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Cables, carbon wraps to support cracked West Seattle Bridge

Jun. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Construction workers are expected to begin work on the West Seattle Bridge this week, adding carbon strips and steel cables for support after engineers discovered growing cracks in March, transportation officials said. The Seattle Department of Transportation announced Monday that work on...

West Seattle low bridge opens to overnight traffic

Jun. 26, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Motorists may now cross the lower West Seattle swing bridge from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., while the city considers opening the two-lane span to additional users. The change takes effect immediately, The Seattle Times reported. It will relieve some drivers from a 4-mile (6 kilometer) detour using...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jun. 24, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ June 24 The Times-News on local protests against racial injustice: In late May, the nation was collectively shell-shocked when a video surfaced of George Floyd dying while in police custody as Officer Dave Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck. Since that incident,...

FILE - In this June 8, 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, June 11, 2020, that legislators did not violate the state constitution by allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. A three-judge panel affirmed a ruling last November by the Michigan Court of Claims, which upheld a law authorizing a deal between former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Court: Michigan Great Lakes tunnel deal constitutional

Jun. 11, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that legislators did not violate the state constitution by allowing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, clearing the way for the project to proceed unless another court intervenes....

Seattle considers replacing cracked bridge with tunnel

Jun. 10, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — City leaders have discussed replacing the West Seattle Bridge with a tunnel or more traditional bridge options after engineers discovered growing infrastructure cracks in March. The Seattle Department of Transportation announced it may also put $2 million in federal money toward initial...

St. Louis County asks unmasked protesters to quarantine

Jun. 3, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Wednesday asked protesters who didn't wear masks or socially distance themselves during protests over the death of George Floyd to quarantine. Page said he's concerned days of protests over Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody might reverse...

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

A volunteer worker walks past a shattered display window early Sunday morning, May 31, 2020, at the downtown Macy's store in Chicago, after a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After downtown Chicago protests, unrest spreads to suburbs

May. 31, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after tense weekend protests over the death of George Floyd, destruction and unrest spread to the city's neighborhoods and suburbs. Vandals smashed...

Petrified Forest National Park to begin phased reopening

May. 28, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona is reopening some of its facilities and areas that have been closed to the public since March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Park officials said Wednesday that a phased approach to increase recreational access and other...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, author and film producer, George R. R. Martin, left, speaks in Santa Fe, N.M. Martin, the famed author of the “Game of Thrones” fantasy series, has joined a group to buy the historic Santa Fe Southern Railroad, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

George R.R. Martin joins group to buy historic railway

May. 26, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — George R.R. Martin, the famed author of the “Game of Thrones” fantasy series, has joined a group to buy the historic Santa Fe Southern Railroad. Violet Crown cinema owner Bill Banowsky, National Dance Institute of New Mexico co-founder Catherine Oppenheimer and Martin...