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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 24, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photographs shared on social media show recent fires burning in the...

Today in History

Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2019. There are 131 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup. On this date:...

Nevada will seek new court order to remove plutonium

Aug. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada isn't giving up its push to get the Trump administration to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas last year, learning from an appeals court defeat and planning a challenge that gets to the heart of the fight. State Attorney General Aaron...

Today in History

Aug. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2019. There are 138 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. In...

Court rules for US in fight over Nevada plutonium shipment

Aug. 13, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against Nevada in a battle with the U.S. government over its secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas but the state's attorney general says the fight isn't over yet. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Energy Department wants to build nuclear test "fast" reactor

Aug. 5, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new nuclear test reactor is needed as part of an effort to revamp the nation's fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. The federal agency said it will prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the...

Energy secretary returns to Nevada nuke site in legal fight

Aug. 2, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry once again visited a site near Las Vegas where weapons-grade plutonium is stored and low-level radioactive material was mistakenly sent for years. Perry confirmed his team gave Gov. Steve Sisolak classified and unclassified briefings during Thursday's tour of the Nevada National...

San Juan County paid nearly $500K for Bears Ears lobbying

Jul. 29, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small county in southeastern Utah paid a consulting firm nearly $500,000 to lobby against the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument and for the downsizing of it after it was created, according to newly released public records. San Juan County paid New Orleans-based...

Court says Texas can make voting maps over 'grave concerns'

Jul. 24, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal court ruled Wednesday that Texas can change voting maps without supervision despite "grave concerns" and findings that Republicans used racial gerrymandering while trying to strengthen their majorities in Congress and the state Legislature. The decision is key ahead of the...

Former Texas judge leaves GOP, denouncing Trump for racism

Jul. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas judge who served on the state's highest criminal court has denounced President Donald Trump in announcing her decision to leave the Republican party. The Austin American-Statesman reports retired Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala announced her decision on...