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Native American tribe, New Mexico ink water leasing deal

Jan. 20, 2022 18:48 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin, officials announced Thursday. The agreement involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and...

Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated at an early enough age, according to a study published Thursday. The researchers gave increasing amounts of peanut protein powder to a group of toddlers to build up their tolerance for...

US drops case against MIT professor accused of ties to China

Jan. 20, 2022 17:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department dropped charges Thursday against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of concealing ties to the Chinese government, a further setback to a federal initiative that was set up to prevent economic espionage and theft by Beijing of trade...

California water districts will get more supply than planned

Jan. 20, 2022 16:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Last month's wet winter storms led California officials on Thursday to announce they'll release more water than initially planned from state storage to local agencies that provide water for 27 million people and vast swaths of farmland. The Department of...

Search on for humpback whale entangled in debris off Hawaii

Jan. 20, 2022 16:16 PM EST

POIPU, Hawaii (AP) — A marine mammal rescue team is looking for an adult humpback whale entangled in debris off the coast of Hawaii. First responders removed about 2,000 feet (600 meters) of heavy-gauge line from the animal over the weekend when it was off the island of Kauai, The...

Rhode Island governor releases proposed $12.8B state budget

Jan. 20, 2022 16:06 PM EST

Rhode Island's governor submitted a $12.8 billion state budget plan to the General Assembly on Thursday that seeks to address the pandemic, build more affordable housing, invest in schools and help businesses. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said in the budget documents that he's trying to...

Washington justices uphold $18M fine in GMO-labeling case

Jan. 20, 2022 14:36 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly upheld an $18 million fine levied against an association of large food brands that funneled dark money into a state political campaign. The 5-4 decision Thursday found that the penalty against the Grocery Manufacturers...

US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

Jan. 20, 2022 13:29 PM EST

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for...

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 12:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes...

Study: Drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally

Jan. 20, 2022 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Antibiotic-resistant germs caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally in one year, according to new research that suggests that these “superbugs" have joined the ranks of the world's leading infectious disease killers. The new estimate, published Thursday in the...