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Adesanya's UFC title reign still lacks something special

Jul. 03, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Israel Adesanya has the otherworldly fighting ability and the personal charisma necessary to become mixed martial arts' next crossover superstar. What the UFC middleweight champion doesn’t have are the highlight-reel performances that would make him famous in the...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 03, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. ...

Pioneering Reno photojournalist enters women's hall of fame

Jul. 03, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The newest inductee to the Nevada Women's Fund Hall of Fame is Marilyn Newton, a longtime newspaper photographer who helped blaze the trail for other female journalists in the state a half-century ago. Newton, 77, spent 52 years at the Reno Gazette Journal and...

Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

Jul. 03, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected...

From AM to PM, the fickle force of government is with you

Jul. 02, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you groggily roll out of bed and make breakfast, the government edges up to your kitchen table, too. Unlike you, it's perky. It's an unseen force in your morning. The government makes sure you can see the nutrients in your cereal. It fusses over your toast,...

Biden offshore drilling proposal would allow up to 11 sales

Jul. 01, 2022 22:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration on Friday proposed up to 10 oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off the Alaska coast over the next five years — going against the Democrat's climate promises but scaling back a Trump-era plan that called for dozens of...

Ex-Georgetown coach gets 2 1/2 years in bribery scandal

Jul. 01, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

A former Georgetown University tennis coach who once coached former President Barack Obama's family was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for pocketing more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for helping wealthy parents cheat their kids' way into the school. The sentence...

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Jun. 30, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice, and she took the place of the justice she once worked...

Parson signs $48B Missouri budget, cuts tax refund program

Jun. 30, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday approved most of a roughly $48 billion state budget while cutting $500 million lawmakers had set aside for tax refunds. The budget outlines spending on state programs and services for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins...

Supreme Court decision may slow transition to cleaner energy

Jun. 30, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court ruling limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could have far-reaching consequences for the energy sector — and make it harder for the Biden administration to meet its goal of having the...