AP News Summary at 4:51 p.m. EST

Police seek why 72-year-old gunman shot up LA dance hall

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — The search for the motive behind the shooting massacre at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance hall led police to a mobile home community. Authorities say Huu Can Tran killed 11 people at a Monterey Park dance hall and attempted a shooting later at another club before taking his own life. Police in his town of Hemet say he alleged earlier this month that he was the victim of fraud, theft and poisoning by relatives a decade or two ago, but didn’t provide supporting documents he promised. The death toll rose to 11 after health officials announced that one of the 10 people wounded had died.

Poland pushes for more tanks for Kyiv, will seek German OK

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister says his government will ask Germany for permission to send some of the Polish army’s Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is pushing Europe to send more military hardware to Kyiv amid complaints that Germany is being too slow in helping to thwart Russia’s invasion. Morawiecki didn’t specify when the request will be made. He said Poland is building a coalition of nations ready to send German-built Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. Poland needs the consent of Germany to send them to a non-NATO country. But Morawiecki said Warsaw will make its own decisions even if Germany doesn’t grant permission.

Mom: Tyre Nichols was nearly home when police ‘murdered’ him

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tyre Nichols’ mother says her son was 80 yards from home when Memphis police officers “murdered him” during a violent confrontation that happened during a traffic stop. RowVaughn Wells said during a news conference Monday that her son didn’t do drugs, carry a gun or like confrontation, and that police had no reason to pull him over on the night of Jan. 7. Police have said that the 29-year-old father and avid skateboarder ran from the officers after a “confrontation” during the traffic stop, and that “another confrontation” occurred after they caught up to him. Nichols’ stepfather, Rodney Wells, said his son ran “because he was scared for his life.”

Four Oath Keepers convicted of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the Oath Keepers have been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack in the second major trial involving far-right extremists accused of plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power. A Washington, D.C., jury found Joseph Hackett, Robert Minuta, David Moerschel and Edward Vallejo guilty on Monday. The verdict comes weeks after a different jury convicted two leaders of the extremist group in the mob’s attack that halted the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Defense attorneys said there was no plot to stop the transfer of presidential power.

Elon Musk defends his tweets about taking Tesla private

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk returned to federal court Monday in San Francisco to testify in a class action lawsuit filed by Tesla investors alleging he misled them with a tweet. The tweet resulted in a $40 million settlement with securities regulators, claimed he had lined up the financing to take Tesla private in a deal that never came close to happening. The trial hinges on the question of whether a pair of tweets that Musk posted on Aug. 7, 2018, damaged Tesla shareholders during a 10-day period leading up to a Musk admission that the buyout he had envisioned wasn’t going to happen.

In ’20 Days in Mariupol’ doc, the horrors of war illuminated

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Associated Press video journalist Mstyslav Chernov had just broken out of Mariupol after covering the first 20 days of the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian city and was feeling guilty about leaving. He and his colleagues were the last journalists there. Chernov decided then that he wanted to make a documentary. That film, “20 Days in Mariupol,” a joint project between The Associated Press and PBS Frontline, premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City to standing ovations and emotional audiences. The film is playing as part of the World Documentary competition.

US proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a simplified approach so that most adults and children would get a once-a-year shot. Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or when. The proposal comes as boosters have become a hard sell. The FDA is asking a panel of outside vaccine experts to weigh in on the new approach at a meeting Thursday. The agency will present data suggesting most Americans have enough protection to move to a once-a-year shots.

South Dakota tribe: Storm deaths ‘could have been prevented’

A Native American tribe in South Dakota says several of its members died when December storms buried their reservation in snow and left them stranded. Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said this month that the deaths could have been prevented had it not been for a series of systemic failures. Tribal members are expressing anger at many people, including Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and the Indian Health Services — saying the little help that was offered came too late. A 12-year-old asthmatic boy who spent days struggling to breathe was among the dead — because an ambulance couldn’t get to his home in time to help him.

Purdue back at No. 1 in AP Top 25, Alabama right behind

Purdue is back at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Alabama is right behind the Boilermakers. Purdue returned to the top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, moving up two spots after Houston’s loss to Temple. The Boilermakers received 39 first-place votes after a volatile week where just two teams kept the same spot from a week ago. Alabama climbed two spots to No. 2, its highest ranking since reaching No. 1 in 2002-03. Houston, Tennessee and Kansas State round out the top five.

Florida’s rejection of Black history course stirs debate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated the state’s rejection of a proposed nationwide advanced African American studies course, saying it pushes a political agenda. At a Monday press conference, DeSantis said the state wants education, not indoctrination. As an example, he cited the course’s inclusion of a unit on “Black Queer Studies.” Authors whose works are included in the course told The Associated Press it is DeSantis who is pushing a political agenda. They say he doesn’t want students exposed to ideas that are contrary to his right-wing philosophy. The College Board, which is testing the course at 60 U.S. high schools, hopes to roll out the course next year.

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