, newly obtained surveillance video shows.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of service workers backed by teachers began a three-day strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, shutting down education for a half-million students in the nation's second-largest school system.

Abortion-rights supporters filed an amended lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block Wyoming’s new ban on abortion pills from taking effect. A group hoping to open what would be the state’s second clinic offering abortions filed the amended lawsuit days after Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed what is the nation’s first explicit ban on abortion pills. Absent court intervention, that ban would take effect July 1. Abortion-rights supporters already were seeking to block a separate sweeping abortion ban that took effect Sunday in Wyoming without the governor’s signature. That law seeks to overcome objections that prompted a judge to suspend a previous ban.

A Native American group that’s trying to stop an effort to build one of the largest copper mines in the United States told a full federal appeals court panel Tuesday that the project would prevent Apaches from exercising their religion by destroying land they consider sacred. The 11-member panel is expected to rule in the next months. A smaller 9th Circuit panel previously ruled 2-1 that the federal government could give the Oak Flat land east of Phoenix to Resolution Copper for a mining project that would swallow the site, ending Apache religious practices there. Resolution Copper says it's trying to address concerns.

Willis Reed, who dramatically emerged from the locker room minutes before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals to spark the New York Knicks to their first championship and create one of sports’ most enduring examples of playing through pain, has died. He was 80. Reed died Tuesday, according to the National Basketball Retired Players Association, which confirmed it through his family. Reed had been in poor health recently and was unable to travel to New York when the Knicks honored the 50th anniversary of their 1973 NBA championship team last month. Nicknamed “The Captain,” Reed was the undersized center and emotional leader on the Knicks’ two NBA championship teams.