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Cuomo: Number of NY registered organ donors tops 5 million

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Efforts by the state and nonprofit organizations to boost the number of New Yorkers registered to donate their organs are paying off. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 5 million New Yorkers are now enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry as organ donors. The Democrat says organ donation rates have reached historic levels thanks to several coordinated efforts. Those efforts include the state Department of Health working with the group Donate Life New York State to create a more modernized and expanded registry that streamlined the process. An executive order issued last year by Cuomo has also helped increase donors by allowing state agencies to provide opportunities for people to enroll in the registry when applying for government benefits, services and licenses. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

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Government watchdog groups renew call for Albany reforms

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Government watchdog groups are renewing their call on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature to agree on measures that will strengthen transparency and crack down on corruption. Members of six groups on Monday called on Cuomo, the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-controlled ...

Alabama columnist, Post's Moore stories win Pulitzers

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama columnist John Archibald on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize, and so did The Washington Post for its stories uncovering misconduct allegations against Republican Roy Moore during Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign last year. Archibald of the Alabama Media Group was awarded journalism's highest honor for commentary. ...

Nationals add right-hander Hellickson to start against Mets

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Nationals have added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the roster and will start him in the series opener against the New York Mets. The Nationals selected Hellickson's contract before Monday night's game at Citi Field. Washington signed the 31-year-old Hellickson late during spring training. He ...

Utah governor hails education plan that could triple funding

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is praising a compromise plan that could nearly triple state education funding in five years. The Republican governor gave his remarks on Monday during a signing ceremony for the measure at an elementary school in suburban Salt Lake City. The measure will ...

California sanctuary law opposition spreads

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters. Since the U.S. Justice Department sued California last month over its so-called "sanctuary state" law ...

Nominations open for Illinoisan of the Day state fair honor

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The nomination period is open for the Illinoisan of the Day honor at this year's Illinois State Fair. The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation says it's looking to honor residents who have the characteristics of integrity, dependability, sense of community and strong ethics. Nominees must be ...

Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Keith Jackson was remembered as "the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting" and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from the broadcast booth in a memorial service at the Rose Bowl. Nearly 400 family and friends gathered Sunday on the field at the historic stadium where ...

'Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky' is joltingly vulnerable

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“The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” (Knopf), by Jana Casale Leda walks through life with a constant friction between expectation and reality. We meet her as a self-conscious, hopeful college student in Boston willing herself to become the woman she thinks she should be (one who reads books by Noam Chomsky). Instead, the ordinary minutes of Leda’s life morph into decades, and we follow her throughout adulthood. She sorts through her underwear drawer and concludes, “I value affordability.” She talks to strangers at a party while her friend kisses a new boyfriend …

Alaska House, Senate pass differing school funding bills

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Both chambers of the Alaska Legislature have passed bills focusing on state school funding, but the plans vary significantly. KTOO Public Media of Juneau reports that the Senate and House majorities on Saturday passed the bills for school funding - one of the largest remaining issues ...

State issues quarantine for Middletown petting zoo

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state has issued a quarantine of a Middletown, Rhode Island, petting zoo after three visitors are believed to have contracted a diarrheal disease from the farm's goats. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says three people contracted cryptosporidiosis after attending "pet and cuddle" events ...

New York extends call center hours as tax deadline looms

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state’s call center for tax filing information is extending its hours to answer last-minute questions. The tax filing deadline is Tuesday. The state Department of Taxation and Finance is extending the hours of its Income Tax Call Center until 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The call center’s usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number is 518-457-5181. State tax officials say the call center has answered more than 316,000 tax return questions this year and expects to answer 28,000 more over the last two days. Copyright &c…

New inland port opening in South Carolina

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DILLON, S.C. (AP) - A new inland port is opening in South Carolina that’s designed to boost the economy of the northeastern part of the state. The State Ports Authority on Monday is officially opening the port in Dillon. The $50 million cargo-transfer hub will let trucks and trains exchange thousands of containers of cargo headed for points north along Interstate 95. Southbound cargo could head to the Port of Charleston or elsewhere. The port is about 130 miles north of Charleston. The state also operates an inland port in Greer. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The…

AUMF update would limit Donald Trump war powers

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U.S. troops could continue fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda and would be given explicit new permission to battle the Islamic State — but would not be authorized to attack the capabilities of any nation state, such as Syria — under updated rules of war proposed by a bipartisan group of senators Monday. Led by Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, the new Authorization for the Use of Military Force would replace 2001 and 2002 AUMFs that started the war on terror and paved the way for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The commander in chief — in this case Presi…

John Lewis 'honored and blessed' to throw out first pitch

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Congressman John Lewis of Georgia threw out the first pitch Sunday as part of Jackie Robinson Day/Black Heritage Day at Nationals Park. Major league teams around the country honored Robinson on Sunday on the anniversary of the legend breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. ...

Ohio State plans to bring Wi-Fi to entire Columbus campus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University says it will spend nearly $19 million updating Wi-Fi access, including at its football stadium and basketball arena. Ohio State trustees on Friday approved a plan to install wireless networking access points across the Columbus campus. University officials say they expect the project ...

Arizona lawmaker expelled for harassment files $1.3M claim

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PHOENIX (AP) - A former Arizona representative who became the first state lawmaker expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement swept the nation filed a $1.3 million claim Monday against the House speaker and Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff. The claim filed by former Rep. Don Shooter as ...

Maria Sharapova commits to play in new Bay Area tour event

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Maria Sharapova has committed to play in the Bay Area this summer as the former Stanford WTA stop moves to San Jose State University. The five-time Grand Slam champion will play in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic from July 30 to. Aug. 5, the tournament announced Monday. It has a 28-player singles draw. This will be the first year of the event at San Jose State after the former Bank of the West Classic was held at Stanford. After a first-round win last year, former world No. 1 Sharapova withdrew from the 2017 tournament at Stanford with soreness in her left arm. Tha…

Opponents to Norwalk bridge project to get political support

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some gubernatorial candidates and elected officials are expected to voice support for a citizens group suing the state of Connecticut over plans to build a new $1.1 billion bridge over the Norwalk River. Members of the organization Norwalk Harbor Keeper filed suit two months ago in ...

Decatur artist donates Lincoln statue to mark bicentennial

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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois sculptor has donated new artwork featuring Abraham Lincoln to the Decatur Public Library in celebration of the state's bicentennial. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports that Decatur-based sculptor John McClarey's piece depicts Lincoln with Stephen Douglas and Gov. Joseph Duncan in 1834 ...

Legislature approves changes in worker's comp prescriptions

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A change may be on the way concerning how drugs are dispensed under Pennsylvania’s worker’s compensation program. The state House on Monday voted 101 to 92 for a bill that was drawn up in response to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News about doctors and law firms specializing in worker’s compensation that were operating their own pharmacies. The bill would direct the Labor and Industry Department to adopt a drug formulary, a proposal strongly backed by the state’s large business groups. Opponents argue the legislation is too vague…

First lady visits memorial dedicated to victims of opioids

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WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Melania Trump has visited a memorial dedicated to victims of the opioid crisis. Mrs. Trump tweeted Monday that it was a "Very moving visit today." She added that the memorial was a "worthwhile project" among the White House, the Interior Department and the National Park ...

McAuliffe to receive 'pioneer award' at film festival

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond International Film Festival has named former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as the recipient of its 2018 Pioneer Award for Excellence in Public Service & Leadership. Each year, the festival honors state and national leaders who are paving a future path in leadership and evoking ...

Linesman Barton leaves Jackets-Capitals game with injury

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A linesman injured his left knee and was helped off the ice in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals. Steve Barton collapsed to the ice after his left skate knocked into a skate of Columbus forward Josh Anderson on Sunday night. The game was delayed for a few minutes with 48.1 seconds remaining in the second period. Barton eventually was helped off the ice by a trainer from each team. The period concluded with just one linesman on the ice. ___ More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey Copyright © 20…

Summer jobs available at Nebraska state parks

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two of Nebraska's most popular state parks are looking for seasonal employees to help operate the attractions this summer. Applications are now being accepted for jobs at Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks in eastern Nebraska. Having experience in landscaping, food service, heating and ...

Ethridge named women's basketball coach at Washington St

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State has named Kamie Ethridge as its new women’s basketball coach. Ethridge is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in the nation and has been a Division I coach for the past 27 years. Ethridge played at Texas, where she helped lead the Longhorns to an NCAA title and undefeated season in 1986. Two years later in Seoul, South Korea, the point guard won an Olympic gold medal with the United States. She was named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. The 53-year-old Ethridge replaces June Daugherty, who was fired last …

Max Scherzer named National League Player of the Week

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The Washington Nationals may be having a tough start to the 2018 season, going just 7-9 in their first 16 games, but they now have two of the first three National League Player of the Week awards this year. Max Scherzer was named NL Player of the Week Monday for winning two starts last week, striking out 21 batters and walking just one. He maintained a 1.13 ERA in that span and also stole a base for the first time in his career. Adam Eaton won the same award after Major League Baseball’s opening weekend in March and early April. Scherzer (3-1) leads the majors with 38 strikeouts and has…

Redskins re-sign tackle Ty Nsekhe, bolster offensive line

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - The Washington Redskins have re-signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, giving them valuable depth on the line. The team announced the deal Monday with the restricted free agent. Nsekhe started five games at left tackle in place of injured Pro Bowl lineman Trent Williams last season. Once ...

The Latest: Trump hails tax law and low Latino jobless rate

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is promoting the Republican tax law in Hialeah, Florida, highlighting improvements in Hispanic unemployment rates in the predominantly Latino Miami suburb. Speaking a day before the personal income tax filing deadline, Trump says ...

Donald Trump wants to review all Cohen material before investigators: Report

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President Trump wants to review all materials seized during the raid on longtime attorney Michael Cohen’s house and hotel room, according to a Washington Post report out late Sunday. The president asked that he be able to review before investigators are able to look at anything they took during that time. Mr. Cohen’s legal team has asked for the same opportunity. A hearing is set in the federal investigation for Monday afternoon to review Mr. Cohen’s client list and who is entitled to attorney-client privilege, according to the report. Mr. Cohen came under the inquiry of spec…

Brett Connolly makes sure youngest Capitals fan gets a puck from him

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This young Washington Capitals fan was hoping to receive a gift before the Capitals’ Game 2 at Capital One Arena Sunday night, and she had to be patient. Brett Connolly, the Capitals forward, noticed her and tossed a puck over the glass during pregame warmups, but the boy next to her — presumably one of her brothers — grabbed it instead. Connolly didn’t leave the area until he was sure the girl received the puck she was looking for, even though it took three tries and some sad faces: That’s one special #StanleyCup Playoff moment. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Jr9RGqFPGh &m…

Shear Power! Bryce Harper breaks bat in two on long home run

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NEW YORK (AP) - This was shear power by Bryce Harper. In a startling display, the Washington Nationals slugger broke his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Monday night against the New York Mets. Harper’s bat shattered just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side. The ball sailed far over the wall in right center at Citi Field. Harper hit his major league-leading eighth home run, a solo shot in the first inning on a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom. Statcast projected the homer at 406 feet. …

Billionaire banking heir Matthew Mellon dies at 54

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NEW YORK (AP) - Billionaire banking heir Matthew Mellon has died. He was 54. His cousin Peter Stephaich confirmed Mellon's death but declined Tuesday to provide any details. Mellon comes from the Mellon and Drexel families of Bank of New York Mellon and Drexel Burnham Lambert. According to Mellon's Linked ...

Wisconsin struggling to find enough attorneys

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin officials say the state's low compensation rate for private attorneys is contributing to the shortage of lawyers willing to represent people who can't afford a private attorney. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Public Defender's Office assigns about 40 percent of its approximately ...

Ex-BP economist in Chicago guilty of fraud in Texas case

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HOUSTON (AP) - A refining supply economist with BP America Inc. faces up to 20 years in prison over a failed online extortion scheme against the Houston-based energy company. Prosecutors say 28-year-old George Koutsostamatis of Chicago pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case involving emails he sent from an ...

Sen. McCain has intestinal surgery, is recovering in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain's office says he's had intestinal surgery needed to stem an infection and is in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital. The longtime Republican senator has been undergoing physical therapy related to brain cancer treatment at his family home near Sedona, Arizona, since December. ...

Lizzy Martinez' 'Bracott' protests Braden River High School dress code

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BRADENTON, Fla. — A Florida high school student who triggered an international discussion on whether women should have to wear bras is mobilizing girls to go braless to protest dress codes she says are unfairly strict for girls. The Bradenton Herald reports Lizzy Martinez' "Bracott" was set to take place ...

Donald Trump defends 'mission accomplished' after Syria strikes

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President Donald Trump is defending his use of the phrase “mission accomplished” to refer to the U.S.-led strikes in Syria. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the mission was “so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term ‘Mission Accomplished.’” He adds: “I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!” Trump’s use of the phrase Saturday had evoked comparisons with President George W. Bush, who in 2003 s…

Miami University to give early copies of Wil Haygood's book

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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Miami University will be handing out early copies of a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Wil Haygood's newest work to students who will hear him speak at the college's 2018 convocation. Students will receive copies of "Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street," written by the 1976 Miami ...

Minnesota's largest export markets express support for NAFTA

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's two largest export markets are touting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Canadian Consul General Paul Connors and Mexican Consul Gerardo Guerrero have been expressing their support for NAFTA to Minnesota factories, farmers and workers. ...

Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions. The justices didn't comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term the 61-year-old is serving. His scheduled release date is ...

State wants input on effort to lower premiums for Mainers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state wants public input on an effort to lower individual health insurance premiums for Mainers. The Legislature last year passed a law to reduce premiums for individuals who don't qualify for subsidies under former President Obama's signature health law. The program would reimburse insurers for ...

Review: Kimbra displays impressive range on 'Primal Heart'

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Kimbra, "Primal Heart" (Warner Bros.) If there's any musical justice, Kimbra's third studio album should be the one that finally catapults the New Zealander to the acclaim she deserves. On the 12-track "Primal Heart," the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter shows off her impressive range, from glistening techno-pop to string-and-piano-fed torch songs to ...

Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers' 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series. Playing without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid for ...

Bartolo Colon loses no-hit bid for Rangers in 8th vs Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) - Bartolo Colon lost his bid for a no-hitter against the World Series champion Houston Astros when Josh Reddick doubled with nobody out in the eighth inning Sunday night. The 44-year-old Colon was working on a perfect game for the Texas Rangers before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth. Reddick then lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third. Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove. Two outs later, Colon was removed with the score ti…

Adidas eager to sponsor Colin Kaepernick

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Adidas is champing at the bit, just waiting to sponsor Colin Kaepernick if and when he signs an NFL contract. In an interview last week, the president of the company's North American division described Kaepernick's activism, which has included kneeling for the national anthem and wearing socks that depict policemen ...

Gay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC in ecology protest

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NEW YORK (AP) - A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Police said he was pronounced dead ...

Markets Right Now: Stocks move broadly higher on Wall Street

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NEW YORK (AP) - The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Major U.S. stock indexes are moving higher in midday trading as the market adds to its gains from last week. Technology and health care companies accounted for much of the rally on Monday. Microsoft rose 1 percent and Merck & Co. added 2.5 percent. Truck and engine maker Navistar jumped 8.8 percent after Reuters reported that Volkswagen might buy the company. Advertising conglomerate WPP sank 5.7 percent after Martin Sorrell said he would step down as CEO. The S&P; 500 index rose 17 points, or 0.6 p…

Idaho counties suing drug makers for enabling opioid abuse

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Several Idaho counties are taking their fight against opioid overdoses to the courtroom. The counties are suing the makers of OxyContin, Lortab and other opioids, accusing them of offenses such as fraud, false advertising and racketeering, the Idaho Statesman reported . Their lawsuits have been consolidated ...

Batshuayi's Dortmund season over; World Cup still possible

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Striker Michy Batshuayi's World Cup participation for Belgium is still possible despite suffering a left ankle injury in Borussia Dortmund's Ruhr derby defeat to Schalke. Batshuayi was hurt in injury time on Sunday, left the stadium in Gelsenkirchen on crutches, and was taken to hospital for ...

Kellyanne Conway on Rod Rosenstein possibly being fired: Donald Trump makes 'personnel decisions'

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Kellyanne Conway refused Monday to answer whether President Trump would fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "The president has done everything that he and his team have been asked to do to comply with this investigation," Mrs. Conway, senior counselor to the president, said on CNN. "The president alone makes ...

Rays' Kiermaier out 2 to 3 months with torn thumb ligament

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ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined two to three months. The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding headfirst into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Kiermaier said he will have surgery Friday. “I kind of expected it,” he said. “Hearing those words that I’ll out for months at a time is really hard to take right now.” This will be the third straight season the tw…

Review: Laura Veirs makes 'The Lookout' intimate, gratifying

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Laura Veirs, “The Lookout” (Raven Marching Band Records) Coming off an exceptional album and tour with k.d. lang and Neko Case in 2016, Laura Veirs spent months and months writing and re-writing dozens of songs in her Portland, Oregon, studio. The hard work has paid off and it sounds so good and natural that you won’t notice all the perspiration bonding with the inspiration to become “The Lookout,” her 10th solo record. Veirs makes little revelations here and there about her own life and circumstances, or about who was in her thoughts for a particular tune. But in…

Donald Trump: Economy 'starting to rock' from impact of tax cuts

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President Trump said Monday the Republican tax cuts are producing boom times in the U.S., with historically low unemployment for minorities. "This could be one of the greatest booms ever," Mr. Trump said in the predominantly Cuban-American city of Hialeah, Florida. "This country is starting to rock with our businesses ...

David Buckel, gay rights lawyer, immolates himself in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

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NEW YORK — A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Police said he was pronounced dead at ...

2 Renaissance masterpieces coming to New Orleans museum

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Renaissance masterpieces are coming to the New Orleans Museum of Art - only the third museum ever to display them together, and the second outside Italy. Paolo Veronese (POW-loh veh-roh-NAY-zuh) painted "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" and "St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter" ...

Renewable biofuels plant to be built in Lakeview, Oregon

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LAKEVIEW, Ore. (AP) - A company has received final approval to start building a renewable-biofuels plant in south-central Oregon. The Herald and News reports the facility in Lakeview is expected to convert forestry waste into renewable fuels for the aviation industry. The firm has contracts with FedEx, Southwest Airlines and ...

USA Wrestling requiring media to go through background check

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USA Wrestling says journalists seeking to cover federation-sponsored events will now be subject to a background check, which is believed to be the first such requirement of its kind for a governing body in the U.S. The federation announced the move Monday, saying it was designed to increase safety in ...

Audit: State shouldn't use federal funds for psych hospital

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state auditor says Maine should stop following legal advice to use millions of dollars in federal funds for a psychiatric hospital that's lost federal certification. Auditor Pola Buckley says the state keeps using such funds despite facing a $51 million penalty from the federal government ...

AP Source: Denver Broncos release C.J. Anderson

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that running back C.J. Anderson has been released by the Denver Broncos. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't officially announced Anderson's departure, which was first reported by the NFL Network. The ...

Johnson, Sandgren set up all-American final

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HOUSTON (AP) - Defending champion Steve Johnson wore down Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2 on Saturday, breaking his 20-year-old countryman twice in the third set after letting two match points slip away in the second in the U.S. Men's Clay Court semifinals. Johnson will play Tennys Sandgren, another American ...

Gerry Connolly calls on Fox News to fire Sean Hannity

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A Democratic lawmaker demanded Monday evening that Fox News Channel fire Sean Hannity for having Michael Cohen as a lawyer. Rep. Gerry Connolly, Virginia Democrat, said on CNN that Mr. Hannity is untrustworthy because he did not disclose his ties to Mr. Cohen while commenting on or covering the Trump ...

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologizes for arrest of black men at Philadelphia store

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PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks' CEO says he wants to apologize personally to the black men arrested at one of his Philadelphia stores, prompting accusations of racism on social media. Kevin Johnson posted a lengthy statement Saturday night, calling the situation "disheartening" and that it led to a "reprehensible" outcome. Videos posted ...

List of winners at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A list of winners at the 53nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. - Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean - Album of the year: Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1” - Single record of the year: Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” - Song of the year: “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert - Male vocalist of the year: Chris Stapleton - Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert - Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne - Vocal group of the year: Old Dominion - Vocal event of the year: Keith Urban and Ca…

Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism, arts to be announced

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NEW YORK (AP) - The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts are set to be announced in New York City. The winners are being revealed Monday afternoon at Columbia University. The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the best journalism of 2017 in newspapers, magazines and websites. There are ...

Birthplace of pro football planning for NFL's centennial

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Organizers in Ohio are beginning to plan for the NFL Centennial Celebration in two years. Officials in Canton haven’t yet announced any of the events for the weeklong celebration in the city that’s the birthplace of the NFL. But Pro Football Hall of Fame officials say they expect it will be the biggest gathering in the history of football. The event is to take place during September 2020 to mark the league’s 100th season. Members of the host committee tell The Repository that they are in the early stages of planning. The head of the Canton visitors bureau…

'Lafayette' letters painted for Festival International

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Ahead of a major international music and arts festival in Lafayette, Louisiana, the letters spelling out the host city's name are getting a makeover. KATC-TV reports that the three-dimensional Lafayette letters in the city's Parc Sans Souci are being painted to reflect the artwork for the ...

Former UI wrestler pleads guilty to computer fraud charge

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former University of Iowa wrestler has pleaded guilty to a federal computer fraud charge related to actions he took that let him access university computers and change course grades. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Trevor J. Graves pleaded guilty Monday to transmission of a ...

Survey asks southeastern Michigan residents about job skills

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DETROIT (AP) - People in southeastern Michigan are being asked their perspectives on work-related issues in the region. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition have put together a survey about changes in the employment picture, future in-demand skills and how they relate to evolutions in the ...

Colorado hazard team uses technology to control rock slides

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Department of Transportation has started work on a rockslide mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon. The Vail Daily reports that the work includes cleaning out rockfall catch fences and upgrading some of the older fences. To aid in that effort, the department's geohazard team ...

Charleston ordinance aimed at reducing panhandling

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - City leaders in a popular South Carolina tourist destination are hoping to reduce panhandling with restrictions on sitting or lying down along two main thoroughfares. The Post and Courier reports that Charleston's City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday that bans sitting or lying down on ...

4 baboons at Texas research center have brief freedom

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Four baboons are back in an enclosure after escaping briefly from a San Antonio medical research center. Officials at the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which is part of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, say three of the baboons were captured within about 30 minutes Saturday ...

Construction on Route 9 to resume

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A road resurfacing project on a southern Vermont highway is scheduled to resume next week, and drivers are warned to expect delays. The Bennington Banner reports Peckham Road Corp, the construction firm managing the project on Route 9 in Bennington, released their proposed work schedule. The ...

Allegiant Air under fire after '60 Minutes' safety report

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is under fire following a "60 Minutes" investigation that is raising significant safety concerns. Investigators with the news program found that between Jan. 1, 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted ...

Virginia hires Tina Thompson as women's basketball coach

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia has hired former WNBA star Tina Thompson to coach its women's basketball team. The 43-year-old Thompson has never been a head coach before, but she brings quite a resume to Virginia. She was the WNBA's career scoring leader until she was passed by Diana Taurasi ...

Funding boosts efforts to support caregivers of older adults

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DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-based foundation is investing $2 million each in southeastern Michigan and western New York to boost efforts that support caregivers of older adults. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation says the money is going to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Health Foundation for Western ...

7 Polish female bison heading to Spain to help herd grow

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A bison reserve in eastern Poland says seven young female animals are traveling to Spain to help boost a bison herd there. Michal Krzysiak, head of the Bialowieza National Park, says Monday that the bison - aged between 1 and 4 years old - have been put on trucks and were on their way to two breeding farms north of Madrid. He expected them to arrive there mid-week. Krzysiak said one of the Polish reserve’s goals is to help develop new herds and increase bison as a way of preserving the species. Wild bison were extinct in Europe before World War I. The new bison are…

Pass rusher David Irving returns to Cowboys on $2.9M deal

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Defensive end David Irving is returning to the Dallas Cowboys after signing a $2.9 million, one-year offer as a restricted free agent. The Cowboys could have matched any offer for Irving after giving him a second-round tender. Irving reported for the start of offseason workouts Monday ...

NFL player takes teen to prom for special-needs students

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MOULTON, Ala. (AP) - A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance. Don Jones is a 27-year-old defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers who is from Lawrence County. He tells WBRC-TV it was a “blessing” to go to the prom Friday night with 18-year-old Lindsey Preston, who has Down syndrome. Jones is a family friend. His mother taught Preston in elementary school. Preston’s mom, Kristi Martin, tells The Associated Press that Jones danced with all the students and “made everybody f…

Kentucky Agriculture Department offers wedding contest

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering a $5,000 grand prize package in its wedding contest. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in a news release that the Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest is aimed at giving Kentucky Proud businesses a chance at some of the U.S. wedding ...

Marshall, WVU law school launch consumer rights project

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University is launching a joint project with West Virginia University College of Law to provide consumer-related information for people in West Virginia. Each school received $1 million to implement the programs. The Joint Consumer Assistance Project was established by lawyers involved in a consumer class ...

Auburn hires Wes Flanigan as men's basketball assistant

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has hired former Arkansas-Little Rock head basketball coach Wes Flanigan as an assistant. Tigers coach Bruce Pearl announced the hiring of the ex-Auburn point guard on Monday. Flanigan was a four-year starter at Auburn from 1993-97 and led the Southeastern Conference in assists as a ...

Vic Bubas, who coached Duke to 3 Final Fours, dies at 91

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Former Duke coach Vic Bubas, who led the Blue Devils to three Final Fours in 10 seasons, has died. School spokesman Jon Jackson says family members told him Bubas died Monday at age 91. No cause of death was given. Current coach Mike Krzyzewski says Duke “lost a true legend.” Bubas went 213-67 with the Blue Devils from 1959-69 and won the first of his four Atlantic Coast Conference titles in his first season. He led Duke to Final Fours in 1963, 1964 and 1966. He played on North Carolina State’s Final Four team in 1950 and served as commissioner of the Sun…

Blue Jays mull postponement because ice chunks

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TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays are considering a postponement of Monday night’s game because of chunks of ice crashing down from the nearby CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain. The Blue Jays are scheduled to play the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. The team says it is working with the CN Tower and police to evaluate conditions. An update is expected later in the day. Police say they blocked off the area directly under the CN Tower and the stadium. “Relatively large” blocks of ice have been tumbling onto the streets and sidewalks. Authorities say no injuri…

Pickup truck slides downhill, crashes into Pleasant River

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine say five men were able to make it to safety after their pickup truck slid off a road and crashed into the Pleasant River. The crash happened around 1:39 p.m. Monday in Windham. Police say the truck slid down an icy road leading to a bridge before it plunged into the river. All five occupants escaped the truck without any injuries. Freezing rain and sleet affected parts of New England on Monday. Windham Police Sgt. Peter Faulton says driver of the truck may have been traveling too fast for conditions. Faulton added that the hill probably caught the driver …

Beyonce gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges

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NEW YORK (AP) - Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities. The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give ...

Air France cancels flights due to another strike over pay

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PARIS (AP) - About 30 percent of Air France flights scheduled on Tuesday are expected to be canceled due to a strike over pay. Crews and ground staff are staging their eighth day of walkouts since February. They are seeking a 6 percent pay rise. Their wages have been frozen since 2011. Air France’s management on Monday offered a 2 percent rise this year followed by an increase totaling 5 percent over the following three years. Unions have until the end of the week to decide whether to accept the proposed deal. The pilots’ main union, SNPL Air France, said Tuesday the offer doesn&#…

Keystone XL developer to meet with Nebraska landowners

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to meet with landowners along its planned route through Nebraska this week and will start surveying for the project in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana. TransCanada Inc. spokesman Matt John said Monday that the company will visit all ...

NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft poised for launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is poised for a Monday evening launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Tess satellite will scan almost the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. These mysterious worlds ...

Monday morning's annual Patriots' Day game postponed

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BOSTON (AP) - The annual Patriots' Day game scheduled for Monday morning at Fenway Park has been postponed because of the forecast of heavy rain. The Red Sox made the announcement about an hour after their 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, which completed an abbreviated three-game series ...

Don Lemon of CNN cuts off Jason Miller, former Trump aide

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NEW YORK — CNN’s Don Lemon apparently has his limits. The evening host shut down a former Donald Trump aide - and paid CNN contributor - on Thursday, telling him not to come on his show and lie to the American people. Lemon and Jason Miller were talking about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian activities in the 2016 presidential election. Lemon said it was a privilege to be on CNN, not a right. He cut off Miller’s attempts to argue. CNN’s efforts to have people reflecting Trump’s point of view on the air is a frequent source of tension…

Illinois honors state's 1st bicentennial farm family

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A family that has farmed in southern Illinois for five generations has received the state's first bicentennial farm designation. Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro were presented with the honor last week at the Illinois Capitol. The designation is part of Illinois' 200th birthday celebration. It ...

Duke's Wendell Carter leaving school for NBA after 1 season

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. is leaving for the NBA Draft after one season in college. Carter announced his decision Monday through the school, and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Carter plans to hire an agent. Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and a team-best 2.05 ...

Mother smuggles cocaine taped to 12-year-old daughter's chest

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A mother taped two pounds of cocaine to her 12-year-old daughter's chest to try to smuggle it into the U.S., Homeland Security officials said Monday. The 35-year-old woman was driving into the U.S. with the 12-year old and two other children when a canine flagged their Nissan hatchback as suspicious. ...

Portland owner fined for criticizing referee on Twitter

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NEW YORK (AP) - Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has been fined by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber for criticizing referee Baldomero Toledo after a 3-2 loss to Orlando on April 8. The league announced the fine Monday but did not disclose the amount. Portland led 2-1 when Orlando ...

Bears sign WR Bennie Fowler to 1-year contract

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract. Fowler caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with the Denver Broncos. He had 350 yards and three TDs last year. He also caught the final two-point conversion pass from Peyton Manning in the Broncos’ 2016 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. The moved announced Monday comes after the Bears decided last week not to match the New Orleans Saints’ offer sheet for Cameron Meredith. Chicago went 5-11 and finished last in the NFC North for the fourt…

Police: Massage therapist used hidden cameras in business

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police say the owner of a Middlebury massage therapy business recorded customers with hidden cameras. Police have charged 53-year-old Roger Schmidt with four counts of voyeurism. Police began investigating Schmidt after a Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy customer filed a complaint. Investigators say they discovered multiple ...

Utility offering discounted rates for electric vehicles

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire utility is offering discounted rates to members who charge their electric vehicles during off-peak hours. New Hampshire Electric Co-op says electric vehicle ownership is on the rise. It says members buying or leasing the vehicles can choose an off-peak charging option to reduce ...

Ivanka Trump, treasury secretary talk taxes in New Hampshire

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DERRY, N.H. (AP) - Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) are taking their tax overhaul tour to New Hampshire on the deadline to file federal income taxes. The pair will be in Derry on Tuesday at a discussion moderated by former Gov. John H. Sununu (soo-NOO'-noo). Ivanka Trump, ...

Grant to help Nebraska rural youth entrepreneurship program

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A nearly $454,000 federal grant will go to help a University of Nebraska-Lincoln project to support youth entrepreneurship in rural communities. The project partners high school students with rural business owners and will be led by Surin Kim, assistant professor in textiles, merchandising and fashion design ...

Museum to showcase items from glassmaker's 200 year history

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The Toledo Museum of Art is planning an exhibit to mark 200 years of Libbey Glass. The museum founded by the Libbey family in 1901 features an extensive glass collection. Many of those items and others will be part of an exhibit opening on May 4 called “Celebrating Libbey Glass.” Among the items it will feature are lamps, vases, pitchers, goblets, paperweights and the museum’s famed Libbey Punch Bowl. The glassmaker’s roots go back to in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it began 200 years ago. The company moved to Toledo in 1888 and later change…

Peace activists plan anti-nuclear protest on Patriots' Day

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BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Peace activists are planning a nonviolent action in Lexington on Patriots' Day to protest what they call nuclear escalation. Massachusetts Peace Action says participants in Monday's demonstration will stand frozen for two minutes on Battle Green in Lexington before walking about three miles to the gates ...

Second apparent suicide reported at eastern Arkansas prison

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas prison officials say an inmate who was found dead in his cell is the second apparent suicide at an eastern Arkansas prison during the past week. Little Rock television station KATV reports that 38-year-old inmate Gavin Lovrien was found hanging in a locked, single-man ...

Donors help 4-year-old get transplant evaluation

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 4-year-old Mandan girl in need of a double lung transplant has landed in Houston, Texas with her parents thanks to private donors. Danica Stockwell is unable to fly commercial because of her lung disease and weakened immune system and needed to be evaluated at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston before she can be placed on its transplant waiting list. The cost of a medical flight ranges from $13,000 to $21,000 one-way. The non-profit organization, Aero Angel, stepped in and secured a private jet for Danica and her parents. The Bismarck Tribune says the family dep…

2 Juneau women to be admitted to Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A trailblazing outdoorswoman and a marine biologist, both from Juneau, will be inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. The Juneau Empire reports Mary Lou King and the late Michelle Ridgway will be inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame this year as part of its 2018 class at a May 1 ceremony in Anchorage. The 88-year-old King explored ocean floors, discovered a new species of whale and championed female-led science in Alaska. Ridgway, who died in January from injuries suffered in a single car crash in Juneau, cataloged Juneau’s trails, rehab…

Gun shops report increase in sales as restrictions pass

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Some gun shops in border towns say they have seen an uptick in business since Vermont passed restrictions on gun ownership. Gary Griswold, owner of Gateway Sports in Wells River, which borders New Hampshire, tells the Caledonian Record he has seen a 40 percent increase in sales since lawmakers first began discussing gun restrictions. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed several gun-related bills into law Wednesday. The bills raise the age to buy firearms, ban high-capacity magazine and make it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat. Griswold says his shop has…

Jon Lerner withdraws from chance to work for Mike Pence because of 'Never Trump' background: Report

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Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jon Lerner turned down a position to work for Vice President Mike Pence after President Trump discovered he used to be a so-called “Never Trumper,” according to an Axios report out Sunday. Mr. Lerner worked for the Club for Growth PAC during the 2016 election pushing anti-Trump ads during the 2016 election. When the president heard he was set to take the position as national security adviser to Mr. Pence, he was unhappy because of Mr. Lerner’s background. Axios reported that the president and vice president spoke about the issue, b…

Avs D Samuel Girard out for Game 3 with upper-body injury

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DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3 against Nashville due to an upper-body injury. The 19-year-old Girard made his Stanley Cup playoff debut during Game 1 in Nashville, only to sit out the second contest with the injury. The Avalanche trail the ...

James Comey interview transcript released by ABC News

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NEW YORK — ABC News' unusual decision to release a full transcript of George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey has attracted lots of readers interested in seeing more than what the network aired. ABC News President James Goldston said in an interview Monday that the release is ...

Kay Hagan's family accepts honors while she's in hospital

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's family accepted honors on her behalf at a North Carolina Democratic Party event because she was hospitalized with pneumonia. Hagan had planned to attend Saturday night's annual Democratic "Unity Dinner" in Raleigh. But party spokesman Robert Howard said in an email ...

Indians donate $37,000 more for recovery in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have donated an additional $37,000 to aid hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. In September, the team awarded a playoff share to help recovery efforts on the island, which was decimated by Hurricane Maria and where large areas remain without power. The ...

LaPorte man faces child porn, molesting, bomb charges

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LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana man faced state and federal charges alleging he produced child pornography, molested a child and produced bombs. U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II and LaPorte County Prosecutor John Espar announced Monday that 45-year-old Eric Weiler of LaPorte faces six pornography and bomb charges ...

Cardinals-Cubs game postponed because of poor weather

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CHICAGO (AP) - The series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed because of poor weather. With light snow falling and the temperature around 30 degrees, Monday night’s game was postponed about six hours before the scheduled first pitch. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21. It was not immediately clear how the postponement will affect the teams’ rotations. Adam Wainwright had been scheduled to start for St. Louis, with Tyler Chatwood pitching for Chicago on Monday. The postponement was the third on the Cubs’ first …

Marker honors Mississippi synagogue's civil rights role

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's largest synagogue is being honored with a historical marker honoring the role the congregation played during the civil rights movement. The marker was unveiled Friday at Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson. Beth Israel, which was Mississippi's first Jewish congregation at its founding in 1861, hired ...

City plans improvements to Mississippi riverfront

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - One Mississippi city is considering improvements to its riverfront. The Vicksburg Post reports the city will pay $80,000 to a New Orleans architectural firm, Eskew Dumez Ripple, to propose ways to spruce up its frontage along the Yazoo River Diversion Canal and the Mississippi River. ...

Twins-White Sox rescheduled for June 5, Aug. 20, Sept. 28

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have rescheduled three games with the Chicago White Sox that were postponed by wintry weather. The Twins set a straight doubleheader for June 5, when the White Sox return to Minnesota for what will now be a four-game series. The original game will start a half-hour after the makeup game is finished. The White Sox will make a one-game stop on Aug. 20, what was an off day for both clubs. The Twins begin a two-game series in Chicago the following day. Then the two teams will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 28, setting up a four-game series to finish the …

WiFi network named 'remote detonator' prompts gym evacuation

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan gym patron looking for a WiFi connection found one named "remote detonator," prompting an evacuation and precautionary search of the facility by a bomb-sniffing dog. The Saginaw News reports nothing was found in the search Sunday at Planet Fitness in Saginaw Township, ...

Vikings sign LB Eric Kendricks to contract extension

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension. The Vikings announced the deal on Monday, the first day of offseason workouts. Kendricks has one year left on his rookie contract, after being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015 ...

Barbara Bush's health failing

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Barbara Bush, wife and mother of former presidents, is in failing health and has decided not to seek care to prolong her life, her husband’s office said Sunday. Mrs. Bush, 92, has been going through a series of hospitalizations but “has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” the office said in a statement. “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” the statement s…

Seahawks bring back backup QB Austin Davis

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have brought back another arm for the beginning of their offseason program, re-signing quarterback Austin Davis. The Seahawks also signed free agent linebacker Paul Dawson, while exclusive rights free agents center Joey Hunt, defensive end Branden Jackson and long snapper Tyler Ott signed ...

Toyota to start deploying vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2021

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DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s. Vehicle-to-vehicle signals can warn others of heavy ...

Ole Miss student wins top scholarship for public policy work

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A University of Mississippi junior will receive a Truman Scholarship. Ole Miss says Jaz Brisack is the 15th student from the university to win the award. Brisack, an honors student and Oxford native, has had an article on labor union organizing published, won a creative nonfiction ...

Ex-MVC clerk admits to bribery scheme for permits, licenses

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey motor vehicle commission clerk has admitted running a scheme in which he got tens of thousands of dollars in return for allowing more than 200 people to obtain permits and licenses without passing required exams. Rodman Lora pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy, ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive

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BERLIN (AP) - Bearded diva Conchita Wurst says she’s HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for many years. The Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said on Instagram late Sunday she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and decided to come out herself with it before he did. Conchita wrote that she has been receiving medical treatment for many years and that she is feeling healthy and strong. Conchita, the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that “coming out is better than being outed by a third party.&#…

South Carolina G Beatty granted release from men's program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Reserve guard David Beatty has been granted a full release from South Carolina's men's basketball program. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Beatty's status on Monday. Beatty, a 6-foot-2 guard from Philadelphia, played in 29 games off the bench this year, averaging less than 12 minutes a ...

Police: Video shows slaying suspect talking to future victim

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Newly released surveillance video shows a woman in a Florida bar smiling and talking with a fellow patron whom police say she later killed so she could steal her identity. The video released by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office shows 56-year-old Lois Riess of Bloomberg Prairie, Minnesota, talking to 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach. Police say Riess is also wanted for the March slaying of husband David Riess in Minnesota. Authorities say she may have targeted Hutchinson because the two women looked a…

Scholarship named for slain MIT officer to be awarded

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A scholarship named for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers is being given out for the first time this week. The Salem News reports that the Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship is scheduled to be awarded Thursday at Salem State ...

Report: Texas foster care girls more likely to get pregnant

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An advocacy group says teens in Texas foster care are five times more likely to become pregnant than other girls statewide. Citing 2017 Texas Department of Family and Protective Services data, a 38-page report released Monday by Texans Care for Children says 332 foster care girls ...

Report: N Carolina hospital misdiagnosed more cancer cases

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A report on cancer misdiagnoses at a North Carolina hospital has revealed at least 25 patients were affected by faulty pathology laboratory test results. The Winston-Salem Journal cites a report released last week that says at least two of three patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical ...

Elon to open new arena with marquee opponent: North Carolina

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ELON, N.C. (AP) - Elon will open its new arena in November with a marquee opponent: North Carolina. Elon announced Monday that the Tar Heels will visit the Phoenix on Nov. 9 in its first regular-season game in the 5,100-seat Schar Center. The campuses are separated by about 40 miles, but this will mark UNC’s first visit to Elon since December 1950. This isn’t the first time Roy Williams’ Tar Heels have been the opponent for an instate school opening a new arena. The Tar Heels played the first game at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena in November 2011. The Tar Heels open the…

Small oil producers struggling to keep running aging wells

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Small- and medium-sized oil and gas producers in New Mexico are struggling to keep running aging wells based on outdated technology. The Albuquerque Journal reports that independent producers might soon be swallowed up by an unprecedented oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico as ExxonMobil ...

Jackson ranked 6th by bike group for its bicycle network

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A national biking advocacy group has ranked the town of Jackson in northwest Wyoming among the top 10 in the country for its bicycle network. At 67 points out of a possible 100, People for Bikes lists Jackson as the sixth best bicycle network in the country. People for Bikes is an industry coalition of bicycling retailers and riding enthusiasts. It funds and leverages government funding for community cycling projects and lobbies on behalf of cyclists. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the group recently compiled Bicycle Network Scores for 502 places across the country…

Judge refuses to reduce Ponzi schemer's 50-year sentence

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MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge won't reduce a 50-year prison sentence for a former Florida lawyer convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Judge James Cohn granted a federal prosecutor's motion Monday to withdraw an earlier offer to reduce Scott Rothstein's sentence. Prosecutors say Rothstein failed ...

Colorado teachers to rally at Capitol for school funding

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DENVER (AP) - Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools. They plan to gather at the Capitol to lobby lawmakers on Monday and rally on the West Steps at 4:30 p.m. Classes have been cancelled in one suburban Denver school district because so many of its teachers plan to attend the demonstration. Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin says that over 70 percent of the district’s teachers are expected to be absent. The rally is organized by the Colorado Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union. Besides mo…

Starbucks CEO apologizes to 2 black men arrested

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Starbucks' CEO says he wants to apologize personally to the black men arrested at one of his Philadelphia stores, prompting accusations of racism on social media . Kevin Johnson posted a lengthy statement Saturday night, calling the situation "disheartening" and that it led to a "reprehensible" outcome. ...

New Kansas City airport will have 4 more terminals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The new Kansas City International Airport will be bigger than originally planned. City and airline officials announced Thursday that the new airport will have 39 gates rather than the 35 originally proposed. They said growth in passenger traffic prompted the design change. The Kansas City ...

Lawyers: Journalist was detained by ICE because of reporting

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers for a journalist who was arrested in Tennessee and then placed in an immigration detention facility say the government was trying to suppress his reporting and violated his rights of freedom of speech and the press. Attorneys have asked a federal court to release Manuel ...

Hundreds of Sun Country customers stranded in Mexico

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hundreds of travelers from Minnesota are stranded in Mexico after their weekend flights home on Sun Country Airlines were canceled because of a spring storm and then learned they cannot rebook because the airline has ended seasonal service there. Travelers are stuck in Los Cabos and Mazatlan. ...

Boston marking 5 years since marathon attack with tributes

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston is marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings with solemn remembrances and charitable acts. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker are scheduled to lay wreaths early Sunday at the spots along downtown Boylston Street where two bombs killed three spectators ...

Hayes, Maurer help FC Dallas to 1-0 win over Revolution

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Jacori Hayes scored his first MLS goal and Jimmy Maurer had his second shutout in FC Dallas’ 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night. Hayes first-timed a cross from Roland Lamah to give FC Dallas (2-0-3) the lead in the 76th minute. New England failed to clear a cross by Santiago Mosquera and Lamah rolled it to Hayes, charging through the center of the box, who tapped just inside the near post. Maurer, who finished with a career-high six saves, has two clean sheets in five career starts and his .905 save percentage is the highest in MLS. Da…

Walker signs bill creating $6.8 million ad campaign

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill creating a $6.8 million ad campaign designed to lure young workers to Wisconsin. Walker signed the bill Monday that's targeting millennials who live in the Twin Cities and Detroit media markets. It will also attempt to target military veterans, ...

Little Rock Zoo plans spending $1.3M on monkey, cat exhibits

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock Zoo plans to spend about $1.3 million on an expansion project to build new exhibits aiming to enhance the visitor experience. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the zoo plans to begin construction on the colobus monkey and serval cat exhibits by June ...

Lawsuit dropped between Elaine Wynn and ex's former company

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A six-year boardroom battle involving the company founded by embattled former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and his ex-wife has been settled on the brink of a trial in Nevada state court. A judge dismissed prospective jurors Monday after attorneys told her the case had been dropped pending an undisclosed payment from Steve Wynn to Elaine Wynn. Lawyers declined to provide specifics outside court. They said details would be posted later in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Wynn Resorts Ltd. said in a statement that Elaine Wynn dropped claims against the company, …

Lawmakers cite reluctance to report harassment at Capitol

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some Connecticut lawmakers say they know sexual harassment has occurred at the state Capitol, but believe people have avoided making complaints because of the power legislators wield over staff, lobbyists and others. Democratic Killingly Sen. Mae Flexer says "each one of us could give multiple stories ...

Gunfire at Vegas company picnic kills one, suspect at large

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police are searching for a man accused of opening fire on a Strip resort’s company picnic, killing a woman and critically injuring a man in what investigators are calling workplace violence. Police say 42-year-old Anthony Wrobel walked up to a table at The Venetian picnic and fired, striking an executive and an employee at Sunset Park on Sunday evening. Lt. Ray Spencer says Wrobel is also a Venetian employee. His vehicle has since been located at McCarran International Airport. A woman in her 50s was killed. A man, also in his 50s, was being treated for critic…

Louisiana lawmakers reduce budget proposed for House, Senate

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have scaled back a budget proposal for their own agencies, reversing a plan that would have boosted spending by nearly $12 million. When it was first introduced, the budget bill for legislative agencies , filed by House Speaker Taylor Barras, would have spent ...

Group: Border Patrol releases mother taking son to surgery

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HOUSTON (AP) - An advocacy group says the Border Patrol has released a Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was detained for roughly 18 hours after accompanying her 4-year-old son to a San Antonio hospital. The Workers Defense Action Fund says Silvia Macuixtle’s son broke his arm and needed to be taken on Sunday from Laredo to San Antonio for surgery. That required crossing an interior checkpoint. The Border Patrol confirmed that its agents followed Macuixtle to the hospital - where her son had surgery - then detained her. She was released Monday and returned to Laredo, on the U.S.-M…

Albuquerque City Council weighs 'immigrant friendly' measure

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque City Council plans to vote on a measure Monday evening that would prevent federal immigration officers from entering a prisoner transport center without a warrant, and prohibit local tax dollars from being used to enforce federal immigration laws. The measure seeks to bolster the ...

Montana health officials investigating E. coli cases

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state Department of Public Health and Human Services is investigating several reports of E. coli among western Montana residents that are likely linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona area. Officials say laboratory testing confirms three cases are linked to a multi-state ...

Facebook puts New Mexico on 'community boost' tour

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Facebook will be visiting New Mexico as part of a program to boost small businesses and build the digital skills of people both on and off the social networking site. Facebook has opened registration for its community boost program, which kicks off April 30 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Thirty cities will be visited and Albuquerque is among the initial stops. The kickoff comes amid a privacy scandal that has shaken the social platform, but a congressional hearing on the subject helped to solidify how intertwined Facebook has become not only …

Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Auditors say that Idaho was overpaid $3.1 million and should repay the money given to them by a federal agency to cover children on government health insurance. The Idaho Statesman reports that an audit by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that Idaho “overstated” the number of children who were eligible for funds from a multibillion-dollar “bonus” program approved in 2009. State officials said they included children categorized as blind and disabled because they weren’t explicitly exclu…

Rose Acre Farms eggs recalled over salmonella fears

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RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 200 million eggs from a North Carolina farm have been recalled because of bacterial contamination. A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria ...

House GOP leaders favor tuition program over health care

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana House Republican leaders have prioritized the popular TOPS college tuition program in next year's budget, choosing to shield the awards from cuts while making steep reductions across health services for the poor and disabled. House Appropriations Committee members on Monday rewrote the spending plan ...

Minnesota firm tries to solve metal pollution with peat

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AITKIN, Minn. (AP) - A northern Minnesota company says it's developed a natural, cheap technology to reduce heavy metal contamination in waterways. Minnesota Public Radio reports that American Peat Technology applies processed granulized peat to plants to help draw nitrogen from the air and reduce the need for fertilizer. ...

Cape Cod honoring 7 forgotten Revolutionary War veterans

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) - Seven men from Cape Cod who fought in the Revolutionary War are finally getting their due. Provincetown's Cemetery Commission and the Daughters of the American Revolution are scheduled to dedicate grave markers honoring the seven veterans on Monday, the Patriots Day holiday. Officials say six of ...

Airline performs Hawaiian language flight to mainland

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaiian Airlines is making strides to incorporate traditional Hawaiian language into everyday business. Hawaii News Now reports Hawaiian Airlines flight HA18 bound for Las Vegas on Friday was the first mainland-bound flight where Hawaiian language was spoken in cabin announcements and crew instructions. A Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson ...

Denver proposes tax hike on marijuana for affordable housing

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DENVER (AP) - Denver officials have unveiled a plan that would have marijuana buyers help pay for an expansion of the city's 10-year, $150 million affordable housing fund. The Denver Post reports Mayor Michael Hancock and other city officials on Monday unveiled the proposal that, if approved, would increase the ...

Crews in Michigan work to restore power after weekend storms

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) - Crews are working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Michigan customers who lost electrical service due to freezing rain and high winds. Utilities say more than a quarter-million didn't have service early Monday. DTE Energy says about 250,000 of its customers were without power ...

Salt River Project looks to ASU robots to maintain canals

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Salt River Project is turning to robots and drones to maintain its 131 miles (210.8 kilometers) of irrigation canals connected by more than 1,000 miles (1,609.3 kilometers) of lateral ditches and pipes. KJZZ-FM reports Mike Ploughe, a senior scientist with the Salt River Project water quality ...

Michigan officials say Red Bull-sponsored race owes $76K

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DETROIT (AP) - Michigan officials are threatening legal action against organizers of a Red Bull-sponsored racing event in Detroit for allegedly refusing to pay a more than $75,000 fee. The Detroit News reports that the state's Department of Natural Resources has made numerous attempts to collect the user fee after ...

Hearing set for jailed Backpage founder in case over sex ads

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PHOENIX (AP) - A hearing is scheduled Monday to determine whether a founder of the advertising site Backpage.com should be released from jail while he awaits trial on charges alleging that he published ads for sexual services. James Larkin has been jailed since his April 6 arrest on charges of facilitating prostitution and money laundering. Co-founder Michael Lacey and five Backpage.com employees also were arrested in the case. Larkin is the one of the seven who remains in jail. Lacey posted a $1 million bond Friday. The site founders and four employees pleaded not guilty. Last week, authori…

London choir to mark 60th anniversary of chapel

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A world-renowned London choir and will give a free concert Monday evening at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans as part of an eight-city U.S. tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The chapel was dedicated in 1958 to honor Americans who were stationed in the United Kingdom during World War II. The Boy Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral began their tour with stops at Cincinnati and Atlanta, and will go on to Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Memphis and New York. St. Paul’s music director Andrew Carwo…

The Main Street Trolley Line will be back in service

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A transportation provider in Tennessee has announced the Main Street Trolley Line will be back in service after a nearly four-year absence. The Commercial Appeal reports the Memphis Area Transit Authority announced Monday that the Main Street Trolley Line will be back in service on April ...

Michigan show underscores effort to share Indian poet's work

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The music of a prolific Indian artist debuts in Western musical notation with the help of University of Michigan, an Ann Arbor high school orchestra and a Fulbright scholar from the South Asian nation. Tagore on Soul and Strings , scheduled for Tuesday at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium, will feature music by the late Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. Performing will be the Pioneer High School Orchestra and Choir with an Indian musician and singers. The concert includes three songs translated from Indian notation for the first time. T…

Court overturns labor ruling against televangelist's buffet

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that an Ohio televangelist did not violate labor laws by urging members of his congregation to volunteer at the church's for-profit restaurant. A lower court had ruled churchgoers were effectively employees of Cathedral Buffet, located at Ernest Angley's church ...

Hundreds of Romanian health workers protest wage cuts

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian health workers are protesting pay cuts following government promises to hike salaries in the health care sector amid a general tax and wage overhaul. Some 200 medics, nurses and other health workers protested Monday at the regional Emergency Hospital in the southern city of Craiova, ...

Case of man found with Rosie O'Donnell's daughter dismissed

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The case against a New Jersey man found with comedian Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter three years ago has been dismissed. The Asbury Park Press reports that court records indicate charges of child endangerment and distributing obscenity to a minor against 28-year-old Steven Sheerer were dismissed ...

DL Aaron Donald skips start of Rams' voluntary workouts

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Defensive lineman Aaron Donald has skipped the start of the Los Angeles Rams' voluntary offseason workouts. The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year wasn't at the Rams' training complex Monday while most of his teammates began strength and conditioning work. Last season, Donald was ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction

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DALLAS (AP) - The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas. Heritage Auction spokesman Eric Bradley says the winning bidder for the 1951 Fender at Sunday's auction doesn't wish to ...

Walker: Greitens should go if reports are accurate

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MADSON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should step down if allegations he blackmailed a woman are accurate. Greitens is scheduled to stand trial next month on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge related to the woman's claim that he took a photo of her ...

Western Indiana church looks to collect guns, melt them down

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A western Indiana church is seeking people willing to give up semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks or large-capacity ammunition clips. Members of Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church in Crawfordsville say they'll give gun owners a $100 grocery store gift card for guns and a $25 gift card for ...

Wichita City Council to consider agreement with Spirit

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita officials will consider an agreement with a Kansas-based aircraft supplier for an expansion project. The Wichita Eagle reports that Spirit AeroSystems' agreement includes a provision requiring the company to pay $10 million should it leave Wichita in the next 20 years. The Wichita City ...

Runners try to stay dry at start of 122nd Boston Marathon

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BOSTON (AP) - Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon. It’s cold, wet and windy on Monday for the 122nd running of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Bruce Rogers, a 46-year-old runner from Rochester, New York, says he’s nervous but excited for “one heck of an adventure.” Runners are gathering underneath large tents set up outside of the town’s high school. Many are wearing ponchos, extra layers of clothing and grocery bags wrapped around their sneakers to keep warm and dry…

Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

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LONDON (AP) - The head of the Vatican’s bioethics think tank says he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care. The 23-month-old Alfie is in a “semi-vegetative state” from a degenerative neurological condition that doctors have been unable to definitively identify. His parents want to take him to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome but have been blocked by British courts, which say his condition is irreversible. Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, head o…

Bashar Assad said Syria strikes based on 'lies and misinformation'

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Syria's President Bashar Assad says the Western airstrikes against his country were accompanied by a campaign of "lies" and misinformation in the U.N. Security Council. Assad spoke Sunday to a group of visiting Russian politicians. His comments were carried by state media. Assad and Russia deny using chemical weapons, the ...

Meteorologist rants on-air about reaction to his forecast

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The winter that won’t end has taken its toll on a TV meteorologist in western Michigan. Garry Frank of WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on a rant to colleagues because they weren’t excited about his forecast. Video of the rant has gone viral with more than 1.3 million views since it originally aired Tuesday. Frank told them they were dragging him down. He said he’d like to hear some praise because it was going to be 60. His co-workers pointed out that snow was in the forecast. Frank asked his colleagues if they wanted him to lie to them abou…

Jannich Andersen, Danish tourist, mugged for 'Make America Great Again' hat

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NEW YORK — New York City police say two men mugged a Danish tourist at knifepoint for his “Make America Great Again” hat. Eighteen-year-old Jannich Andersen was entering a Manhattan subway station on Thursday when a stranger confronted him over the hat. Andersen tells the New York Post that the man told him he “couldn’t leave with the hat.” The man plucked the hat off Andersen’s head. Andersen says he grabbed it back and the man followed him and snatched it again. While Andersen and the hat thief struggled, the robber’s accomplice brandished a k…

Underwater vehicle to inspect damaged Great Lakes oil pipes

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MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - The company that owns twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan is preparing to launch an underwater vehicle to inspect damage that may have been caused by a ship's anchor. A spokesman for Enbridge Inc. said Monday the remote-controlled ...

State lawmaker, wife press legal fight over home improvement

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware lawmaker and his wife, who serves as Wilmington's city treasurer, are continuing their fight in a long-running legal battle stemming from a home-improvement contract. A judge was to hear arguments Monday on the city's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Charles ...

Recent E. coli outbreak spreads to Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that are linked to a national outbreak affecting at least 11 states, including in Idaho, where eight. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says eight Idaho residents became infected after they say they ate ...

Lake County uses alcohol-sensing ankle monitors in DUI cases

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors in Lake County have started using alcohol-sensing ankle monitors to measure the sobriety of repeat DUI offenders. The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports that Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim says the program saves taxpayers money and gives offenders "the chance to get sober and get ...

Marriott to combine loyalty programs this summer

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DETROIT (AP) - Marriott is combining its Marriott, Starwood and Ritz-Carlton loyalty programs into a single program this August. The move comes more than a year after Marriott purchased Starwood Hotels, the parent of the Westin, W and Sheraton brands. Under the new program, members can earn points for hotel ...

Auction of Zsa Zsa Gabor's personal items earns $909,000

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Costumes, memorabilia and other items owned by late actress Zsa Zsa Gabor have sold at auction for more than $900,000. Heritage Auctions says that a Margaret Keane portrait of the actress was sold for $45,000, making it the top seller at Saturday's auction. Overall, the auction, ...

Report: Skier killed in slide altered route up Maroon Bowl

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A final accident report of John Galvin’s death says the Aspen search and rescue skier yelled “we’re going for a ride” to his partner as they triggered an avalanche, sending both down the top of Maroon Bowl. The Aspen Times reports that the 57-year-old Galvin died April 8 after the slide swept him into a tree. The other skier received minor injuries and was able to ski out. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report says that the two had altered their plan while ascending Maroon Bowl and increased their exposure to hazard. Members of the Aspen …

Parasite transmitted by ticks discovered in Canada Lynx

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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - University of New Hampshire scientists have discovered a previously undiagnosed parasite transmitted by ticks and a virus in the Canada lynx. The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory uncovered the findings during a recent research study. Two senior veterinary pathologists led the project and are expected to ...

Regulators to discuss monitor costs in northeast cod fishery

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MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - Commercial fishing managers will consider the subject of who pays for at-sea monitoring that is needed to craft regulations about the industry. The cost of monitoring in the New England cod fishery has been a source of controversy in recent years. The federal government shifted the ...

Montana plan to fight fatal wildlife disease gets stricter

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana's wildlife officials are looking at more aggressive efforts to fight chronic wasting disease in the state. According to a final draft management plan, proposed actions could include initiation of antlered-buck or either-sex mule deer seasons even where Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been managing ...

Indiana launches investment fund to help entrepreneurs

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new Indiana investment fund aims to support entrepreneurship, launch careers and help the next generation of commerce. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the $250 million Next Level Indiana Trust Fund is available to experienced money managers wanting to support new businesses with Indiana ties. ...

Chicago man sentenced for defrauding northern NY company

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The head of a Chicago investment firm has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to defraud a northern New York company out of $2.5 million. Debashis Ghosh also was ordered at his sentencing Monday in federal court in Syracuse to serve three years of supervised release. The 54-year-old Ghosh and 58-year-old Keith Eric Jergensen of Salt Lake City, Utah, were convicted in October of wire fraud. The two were co-chief executive officers of Verdant Capital Group, which was hired by Plattsburgh-based Laurentian Aerospace Corp. to raise funds for construction of an…

Injured Thunder guard Corey Brewer to start vs. Jazz

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder guard Corey Brewer will start Sunday's playoff opener against the Utah Jazz after spraining his right knee during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis on Wednesday. Thunder coach Billy Donovan made the announcement during his pregame media availability. Brewer didn't practice Friday and was limited ...

Donald Trump admits 'not all' of his Cabinet picks were so hot

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President Trump engaged in a bit of rare self-criticism about the quality of his Cabinet Monday while praising two of his top economic advisers, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. Introducing Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Acosta at a roundtable discussion on the economy in Hialeah, Florida, ...

John Oliver gifts Russell Crowe's jock to Alaska Blockbuster

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - John Oliver from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” has given an Anchorage Blockbuster video store 48 hours to claim an array of Russell Crowe memorabilia that was purchased by the show in an auction. Among the items: Crowe’s jockstrap that he wore in the movie “Cinderella Man.” KTUU-TV reports that on Oliver’s show Sunday night, he featured KTUU’s reporting on the closure of multiple Blockbusters in Alaska. Oliver made the owner of the Debarr Road location an offer - the jockstrap - free of charge. Kevin Daymude, the general man…

Schneider starts in goal for Devils, Johansson back

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Cory Schneider is replacing Keith Kinkaid in goal for the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coach John Hynes decided to make the move with New Jersey trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Monday night’s game will mark the return of forward Marcus Johansson to the lineup. He has been sidelined since late January with a concussion. Johansson skated on the left wing with Pavel Zacha at center and Patrick Maroon on the right side in Monday’s morning skate. Miles Wood was dropped to the fourth line, wher…

Trolley rental business to launch in Aberdeen

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The streets of Aberdeen can expect to see the return of a century-old transit service as a business owner plans to launch a private trolley rental company in the area. The Aberdeen American News reports that hunting lodge owner Dave Usselman bought his fourth used trolley from the city of Deadwood last month. Now, he’s getting ready to turn the trolleys into a full-service business in Aberdeen called Big Star Trolley Co. Usselman has five drivers lined up, and he’s obtained an alcohol license. He’s settling a few expectations with the Aberdeen Police Dep…

Trial set in California in oil patch discrimination lawsuit

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Trial has been set for late next year in a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by six workers on a gas plant construction site in North Dakota’s oil patch. The Bismarck Tribune reports the six workers, all of whom are black, are suing California-based KS Industries for incidents that allegedly happened between 2012 and 2014. They say they were victims of racially offensive graffiti and harassment, and unfair employment practices and work assignments. The company says any issues resulted from the acts of the plaintiffs, including violation of company policies and …

Missouri neon sign near Route 66 restored

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - One of the largest neon signs in Missouri has been restored after more than two decades. The Joplin Globe reports that the historic Wilder’s Steakhouse sign in Joplin was taken down in February for restoration and returned to the restaurant in early April. Owners Mike and Marsha Pawlus received a federal grant last year through the Route 66 National Corridor Preservation Program for the restoration. Congress established the program in 2001 to preserve and protect Route 66’s history. Wilder’s neon sign glowed so bright that it would draw travelers off Route…

Attorney General Tim Fox undergoes colon cancer surgery

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is recovering from colon cancer surgery and expects to begin chemotherapy next month. Despite the diagnosis, the Republican who has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2020, tells the Great Falls Tribune "that option and any other option in ...

Charlie Dent: Congress needs to act as more of a check on Donald Trump's decisions

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Rep. Charlie Dent said Monday that Congress needs to have more oversight on issues concerning President Trump, including to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. "It would be a self-destructive act to do that, and it would set off a political crisis," Mr. Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, said on CNN, of Mr. ...

Illinois facility dogs provide comfort in court

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois county is using a new type of therapy dog aimed to help in sexual assault and abuse cases. The Rockford Register Star reports that Winnebago County began using facility dogs this year after a 2016 state law. Facility dogs are trained to accompany witnesses into courtrooms to calm people who’ve been traumatized or are afraid to testify. Rockford lawyer Paul Vella says the animals may sway jurors’ opinion by making individuals with dogs seem more favorable. He also says jurors may miss evidence or testimony because they’re distracted b…

Drury says he has batted in games with blurred vision

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NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees infielder Brandon Drury says he has batted in big league games with blurred vision caused by migraines. Drury has not played since April 6 and has been undergoing tests for the cause of the migraines. He resumed baseball activities before Monday's homestand opener against Miami ...

Rahm holds off Dunne to win Spanish Open

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MADRID (AP) - Jon Rahm shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Spanish Open with overnight leader Paul Dunne two strokes behind. The fourth-ranked Rahm had six birdies in his final round to end the Centro Nacional de Golf tournament on 20-under 268. The 23-year-old Spaniard earned his third European Tour win a week after finishing fourth at the Masters in Augusta. “When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta it wouldn’t be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament,” Rahm said. It was Rahm’s first professional win at home. Dunne (71) entere…

Howard Buffett gives $1.2M to buy land for recycling center

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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett's private foundation is donating $1.2 million to purchase land for a new recycling center and compost facility. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports that the Macon County Board on Thursday approved a plan for the project, which would house the ...

Parkland survivor shares prom night with Nebraska teen

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting has shared a senior prom night to remember with a Nebraska girl. Fidan Ibrahimova told the Lincoln Journal Star that she liked what Kyle Kashuv said after the Feb. 14 attack, citing his thoughts on preventing gun violence without infringing on gun rights. So the Lincoln Southeast High School senior sent him a message asking how many retweets she would need to get him to be her prom date. His eventual reply: 5,000. She tweeted a screenshot of their exchange, pleading for help in making her dream come true. Aided by a ret…

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he became combative. The report also said a gun was found in Worley's ...

Chicago developers unveil Tribune Tower redevelopment plans

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CHICAGO (AP) - The owners of Chicago’s Tribune Tower have unveiled plans to build a skyscraper next to the neo-Gothic building that would be the city’s second tallest. Chicago-based Golub & Co. and CIM Group of Los Angeles on Monday announced a plan to convert the home of the Chicago Tribune into residential condominiums and retail space. Next door to it they propose a 1,422-foot high-rise with 700 residences and 200 hotel rooms. The Chicago Tribune will move from Tribune Tower in June. CIM Group and Golub purchased the building in 2016 for $240 million. The first phase of the mor…

Iowa zoning board to make recommendation on wind farm

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo zoning board is set to hear a long-running dispute over a proposed industrial wind farm in Black Hawk County. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the county Planning and Zoning board will make its recommendation Tuesday on whether the Washburn Wind Energy should ...

Housing, golf course site violated environmental permits

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MOSELEY, Va. (AP) - The company behind a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) housing development and golf course in Virginia has been fined for violating permits governing construction in wetlands and sediment discharges. The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites the state Department of Environmental Quality, which levied a more than $56,000 fine, saying developer 6801 ...

Rays' Kiermaier will miss 2 to 3 months with thumb injury

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months. The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding head-first into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The club said surgery will be scheduled “in the coming days.” This will be the third straight season the 27-year-old, two-time Gold Glove winner will miss significant time because of injury. Kiermaier, who’s batting .163…

Jim Himes: James Comey made an error in judgment, doesn't mean he's a 'liar'

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Rep. Jim Himes said Monday the former FBI Director James B. Comey made an error of judgment in 2016, but that does not make him a “liar.” “There’s a credible case to be made that he seriously affected the election, maybe even elected Donald Trump, but that doesn’t make him dishonest,” Mr. Himes, Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN. Critics said that Mr. Comey’s decision to speak publicly about the then-ongoing case into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server was not the right decision and likely changed the outcome of…

Serie A clubs spent 30 percent less on agent fees in 2017

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ROME (AP) - Serie A clubs spent nearly 30 percent less on player agent fees in 2017 compared to 2016. The Italian football federation released details on agent fees on Monday, and the 20 Serie A clubs spent a total of 138 million euros ($170 million) last year compared to 193 million euros the year before. Six-time defending champion Juventus again led the way by spending 42 million euros on agents, followed by Champions League semifinalist Roma with 23 million euros. AC Milan, which overhauled its entire squad, spent 21 million euros, while Inter Milan made a drastic drop from the 23.4 milli…

Bryce Harper hits broken-bat home run

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Leave it to Bryce Harper to do something that many long-time baseball observers had never seen. Harper shattered his bat and was left with just a few inches of the stump but still managed to hit a solo homer over the fence in right field on Monday night in New York. The two-out homer came against Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom and gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the first game of the three-game set. It was the second day in a row that Harper hit a homer in the first inning. The homer against the Mets gave him eight longballs this year, which led the National League. The homer went 405 fe…

Hyka's late goal lifts Earthquakes to 2-2 tie with Dynamo

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jahmir Hyka scored in the closing minutes to help the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. Hyka, in his first MLS action of the season, came on in the 67th minute and first-timed a feed from Quincy Amarikwa to make it 2-2 in the 85th. Florian Jungwirth’s cross from the right flank floated through the box to Amarikwa, who tapped it to Hyka for the finish - which deflected off defender Adolfo Machado. Marcus Eriksson scored his second goal in two games to give San Jose (1-2-2) a 1-0 lead in the 26th, one-timing Jackson Yueill…

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players. In notifying the 32 teams Monday, the league has sought to have players stop using 10 helmet varieties. Some of those, particularly those manufactured by Rawlings, no longer are being made and don’t have support from the company. Others were found to as inferior to many of the 34 helmets the NFL and the players’ union examined. Previously, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as it passed certification standards. Six of the substandard helmets are prohibited immediately, whi…

Sean Hannity says Michael Cohen conversations not significant enough to inform Fox News

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Fox News host Sean Hannity said his conversations with President Donald Trump's lawyer were not significant enough to tell his superiors. Mr. Hannity has come under fire after his name surfaced Monday afternoon as a client of Michael Cohen, who also represents the president. The disclosure was made in a ...

Segura's first MLS goal, Clark help DC United beat Crew 1-0

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Ulises Segura scored his first MLS goal and Steve Clark had a shutout in his first action of the season to help DC United beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Segura side-netted a half-volley from the top of the box in the first minute. Lucian Acosta back-heeled it to Paul Arriola, who tapped it to Segura. Clark, who started all but two regular-season games for the Columbus from 2014-16, finished with five saves for United (1-3-2). He made a pair of diving, one-handed saves: the first turned away a header by Pedro Santos from…

A look at how House committee members voted on budget bill

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state House Appropriations Committee voted 17-6 to advance a Louisiana operating budget for next year. The proposal approved Monday would close a $648 million shortfall mainly by cutting spending on health care programs. The full House will consider the measure Thursday. Here's how committee ...

Leader collapses, Shelley wins Commonwealth Games marathon

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GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Michael Shelley of Australia won the Commonwealth Games men's marathon in dramatic fashion Sunday when leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapsed to the road with cramping with about two kilometers to go. Hawkins, who had about a two-minute lead over Shelley, first became disoriented at ...

Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement. The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram early Monday that he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career. Harrison, who turns 40 next ...

Oklahoma president Boren expected to recover from stroke

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University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to make a full recovery after having a minor stroke minutes before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Sooners football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday. The school sent the update in a statement Sunday. It said Boren is expected to be released from the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in the coming days. The 76-year-old Boren was Oklahoma’s governor and a U.S. Senator before becoming the university’s president in 1994. Stoops was honored in front of a large crowd hours before Oklahoma’s spring game, and Boren was …

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, says Michael Cohen will be indicted within 90 days

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An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels says President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen will likely be indicted. "I strongly believe that within the next 90 days we're going to see the unsealing of an indictment against Mr. Cohen for a host of very serious offenses," Michael Avenatti told ...

Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump needs to act more aggressively in Syria

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that the U.S. reaction in Syria shows that there’s more concern for the type of weapon used rather than the fact that people are dying. “Unless something changes, we don’t care if you kill people, we only care how you kill them, which is a long way from where Ronald Reagan was,” Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, said on Fox News. The U.S. sent airstrikes to Syria over the weekend after reports that the Assad regime was using chemical weapons against rebel-held areas. Mr. Graham said that President Trump’s actions in Syria put h…

Under Armour pushed back to 2020 as MLB uniform supplier

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NEW YORK (AP) — Under Armour’s takeover from Majestic Athletic as the supplier of Major League Baseball uniforms has been pushed back a year to 2020, the original terms of its agreement. Fanatics Inc. and MLB announced a deal in December 2016 that gave the company licensing rights to manufacture and distribute merchandise starting in 2020. After Fanatics signed a deal to buy VF Corp.’s Licensed Sports Group and with it the 600-worker Majestic Athletic plant in Easton, Pennsylvania, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said last May the switch to Under Armour for on-field apparel…

Patric scores 2 goals as Hiroshima extends lead in J-League

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TOKYO (AP) - Brazilian striker Patric scored both goals as Sanfrecce Hiroshima extended its lead at the top of the J-League to seven points. Patric opened the scoring on a header in the 51st minute and then doubled the advantage with 11 minutes left in regulation time as Sanfrecce remained undefeated in eight matches. Elsewhere, Shinzo Koroki scored twice as Urawa Reds beat Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1. Jubilo Iwata beat Sagan Tosu 1-0 on a 57th-minute winner from midfielder Takuya Matsuura. Vissel Kobe beat Yokohama F Marinos 2-1. On Saturday, Ken Tokura scored a late header to give Consadole Sapporo…

Harry Anderson, 'Night Court' judge, dies at 65

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“Night Court” judge Harry Anderson reportedly died Monday at his home in North Carolina. He was 65. TMZ reported Monday evening that no foul play is suspected in the death of the genially-deadpan actor who first rose to fame as a magician/stand-up comic. Mr. Anderson was best known as Judge Harry Stone, presiding judge at an overnight court, presiding over small-time cases and a cast of crazies. The show was a ratings hit for NBC and ran from 1984 to 1992, and Mr. Anderson was three times nominated for the Emmy as best lead actor in a comedy series. He also regularly appeared on &…

Jack Gantos' next Joey Pigza story is audio only

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NEW YORK (AP) - For his next tale about the chaotic life of young Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos has a special pitch. Gantos is releasing “The Dented Head of Joey Pigza” as an original audiobook. The audio distributor and producer Audible told The Associated Press on Monday that the book comes out Sept. 18. (Audible is owned by Amazon.com.) The project was a natural for Gantos, whose previous books include “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a finalist for the National Book Award, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a finalist for the Newbery medal. He has narrated the aud…

NOT REAL NEWS: Will Ferrell didn't die in highway crash

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Will Ferrell was banged up in a car crash but is very much alive, despite a false report online that the comic actor died. On Sunday, the site breaking-cnn posted a false article claiming Ferrell died in a hospital “in the wee hours of Saturday morning.” Ferrell was treated Thursday night after a limousine SUV he was riding in was hit by a car and rolled over on Interstate 5 in Southern California. A video taken at the scene showed Ferrell talking on a cellphone as he sat on a stretcher and firefighters loaded him into an ambulance. Capt. Larry Kur…

Eric Swalwell: James Comey has a right to defend himself

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Rep. Eric Swalwell said Monday that he doesn’t fault former FBI Director James Comey for speaking about the various investigations he was involved in while at the agency. “There’s a lot of information that I know, that James Comey knows, that he has not yet revealed. I think he has the right to defend himself,” the California Democrat said on CNN of Mr. Comey’s highly anticipated interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday night discussing his time working with President Trump, the 2016 election, and the Hillary Clinton investigation. Mr…

Angry Donaldson rants at umpire at Monte Carlo Masters

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MONACO (AP) - Jared Donaldson ranted at the chair umpire over a line call during his 6-3, 6-3 loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. The 21-year-old American got irate with a call when Ramos-Vinolas was serving at 3-2, 40-0 in the second set. Donaldson thought the serve was out and pointed to the ground, shouting, “There’s a mark right here,” and then screaming the same words inches from the face of French chair umpire Arnaud Gabas. He then squared up to Gabas and shouted: “Yes it is, yeah it is,” as he insisted his m…

Beyonce's Coachella set includes Destiny's Child reunion

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INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Beyonce has paid tribute Saturday to historically black colleges and universities and also reunited with Destiny's Child during her headlining performance at Coachella, which was delayed for a year because of her pregnancy. Beyonce performed at two-hour set of her hits in Indio, California, where the ...

Browns sign WR Josh Gordon as exclusive rights free agent

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing with the club as an exclusive rights free agent. Gordon returned to the Browns and played five games last season following an NFL suspension and a lengthy rehab stint. Gordon, 27, is expected to report for the team’s offseason workout program Monday. He’s eligible to be a restricted free agent in 2019. Gordon has cost himself multi-million dollar contracts because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol. He led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2012 and was an All-Pro in 2013, but h…

Donald Trump watched portions of James Comey's interview, White House says

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President Trump watched "bits and pieces" of fired FBI Director James B. Comey's network television interview and didn't learn anything, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. Mr. Trump "didn't watch the whole thing" of Mr. Comey's hourlong appearance with ABC News' George Stephanopolous, she told reporters. "We ...

Paris Saint-Germain wins French league title after beating defending champion Monaco 7-1

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Boston holds moment of silence on fifth anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing

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Drum roll, please: Khloe Kardashian's baby is True Thompson

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NEW YORK (AP) - Because who doesn't like a good Kardashian baby name announcement? Khloe and Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson have named their new addition True. The April 12 birth came amid a torrent of tabloid speculation about the couple after surveillance video showed the basketball star making out ...

Barrasso proposal to help ranchers and farmers with regs

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation he says would protect ranchers, farmers, and rural communities from federal overregulation. The Wyoming Republican says the proposed act would help defend agricultural industries from punishing federal rules and duplicative permitting requirements. The bill also includes language supporting an ...

Porto beats Benfica with late goal to go top in Portugal

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Midfielder Hector Herrera scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 1-0 win for FC Porto over Benfica on Sunday as it replaced its title rival at the top of the Portuguese league. Benfica was heading toward a draw that would have kept it top until Herrera’s long-range strike stunned the hosts. “We were convinced that we could win at this stadium,” Herrera said. The win lifted Porto two points ahead of Benfica, whose four-year run as domestic champion is now in danger of ending. “We are sad but we have to continue,” said Benfica coach Rui Vitor…

Elise Mertens wins Samsung Open for 3rd career WTA title

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LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) - Second-seeded Elise Mertens won the Samsung Open on Sunday, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2 to take her third career WTA Tour title. The 20th-ranked Belgian clinched on her first match point when the 19-year-old Sabalenka from Belarus netted a two-handed, backhand approach shot. Mertens won her ...

Los Angeles police arrest man after fatal music studio fire

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder in connection with a music recording studio fire that killed two people. The Los Angeles Police announced Sunday that officers arrested 28-year-old Eferem Demery after a Saturday morning fire at Top Notch Recordings in Universal ...

Engaged wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella break up

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NEW YORK (AP) - John Cena and Nikki Bella are no longer getting ready to say “I do.” Bella tweeted Sunday that the professional wrestlers have ended their relationship and asked for privacy. The couple had been together for six years and got engaged a year ago on live TV during a wrestling match. They often took their relationship public, canoodling on red carpets and talking about each other in interviews. Cena has made a successful transition from wrestling to acting, appearing in movies like “Trainwreck” and the new R-rated comedy “Blockers.” Bella stars…

Illinois group donates billboards for opioids helpline

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CHICAGO (AP) - An advertising group in Illinois is providing free advertising space statewide to help promote a new helpline for those struggling with opioids and other substance abuse. A statement from the state's Department of Human Services says the Outdoor Advertising Association of Illinois has donated some 100 billboards. ...

Schools, courts, Packers workout canceled Monday

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay Area Public Schools, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Brown County circuit courts are among schools, government offices and businesses closed in the aftermath of a record blizzard in Wisconsin. The weekend storm set snowfall records in Green Bay, Appleton and Wausau. The ...

1 Medical Lake track team member killed, 3 injured in crash

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. (AP) - A vigil is planned for Wednesday in honor of the victims of a car crash involving members of the Medical Lake High School track team. One student was killed and three others injured in the two-vehicle crash on Highway 2 early Saturday morning. Students at the high school near Spokane were asked to wear yellow this week in honor of Journey Tueller, who died in the crash. KREM-TV reports the crash was a result of a stop sign violation. The 17-year-old Tueller lived in Reardan. The three other teens were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with seriou…

Egypt goalkeeper el-Shennawy out of WCup with knee injury

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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed el-Shennawy has been ruled out of the World Cup with a serious left knee injury. El-Shennawy was expected to be a backup for 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary, who will be the oldest player in World Cup history. The 26-year-old el-Shennawy was injured while playing ...

Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal sidelined with knee injury

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MUNICH (AP) - Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out of the German Cup semifinals and is in doubt for next week's Champions League match against Real Madrid. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes says Vidal needs keyhole surgery on his right knee after twisting it awkwardly when he slipped ...

Pirates 2B Josh Harrison out 6 weeks with broken finger

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is out six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. The team says Harrison fractured his pinkie finger Sunday when he was hit with a pitch by Miami’s Jose Urena in the third inning of Pittsburgh’s 7-3 win over the Marlins. On Monday, Harrison met with a hand specialist in Pittsburgh who diagnosed the injury. This isn’t the first time Harrison has broken a bone when getting hit by a pitch. The two-time All-Star missed the final month of the 2017 season, when he broke the same finger when he was hit by Cincinn…

Brazil vs Croatia at Anfield in World Cup warmup in June

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SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil and Croatia will meet in Liverpool two weeks before their opening World Cup matches in Russia. The Brazilian Football Confederation says the warmup will be on June 3 at Anfield. Tottenham’s training ground in London will be Brazil’s base from May 28 to June 8. On June. 10, Brazil plays Austria in Vienna in its last World Cup warmup. Coach Tite picked Croatia as an adversary to test Brazil against a team from the Balkan region. Brazil’s World Cup opener is against Switzerland on June 17, and Serbia is in their group. Croatia starts against Nigeria the…

An Oregon trail of public art in works for coastal cities

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Coast Visitors Association plans a trail of public art that will serve as a cohesive guide to statues, murals and other works of art from Astoria to Brookings. Pieces such as the Astoria Column and the tufted puffin sculpture in Cannon Beach would be included in a comprehensive map that would help visitors do a self-guided tour. It’s expected to be ready in 2019. The Daily Astorian reports there are only 10 cities along the coast without any form of public art. In addition to drawing tourists in non-summer months, a goal of the project is to find ways to i…

Seattle radio station gets $10 million anonymous gift

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SEATTLE (AP) - An anonymous donor has given $10 million to an independent radio station in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that the gift to KEXP was made by a woman before she died. Betsy Troutman, the station’s director of development, said the amount of the gift was “transformational.” The bulk of the money will be placed in a longtime reserve and provide seed money for education programs. The money will also go toward the station’s digital-content strategy, and improvements to radio programming. Executive Director Tom Mara said the money gives the popular station…

Gas prices reach highest point in 6 months

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The price of gasoline in Rhode Island is up two cents this week. AAA Northeast said Monday in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is averaging $2.65 per gallon. That’s six cents below the national average of $2.71. The average price of gasoline in Rhode Island is 33 cents higher than it was at this time last year, when it sold for $2.32 per gallon. AAA found gas selling for as low as $2.55 per gallon and as high as $2.89 in Rhode Island. AAA says gas prices are the highest they’ve been in six months and are likely to continue rising. Copyright ©…

Walker signs bill boosting historic tax credit program

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a measure boosting tax credits available for historic rehabilitation projects in Wisconsin from $500,000 to $3.5 million. The Legislature gave bipartisan, nearly unanimous approval to the measure that Walker signed Monday. Raising the cap comes just months after the ...

Report: Kansas winter wheat struggling amid lack of moisture

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The latest government snapshot shows the Kansas winter wheat crop continues to struggle amid the lack of soil moisture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday in its weekly update that 46 percent of the wheat in Kansas is rated as poor or very poor. Another ...

Mudslide halts rail service between Seattle, Everett

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SEATTLE (AP) - A 20-foot-wide mudslide on the BNSF Railway lines has shut down all commuter-rail service between Seattle's King Street Station and Everett. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says Amtrak and Sound Transit service will be suspended for 48 hours while the rails are cleared. The Seattle Times reports the ...

Khloe Kardashian names baby True Thompson after Tristan Thompson cheating reports

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NEW YORK — Because who doesn't like a good Kardashian baby name announcement? Khloe and Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson have named their new addition True. The April 12 birth came amid a torrent of tabloid speculation about the couple after surveillance video showed the basketball star making out with ...

Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized from vendors in downtown's fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead and traces of animal feces. Officials said Monday that the investigation began after customers complained of rashes and other skin irritations from using the ...

British court rules against parents of terminally ill toddler who want to take him to Italy for trea

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LONDON (AP) - British court rules against parents of terminally ill toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Yuki Kawauchi surges late to win men's Boston Marathon, first Japanese man to win since 1987

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BOSTON (AP) - Yuki Kawauchi surges late to win men’s Boston Marathon, first Japanese man to win since 1987. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Desiree Linden fights rain and wind to become first American woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985

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BOSTON (AP) - Desiree Linden fights rain and wind to become first American woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Manchester City wins Premier League title after Manchester United loses to West Bromwich Albion

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester City wins Premier League title after Manchester United loses to West Bromwich Albion. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

New York Times, New Yorker win public service Pulitzer for reporting on Harvey Weinstein that galvan

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York Times, New Yorker win public service Pulitzer for reporting on Harvey Weinstein that galvanized #MeToo. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Authorities say actor Harry Anderson of "Night Court" comedy series fame has died in North Carolina

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say actor Harry Anderson of “Night Court” comedy series fame has died in North Carolina. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Cohen performed secret legal work for Fox News commenta

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NEW YORK (AP) - Attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Cohen performed secret legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

Family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additiona

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HOUSTON (AP) - Family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments C…

Walker signs bill limiting employer agreements

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting a wide variety of employment regulations. The new law Walker signed Monday would block local officials from setting requirements for overtime or benefits, minimum wages for local government employees, employment ...

Connecticut sees spike in flu-related illnesses

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Public health officials in Connecticut say there has been a spike in flu-related illnesses and hospitalizations. The Department of Public Health in a statement this month an increase of influenza B viruses has been causing a "second wave" of the flu that already hit the state ...

Arkansas governor proposes increasing homeowners' tax credit

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor is proposing increasing a property tax credit that thousands of homeowners receive for their primary residence. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters on Monday he'll ask lawmakers next year to increase the state's homestead tax credit from $350 a year to $375. Hutchinson ...

Ex-Illini McFadden wins Boston Marathon wheelchair race

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BOSTON (AP) - Tatyana McFadden has won the women’s wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon. The 28-year-old from Maryland crossed the finish line on Boylston Street on Monday in an official time of 2 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds. It was the slowest winning time in 30 years. It gives McFadden five Boston Marathon wins and a record-setting 22 victories in the Abbott World Marathon Majors series. The Russian-born McFadden is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She says she’s overwhelmed after winning what she knew would be a tough race. She also won this year’s women’…

NYC deluge makes waterfalls on stairs into subway stations

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City area commuters faced a chaotic morning as they slogged to work in a deluge. The Daily News says subway stairs turned into virtual waterfalls that rushed onto subway platforms Monday. Numerous subway lines had lengthy delays as flooding and signal problems mounted. Water ...

Springsteen, mom dance together to celebrate her birthday

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Bruce Springsteen treated his 92-year-old mother to an early birthday celebration before Mother Nature spoiled the party. The 68-year-old Boss and his mom, Adele, danced to two songs Sunday night at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey before severe storms caused the club ...

State traffic deaths at lowest since records have been kept

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania traffic deaths are at their lowest number since such records began to be kept in 1928. The state Transportation Department said Monday that 1,137 people died on roadways last year, fueled by drops in impaired driver crashes, pedestrian deaths and fatalities involving victims who weren't ...

Biomass plant back online after week of maintenance

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BERLIN, N.H. (AP) - A biomass power plant located on the site of a former pulp and paper mill in Berlin, New Hampshire, is back online following a week of scheduled maintenance aided by 20 regional businesses. Crews at the Burgess BioPower plant replaced several pieces of equipment that transport ...

Kentucky health agency recommending hepatitis A vaccination

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health is recommending hepatitis A vaccinations for everyone in six counties associated with an outbreak of the illness. Acting Commissioner Jeffrey Howard says hepatitis A is preventable by vaccine. The affected counties are Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd. The ...

Post office in Alabama city reopens after fire in mail drop

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A post office in Alabama has reopened after a fire that damaged part of the building. The fire was reported early Monday at the post office in Prattville. U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Debbie Fetterly tells the Montgomery Advertiser that it started in the lobby mail drop ...

World tour of paddling film festival making stop in Concord

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A world tour of the Paddling Film Festival is making a stop in Concord at the Red Rivers Theatre. The annual festival features whitewater, adventure, canoeing and sea kayaking films at over 120 venues around the world, making several appearances in the U.S., Canada and overseas. ...

Celtic into Scottish Cup final, on course for another treble

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Celtic stayed on course for back-to-back domestic trebles in Scotland by beating fierce rival Rangers 4-0 to reach the final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday. The side managed by former Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers has already won the Scottish League Cup and is one victory ...

Woman crashes into yoga studio, suffers critical injuries

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A driver who crashed through the front door of a yoga studio in downtown Cleveland is being treated for critical injuries. Cleveland police say the Jaws of Life were used to free the woman from the wreckage Sunday morning. Inner Bliss Yoga Studio says no one was inside the business at the time. They posted a video on Facebook showing the mangled vehicle being pulled out of the building. The studio will remain closed until the entrance can be repaired. The cause of the crash is unclear. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy Th…

John McCain hospitalized, in 'stable condition': report

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Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized in Phoenix and is in "stable condition," according to the Arizona Republican's office. Mr. McCain, 81, was admitted to the Mayo Clinic on Sunday and underwent surgery to treat "an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis." "Over the last few months, Senator McCain has been ...

Daryl Worley, Eagles cornerback, arrested after being found passed out in vehicle

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested early Sunday morning near the Eagles' practice facility, as first reported by NFL Network. Police allegedly found Worley passed out inside a vehicle blocking an intersection near the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. He became "combative," according to the officers there, ...

Youth basketball coach pleads not guilty in child porn case

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for an Iowa youth basketball coach who's accused of secretly recording some of his players undressing. Federal court records say 42-year-old Greg Stephen has pleaded not guilty to knowingly transporting child pornography. His trial is scheduled to begin June 4. ...

Duke's coach McCallie takes leave because of kidney issue

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie is taking a medical leave of about two months to treat her kidneys. The school says in a statement Monday she was diagnosed last November with the unspecified issue and will undergo short-term treatment. McCallie is 297-80 in 11 ...

John Stamos welcomes son, names him after father

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NEW YORK (AP) - Actor John Stamos is a father. The 54-year-old announced on Instagram the birth of his son, Billy Stamos. Stamos says the child is named after the actor’s father. Stamos says, “From now on, the best part of me will always be my wife and son.” Stamos and 31-year-old Caitlin McHugh married in February. His publicist says “Billy and Mom are both home and healthy.” Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will…