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Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

NEW YORK (AP) — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the day off, accelerating a movement...
Jun. 18, 2021

NC governor again vetoes gun-rights bill for more churches

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed gun-rights legislation on Friday that would allow parishioners at more churches to be armed, marking the second year in a...
Jun. 18, 2021

Govt: Forced-labor case defendant posed as psychology expert

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors asked a judge Friday to limit what jurors can hear of the psychological history of victims in a forced labor case, saying they were manipulated...
Jun. 18, 2021

Consortium, loan announced for Fargo flood project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $2.75 billion project aimed at protecting Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from chronic flooding gained ground Friday with the acceptance of a massive federal loan and...
Jun. 18, 2021

Kentucky judge blocks parole board rule on new hearings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked a new parole board policy that would give dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison...
Jun. 18, 2021

Sharpton condemns Honolulu police shooting of Black man

HONOLULU (AP) — Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is condemning the Honolulu Police Department for the fatal shooting of a Black man as various versions of what led...
Jun. 18, 2021

Georgia officials seek to remove 102,000 voters from rolls

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state is making public a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration...
Jun. 18, 2021

Kansas judge finds CDC eviction moratorium unenforceable

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A judge in Kansas' most populous county is beginning to evict tenants who are behind on rent in advance of a federal moratorium expiring at the...
Jun. 18, 2021

Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren't just annoying, they're deadly. The record-breaking temperatures this week are a weather emergency, scientists and...
Jun. 18, 2021

New York AG: Town agrees to end biased housing practices

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday she's reached an agreement with a Hudson Valley town and county to end discriminatory housing practices she says...
Jun. 18, 2021

US stocks slump; S&P 500 has its worst week since February

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street Friday, sending the S&P 500 to its worst weekly loss since February. The index fell 1.3% and gave back 1.9%...
Jun. 18, 2021

Man admits threatening Missouri, Tennessee congressmen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has admitted that he threatened U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee because he was upset...
Jun. 18, 2021

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants...
Jun. 18, 2021

UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly on Friday condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country in a resolution...
Jun. 18, 2021

No charges filed against Michigan official who flashed rifle

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said Friday she would not file charges against a county commissioner who displayed a rifle during a livestreamed meeting, an incident some...
Jun. 18, 2021

AP Interview: UN aid chief: Tackle root causes of suffering

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the...
Jun. 18, 2021

UN General Assembly approves a resolution condemning Myanmar's coup and calling for an arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN General Assembly approves a resolution condemning Myanmar's coup and calling for an arms embargo.
Jun. 18, 2021

Man charged with killing security officer at basketball game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man has been charged with killing an off-duty university police officer outside a high school basketball game where he’d shown up without a...
Jun. 18, 2021

Searchers comb river after 3 tubers die, 2 disappear at dam

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Searchers combed a North Carolina river Friday for two missing tubers after a group on a recreational float went over a dam, resulting in three deaths...
Jun. 18, 2021

Tropical weather buffets Gulf coast with brisk winds, rain

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A disorganized storm system carrying tropical storm-force winds churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Southern U.S. on Friday, lashing coastal communities with bands of...
Jun. 18, 2021

Uganda tightens lockdown measures as virus cases surge

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of...
Jun. 18, 2021

Judge: No bail for man accused of road rage murder of boy

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with the murder of a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident was ordered held without bail Friday. Orange County...
Jun. 18, 2021

The Latest: Germany, France leaders urge variant vigilance

BERLIN — The leaders of Germany and France have called for vigilance to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant that this week prompted Britain to delay a planned relaxation...
Jun. 18, 2021

Evacuation order lifted after Illinois chemical plant blast

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents near a northern Illinois chemical plant were cleared to return to their homes Friday, four days after officials issued an evacuation order following a massive...
Jun. 18, 2021

Apathy greets Iran presidential vote dominated by hard-liner

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians voted Friday in a presidential election dominated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's hard-line protege after the disqualification of his strongest competition, fueling...
Jun. 18, 2021

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