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Feds push back plan to resume at-sea fishing monitors

Jul. 2, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has pushed back its plan to resume at-sea monitoring in Northeast fisheries by a month. The monitors are workers who gather important data on fishing boats to help manage fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had announced plans to...

Today in History

Jul. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, July 2, the 184th day of 2020. There are 182 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 2, 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau (gee-TOH') at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

A waiter takes an order at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bars, restaurants pay price for California virus surge

Jul. 1, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California took a big step back in reopening its economy on Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down bars, wineries, museums, movie theaters and inside restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks amid troubling increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations....

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, shows a note to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House has approved a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

Jul. 1, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports...

Bobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup season

Jul. 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a...

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted to migrate into Montana. Yellowstone National...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...

This Sept. 26, 2018 photo provided by the Grand Canyon National Park shows a wastewater treatment plant at Phantom Ranch. People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on the wastewater treatment plant.(Grand Canyon National Park via AP)

Options for overnight stays deep within Grand Canyon limited

Jul. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on a wastewater treatment plant. The plant at Phantom Ranch needs an overhaul because it doesn't meet current state requirements for effluent, park...

Forest files lawsuit challenging N.C. governor's orders

Jul. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has filed his lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper's decisions to shutter businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic without getting the backing of other elected officials. Forest officially sued the Democratic governor in Wake Superior Court on...