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President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

Seal, whale response teams to get help for Maine effort

Aug. 9, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of Maine institutions is receiving grants totaling nearly $200,000 to help with recovery efforts for stranded marine mammals. Marine mammals such as whales and seals sometimes wash up on New England shores in need of assistance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Study looks at decades of bald eagle deaths in Michigan

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A study of more than 30 years of data on bald eagles in Michigan shows the leading causes of death for the iconic national bird are being hit by cars and lead poisoning. The study was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of...

COVID-19 threatens small colleges and towns they keep alive

Aug. 9, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

There’s a lot riding on a kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The Sterling College Warriors are scheduled to take on the McPherson College Bulldogs at home. If that familiar thud of shoe against football and cheer from the stands doesn’t happen, the college that keeps the central Kansas...

Montana State opens $50 million dormitory

Aug. 9, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Despite clouds of uncertainty hanging over higher education from the coronavirus pandemic, Montana State University took an optimistic step Tuesday by celebrating the completion of its new $50 million freshman student dormitory, Hyalite Hall. President Waded Cruzado and other...

In this July 28, 2020 photo, Maciolek School of Dance owner and founder Karen Salb poses in her Hobbs, N.M. studio. She says the time has come to hand off dance instruction to the next generation and she's closing her studio after 50 years. (Blake Ovard/The Hobbs Daily News-Sun via AP)

New Mexico dance studio closing after a half-century run

Aug. 9, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The story can be seen in the floor. Dozens of perfect circles line the outer walls at Maciolek School of Dance, worn into the wooden floor. They mark the dreams and all the lives who have stepped onto the floor, and then tapped, jazzed and plie’d their way into adulthood. But as...

After $35M renovation, hotel on Purdue campus reopens doors

Aug. 9, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A 90-year-old hotel on Purdue University's campus has reopened for business following a $35 million renovation that transformed its lobby, expanded its suites and added a restaurant and bar. The 182-room Union Club Hotel reopened Wednesday to guests who inspected the overhaul of...

In this photo provided by Jason Koski and Cornell University, Bryan Maley, right, a grad student in the Master of Public Health program, interviews a student on campus about mask-wearing experiences as part of a public health survey, Friday, July 30, 2020, in Ithaca, N.Y. (Jason Koski/Cornell University via AP)

No parties, no trips: Colleges set COVID-19 rules for fall

Aug. 9, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

As they struggle to salvage some semblance of a campus experience this fall, U.S. colleges are requiring promises from students to help contain the coronavirus — no keg parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus. No kidding. Administrators warn that failure to wear masks, practice social...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Alister Martin, an emergency room doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, poses outside the hospital, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. Martin founded the organization

Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

Aug. 8, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor's offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale’s medical schools are planning a contest to see which of the Ivy League rivals can register the most...