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As mass shootings are again drawing public attention, states across the U.S. seem to be deepening their political divide on gun policies. A series of recent mass shootings in California come after a third straight year in which U.S. states recorded more than 600 mass shootings involving at least four deaths or injuries. Democratic-led states that already have restrictive gun laws have responded to home-state tragedies by enacting or proposing even more limits on guns. Many states with Republican-led legislatures appear unlikely to adopt any new gun policies after last year's local mass shootings. They're pinning the problem on violent individuals, not their weapons.

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The families of five passengers killed in a plane crash off the North Carolina coast have settled wrongful death lawsuits for $15 million. Their attorneys told the court the companies that owned the plane and employed the pilot paid the money. The suits claimed the pilot failed to properly fly the single-engine plane in weather conditions with limited visibility. All eight people aboard died off the Outer Banks. The passengers included four teenagers and two adults, returning from a hunting trip. The founder of the company that owned the plane was killed, and his family wasn't involved in the lawsuits.

A man who caused evacuations and an hourslong standoff with police on Capitol Hill when he claimed he had a bomb in his pickup truck outside the Library of Congress has pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to use an explosive. Floyd Ray Roseberry, of Grover, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to the felony charge in Washington federal court. He faces up to 10 years behind bars and is scheduled to be sentenced in June. An email seeking comment was sent to his attorney on Friday. Roseberry drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress in August 2021 and began shouting to people in the street that he had a bomb.

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North Carolina Democrats have introduced legislation to codify abortion protections into state law as Republicans are discussing early prospects for further restrictions. Their legislation, filed Wednesday in both chambers, would prohibit the state from imposing barriers that might restrict a patient’s ability to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability, which typically falls between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Current state law bans nearly all abortions after 20 weeks, with narrow exceptions for urgent medical emergencies that do not include rape or incest. House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters he didn’t expect the Democrats’ bill to get considered.

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Friends and volunteers have gathered at Kyiv’s St Sophia’s Cathedral to say goodbye to a New Zealand scientist who was killed in Ukraine with another volunteer while they were trying to evacuate people from a front-line town. Andrew Bagshaw, a dual New Zealand-British citizen, was 48 years old, and British citizen Briton Parry, who was 28, went missing earlier this month while heading to the town of Soledar, in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region. Also Sunday, Russian forces heavily shelled the city of Kherson. Regional officials said three people were killed and nine were wounded. Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine and its allies of war crimes in the shelling of two hospitals in occupied parts of Ukraine.

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Ryan Reynolds went from joy to despair and punch-the-air ecstasy to desolation. The movie star has an unlikely new love of his life in Welsh soccer club Wrexham. The team put him on an emotional roller coaster in a thrill-a-minute FA Cup match against Sheffield United that had an ending not quite in the script. Wrexham conceded in stoppage time to draw 3-3 in the fourth round. Reynolds and fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney bought Wrexham for $2.5 million in November 2020 on the recommendation of one of their script-writers. The team is in the fifth tier of English soccer. Reynolds and one of his daughters flew in for the fourth-round match.

Members of Mt. Olive Cathedral Church in Memphis gathered to worship Sunday, two days after Tyre Nichols’ parents used the sanctuary to call for peace following the release of video showing their son's fatal beating by police. Pastor Kenneth Thomas says he was pleased that “we’ve had calm so far, which is what we have been praying for." Cities nationwide had braced for demonstrations after body camera footage released Friday showed officers savagely beating 29-year-old Nichols. So far the protests have been scattered and nonviolent. A lawyer for Nichols’ family says the loss is “still very emotional,” but that his clients are using all their energy to advocate for reforms.

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Iran’s Defense Ministry says one of its factories was attacked by drones in the central city of Isfahan. A statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency says the attack occurred late Saturday and caused minor damage to a rooftop. Iran and Israel have long been engaged in a shadow war that has included covert attacks on Iranian military and nuclear facilities. Israel did not acknowledge carrying out the assault. Meanwhile, state media also reported a fire at an oil refinery near the northern Iranian city of Tabriz, saying one person was injured. It blamed the fire on “wear and tear.” A 5.9 magnitude earthquake also struck nearby, killing three people and injuring over 800 others.