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New Hampshire notables put out word about voting absentee

Aug. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of New Hampshire notables has recorded public service announcements to get the word out to residents that they can vote absentee in the state primary and general election during the coronavirus pandemic. Filmmaker Ken Burns, comedian Seth Meyers, and Granite State Challenge...

Lawmakers call for hearings on severance for governor's aide

Aug. 14, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on Friday called for hearings into why Gov. Larry Hogan’s new chief of staff received a six-figure severance package when he left his job at an independent state agency to work in the governor’s office. Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, a protester carries an umbrella as federal police officers deploy tear gas during a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Federal agents have left Portland, but city officials are still learning about and cleaning tear gas residue that lingers in the streets, dirt and possibly storm drains that empty into the Willamette River. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Tear gas at Portland protests raises concern about pollution

Aug. 12, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The presence of U.S. agents has diminished in Portland, Oregon, but city officials are still cleaning up tear gas residue from the streets, dirt and possibly the storm drains after the chemical was used frequently by both police and federal officers during more than two months of...

Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

Aug. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Lawyers for the U.S. government and one of the groups seeking...

Chicago group given $10 million for community redevelopment

Aug. 6, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A community group on Chicago’s South Side on Thursday was the recipient of a $10 million grant from a foundation to boost a million-dollar development to transform an abandoned building and a vacant lot into a neighborhood gathering spot. The "Always Growing, Auburn Gresham”...

Police stand by as protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore. on their way to the Portland Police Association building on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.  A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland mayor decries violent protesters as props for Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, a city wracked by nearly 70 consecutive nights of unrest, on Thursday angrily denounced those who attempted to set a police precinct on fire with officers stationed inside as props in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and said those...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Aug. 6, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past...

Water company to pay $5 M for hazardous waste violations

Aug. 5, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5 million in fines for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of...

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' much smaller this year

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s too little...

Regulators lose bid to avoid subpoenas in wastewater case

Jul. 29, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by state environmental regulators to challenge a judge’s decision ordering them to turn over information to property owners suing a poultry processing company over wastewater violations. A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that...