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Stranded riders rescued from NJ theme park roller coaster

Apr. 10, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say some people had to be rescued after they became stranded on a roller coaster at a New Jersey theme park. State police say they were called at about 7:30 p.m. Friday about the problem at the Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park...

Driver, attendant lose jobs after leaving child on bus

Apr. 10, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A school bus driver and an onboard attendant have lost their jobs after leaving a 5-year-old Madison student on the bus alone at the end of their day. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Badger Bus contracts with the...

Massachusetts vehicle inspection system down another week

Apr. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts motor vehicle inspection system is expected to remain down for another week, prompting state officials to give drivers with exprired March stickers a grace period to obtain an up-to-date sticker, officials said. The Registry of Motor...

Moves to Wyoming pick up during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr. 10, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — When Aaron Cannon and his family began looking to relocate last year, they had their eye out West. The idea of moving to Wyoming was appealing for several reasons, but leaving the changing social and cultural tension in his hometown of Raleigh,...

Boulder Mennonites turn donated guns into garden tools

Apr. 10, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — There was healing in the swing of a hammer at Boulder Mennonite Church on Good Friday. Dozens of community members gathered for a vigil to pray, reflect and remember 10 victims of a mass shooting at the nearby King Soopers on March 22. ...

Gas prices dip in NJ, around nation as gas inventories go up

Apr. 10, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices dipped in New Jersey and around the nation as gas inventories increased even as crude oil inventories decreased. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.90, down two cents from a...

New Mexico city finalizes purchase for homeless center

Apr. 10, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The deal is finally done. Now, officials say, the real work begins. Albuquerque officials recently gathered with county and state leaders to commemorate the city’s latest major purchase: a onetime southeast Albuquerque...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of...

Chicago expands protected site for endangered shorebirds

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District is adding about 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of Lake Michigan lakefront to a protected area set aside as nesting ground for an endangered shorebird. The district's move means several sand volleyball courts used at the south end of...

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts

Apr. 10, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Like others in her family, Mattie Pringle had doubts about taking the coronavirus vaccine. The 57-year-old Black woman from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, feared that her high blood pressure and diabetes might heighten her chances of a severe reaction to the shot. The...