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Wisconsin youth health survey shows stress up since COVID-19

Dec. 07, 2022 10:37 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than half of Wisconsin high school seniors surveyed in the fall of 2021 reported having significant problems with feeling very anxious, nervous, tense, scared or like something bad was going to happen, according to a health risk survey. Rising numbers of...

New Zealand court rules against anti-vax parents of ill baby

Dec. 07, 2022 04:59 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand court temporarily took away medical custody of a baby from his parents on Wednesday after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood came from donors who were unvaccinated against COVID-19. The court's ruling in favor of...

Mississippi budget blueprint has slight spending increases

Dec. 06, 2022 17:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top legislators are recommending only a slight increase in Mississippi state government spending for the coming year, even as Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn renews his push to eliminate the state income tax. Mississippi's 2023 budget year ends June 30,...

Scrutinized charter school group to apply again in Tennessee

Dec. 06, 2022 13:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A contentious charter school operator linked to a conservative Michigan college is taking another swing at opening schools in three Tennessee counties that have previously rejected them, as well as in two new counties. The letters of intent to apply to run...

Will Smith's 'Emancipation' role taught him lesson post-slap

Dec. 06, 2022 10:01 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While filming “Emancipation,” Will Smith routinely drew inspiration from the words “sacred motivation” that were written on the front page of a script. But the Oscar winner heavily leaned on the phrase even more in recent months, as he tried to overcome the backlash to...

Al Jazeera wants court to probe Palestinian reporter's death

Dec. 06, 2022 08:37 AM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — News channel Al Jazeera on Tuesday formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as she was reporting from a Palestinian refugee camp in May. Al Jazeera has accused the Israeli government of...

Daughter of ex-Thai PM Thaksin outlines opposition's vision

Dec. 06, 2022 06:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra promised a new era of social equality on Tuesday, saying if her party is elected to power in next year's election it will bring an end to poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. Paetongtarn Shinawatra told...

Minnesota board accepts anti-drug aid for minority students

Dec. 05, 2022 22:16 PM EST

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota school district voted Monday to accept a $1.1 million state grant meant to help curb drug use among students of color, after a pair of board members had delayed accepting the money last month by arguing it could discriminate against white students. ...

Hawaii's new Gov. Green aims to end tax on food, medication

Dec. 05, 2022 21:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green took the oath of office on Monday and immediately vowed to address homelessness and housing, and ask the Legislature to help eliminate the state's tax on food and medication. Green said in his inaugural address that he wanted to get rid of...

Inslee touts new housing program for Spokane's homeless

Dec. 05, 2022 18:36 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was in Spokane Monday to preview the opening of a new housing project for homeless people, calling the Catalyst Project a step toward ending the state's homelessness crisis. The new housing, in a converted hotel, aims to provide...