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Oregon water scare: Algae blooms happening more often

Water Algae Blooms

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: “Civil emergency. prepare for action.” Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn’t impending violence, but toxins from an algae bloom, detected in the city’s water supply. In both...


Government

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote

Congress Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously. It is imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions — and by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never...


Government

A need to verify NKorea nuclear pledges

United States-North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy, but the president’s latest comments about resolving the nuclear standoff have raised new questions about what concessions Pyongyang has made. President...


National

Hope, despair in poetry by immigrant children in US lockup

Immigration In Their Words

NEW YORK (AP) — The young immigrants held in prison-like conditions at a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Virginia express despair. Some cling to pleasant memories from home. For a select few, there is hope. For a handful of immigrants who came to the U.S. from Central America — many...


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Today's protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader

Changing Face Of Protests

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm-in-arm with other civil rights activists. Cesar Chavez hoisting a picket sign in a farm workers’ strike. Gloria Steinem rallying other feminists for equal rights. During the 1960s and into the 1970s, amid the turbulence of protests for...


National

Today's protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader

Changing Face Of Protests

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm-in-arm with other civil rights activists. Cesar Chavez hoisting a picket sign in a farm workers’ strike. Gloria Steinem rallying other feminists for equal rights. During the 1960s and into the 1970s, amid the turbulence of protests for...


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Michigan State board to consider payout to Nassar victims

Doctor Sexual Assault Michigan State

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State’s board of trustees will address a plan Friday to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s victims, a meeting that comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women and girls the former sports...


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No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped

NBA Draft Basketball

NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar. Shortly after the Suns took Deandre Ayton to start the NBA draft Thursday night, the Mavericks traded...


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Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

Erasing Marijuana Convictions

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn’t always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. On July 1, Vermont will become...


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Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

US WWII Veteran Lawmaker

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Larkin spent 23 years in the U.S. Army before starting a second career in politics as a state lawmaker in the New York Legislature, arriving in 1979. Looking back, the 90-year-old Republican credits his successes in both endeavors to adhering to the U.S. Military Academy’s...


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