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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....

Montana health officials struggle with changes to state law

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Legislation aiming to protect businesses from COVID-19 restrictions imposed by local authorities was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte more than a month ago, but across the state, elected officials, public health officers and attorneys are left with wildly...

Arizona reports 385 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

Jun. 20, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 385 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. They said the state now has recorded 889,727 known cases of the disease and 17,843 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic started more than a year...

Public drinking citations tick up in Charleston-area beaches

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina beach towns are ticketing more people for public drinking as summer visitors flock to the coast. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that open container citations on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island have risen above...

Trump cowboy seeks 2nd act in politics after Capitol breach

Jun. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — He rodeoed in a Buffalo Bill-style Wild West show, carried his message on horseback from the Holy Land to Times Square and was invited to the White House to meet the president. But luck may have run out for this cowboy pastor who rode to national...

Navajo Nation reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Jun. 20, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported six new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths. Tribal health officials released the latest numbers on Saturday. The sprawling reservation that stretches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah...

The Latest: Delta variant behind spike of cases in Portugal

Jun. 20, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities have confirmed suspicions that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a spike in new cases in the Lisbon region. Portugal’s National Health Institute said Sunday that the highly infectious variant that was first...

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. ...

Jordan's unprecedented palace drama moves to the courtroom

Jun. 20, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's version of a trial of the century gets under way Monday when a relative of King Abdullah II and a former chief of the royal court are to be ushered into the defendants' cage at the state security court to face charges of sedition and incitement. ...

Southern New Mexico officials see uptick in pets surrendered

Jun. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — In 2020, Alamogordo Animal Control took in 1,260 animals, saw 563 adopted and euthanized 36 animals, according to Alamogordo Police Department data. In 2020, the Otero County Animal Shelter took in 1,605 animals, saw 542 adopted and euthanized...