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Official: GOP ballots mislabeled as Democratic on screens

May. 18, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Election officials in one northeastern Pennsylvania county say a “coding error" is causing Republican primary ballots to be mislabeled as Democratic ballots on the ballot marking devices at polling places. Luzerne County elections director Bob...

Evers announces $100 million to expand broadband

May. 18, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that the state will be using $100 million in federal coronavirus stimulus funding to award grants for expand broadband internet access in Wisconsin. The federal funding is in addition to nearly $200 million in...

Regents to vote on whether to challenge new campus carry law

May. 18, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to decide whether to challenge the constitutionality of a new state law that would allow people to carry and store weapons on the campuses of public colleges. The board took public comment last week...

Michigan finds new economic development chief in New Orleans

May. 18, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's economic development agency named a new leader Tuesday, hiring the top economic development official in New Orleans for the role. Quentin Messer Jr. will become CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. on July 29. He will replace...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 18, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 14, 2021. Editorial: GOP blames Kelly for delays getting Kansans the unemployment checks they want to end On Thursday, we learned that state GOP officials want to make some campaign videos starring Kansans who struggled to get...

'I am a real contender,' says Syria presidential candidate

May. 18, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — One of two candidates running against longtime Syrian ruler Bashar Assad is casting himself as the first opposition representative to vie for the country’s top post. Mohamoud Marei said Tuesday that as a critic of the government who remained in...

Police responding to kidnapping report kill man in Georgia

May. 18, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police shot and killed a man east of Atlanta early Tuesday after pursuing him from another suburb where a kidnapping was reported, authorities said. A 911 caller in Chamblee reported the kidnapping, and the man was shot in downtown Decatur, about 10...

GOP candidate for Nevada governor tests positive for virus

May. 18, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican candidate for governor John Lee has tested positive for COVID-19. The North Las Vegas mayor made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday evening. He had announced his campaign for Nevada governor earlier in the day. ...

EU seeks Mideast cease-fire, concerned conflict will spread

May. 18, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers called Tuesday for a cease-fire to end days of heavy fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants, but said that a longer-term political solution must be found to end decades of conflict between them. ...

Kerry says US examining carbon border tax, sees risks

May. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry said Tuesday that Washington is looking into the possibility of introducing a fee on imports from countries that don't tax heavy polluters, but cautioned that such a move could carry risks “downstream.” Kerry...