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Arizona city becomes latest to pass hair discrimination ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — It is now illegal in Tucson, Arizona, to enforce dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against hair texture and hairstyles in the workplace and public...
Feb. 24, 2021

Venomous spiders prompt temporary Michigan library shutdown

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Staff at a University of Michigan library temporarily closed the building after three venomous spiders turned up in a basement storage area. The Mediterranean recluse...
Feb. 24, 2021

Brazil's Bolsonaro visits Amazon jungle state hit by floods

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday visited the state of Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, where several cities have been submerged in floodwaters, adding yet...
Feb. 24, 2021

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final...
Feb. 24, 2021

The Latest: Fauci: NIH to study 'long-haul' virus symptoms

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health is launching research to understand the causes and consequences of the lingering brain fog, breathing problems and malaise reported by many recovering patients...
Feb. 24, 2021

Special prosecutor picked for case against St. Louis couple

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former U.S. attorney and circuit judge was appointed Wednesday as special prosecutor in the case against a St. Louis couple who waved guns at racial...
Feb. 24, 2021

Police grilled South Dakota AG on phone use before crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Investigators questioning South Dakota’s attorney general after a fatal car crash pressed him on how he did not realize he had struck a man and...
Feb. 24, 2021

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case...
Feb. 24, 2021

South Africa to spend $712 million on mass vaccination drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19 battle and get the economy to...
Feb. 24, 2021

Hunters and trappers exceed Wisconsin wolf kill target

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — sHunters and trappers exceeded Wisconsin's wolf kill target by Wednesday morning and still had hours left to kill more of the animals. The Department of Natural...
Feb. 24, 2021

Lawyer hired by Democratic AG defends Iowa's GOP governor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic attorney general has installed the Republican governor’s lawyer into a high-level job in which he is aggressively defending his former boss’ policy agenda...
Feb. 24, 2021

Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation's top counterintelligence agency Wednesday to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize Russia. Speaking...
Feb. 24, 2021

Florida man charged with trying to join Islamic militants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man traveled to Turkey and attempted to enter Syria so he could help Islamic State militants, according to an indictment by a federal grand...
Feb. 24, 2021

Stocks edge higher as investors keep focus on bond yields

Stocks were mostly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors continue to cautiously monitor rising bond yields. They will be watching for comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell as...
Feb. 24, 2021

Shopping online eases isolation for older adults

NEW YORK (AP) — In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn't left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online...
Feb. 24, 2021

Health network allowed employees' kin to skip vaccine line

One of Pennsylvania’s largest health networks allowed employees' family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce supply...
Feb. 24, 2021

Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. “The Lyrics:...
Feb. 24, 2021

Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped

The government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that...
Feb. 24, 2021

Turkish police nab Iraqi IS suspect, rescue Yazidi girl

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police have detained a suspected Iraqi Islamic State group militant and rescued a 7-year-old girl from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority he had allegedly been holding...
Feb. 24, 2021

Report: Italy's mobsters well-poised to exploit pandemic aid

ROME (AP) — Italy’s organized crime investigators raised alarm Wednesday that the nation’s mobsters are well-positioned to exploit pandemic recovery projects worth billions of euros and, awash in drug trafficking...
Feb. 24, 2021

Egypt backs call to internationalize Ethiopia dam dispute

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said on Wednesday it has endorsed a Sudanese proposal to internationalize arbitration over their yearslong dispute with Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building...
Feb. 24, 2021

Police probed South Dakota AG's cellphone use before crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Investigators questioning South Dakota’s attorney general after a fatal car crash pressed him on how he did not realize he had struck a man and...
Feb. 24, 2021

Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland

Last year, protesters against racial injustice toppled numerous statues around the country. Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of...
Feb. 24, 2021

Hunters and trappers exceed Wisconsin wolf kill quota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers exceeded Wisconsin's wolf kill limit by Wednesday morning and still had hours left to kill more of the animals. The Department of Natural...
Feb. 24, 2021

South Africa to spend $172 million on mass vaccination drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19 battle and get the economy to...
Feb. 24, 2021

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