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  • Lawyer: Incapacitated woman who gave birth not in coma

    PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an incapacitated Arizona woman who gave birth in a long-term care facility said she is not in a coma as previously reported. The Arizona Republic reported Friday that attorney John Micheaels said the 29-year-old woman has “significant intellectual disabilities” and does not speak but has some […]
  • Noah’s Ark park battles advocacy group over school visits

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A theme park depicting an ark as described in the Bible is battling with an advocacy group over whether public school field trips to the attraction are legal. The Courier Journal reports the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters last month to more than 1,000 public school districts in five states […]
  • West Virginia lawmaker seeks to end food stamp ban

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in West Virginia want to end the state’s lifetime ban on food stamps for people convicted of drug-related felonies. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports West Virginia is one of three states that ban people convicted of drug-related felonies from receiving help buying food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly […]
  • Florida mayor resigns due to ‘inappropriate texting’

    GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor is resigning due to inappropriate texting. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair resigned on Friday. Landfair had just been sworn in as the mayor of the northwest Florida city in December. In his resignation letter, Landfair said he had made a mistake and […]
  • Multiple women eyeing 2020 hands Dems ‘wonderful challenge’

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a “wonderful challenge” — four or more women running for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of multiple women in […]
  • N Carolina university, group argue over race in admissions

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s flagship public university is defending its use of race in admitting students and wants a lawsuit filed against it by a group representing past and potential applicants and parents to be dismissed. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill filed written arguments in federal court on Friday, as did […]
  • Suspended pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33

    John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33. U.S. Figure Skating released a statement Saturday and cited his sister, Angela Laune. The sister said in a Facebook post that her “wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life. […]
  • Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American after rally

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys’ high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a […]
  • US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a “large group” mounted an attack on Somali forces. The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region. There were no reports of Americans killed […]
  • The Latest: Trump at ceremony for Americans killed in Syria

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Dover Air Force Base (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a ceremony honoring the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in Syria this week. The president stood solemnly […]
  • Boston Common to get $28 million in improvements

    BOSTON (AP) — The oldest public park in the United States is getting a $28 million makeover. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh along with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the Public Garden say the improvements will ensure that Boston Common can withstand heavy use by city residents and visitors, New England weather […]
  • Trump says trade deal with China ‘could very well happen’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As trade talks between the U.S. and China move to Washington later this month, President Donald Trump is hopeful that the economic powers can find a way to end a costly tariff fight. Trump tells reporters that “we’ve really had a very extraordinary number of meetings and a deal could very well […]
  • New York City gives letter grades for food cart cleanliness

    NEW YORK (AP) — Will your favorite hot dog stand be getting an “A”? New York City’s iconic food carts are starting to get health department letter grades, giving on-the-go workers and tourists alike a quick reference for cleanliness and safety. The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene handed out the first batch of […]
  • Family: New Mexico avalanche victim was Massachusetts native

    MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Relatives say a 26-year-old man who died in an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort was a Massachusetts native who was on an annual ski trip with his father. The mother and sister of Matthew Zonghetti say he was the person killed Thursday at Taos Ski Valley. Authorities say a […]
  • Frances R. Mears, longtime AP reporter and manager, dies

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Frances R. Mears, an Associated Press reporter, editor and bureau chief during a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66. Mears had been ill with cancer, said her husband, Walter R. Mears, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political writer and retired AP vice president. After more […]
  • The Latest: Trump offers ‘Dreamers’ deal for border wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump on Saturday has offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the Saturday move […]
  • Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety. They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the Anchorage home where Connor lives with his mother, father […]
  • AG: New Jersey priest arrested after sex abuse hotline call

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of a New Jersey priest on sexual assault charges dating back almost three decades came just two days after a call to the state’s clergy abuse hotline. NJ.com reports that the state attorney general’s office said the Rev. Thomas Ganley, parochial vicar at St. Philip and St. […]
  • More lenient state laws could chill low-alcohol beer market

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Until October, Oklahoma grocery and convenience stores could stock beer with only up […]
  • Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray […]