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Lumber costs are still high, and so is demand for homes

Jun. 20, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Lumber prices have begun to fall in the last few weeks. But the commodity still remains significantly more expensive than it did before the pandemic. The Roanoke Times reported Saturday that lumber prices skyrocketed more than 300% since April 2020....

Take 2: Spacewalking astronauts install new solar panel

Jun. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts equipped the International Space Station with the first in a series of powerful new solar panels Sunday, overcoming suit problems and other obstacles with muscle and persistence. It took two spacewalks for French...

Albany firefighters say pay scale upside down, seek overhaul

Jun. 20, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Some firefighters in southwest Georgia's largest city are lobbying for officials to overhaul a pay scale that lets subordinate firefighters make more than supervisors. Professional Firefighters of Albany Union President Ronnie Pettiford told WALB-TV...

Schmeichel: Outpouring of support shows 'the reason I play'

Jun. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — The outpouring of support in the wake of Christian Eriksen's collapse has shown how soccer can unite an entire country and why it's so special to play for a national team, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said Sunday. Eriksen and the entire Denmark...

Egypt: Suez Canal ship case adjourned for settlement talks

Jun. 20, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned until July 4 the case of a hulking cargo vessel that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year. The decision came after both legal teams of the Suez Canal and the vessel's owners asked for more time...

Mobile "Vaxi Taxi" offers COVID-19 shots in Wyoming county

Jun. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — With 80% of adults over 18 fully vaccinated in Teton County, vaccinated individuals now make up the majority of the community. Now health officials are launching an innovative vaccination effort to further increase the community protection from COVID-19. ...

Overrun national forests prompt action from US Congress

Jun. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few years ago, the U.S. Forest Service sat down with Eagle County officials and delivered some bad news: The federal agency was short-staffed and would be closing campgrounds in the mountainous county that includes Vail, where outdoor recreation is king. ...

Late spring frosts take bite out of Michigan cherry harvest

Jun. 20, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Late spring frosts have taken a bite out of the cherry harvest in parts of western Michigan, leaving some farms without any cherries at all. Cold weather in April and May has left Moelker Orchards in Grand Rapids with no sweet or tart cherries...

Baltimore was one of first cities to celebrate drag culture

Jun. 20, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — It was the night of nights in 1931 Baltimore. Drinks were flowing and gowns of satin and velvet — some decked in rhinestones, others layered under fur throws — sashayed around the dance floor. Whispers of who would be named “best dressed” of the eighth annual ball...

Regulators OK 195-megawatt solar farm for central Indiana

Jun. 20, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) — State regulators have approved a deal by utility AES Indiana to build a sprawling solar farm in central Indiana that could generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Wednesday...