GOP, Dem Senate bargainers divided over gun deal details

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican senators were at odds Thursday over how to keep firearms from dangerous people as bargainers struggled to finalize details of a gun violence compromise in time for their self-imposed deadline of holding votes in Congress next week. Lawmakers said they remained divided over how to define abusive dating partners who […]

Governor ending New Jersey’s school mask mandate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s governor announced plans Monday to lift the statewide mask requirement in schools a month from now because of the rapid easing of COVID-19’s omicron surge, calling the move “a huge step back to normalcy for our kids.” Individual school districts will be free to continue requiring masks after the […]

Sheriff Henderson Arrests One in Linked Aggravated Robbery Incidents

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports The Woodlands, September 27 – On Sunday, September 26, 2021, at about 6:55 a.m., Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of an Aggravated Robbery at the Murphy gas station located at 3042 College Park Drive in The Woodlands, Texas. During the investigation, it was learned […]

No easy mark: Female bodybuilder, 82, clobbers intruder

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An intruder didn’t count on an 82-year-old woman living alone being an award-winning bodybuilder with nerves of steel. Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed Thursday at her home in Rochester, New York, when a man pounded on the door and said he needed an ambulance, Murphy told WHAM. She called […]

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn’t accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will only permit prison security […]

Canoe returns to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage

HONOLULU (AP) — No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crewmembers for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature’s cues — ocean swells, stars, wind, birds— and their own naau, or gut, to […]