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FILE - In this this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo shows Kathy Kunkel, the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, waits to speak at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Kunkel told the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, May, 15, 2020, she fears that she may not yet have had her toughest day yet in fighting the novel coronavirus in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Top New Mexico public heath official announces retirement

Jul. 3, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, 69, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work at the forefront on...

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Prosecutor to probe attorney general-FIFA president meetings

Jul. 3, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed in Switzerland to assess complaints about alleged criminal conduct when attorney general Michael Lauber had undisclosed meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office on Friday said it...

Council member to lead Kansas board punishing misconduct

Jul. 3, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For Brandon Johnson, the journey to leading the Kansas board that regulates police officers began 15 years ago, with his face to the ground on a Wichita street and an officer’s knee in his back. Johnson, an African-American Wichita City Council member, said his activism career...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

Supreme Court declines to hear Equal Pay Act case

Jul. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that employers can't use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The court on Thursday declined to take up a case from the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges there...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: John Roberts Is No Pro-Choice Hero The New York Times June 29 The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights on Monday, with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the liberals on the court to strike down a Louisiana...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 30 The Wall Street Journal on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan: It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban...

People arrive at one of 12 drive-up voting assistance centers in Salt Lake County, Utah, this one in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, as workers go to cars to help people get ballots to replace lost ones or help unaffiliated voters register Republican to be able to vote in the primary. Utah was one of a handful of states that decided not to open any in-person polling places this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Huntsman, Cox in tight race for GOP nod for Utah governor

Jul. 1, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The contest for the GOP nomination in the race for Utah governor remained too close to call Tuesday, with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox maintaining a narrow lead over ex-U.S. Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. as vote-counting continued during the coronavirus pandemic. Trailing behind were...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits

Jun. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Voting...

Judge halts Iowa's new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Jun. 30, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

An Iowa judge issued an injunction halting the state’s latest abortion restriction, a 24-hour waiting period, on Tuesday, a day before the measure was set to become law. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Monday, but the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming...