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Athens approves site for government-sanctioned homeless camp

Aug. 04, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Local leaders in Athens have decided on a site for a government-sanctioned homeless camp. The Athens-Clarke County Commission on Tuesday voted to approve the North Athens School as the spot for the encampment. The vote was tied -...

Nebraska state government to offer hiring bonuses up to $15K

Aug. 04, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Faced with a labor shortage and a growing number of vacancies, Nebraska state officials are offering bigger incentive packages to try to get people to work in the state’s prisons, veterans homes and other facilities that require around-the-clock staffing. ...

The Latest: Microsoft: US workers must be fully vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft says employees must be fully vaccinated to enter the company’s U.S. offices and other worksites, starting next month. The tech giant told employees Tuesday it will require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors, and any guests...

Lawmakers: Labor shortage could wreak havoc on chile harvest

Aug. 04, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prides itself on having the best chile in the world, but a shortage of farmhands could leave a big portion of this year’s bumper crop rotting on the vine. “We have one of the best chile crops the state has ever seen because the...

Library book returned after 50 years with $20 bill

Aug. 04, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) — A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said. The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reports that the 1967 copy of “Coins You Can Collect" by Burton Hobson arrived last...

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds state's permit-to-carry law

Aug. 04, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law requiring individuals to have a permit to carry a handgun in public is constitutional and does not violate the Second Amendment. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was charged with...

Political pressure grows on Cuomo; prosecutors eye him, too

Aug. 04, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's legislative leaders signaled Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo could swiftly face an impeachment trial if he doesn't resign, while a growing number of prosecutors also eyed investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women. ...

Obama curtails 60th birthday bash after delta variant surge

Aug. 04, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The party for the nation's 44th president will go on, but only for family and close friends. Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend at his Martha's Vineyard home off the Massachusetts coast due to the...

More Arizona school districts approve mask-wearing mandates

Aug. 04, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Tucson's largest school district and two more Phoenix districts have approved mask-wearing mandates to curb the spread of COVID-19 despite a recently enacted state law barring school districts from requiring mask-wearing. The Tucson Unified School...

Wisconsin election officials cancel 205K voter registrations

Aug. 04, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin elections officials said Wednesday that they have removed more than 205,000 voters from the rolls as part of routine work to keep the state's registration lists up to date. Purging voters from the rolls has been a...