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Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country's highest court. Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez were wed Thursday at the civil registry office in the coastal city of Guayaquil. They say they will...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement

Jul. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will be paid an average of $3,500 each under a class-action settlement that alleged exploitation of the mostly young women who perform the jobs. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello (ar-GWAY'-oh) gave final approval to the $65.5...

It's an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

Jul. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's an orangutan! The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan to longtime inhabitant Feliz and Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall. The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and by destruction of the forests where they live....

Heat wave forecast prompts Chicago public housing checks

Jul. 18, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

Public housing officials in Chicago were planning wellbeing checks on residents as the heat and humidity are expected to mount to dangerous levels as part of a wave of sweltering weather covering a substantial portion of the U.S. Routine checks also will be done to make sure the temperature in housing units are...

Jerry Seinfeld learns from comedy's best on Netflix series

Jul. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Seinfeld would rather cruise in classic cars and sip coffee with comedy's best than reboot his uber-successful "Seinfeld" television series. "No, and do what? Make it worse?" Seinfeld said in an interview Wednesday night about his eponymous NBC sitcom, which celebrated...

Richard Branson inspired by Apollo, his own space shot soon

Jul. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson says his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. Branson celebrated his 69th birthday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday during 50th anniversary celebrations for humanity's first...

North Carolina Zoo worker dies in fall during drill

Jul. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Officials at the North Carolina Zoo say a worker was killed after falling from a tree during a rescue drill. News outlets report the state Department of Labor says the zoo worker was an arborist participating in the aerial drill on Thursday when the worker fell approximately 30 feet...

Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year

Jul. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first two new Toys R Us stores — one in Texas, the other in New Jersey — will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U.S. Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, says an...

Wyoming to discuss requiring hunters to carry bear spray

Jul. 18, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials plan to discuss possibly requiring hunters to carry bear spray in grizzly bear habitat. Seven environmental groups have petitioned the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to adopt such a requirement, saying it could result in hunters killing fewer grizzlies in...