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Reno to step up homeless encampment cleanup efforts

Dec. 5, 2019 2:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — City Council members in Reno have agreed to increase efforts to clean waste from homeless encampments despite arguments that it is not a permanent solution, officials said. The Reno City Council has voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a cleanup contract of about $250,000 with Coit...

Colorado unveils plans for bus system serving 3 ski resorts

Dec. 4, 2019 7:03 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials unveiled plans Wednesday for a bus system that will shuttle skiers and snowboarders from Denver to three resorts in an effort to ease traffic congestion exacerbated by a recent population boom. Gov. Jared Polis said during a ceremony at Denver’s Union...

Outfitters discuss solutions to declining steelhead fishing

Dec. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Steelhead outfitters and guides at an Idaho forum talked about solutions to the declining fish population that is hurting their businesses. Those who work the Clearwater River met at an Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association forum Tuesday near Lewiston to explore their potential...

Survey: Businesses added just 67,000 jobs in November

Dec. 4, 2019 12:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added just 67,000 jobs in November, a private survey found, barely half the gain of the previous month. Payroll processor ADP said that manufacturers, construction firms and mining companies cut 18,000 jobs combined. Companies with fewer than 20 employees also slashed...

Shrinking synagogues find strength in smaller numbers

Nov. 30, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rusty black pickup truck with a whitetail deer sticker in the back window sat parked, illegally, on the sidewalk outside the Sons of Israel synagogue on a Friday night. No one was around to complain. The plain brick building is wedged between typical, four-squared Pennsylvania homes,...

Nevada passes 3M population mark with push from Californians

Nov. 24, 2019 4:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — California is playing an unparalleled role in Nevada growth, as state population estimates surpassed 3 million people and the U.S. Census Bureau ranked the Silver State as the nation’s fastest-growing in 2018. More than 50,000 Californians moved to Nevada from July 2017 to July...

Arkansas universities report drop in international students

Nov. 20, 2019 3:23 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Several Arkansas universities have reported a drop in the enrollment of international students. The downturn could be a concern for universities that rely on tuition from foreign students, who are typically charged higher rates. The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville indicates...

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Nov. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history Wednesday by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. Abe marked his 2,887th day in office, surpassing Taro Katsura from the early...

Baby names reflect demographic, cultural trends

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bye-bye, Betty. You were one of the most popular names for girls in Virginia when Betty Grable ruled the silver screen in the 1930s. But last year, you didn’t even register a “boop” on the Social Security Administration’s list of common baby names in the...

Montana seeks to keep feral pigs from Canada at bay

Nov. 18, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Montana are marshaling their resources and enlisting the public’s help to keep encroaching feral hogs from Canada at bay with a program called “Squeal on Pigs.” The campaign to prevent wild hogs from going hog wild in Montana was outlined at a...