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US Energy Secretary says gas situation improving
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is "over the hump" on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation's largest gasoline pipeline. (May 14)      
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In California: Newsom outlines huge spending plan to utilize $100 million surplus
Plus: A year without funerals, California's most popular baby names and should COVID vaccines be mandatory for prison employees?      
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Mexico villages arm children in bid for attention
The children in this mountain village in Mexico usually spend their days caring for goats or cows and playing with their dogs. But on the rare occasions that the press comes to Ayahualtempa, the kids are lined up and handed guns. (May 14)      
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Today in History for May 15th
Highlights of this day in history: Alabama Gov. George Wallace shot on presidential campaign trail; Newly-founded Israel attacked by Arab neighbors; The U.S. Supreme Court breaks up Standard Oil.; Country singer June Carter Cash dies. (May 15)      
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Some California residents wary of easing mask rules
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eases mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks in most outdoor and indoor settings, some California residents are still wearing masks, some are not. (May 14)      
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Some New Orleans tourists are shedding masks
Visitors to New Orleans are reacting to the new CDC guidance on mask-wearing. Many people in the French Quarter on Friday were not wearing them at all. (May 14)      
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Migrant parents grapple with sending kids alone to US
Growing numbers of migrant families are choosing the heart-wrenching decision to send their unaccompanied children into America. President Joe Biden is allowing children traveling alone to stay in the U.S. while their asylum cases are decided. (May 14)      
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$10M settlement for family of Andre Hill
Ohio's capital city has reached a $10 million settlement for the family of Andre Hill, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white Columbus police officer in December as he emerged from a garage holding a cellphone. (May 14)
'COVID to COVID' lung transplant patient grateful
The recipient of the first known COVID-to-COVID double lung transplant says he feels 'wonderful' and is grateful to be alive after getting lungs from a donor who had recovered from COVID. (May 14)
'What if it was your kid?': Parents of young children feel forgotten as CDC loosens mask restrictions
The new CDC guidelines have been "hard and confusing" for parents already fatigued by months of difficult decisions, says one expert.
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Here's the latest for Friday May 14th: UN chief appeals for halt to Israel-Gaza clash; House GOP elects Stefanik for No. 3 job; Japan goes into futher lockdown; Biden gives tour outside the White House sans mask
California budget plan reflects tax revenue surge
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed a 268 billion dollar state budget that is one-third larger than the state's current spending plan, fueled by surging state tax revenues and federal stimulus money. (May 14)
Florida teen charged as an adult in homecoming queen election scandal pleads not guilty
Emily Grover, the Tate High School homecoming queen accused of rigging her school's election, pleaded "not guilty" to charges.
Psaki on gasoline shortage: 'The end is in sight'
The White House says the "end is in sight" to the gas shortage plaguing the South following a cyberattack that shut down the nation's largest gasoline pipeline. Press secretary Jen Psaki said it will take a few days to fully return to normal. (May 14)
No more masks for those vaccinated: Here's how the new CDC guidelines affect you
The CDC said vaccinated people no longer need masks in most indoor and outdoor places. Here's what that means for businesses, variants and kids.
A 28-year-old woman is accused of sneaking into a high school to promote her Instagram
Audrey Nicole Francisquini is accused of sneaking into a Miami-Dade high school to promote her Instagram.
National Hurricane Center: Expect busy season
The head of the National Hurricane Center says the 2021 hurricane season will likely be above average again. (May 14)
Chris Rock pitched horror film 'Spiral' at a wedding
Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols talk about their new "Saw"-franchise spinoff, "Spiral." Rock also says he's spoken with Dave Chappelle about a possible joint comedy tour. (May 14)
Columbus agrees to pay $10M to family of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man killed by police
Columbus has agreed to pay $10 million to the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man fatally shot by former police officer Adam Coy in December.
Online posts hijacked to push COVID 19 falsehoods
From a movie prop master in Texas to a doctor in Oklahoma, people across the country have found themselves swept into the misinformation maelstrom, their online posts hijacked by anti-vaccine activists and others peddling lies about the outbreak. (May 14)
House GOP elect Trump defender Stefanik as No.3
Republicans vaulted Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership, electing an ardent Donald Trump defender in hopes of calming their searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney's unremitting combat with the former president. (May 14)
Israelis, Palestinians face off in West Bank
Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Friday. (May 14)
Hummer catches fire after driver fills 4 containers of gasoline
A Hummer in Florida burst into flames right after the driver filled four containers with gasoline.
ShowBiz Minute: Maher, Prince Harry, Springsteen
Bill Maher taping canceled after host's positive virus test; Prince Harry thought about quitting royal life in his 20s; Bruce Springsteen presented with Woody Guthrie Prize, says new music on the way. (May 14)
On This Day: 14 May 1998
In 1998, Andy Warhol's "Orange Marilyn" portrait of Marilyn Monroe went for a record price at auction. (May 14)
Palestinians in Gaza seek shelter in UN schools
Palestinians in Gaza are taking shelter in United Nations schools as Israel launches airstrikes into Gaza and masses troops along the border, and militants fire rockets toward Israel. (May 14)
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Here's the latest for Friday May 14th: Israeli troops mass along Gaza border; Death toll from Israel-Gaza fighting rises; 9 wounded in Providence, Rhode Island shooting; CDC issues new mask guidance for vaccinated people.
Home cooks find antidote to blandness on TikTok
From sourdough to feta pasta, much of the last year at home has been food-focused - one driver is social media platform TikTok. (May 14)
'Army of the Dead' reflects political climate
Zack Snyder took the opportunity to reflect the current social climate in his new zombie heist thriller, "Army of the Dead," with scenes featuring detainment camps, a wall being built and temperature scans. (May 14)
NYC candidates for mayor debate crime and economy
The Democrats running for Mayor of New York City debated topics including crime and the economy on Thursday night, less than six weeks before the Democratic primary. (May 14)