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Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Restoring service central to Biden's postal board nominees

Apr. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

President Joe Biden's nominees to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service pledged Thursday to rebuild trust with the American public through prompt deliveries, as they outlined a vison for the agency in their first formal statements to lawmakers. The nominees —...

California OKs 1st Filipino American as attorney general

Apr. 22, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's first Filipino American to hold the top law enforcement job in the nation’s most populous state, saying the progressive Democrat is taking office during a critical debate over racial justice and the changing...

Pope meets with Lebanon's PM-designate, urges end of crises

Apr. 22, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday and urged all Lebanese political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation," as the country endures a series of crises and disagreements that have prevented the...

The Latest: New Mexico preparing for 'vaccine hesitancy'

Apr. 21, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials say they are preparing to respond to pockets of vaccine hesitancy in some communities as overall interest increases in receiving the vaccine for COVID-19. State Health Secretary Tracie Collins said Wednesday that statistics on...

California AG nominee promises action on police misconduct

Apr. 21, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's nominee for state attorney general on Wednesday promised to hold police accountable for misconduct, as lawmakers offered veiled criticism of his predecessor who is now in the Biden administration. Assemblyman Rob Bonta said his...

'Legal Marijuana NOW' now recognized as a party in Nebraska

Apr. 21, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A political party focused on legalizing marijuana can now run candidates and claim registered voters in Nebraska after it gained official state recognition on Wednesday. Secretary of State Bob Evnen said the Legal Marijuana NOW Party has met the...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present...

Judge again blocks Branstad's deposition in agent's firing

Apr. 21, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For a second time, a judge has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad does not have to testify in a long-running lawsuit brought by an investigator who was fired in 2013 shortly after filing a complaint about Branstad’s state vehicle speeding. ...

2021 Illinois AP Class 1A/2A All-State Boys' Basketball Team

Apr. 21, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Here are the Illinois Associated Press Class 1A and Class 2A All-State boys’ basketball teams as voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters and compiled by Steve Tappa, formerly of the Moline Dispatch and the Rock Island Argus. Players received five...