S Korean group drives balloons north amid hostilities | Health, medicine and fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said on Thursday that he has launched more massive balloons carrying COVID-19 relief supplies toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to crack down on such activities and a highly questionable claimed they were a source of the virus. … Read more

Britain’s Boris Johnson fights to remain prime minister during uprising | Health, medicine and fitness

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS – Associated Press LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought to remain in office on Wednesday, brushing aside calls for his resignation after three cabinet ministers and a slew of senior officials said they could no longer serve under his scandal-plagued leadership. Johnson rejected demands that he … Read more

Texas inmate asks for stay of execution for kidney donation | Health, medicine and fitness

By JUAN A. LOZANO – Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate who will be put to death in two weeks has asked for his execution to be adjourned so he can donate a kidney. Ramiro Gonzales will receive a lethal injection on July 13 for fatally shooting 18-year-old Bridget Townsend, a southwestern Texas … Read more

Marcos takes helm in Philippines, remains silent about father’s abuses | Health, medicine and fitness

By JIM GOMEZ – Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the eponymous son of a deposed dictator, praised his father’s legacy and covered up his violent past when he was sworn in as Philippine president Thursday after a stunning election victory that opponents say was won by the to whitewash his family’s … Read more

Xi Jinping’s presence at anniversary in Hong Kong still unclear | Health, medicine and fitness

AP HONG KONG (AP) – Questions continue to circulate about whether Chinese leader Xi Jinping will attend the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule and the inauguration of the area’s new leader. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Xi would participate in the July 1 commemorations, but was not explicit … Read more

Highlights of Bipartisan Gun Violence Act Signed by Biden | Health, medicine and fitness

By The Associated Press Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: – Comprehensive background checks: State and local youth and mental health records of gun buyers will be part of federal background checks for buyers ages 18 to 20. The maximum of three days for data collection is … Read more

Highlights of Bipartisan Gun Violence Act Signed by Biden | Health, medicine and fitness

By The Associated Press Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: – Comprehensive background checks: State and local youth and mental health records of gun buyers will be part of federal background checks for buyers ages 18 to 20. The maximum of three days for data collection is … Read more

Highlights of Bipartisan Gun Violence Bill OK’d by Senate | Health, medicine and fitness

AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill passed by the Senate on Thursday and the House expected to pass Friday: — Comprehensive background checks: State and local youth and mental health records of gun buyers will be part of federal background checks for buyers ages 18 to 20. Maximum three days … Read more

NY leaders pledge new gun limits after Supreme Court ruling | Health, medicine and fitness

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and MARINA VILLENEUVE – Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s Democratic leaders are striving to enforce as many restrictions on carrying a gun in public as possible after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down key parts of the state’s gun-license law. State and New York City officials … Read more

Arms debate a caveat at hearings on Uvalde shooting | Health, medicine and fitness

By JIM VERTUNO and JAKE BLEIBERG – Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas over the Uvalde school massacre focused on a cascade of law enforcement, school building safety and mental health blunders, with few mentions of the AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and weapons reform. A day after the Texas … Read more