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Cheyenne HollyFrontier refinery to lay off 200, switch focus

Jun. 2, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of Wyoming's major oil refineries will lay off over two-thirds of its workforce and undergo a major reworking in response to tough economic conditions. The announcement Monday by HollyFrontier Corp. was more bad economic news for Cheyenne after last week's announcement that the...

COVID risk now included in unemployment eligibility check

Jun. 2, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, Connecticut's Department of Labor is now allowed to consider whether a worker would pose an “unreasonable risk” to the health of their household if they return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest...

Middle Tennessee girl drowns in kayaking accident on river

Jun. 2, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee wildlife officials say a 15-year-old girl drowned while kayaking with her parents on the Duck River in Bedford County. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the family from Manchester was kayaking on the river below Normandy Dam on Sunday when the girl's vessel...

House panel to look at bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built is scheduled for a hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. Decentralized...

Maryland reports thousands of algae-related fish deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Environment is reporting that thousands of fish have died in some of the state's waterways. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the large fish kills are related to this year’s particularly intense bloom of algae. Department spokesman Jay...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves a starting flag during a ceremony in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexican president defies leftist label in virus response

Jun. 2, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidency after years of agitating for change, many expected a transformative leader who would take the country to the left even as much of Latin America moved right. Instead, López Obrador is leading like a conservative in many ways —...

W. Virginia gov. recommends 12 projects for federal funds

Jun. 2, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recommended 12 development projects located on or nearby abandoned mine lands to get over $27 million in federal funds. The projects recommended Thursday include constructions for an ATV resort, a wildlife education center and water treatment...

Florida woman discovers alligators fighting by her home

Jun. 2, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman in route to get her morning coffee was jolted awake with pounding on her front door she later discovered to be two alligators fighting in front of her home in Florida. The video of the surprising encounter in Fort Myers was posted on Facebook last week by Susan Geshel. When...

6 elephants killed by poachers in single day in Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least six elephants were killed in a single day by poachers in Ethiopia last week, wildlife officials said, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nation. “The elephants were killed while they ventured out of the Mago National Park to drink...

In this April 2014 photo provided by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a researcher holds a ferret at their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2020, the lab is working with 300 ferrets developing a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate and testing other vaccine candidates and therapeutics. (VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan via AP)

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Jun. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the...