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Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday halted Wisconsin's fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost...

Providence orders residents of homeless camp to vacate site

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — People living at a homeless encampment in a vacant lot in Providence were given until Nov. 1 to clear out Wednesday, but advocates say they have nowhere else to go. City Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and police Capt. Henry Remolina...

Group sues to obtain Wisconsin DNR board chairman's texts

Oct. 19, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the Department of Natural Resources policy board chairman's text messages. Midwest Environmental Advocates filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court against Fred Prehn, the board...

State revenues are up after top earners paid more in taxes

Oct. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is seeing a surge in revenues this year following a tax increase on the state's highest-earning people and businesses. New York ended September with a balance of about $20 billion in the main operating fund, which is where most state...

Group decries sentencing of Oklahoma woman for miscarriage

Oct. 18, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A national advocacy group for women on Monday blasted the sentencing of a 21-year-old Oklahoma woman to prison for a manslaughter conviction after she suffered a miscarriage while using methamphetamine. Brittney Poolaw, of Lawton, was sentenced to...

Board to consider hiring outside attorneys in wolf lawsuits

Oct. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources policy board plans to vote next week on whether to hire its own attorneys in a pair of lawsuits seeking to block the fall wolf hunt, underscoring the deepening rift between the board's Republican members and Democratic Gov. Tony...

More repression, fewer jobs: Jordanians face bleak outlook

Oct. 15, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. ...

Apple CEO, NBA's Dwyane Wade help LGBTQ group build homes

Oct. 13, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook and retired NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade joined Utah leaders Wednesday to announce the completion of a local advocacy group's campaign to build new homes that provide services for LGBTQ youth in the U.S. West. Encircle, a non-profit...

GOP stalls pick who'd be government's highest-ranking Muslim

Oct. 13, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of a Pakistani-born businessman who would be the highest-ranking Muslim in the U.S. government is in jeopardy because Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked his confirmation. The stalemate has led to Democratic charges of anti-Muslim bias and galvanized...

NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson criticized over anti-LGBT views

Oct. 11, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made criticizing sexual education and likening gay and transgender people to “filth.” “There’s no reason...