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Federal judge delivers new blow to foes of Twin Metals mine

May. 13, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a second attempt by opponents of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota to invalidate the mineral rights leases needed for the project. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said new...

UN diplomat Martin Griffiths appointed UN humanitarian chief

May. 12, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Wednesday appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths, a seasoned negotiator with wide global experience, as the new U.N. humanitarian chief. “Griffiths brings extensive leadership experience in humanitarian affairs at...

UN diplomats: Martin Griffiths to be UN humanitarian chief

May. 11, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Martin Griffiths, a U.N. diplomat with wide global experience who has spent the last three years trying to help end the war in Yemen, has been selected by the secretary-general as the new U.N. humanitarian chief, diplomats said Tuesday. The...

8 years for dad of Saints 'super fan' in charity, drug case

May. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man whose seriously ill son gained fame in New Orleans for his devotion to the Saints football team was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for drug trafficking and for fraudulently capitalizing on his son's illness with a phony charity. ...

Education Secretary Cardona encourages UConn grads in speech

May. 08, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona praised new University of Connecticut graduates for their work in helping to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and urged them to use their uniqueness as their “superpower” to accomplish their career and life goals, in a...

Ohio becomes latest state to propose transgender sports ban

May. 07, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transgender girls would be banned from participating in female sports teams in high school or college in two bills introduced by Republican lawmakers in Ohio, which became the latest state to take up the contentious debate. The proposals, titled...

Wisconsin residents combat water contamination aftereffects

May. 07, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Craig Koller grew up splashing through backyard creeks and biking gravel trails, sometimes through the Johnson Control Industries Fire Technology Center. Black smoke wafted overhead as it conducted controlled burns to test firefighting foam, producing a dangerous...

McDavid focused on NHL playoffs, not 100 points in 56 games

May. 05, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

Connor McDavid is within reach of a milestone that could go down in hockey history. McDavid needs seven points in Edmonton's final five games to reach 100 in 56 games during this pandemic-shortened NHL season. Getting there would be an achievement remembered alongside...

Ready to run? Steelers use draft to address running game

May. 01, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stressed before the NFL draft that fixing the league's worst rushing offense didn't rely exclusively on bringing in an influx of talent. And then Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert used the draft to do just...

NC House speaker: Transgender sports bill has been set aside

Apr. 29, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly won't advance legislation this year preventing transgender girls and women from competing in school sports labeled for biologically female athletes, a top legislative leader said. “The House will not be taking...