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What's harder than teaching pre-K? Teaching pre-K virtually.

Jan. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EST

VERMILLION, La. (AP) — Pre-kindergarten teacher Darlene Humble kicked off Wednesday morning’s class at LeBlanc Elementary School the same way she always does, with the “good morning song.” About 10 students, most of them 4 years old, sang and clapped along with her and paraprofessional...

Estimated cost of Honolulu flood project doubles to $650M

Jan. 24, 2021 11:26 AM EST

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the cost estimate for a flood prevention project in Hawaii has doubled, striking another blow to the effort. The Corps said a financial analysis on Friday has raised the cost of the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project to more than $650...

In this Wednesday March 4, 2020 courtroom sketch Joshua Schulte, center, is seated at the defense table flanked by his attorneys during jury deliberations in New York. Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals.

Ex-CIA engineer tells judge he's incarcerated like an animal

Jan. 24, 2021 11:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals." Joshua Schulte,...

Louisiana encouraging people to download contact tracing app

Jan. 24, 2021 11:09 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has released a voluntary contact tracing application for mobile phones that can let people know if they've been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the launch of the COVID Defense mobile application Friday and encouraged...

Traffic signals around Maine to be upgraded with new tech

Jan. 24, 2021 9:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Dozens of traffic signals around Maine will be upgraded with a boost from the Federal Highway Administration. The Maine Department of Transportation is set to receive about $3.5 million to replace 43 traffic signal controllers. Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, the chair of the...

FBI: Texas man's posts from Capitol riot lead to his arrest

Jan. 23, 2021 8:09 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old Texas man who investigators say posted videos on social media that showed him taking part in the U.S. Capitol riots earlier this month. Nolan Bernard Cooke was arrested Thursday after investigators executed a search warrant at his Savoy home, according...

New Mexico deputies equipped with body camera technology

Jan. 23, 2021 1:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Deputies with the Bernalillo County sheriff's department are now equipped with body cameras. Sheriff Manuel Gonzales unveiled on Friday the device that all 310 deputies will now be wearing after a newly approved state law requiring law enforcement to have body cameras. “For...

Developer files appeal with Army Corps over mine rejection

Jan. 23, 2021 11:48 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The developer of the Pebble Mine in Alaska has filed an appeal with the Army Corps of Engineers that asks the agency to reconsider the developer's application to build a gold mine upstream from Bristol Bay. The Army Corps of Engineers rejected Pebble Limited Partnership's...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, waste salt, foreground, is shown near an evaporation pond at the Silver Peak lithium mine near Tonopah, Nev.  The Trump administration granted final approval for a proposed northern Nevada lithium mine, one of several eleventh-hour moves made by the Department of Interior to greenlight mining and energy projects. Unlike some other approvals, which are likely to be revoked, President Biden has voiced support for lithium mining as part of his clean energy plans.  (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

Mine OK'd in Trump's last days may boost Biden energy plan

Jan. 23, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One of the keys to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion clean energy plan could be a mineral that lies in a salt flat above a prehistoric volcano just south of the Oregon-Nevada line. But the question of how to extract lithium and whether former President Donald Trump’s...

COVID-19 problems magnified for refugees

Jan. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and isolating for Kentuckians across the state, but those challenges have been amplified for refugees who have come to the area fleeing persecution or conflict. Whether it’s trying to learn English online, figuring out new technology or...