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Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...

New interactive tool helps Hoosiers find canoes, kayaks

Aug. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A steady breeze rippled the placid water of the Driftwood River, breaking the tranquility surrounding the canoe. The rustling leaves of the towering sycamore, cottonwood and silver maple trees along the river was the only other sound on the water. Though a fellow group of paddlers...

This photo taken April 24, 2020, shows Wynice Franklin, left, and her mother Louise Johnson, right, receiving bottled water from local officials in Church Rock, N.M. Johnson said her biggest challenge during the coronavirus pandemic is getting water to her home. (Vida Volkert,/Gallup Independent via AP)

Thousands of Navajo Nation homes without plumbing amid virus

Aug. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. (AP) — Seventy- six-year-old Louise Johnson made a plea for help in her cellphone voicemail message. “My name is Louise Johnson. I live in the Superman Canyon (area). I need food and woods.” Earlier this year, when the pandemic hit the Navajo Nation, she found herself unable...

Minnesota family farms see business surge during pandemic

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Roberta Ehret paused when asked if her family farm could possibly survive the coronavirus pandemic. “I feel a little guilty,” she told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Actually, business is booming.” She and husband Brian own KDE Farms in Hugo, a...

Sambusa, a Somali meat pie filled with ground beef and spices, is shown at J's Sambusa, a new Somali restaurant Monday, July 26, 2020 in North Mankato, Minn. Before Nasra “Jamila” Ibrahim emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1994, she worked at her brother’s restaurant in Mogadishu. Ever since then, the idea of opening a restaurant of her own has lingered in the back of her mind. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Somali immigrant lives dream with North Mankato restaurant

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Before Nasra “Jamila” Ibrahim emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1994, she worked at her brother’s restaurant in Mogadishu. Ever since then, the idea of opening a restaurant of her own has lingered in the back of her mind. On Monday, July 27, she...

Young, Black woman opens coffee and juice cafe in Jackson

Aug. 1, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Opening a restaurant during a pandemic can seem impossible. After placing orders for a cold pressed juice machine and the perfect furniture for the sitting area, Kenya MomPremier had no idea it would take two months for delivery due to coronavirus. Even though this hurdle deemed...

Children wash sheep with soap before they are offered for sale for the upcoming Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, on the beach in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, July 30, 2020. Even in the best of times, many Muslims in West Africa scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on the Eid al-Adha holiday, a display of faith that often costs as much as a month's income, and now the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on people's budgets putting an important religious tradition beyond financial reach. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Livestock prices stress Muslims in Africa ahead of Eid

Jul. 30, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Even in the best of times, many Muslims scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on Eid al-Adha, a display of faith that can amount to an entire month's income. Now, the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic are straining families across Africa even more as they...

This July 21, 2020 photo shows SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar employee Liz Carey who has been out of work since the shop closed in March and now faces the potential loss of federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

Jobless workers worry about end of federal pandemic aid

Jul. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — For Liz Carey, the additional $600 unemployment payment every week during the COVID-19 pandemic at least has eased the financial stress of this unsettling time. Carey, 26, lost her job at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar when the downtown Eau Claire business shut down for...

4th-generation Indiana produce farm is a family affair

Jul. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Inside Luke Daily’s barn hangs a sign that reads, “It takes a family to run a farm.” For Daily, a fourth-generation farmer, the phrase couldn’t be more accurate. Started by Daily’s great-grandfather, Daily’s Farm has provided fresh food to the...

Activist amplifies voices of Louisville's Latinx community

Jul. 25, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — “Somos un circulo.” We are a circle. Karina Barillas’ mantra fills nearly every space she occupies. Whether she’s in a board room, standing amid a protest or leading a community meeting, Barillas often encourages crowds of people to align their bodies to...