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This June, 1, 2020, image from video provided by Alissa Murray shows demonstrators protesting police brutality and racism encountering a line of armed bystanders as they march in Crown Point, Ind. Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said the armed bystanders are protected under state law. (Alissa Murray via AP)

Floyd protesters in Indiana marched by armed residents

Jun. 4, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

Protesters in a rural Indiana city who took to the streets to condemn racism and police killings of black people encountered bystanders who were holding rifles during the demonstration. A video that circulated on social media shows 21 people standing along a bike trail near downtown Crown Point, Indiana, watching...

Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Jun. 4, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency. Separately Thursday, the...

Field hospital discharges patients; 50 more COVID-19 deaths

Jun. 4, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The last patients have been discharged from Boston Hope, the field hospital set up inside the city's convention and center to help hospitals cope with the influx of COVID-19 patients, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday. Walsh said the temporary hospital “suspended operation pending future...

Wildlife agency officials believe gray wolf is in Utah

Jun. 4, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has set up traps for a rare gray wolf that wildlife officials believe killed a calf in Rich County. A trapper with the state first believed the predator was a coyote but determined it was gray wolf earlier this week after analyzing scat, tracks and other evidence, The Salt Lake...

2 protected grizzly bears killed by hunters in Montana

Jun. 3, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an investigation into the death of two grizzly bears believed to be killed by black bear hunters along Rocky Mountain Front lask week. Grizzly bears are a federally protected species. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirmed Tuesday...

Police: 1 person died after kayak overturned on James River

Jun. 3, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — One person died and several others were rescued after their kayaks overturned on the James River in western Virginia. The News & Advance in Lynchburg reports that the incident happened Sunday near Balcony Falls, which is by the western edge of Amherst and Bedford counties. ...

Maine looking for new ways to save whales from fishing gear

Jun. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the final year of funding for a project that seeks to better protect endangered whales in the Gulf of Maine from entanglement in fishing gear. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using the project to collect data about vertical line fishing in the gulf, and...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves a starting flag during a ceremony in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexican president defies leftist label in virus response

Jun. 2, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidency after years of agitating for change, many expected a transformative leader who would take the country to the left even as much of Latin America moved right. Instead, López Obrador is leading like a conservative in many ways —...

House panel passes bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House panel on Tuesday passed a bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built. Decentralized wastewater systems are often used where municipal sewers are not...

Barber Trey Maestri, gives a trim to Owen Bouchard, of Southington, at Trey's Barbershop, 101 Center St., Southington, Conn., Monday, Jun. 1, 2020. Despite restrictions on waiting areas, chair spacing and even conversation, customers flooded back to area salons and barbershops Monday. (Dave Zajac, Record-Journal/Record-Journal via AP)

COVID risk now included in unemployment eligibility check

Jun. 2, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, Connecticut's Department of Labor is now allowed to consider whether returning to work during the cononavirus pandemic would pose an “unreasonable risk” to a person's health or the health of their household. When...