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Nebraska sets stage for new prison, stops short of approval

Apr. 09, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers set the stage Friday for a new, $230 million prison even as other states close theirs, but they stopped short of fully endorsing the idea. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to $14.9 million in state funding that would allow the...

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Apr. 09, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

In a April 8, 2021, latest item about the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press, relying on a U.S. 7th Fleet news release, erroneously reported that 96% of the fleet has been fully vaccinated. The fleet now says the statistic is wrong. It says more than 14,000 of its personnel were...

Arizona wildfire destroys 12 homes; 200 people evacuated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes, officials said. The fire burned through thick vegetation at the...

Honduras holds 2 ex-officials on pandemic-tied fraud charges

Apr. 09, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — One year after the Honduran government paid $47 million for seven mobile hospitals to expand its bed space for the COVID-19 pandemic, only two are in use and two former government officials involved in their purchase are jailed on fraud charges. ...

The Latest: Duke University to require vaccines by the fall

Apr. 09, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination to student health officials before they can enroll for the fall semester. Duke President Vincent Price said in a statement Friday that the policy will cover all...

US to keep migrant families in hotels as amid rush for space

Apr. 09, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

Migrant families will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Friday, another step in the Biden administration's rush to set up temporary space for them. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was...

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in '20s

Apr. 09, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County plans to return prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a seaside resort for African Americans but suffered racist harassment and were stripped of it by local city leaders a century ago, a county official said Friday. ...

West Virginia governor signs 3 bills into law

Apr. 09, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law several bills on Friday, such as reducing taxes on arms and ammo manufacturing and establishing a new intermediate state court. At a bill signing ceremony, he also signed a third bill...

Proposal would let Arizonans retain services in dire weather

Apr. 09, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new proposal by an Arizona state commission would allow residents who cannot pay their gas and electric bills to retain their services during extreme heat or cold. The new rules would replace an emergency shutoff moratorium adopted in 2019 and...

Arizona daily virus count jumps as older cases included

Apr. 09, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The slight increases of COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona in recent days are to be expected and not necessarily cause for alarm, the state's top health official said Friday. “We’ve got schools returning, we’ve got people going back to...