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Crews restoring electricity in New Jersey some trains resume

Aug. 6, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Crews on Thursday continued working to restore electricity to more than half a million homes and businesses in New Jersey, days after Tropical Storm Isaias downed trees and power lines. Utilities reported service remained out for roughly 454,000 customers, down from more than 1.3...

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico. The Mexican coastal city pulled a pair of controversial video ads Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, touting the faded resort’s reputation as an “anything goes” tourism destination because they weren't appropriate during the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Mexico resort pulls controversial 'anything goes' tourism ad

Aug. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican coastal city of Acapulco pulled a pair of controversial video ads Thursday touting the faded resort’s reputation as an “anything goes” tourism destination because they weren't appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor of the Pacific coast...

Sedona sewer replacement project sends sewage into Oak Creek

Aug. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — A sewer replacement project along State Route 179 in Sedona has sent an estimated 20,000 gallons of sewage into Oak Creek, according to city officials. They said the spill occurred Tuesday night when sewage flowed out of a manhole and into a storm drain that flowed to the creek. Sedona...

Grand Teton seeks goat cull help after canceled air shoot

Aug. 6, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is seeking volunteers to shoot nonnative mountain goats this fall after calling off a helicopter goat shoot amid criticism from Wyoming’s governor last winter. The new effort to eradicate the goats, deemed a threat to native bighorn sheep by...

Louisiana inshore shrimp season starts Monday in most areas

Aug. 6, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The fall inshore shrimp season will open Monday across most of Louisiana, but the Biloxi Marsh and part of the Mermentau River won’t open for another two weeks. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries posted a map and a detailed description of those areas and a map on...

University of Maine receives $100M for floating wind turbine

Aug. 6, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two renewable energy companies are investing $100 million to build an offshore, floating wind turbine with the University of Maine, which has been researching and developing technology for such a project for 12 years. New England Aqua Ventus, a joint venture of Diamond Offshore Wind...

FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper will discuss the pandemic, education and his re-election bid in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Gov. Cooper: Trump's coronavirus strategy 'nonexistent'

Aug. 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration still lacks a sufficient strategy to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, sharpening his criticism of the president as the Democratic governor seeks reelection in the key battleground state. ...

Panel recommends Confederate statue remains on historic list

Aug. 6, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has recommended that a Confederate statue remain on the National Register of Historic Places even after it is moved from a public space to private property. The statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier has been in downtown Bentonville since 1908 and listed on the...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

Bad drought conditions reported across New Mexico, Arizona

Aug. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Large portions of New Mexico and much of neighboring Arizona face severe or extreme drought conditions. The latest weekly Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows areas of extreme drought in northern New Mexico near the Colorado border and in New Mexico's southeastern corner while areas...