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Blinken points to wider pledges to support Ukraine in case US backs away under Trump

Jul. 19, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Ukraine is on its way to being able to “stand on its own feet” militarily, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, noting that more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain their own military and financial aid to the country even if the U.S. were to withdraw...

Trail on trial: To York leaders, it’s a dream. To neighbors, it’s something else

Jul. 19, 2024 13:56 PM EDT

YORK, Neb. (AP) — It seemed, at first, like such a smooth ride. Two years ago, the federal government awarded the city of York $15.6 million to do a thing many smaller Nebraska communities fundraise for and dream of – add a walking and biking trail through town. ...

Alabama birthing units are closing to save money and get funding. Some say babies are at risk

Jul. 19, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) — One of the last remaining birthing units in southern Alabama will close next month to qualify for federal funding that will save the hospital’s emergency services, but doctors warn the move may cost newborns and pregnant women essential access to obstetric care. ...

Montana’s largest nursing home prepares to close following patient safety violations

Jul. 18, 2024 16:50 PM EDT

The state’s largest nursing home plans to close its doors weeks after being terminated from the federal Medicare and Medicaid program after “ a history of serious quality issues ” and violations for deficient patient care. In a recent public notice, the Centers for Medicare and...

Still empty a year later, Omaha’s new $27M juvenile jail might never open as planned

Jul. 18, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

The new juvenile detention center in downtown Omaha features comfortable rooms, common spaces with flat-screen TVs and orderly classrooms. “It’s sweet up here,” says Douglas County Youth Center Superintendent Rondy Woodard as he leads a tour to the building’s top floor. ...

More Americans apply for jobless benefits as layoffs settle at higher levels in recent weeks

Jul. 18, 2024 11:23 AM EDT

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits rose again last week and appear to be settling consistently at a slightly higher though still healthy level that the Federal Reserve has been aiming for. Jobless claims for the week ending July 13 rose by 20,000 to 243,000 from 223,000 the...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

California first state to get federal funds for hydrogen energy hub to help replace fossil fuels

Jul. 17, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to receive federal funds under a program to create regional networks, or “hubs,” that produce hydrogen as an energy source for vehicles, manufacturing and generating electricity, officials announced Wednesday. The...

Who is Usha Vance? Yale law graduate and wife of vice presidential nominee JD Vance

Jul. 17, 2024 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Usha Chilukuri Vance, Yale law graduate and trial lawyer, was thrust into the spotlight this week after her husband, JD Vance, was chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election. Chilukuri Vance, 38, was raised in San Diego, by Indian...

Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors unjustly punished in 1944 after a deadly California port explosion

Jul. 17, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy has exonerated 256 Black sailors who were found to be unjustly punished in 1944 following a horrific port explosion that killed hundreds of service members and exposed racist double standards among the then-segregated ranks. On July 17, 1944,...