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Hong Kong's last sawmill faces closure amid development plan

Aug. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber, Hong Kong’s last operating sawmill, has been processing timber in the city for 75 years. Soon the family-run factory near the territory's border with mainland China might be forced to shut down as part of a development project: it...

Indiana doctors raise worries about proposed abortion ban

Aug. 02, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors fear they could face criminal charges when they provide emergency treatment for pregnant women if a proposal aimed at banning nearly all abortions in Indiana becomes law, several physicians told state lawmakers Tuesday. That testimony came after an...

Japan's push for UNESCO to list divisive gold mine delayed

Jul. 28, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's push to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a former gold mine key to the nation's industrialization will be delayed because its application was insufficient, officials said Thursday. The efforts to obtain a UNESCO listing for the Sado Island mine were...

Diana Kennedy, food writer devoted to Mexico, dies at 99

Jul. 24, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Diana Kennedy, a tart-tongued British food writer devoted to Mexican cuisine, died Sunday. She was 99. Kennedy spent much of her life learning and preserving the traditional cooking and ingredients of her adopted home, a mission that even in her 80s had her...

Historic Vermont schoolhouse gutted by fire

Jul. 19, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

NEWBURY, Vt. (AP) — Fire has gutted an historic schoolhouse in the small Vermont village of Wells River. Firefighters from Vermont and New Hampshire said the flames were already in the roof when they responded within minutes of the call on Monday, WCAX-TV reported. Three hours...

Idaho GOP rejects abortion exception to save mother's life

Jul. 18, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party has rejected adding language to their platform to allow an abortion to save the life of the mother. KMVT-TV reported that a majority of the roughly 700 delegates from around the state rejected the change to the party's existing...

19th century subsistence farms preserved in New River Gorge

Jul. 17, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Across the New River from Hinton, narrow, unpaved Freezeland Mountain Road zigzags its way up narrow hollows, across spiny ridges and through dense stands of hardwood forest, climbing 1,200 feet above the river in 2.5 miles. There, the terrain begins to level,...

Hawaii national park gets land where ancient villages stood

Jul. 12, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was given new land on Tuesday in a deal that will protect and manage a pristine white sand beach and ocean bay area that is home to endangered and endemic species and to rare, culturally significant Native Hawaiian artifacts. ...

Constitutional abortion amendment advances in Pennsylvania

Jul. 08, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state senators outvoted impassioned Democratic opposition late Thursday to advance a proposal to add language to the Pennsylvania Constitution stating explicitly that the document does not guarantee any rights relating to abortion or public funding of abortions....

900 firefighters battle massive fire in southeast France

Jul. 08, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hundred of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes battled a large forest fire Friday in southeastern France that has forced the evacuation of nearby villages. Thirteen firefighters have been injured in Bordezac — the village where the fire started. Overall, 18...