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Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

Jun. 23, 2021 02:15 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again, the country's latest effort to advance its space program amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal. ...

Maine's emergency coronavirus order enters its final week

Jun. 23, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is entering the final scheduled week of its emergency order about the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced the “state of civil emergency” in the early days of the pandemic. It has allowed Mills to deploy all...

Indicted Rochester mayor defeated in Democratic primary

Jun. 23, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who ran for a third term while under indictment in a campaign finance case and under fire for her handling of a police killing, was defeated Tuesday in the Democratic primary by City Councilman Malik Evans. Evans’...

Arizona Senate on track to pass budget after House Dems walk

Jun. 23, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Democrats refused to show up at the Capitol on Tuesday, blocking debate on a budget and a major tax cut primarily benefiting the wealthy. But the Senate plowed ahead and was on track to pass the budget plan, passing most of the 11 bills...

Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor

Jun. 23, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asian Americans, veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago, earning him a prestigious and rare Medal of...

Senate to OK allowing government to kill beavers, muskrats

Jun. 23, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was expected to approve a bill Wednesday that would make it easier to kill beavers and muskrats that are damaging roads. Wisconsin law allows the Department of Natural Resources to capture, shoot, trap or relocate wild animals that...

Senate Republicans to consider local redistricting delay

Jun. 23, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was slated to take up a Republican bill Wednesday that would delay local governments’ redistricting efforts. Wisconsin law requires counties to adopt redistricting plans for supervisors by July 1 and municipalities to adopt new...

Too early to declare who won 8-way primary for Manhattan DA

Jun. 23, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On TV dramas, cases brought by the Manhattan district attorney usually wrap up in about an hour. Figuring out who’s likely to be the borough’s next district attorney in real life will take a bit longer. A winner in the Democratic primary for the...

Assembly to vote on ending licenses for braiding hair

Jun. 23, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People would be allowed to braid hair without a license under a rare bipartisan bill the state Senate was set to send to Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday. The Black community has been pushing to deregulate braiding for years. Thirty states currently...

Wisconsin Senate poised to approve gun sanctuary bill

Jun. 23, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was poised Wednesday to approve a bill that would prohibit police in Wisconsin from enforcing any future federal federal laws banning or restricting the use of guns. The proposal is part of a national wave of...