Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft said Monday they will keep operating in Minnesota now that state lawmakers have passed a measure that will increase driver pay, but at a lower rate than approved by Minneapolis officials earlier this year. Although the new pay minimums are less than the rate approvedContinue Reading

Central Florida realtors and even Florida’s Chief Financial Officer are warning about a new twist in the ongoing debate on rooftop solar panel systems and the true cost vs real benefit. While many homeowners are happy with solar systems, enjoying clean energy generation and largely reduced power bills, others are strugglingContinue Reading

Three teen boys and an 18-year-old man were arrested after shooting multiple times into a Volusia County home during a drive-by, according to the sheriff’s office. Zared Castaneda, 18; Jesus Castaneda,15; Angel Ruiz-Rios, 15; and Brian Hernandez,16, were all arrested Sunday. Investigators said an occupied home along Shaw Lake RoadContinue Reading

Abortion access advocates in Nevada said Monday that they have submitted almost twice the number of petition signatures needed to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution. Supporters collected and submitted more than 200,000 signatures, Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom President LindseyContinue Reading

Pro-Palestinian protesters ignored a request by Drexel University’s president to disband their encampment on Monday as arrests linked to campus demonstrations against the Israel-Hamas war surpassed the 3,000 mark nationwide. Drexel’s campus remained on lockdown, with classes being held virtually as police kept watch over the demonstration on the school’sContinue Reading

The clouds weren’t alone in making it rain on the commencement ceremony at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth last week. On stage, billionaire philanthropist Rob Hale surprised the graduating class of more than 1,000 by pointing to a nearby truck holding envelopes stuffed with cash. Huddling under ponchos and umbrellasContinue Reading

Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Monday as it issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation’s drinking water. About 70% of utilities inspected by federal officials over the lastContinue Reading

A Maine woman is appealing the dismissal of her lawsuit that accused school officials of encouraging her teen’s gender expression by providing a chest binder and using a new name and pronouns, without consulting her. Amber Lavigne filed her notice of appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of AppealsContinue Reading

The Country Bear Jamboree is an original attraction that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971, and when Grizzly Hall reopens this summer, the stage show will have new music as well as new wardrobes. On Monday, Disney revealed a behind-the-”seams” look at Bunny, Bubbles, and Beulah’s new costumes. KnownContinue Reading

Amal Clooney is one of the legal experts who recommended that the chief prosecutor of the world’s top war crimes court seek arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of the militant Hamas group. The human rights lawyer and wife of actor George Clooney wrote of herContinue Reading

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have bought parts made by a Chinese company sanctioned under a 2021 law for using forced labor, a Senate inquiry found, prompting lawmakers to call for stricter enforcement. The automakers responded to the Senate report, released Monday, by saying they have taken action toContinue Reading

When book distributor Small Press Distribution closed suddenly in March, Seattle’s Asterism Books stepped in to help. by Josh Fomon Seattle prides itself as a bookish, well-read city with a storied literary heritage of Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning writers and publishers. Seattle’s literary culture is so vibrant and richContinue Reading

As the autumn winds blew across the first 15 seasons of the Raiders franchise, there was a constant game in and game out. Jim Otto was that constant, an all-star at center and the epitome of a great teammate. Otto, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, has died at theContinue Reading

While Donald Trump’s hush money trial entered its sixth week in New York, an origin story for the Republican presidential candidate premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, unveiling a scathing portrait of Trump in the 1980s. “The Apprentice,” directed by the Iranian Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi, stars SebastianContinue Reading

Haiti’s main international airport reopened Monday for the first time in nearly three months after relentless gang violence forced authorities to close it to all traffic in early March. The reopening of the Toussaint-Louverture airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince is expected to help ease a critical shortage of medicationsContinue Reading

NORTH CAROLINA (WNCN) — North Carolina’s Avett Brothers are heading to Broadway this fall, according to an announcement they made Friday night to a live crowd. The Brothers, Scott and Sett, wrote the music and lyrics for the musical “Swept Away.” The Brothers made their announcement about the musical onContinue Reading

by Steven Richards   Key prosecution witness Michael Cohen in the Trump hush money trial testified Monday under cross-examination that he stole from the Trump Organization, for whom he worked for over a decade. Cohen, who was a Trump attorney and fixer before turning on his former boss, admitted heContinue Reading

by Madeleine Hubbard   No signs of life were detected at the site of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter crash, according to state media. His helicopter, which was carrying other top Islamic Republic officials, crashed during rough weather. Iranian news outlets initially reported that the chopper suffered a “hard landing”Continue Reading

Each morning on “Breakfast with Bridgett” we have interesting stories and interviews plus weather and traffic to help you plan the day. On Monday, Bridgett talked to Dr. Michael McPhee, a surgical oncologist with Melanoma Clinic, about higher rates of young patients diagnosed with melanoma. There’s been a steady increaseContinue Reading

No horsin’ around – the fourth annual Great Florida Bigfoot Conference is coming to Marion County, which makes me wonder – are there competing Florida bigfoot conferences? The event is being held at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala on June 8, according to their website. Conference officials promise “anContinue Reading

The Stranger’s morning news roundup. by Nathalie Graham Iran’s president dies in helicopter crash: On Sunday, Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, and all of their bodyguards were killed. The first reports stated the helicopter “went missing.” Then, after hours of looking,Continue Reading

The most powerful Democrat in Congress on banking and financial issues called for President Joe Biden to replace the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Monday, saying the agency is broken and there must be “fundamental changes at the FDIC.” This follows a damning report about the agency’sContinue Reading

Changes to Disney’s Disability Accessibility Services went into effect Monday. Here is what Disney’s website describes the services as: DAS is intended to accommodate only those Guests who, due to a developmental disability like autism or similar disorder, are unable to wait in a conventional queue for an extended periodContinue Reading

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war between Israel and Hamas. Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister YoavContinue Reading

Target plans to cut prices on thousands of consumer basics this summer, from diapers to milk, as inflation cuts into household budgets and more Americans pay closer attention to their spending. The price cuts on as many as 5,000 food, beverage and household essential items announced Monday is a bidContinue Reading

Former South African President Jacob Zuma was barred Monday from running for Parliament in next week’s national election over a previous criminal conviction, the latest twist in his return to politics. The decision by the country’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, may still be appealed. It ruled that Zuma isContinue Reading

Britain’s government is expected to apologize on Monday as an inquiry is to publish a final report into the U.K.’s infected blood scandal, which saw tens of thousands of people infected with HIV and hepatitis after being given contaminated blood and blood products from the 1970s to early 1990s. AnContinue Reading

Red Lobster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection days after shuttering dozens of restaurants. The seafood chain has been struggling with rising lease and labor costs in recent years and also promotions like its iconic all-you-can-eat shrimp deal that backfired. Demand for one such recent promotion overwhelmed restaurants, reportedlyContinue Reading

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the military would expand its operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah in talks Monday with a U.S. envoy. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Gallant and the Israeli military leadership in Tel Aviv. Sullivan’s visit comes two weeks into theContinue Reading