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Nightmares, panic attacks: Belgian flood survivors struggle

Jul. 29, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

TROOZ, Belgium (AP) — Visions of cars being swept away in a raging current keep coming back to trouble Eric Mouqué. His wife, Cindy, gets triggered by the slightest noise. So when her husband turns on the hose to clean a few things, all she can think about are those...

Venice avoids designation as UNESCO heritage site in danger

Jul. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger Thursday following Italy’s ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city's historic center. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision by UNESCO's...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden goes too far in assurances on vaccines

Jul. 22, 2021 01:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden offered an absolute guarantee Wednesday that people who get their COVID-19 vaccines are completely protected from infection, sickness and death from the coronavirus. The reality is not that cut and dried. The vaccines are extremely...

Leftist rural teacher declared president-elect in Peru

Jul. 19, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Rural teacher-turned-political novice Pedro Castillo on Monday became the winner of Peru’s presidential election after the country’s longest electoral count in 40 years. Castillo, whose supporters included Peru’s poor and rural citizens, defeated...

Supreme Court: Judgeship to stay in Mandan

Jul. 19, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme...

Fewer osprey nesting along Upper Clark Fork River

Jul. 17, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — On July 8, three osprey chicks were abducted from their Warm Springs Pond nest by the Montana Osprey Project. Erick Greene, Dalit Guscio and Geffen Guscio put bands on the chicks’ legs while Maria Hyvonen took pictures. To weigh the birds, they...

Kansas turkey vulture boom could be a sign of climate change

Jul. 16, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — For the past five years or so, former state Sen. Randall Hardy has watched a few dozen turkey vultures roost in a tree next to his garage. He can tell when the migratory birds return to his central Salina neighborhood each spring as the colors begin to...

What pairs with beetle? Startups seek to make bugs tasty

Jul. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tiziana Di Costanzo makes pizza dough from scratch, mixing together flour, yeast, a pinch of salt, a dash of olive oil and something a bit more unusual — ground acheta domesticus, better known as cricket powder. Di Costanzo is an edible insect...

Colorado conducting ambitious Front Range bald eagle survey

Jul. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has launched a four-year study of American bald eagles to determine how the protected raptors have adapted to population growth along the metropolitan Front Range and identify planning measures that could ensure the bird's future. Colorado Parks...

Corrections officials to close prison units to save money

Jul. 14, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State corrections officials have started consolidating partially filled housing units at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe as part of a plan to deal with thousands of empty beds in correctional facilities statewide. By mid-August, housing...