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Michigan lifts indoor mask requirement for vaccinated people

May. 14, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People in Michigan who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don't need to wear a mask any longer, and people who aren't vaccinated don't have to wear one outdoors, officials said Friday, also declaring that the state's indoor mask requirement will expire in July. ...

Belugas finally arrive at Mystic Aquarium after legal battle

May. 14, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Three Beluga whales arrived Friday night at their new home in a Connecticut aquarium after a legal battle to import them and two others from Canada. The whales were flown from Ontario to Connecticut on Friday, secured in special stretchers inside...

Newsom's green budget has something for everyone - even bees

May. 14, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a drought that followed a year of historic wildfires exacerbated by a warming planet, California's governor on Friday proposed spending a record $11 billion on programs to combat climate change, promote clean air, shore up water supplies and prevent wildfires. ...

Officials: Tesla Autopilot probed in fatal California crash

May. 14, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Tesla involved in a fatal crash on a Southern California freeway last week may have been operating on Autopilot before the wreck, according to the California Highway Patrol. The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Los...

Nevada progressives upset bills stall in Dem-led statehouse

May. 14, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Downcast Democratic Party-aligned groups and activists rebuked leaders from their own party Friday after proposals they championed to repeal the death penalty and expand tenant protections failed to make it past a key legislative deadline. Bills...

Prosecutors ask to drop most charges in doctor rape case

May. 14, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — State prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to dismiss most sex crime charges filed against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and raping several women at their Southern California home. The attorney general's...

Judge won't disqualify Las Vegas DA in Nevada execution case

May. 14, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state court judge said Friday he won't disqualify the district attorney in Las Vegas from handling a bid to set the execution date for a convicted Nevada mass murderer. A defense attorney for condemned inmate Zane Michael Floyd said they will appeal...

Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

May. 14, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Problems peaked Thursday night, and service should return...

Missouri lawmakers pass high-profile gun bill on last day

May. 14, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature passed a high-profile measure to ban local enforcement of federal gun laws with just an hour to spare before lawmakers' 6 p.m. Friday deadline. The GOP-led House voted 111-42 along party lines to send the...

The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks

May. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public...