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Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

Jan. 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports betting to include the state’s licensed card rooms...

Minnesota pharmacies request to be part of vaccine rollout

Jan. 21, 2021 11:08 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota pharmacies and health care providers are asking the state to include them in the coronavirus vaccine rollout as the demand for a shot among seniors far outpaces the state's limited supply. Pharmacists testified before a Minnesota Senate health committee on Wednesday, telling...

FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for his arraignment in Newark, N.J. The prominent Florida eye doctor, convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million, got out of prison early on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence just hours before his term ended. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Florida eye doctor gets clemency from Trump in health fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dr. Salomon Melgen once held political fundraisers at his palatial Florida home, hung out with prominent Democrats including New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and made millions of dollars through his eye care practice. The problem, according to federal prosecutors, was that Melgen...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Workers Justice Project Director Gonzalo Cruz, left, and organizer Juan Carlos Romero watch President Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on TV from the Workers Justice Center, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. The Workers Justice Project is a Brooklyn based non-profit that helps immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Immigrants cheered by possible citizenship path under Biden

Jan. 20, 2021 8:10 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Immigrants cheered President Joe Biden's plan to provide a path to U.S. citizenship for about 11 million people without legal status, mixing hope with guarded optimism Wednesday amid a seismic shift in how the American government views and treats them. The newly inaugurated...

Minnesota vaccine pilot program spots for first week filled

Jan. 20, 2021 6:31 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday announced that all 6,000 spots in a coronavirus vaccine pilot program reserved for Minnesotans over 65 have been filled after issues with the registration website caused it to crash on Tuesday. The 12,000 doses reserved for the program this week...

This undated photo provided by Fourth Purpose shows Josh Smith, of Knoxville, Tenn. At least four Tennessee men are among the people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Smith is trying to make it easier for prisoners to reintegrate into society. (Fourth Purpose via AP)

At least 4 Tennessee men receive presidential pardons

Jan. 20, 2021 6:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least four Tennessee men are among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Robert Sherrill is a Nashville resident who served...

Ex-Lawmaker disbarred by Louisiana Supreme Court

Jan. 20, 2021 4:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney who once served in the Louisiana Senate was disbarred Wednesday by the state Supreme Court. Wesley Bishop had pleaded guilty last year after prosecutors said he lied to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prosecutors said he falsely claimed he had tenants...

Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, governor says

Jan. 20, 2021 4:43 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Employees of licensed child care facilities in Pennsylvania will be eligible for a one-time, $600 grant to reward them for providing a valuable service through the pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday. Wolf's administration said the money is coming from a federal...

New Mexico quarterback Isaiah Chavez (13) runs by Fresno State defensive back Reggie Strong (7) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

New Mexico college teams finally returning home

Jan. 20, 2021 4:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — New Mexico State relocated to Arizona in an attempt to play a basketball season. Restrictions in the Aggies' home state made it impossible for them to even practice there, so they packed up and moved into a Phoenix resort. The pandemic had other plans. Hamstrung by COVID-19 issues inside and...