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Oregon program honors oldest farms in continuous operation

Aug. 21, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon program will honor the state's oldest farms in continuous operation at a ceremony this weekend, including two farms that have been tilled for 150 years. The awards reported on by the Capital Press also include a dozen farming operations that are a century old from all over the...

US judge off corruption, kidnapping cases after emails

Aug. 21, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in two of the highest profile criminal cases in Illinois has been removed from hearing all his cases after it was revealed that he had exchanged emails with a paralegal at the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield in which he commented on a trial he was overseeing. Colin...

Environmental law aims to prepare state for climate change

Aug. 21, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says a new environmental infrastructure law will help make Massachusetts more resilient to climate change. The bill ceremonially signed by the governor in Quincy on Tuesday authorizes the state to borrow up to $2.4 billion for environmental projects in the coming...

US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany

Aug. 21, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect. Jakiw...

The Latest: Cohen pleading to bank fraud, campaign finance

Aug. 21, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a financial fraud probe involving Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Two people familiar with the financial fraud investigation of Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, say he will plead guilty to federal charges...

Trump looking to best Obama's travel schedule for midterms

Aug. 21, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to embark on an aggressive campaign schedule this fall to boost Republican candidates on the ballot in 2018. Trump is aiming to spend more than 40 days on the campaign trail between the beginning of August and the Nov. 6 midterms, as he hopes to best...

Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch

Aug. 21, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant....

Nevada targets $4.3M in US grants to safeguard voter rolls

Aug. 21, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada is spending nearly $4.3 million in federal grants to shore up its election systems. It's part of $380 million Congress allocated to states last spring to strengthen voting systems amid ongoing threats from Russia and others under the Help America Vote Act. About...

UW to present employee sex harassment policy to regents

Aug. 21, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System officials are preparing to present a draft policy on employee sexual misconduct to regents. The Board of Regents in June mandated employee personnel files include documentation of sexual misconduct allegations or investigations as well. The regents also...

Venezuelans confused over new bills under economic overhaul

Aug. 21, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans confused over the new banknotes popping out of their ATMs on Tuesday resorted to using calculators and conversion charts to figure out the value of each bill as the country's new currency — with five fewer zeros — started circulating. "I still don't...