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Hassan: Mask requirement lifted for commercial fishermen

Jun. 14, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Coast Guard have updated guidance for commercial fishermen saying those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask while outside on a commercial fishing vessel, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. ...

Cigar company wants to bring Cuban tobacco back to Tampa

Jun. 13, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The J.C. Newman Cigar Company claims to have the nation’s last bale of Cuban tobacco. Purchased just prior to the U.S. government cutting off all business relations with the socialist nation in 1962, the Newman family now stores it in their Ybor...

Border collie Verb wins agility title at unique Westminster

Jun. 11, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The competitors could run, jump and weave — and, for the first time, relax by rolling in the grass. The 145-year-old Manhattan event, usually held indoors in February, instead is happening outdoors at a suburban estate because of pandemic...

Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

Dog ejected from vehicle in Idaho crash found herding sheep

Jun. 10, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A pet dog who vanished for two days after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident has been found apparently doing the job it was bred to do — herding sheep. Linda Oswald's family and their dog, Tilly, were driving along Idaho State...

Officials: Slight increase in Florida citrus projections

Jun. 10, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials announced a slight increase in Florida citrus projections on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated projections for citrus production in the 2020-2021 season. The June forecast projects 52.7...

Wray: FBI frowns on ransomware payments despite recent trend

Jun. 10, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's director told lawmakers Thursday that the bureau discourages ransomware payments to hacking groups even as major companies in the past month have participated in multimillion-dollar transactions aimed at getting their systems back online. ...

Noem: State-inspected meat processors can sell out of state

Jun. 10, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that small state-licensed meat processors will be able to ship meat over state lines under a state agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. South Dakota and the USDA's Food Safety and...