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Minnesota releases updated draft gray wolf management plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's population of gray wolves is resilient and robust, wildlife managers said Thursday as they released a draft updated plan to keep it that way. The Department of Natural Resources laid out a blueprint for the next 10 years to both strengthen conservation and ...

LGBTQ students would get new protections under Biden plan

The rights of LGBTQ students would become enshrined in federal law and victims of campus sexual assault would gain new protections under rules proposed by the Biden administration on Thursday. The proposal, announced on the 50th anniversary of the Title IX women's rights law, is intended to ...

Fauci says he’s ‘example’ for COVID-19 vaccinations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says his COVID-19 recovery is an "example" for the nation on the protection offered by vaccines and boosters. Speaking during a White House briefing, Fauci, 81, said he began experiencing virus symptoms on June ...

US sending advanced rocket systems, other aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced Thursday. The latest package includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket ...

State Dept. to pay 6-figure sums to Havana Syndrome victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is preparing to compensate victims of mysterious brain injuries colloquially known as "Havana Syndrome" with six-figure payments, according to officials and a congressional aide. Current and former State Department staff and their families who suffered ...

Lawsuit filed over deputy’s fatal shooting of Arkansas teen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Arkansas teenager fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the deputy and a county sheriff over the teen's death. The family of Hunter Brittain filed the lawsuit against Michael Davis, ...

Feds search Trump-era official’s home, subpoena GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents searched a former top Justice Department official's home and seized records from key Republicans in at least five states linked to Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in what were clear signs that authorities are ramping up their ...

Takeaways: Trump risked provoking ‘constitutional crisis’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee used Thursday's hearing to show how Donald Trump tried to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department who would pursue his false claims of voter fraud and stop the certification of the 2020 election that Democrat Joe Biden won. It's the latest ...

Nancy Pelosi’s husband charged with DUI in California

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence in connection with a crash he was in last month. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested following the May 28 crash in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a ...

Hearing: Trump told Justice Dept. to call election ‘corrupt’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue his false election fraud claims, striving in vain to enlist top law enforcement officials in his desperate bid to stay in power and relenting only when warned in the Oval Office of mass resignations, according to ...

Bonta, Hochman will face off in California’s AG race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican Nathan Hochman will battle California's Democratic attorney general in the November general election after garnering 18% of the vote in the primary, according to figures released Thursday. Hochman, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate, will face Rob ...

EXPLAINER: How parade crash insanity plea will work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more, this week served notice he will try to persuade a jury that he was mentally ill during the incident and if convicted should go to an ...

Nevada counties face deadline to certify election results

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing a Friday deadline to certify results from the recent primary election, officials in Nevada's least populated county were planning another hand count as a way to prove to residents that their votes count and that the voting process works. Several other county ...

GOP unity? Some aim for reconciliation after tough primaries

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two days after losing a bitter primary to a rival she once deemed a "sellout" for occasionally working with Democrats, Katie Arrington appeared at a "unity rally" to urge South Carolina Republicans to come together and back Rep. Nancy Mace in the fall general ...

Wall Street’s bubble may be gone, but stocks can still fall

NEW YORK (AP) — The good news for stocks is that this year's sell-off means they no longer look eye-wateringly expensive. The bad news: That won't matter if corporate profits give out. A stock's price rises or falls for essentially two reasons: how much cash a company generates and how much ...

Buffett’s firm picks up $500 million more Occidental shares

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought more than $500 million worth of Occidental Petroleum shares over the past week as it continued to invest heavily in oil producers this year. Shares of Occidental gained more than 2% to trade at $57.11 Thursday morning after ...

Average long-term US mortgage rates inch up to 5.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week following last week's mammoth jump, the biggest in 35 years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate ticked up to 5.81% this week, from last week's 5.78%. Last week's average — which ...

United cuts flights at Newark in effort to reduce delays

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines will cut about 50 flights a day out of Newark, New Jersey, to reduce long delays that the airline blames on airport construction and other issues. The cuts– about 12% of United flights in Newark -- will start July 1 and last the rest of the summer. United is ...

Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic voice of dead relatives

Amazon's Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members - even if they're dead. The capability, unveiled at Amazon's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, is in development and would allow the virtual assistant to mimic the voice of a specific person based on a less than a minute of ...

Amazon providing $23M for affordable housing in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon said Thursday it is providing $23 million to help minority-led organizations build or preserve more than 500 new affordable housing units in Seattle — the latest spending by a tech company to ease a severe housing crunch the industry has helped create. The commitment ...