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Suit settled over treatment of students with disabilities

Nov. 25, 2021 08:34 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest school district has reached a settlement with parents and advocacy groups over the treatment of students with disabilities. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the settlement effectively ends more than two years of...

Man critically injured after being struck near Chiefs game

Nov. 22, 2021 08:18 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 49-year-old man from Omaha, Nebraska, is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck while crossing a road on the Truman Sports Complex property in Kansas City, Missouri, during a Chiefs game. Police say the man was struck by a...

Cap on drug price hikes for privately insured sparks battle

Nov. 21, 2021 08:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Workers and families with private health insurance would reap savings on prescription drugs from a little-noticed provision in President Joe Biden's sweeping social agenda bill. It's meant to break the cycle of annual price increases for widely used medicines. ...

Report: Lake Winnipesaukee is worth more than $17 billion

Nov. 20, 2021 17:11 PM EST

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — An economic impact study has found that Lake Winnipesaukee is worth more than $17 billion to the state of New Hampshire's economy, information that an environmental advocacy group hopes to use to underscore the need to protect the lake. The study...

Judge: Wisconsin DNR broke law by not scheduling wolf hunt

Nov. 19, 2021 17:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge says the state Department of Natural Resources violated the law by not immediately scheduling a wolf hunting season after federal protections were removed in February. In an order Thursday, Jefferson County Judge Bennett Brantmeier...

Embattled Time’s Up, post-Cuomo, announces a ‘major reset’

Nov. 19, 2021 16:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Confusion over purpose and mission. Lack of focus on long-term goals. Ineffective communication internally and externally. Lack of accountability for top officials, especially the CEO. Too politically partisan, and too aligned with Hollywood. These...

Colorado officials hear options on restoring gray wolves

Nov. 18, 2021 19:20 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — While gray wolves are under pressure from a federal delisting and increased hunting in some Rocky Mountain states, Colorado wildlife officials heard a number of detailed options Thursday for implementing a voter-approved reintroduction of the species west of the Continental...

Massachusetts politician criticized for insensitive costume

Nov. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EST

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Advocacy groups in Massachusetts are condemning Malden City Councilor Jadeane Sica for a photo of her posted online two years ago where she dressed up as an employee of Orchids of Asia, the Florida spa at the center of a high-profile prostitution case that implicated...

Biden: US may not send top dignitaries to Beijing Olympics

Nov. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States was weighing a diplomatic boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing over China's human rights abuses, a move that would keep American dignitaries, but not athletes, from the games. ...

Annual list of 10 'worst' toys released by safety group

Nov. 17, 2021 14:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Toys with tiny accessories children can choke on, wheeled toys that could lead to falls, and toys that fire projectiles that could possibly injure a child's eyes are among the playthings on an annual “10 Worst Toys" list released Wednesday by a consumer safety advocacy...