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Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

Jul. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department's Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation's capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to...

Unlikely partners Pelosi and Cheney team up for Jan. 6 probe

Jul. 23, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Nancy Pelosi raised a glass to Liz Cheney, it was the most unlikely of toasts. Democratic lawmakers and the Republican congresswoman were gathered in the House speaker’s office as the group prepared for the first session of the committee ...

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

Jul. 23, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally on Friday that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own...

Arizona GOP official: Ballots in recount safe from roof leak

Jul. 23, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Republican official said Friday that ballots stored for the review of the Maricopa County 2020 election were not damaged by water leaking from the ceiling at a state fairgrounds building during Phoenix-area monsoon thunderstorms. “No ballots...

DOJ says no probe into state-run nursing homes in New York

Jul. 23, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, according to a letter sent Friday to several Republican members of Congress. Under former...

Arkansas virus cases rise by nearly 2,000 as surge continues

Jul. 23, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' coronavirus cases rose by nearly 2,000 on Friday as the state's COVID-19 surge prompted the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to scale back its hospital visitor policy. The Department of Health said the state's virus cases...

Republican John Kovacs launches bid for Nevada House seat

Jul. 23, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican John Kovacs on Friday announced plans to run for southern Nevada battleground congressional district in 2022. The Henderson construction company owner joins a growing field of challengers who hope to unseat Democratic Rep. Susie Lee,...

California inks contract with new 40K-member childcare union

Jul. 23, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At a time when labor unions are struggling across the United States, California on Friday signed a first-time contract with 40,000 childcare providers under a new collective bargaining agreement. With his signature, Democratic Gov. Gavin...

Lawmaker questions New Mexico AG's handling of solar case

Jul. 23, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ handling of a now-settled case involving a large solar installation company has spurred a request from a state lawmaker for an investigation. Rep. Daymon Ely is asking State Auditor Brian Colón,...

Louisiana senator resigns to lead gambling regulatory board

Jul. 23, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A longtime state lawmaker from the Lake Charles area resigned Friday from the Senate to take the helm of Louisiana's gambling regulatory board. Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Republican Ronnie Johns, of Sulphur, as chairman of the Gaming Control...