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Minnesota sports betting bill advances as budget items stall

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposal to legalize sports betting survived a test Thursday amid lawmakers' efforts to pull together the pieces of a package to spend Minnesota's enormous budget surplus with just days remaining in the legislative session. The bill, authored by Republican Sen. Roger ...

Proposed Nebraska mine has sizeable deposit of rare elements

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The mining company that wants to extract a rare heat-resistant element from the ground under southeast Nebraska says a new report shows the deposit it plans to mine holds a significant amount of other rare elements. NioCorp Developments said Thursday that the latest ...

Arizona developer’s lawyer wants to rebut US House charges

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for an Arizona real estate developer who was referred to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation along with a former Trump administration Cabinet member by Democrats on a congressional committee demanded Thursday that he be allowed to publicly rebut ...

FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers Thursday that a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running as soon as next week, though he sidestepped questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier to address problems at the plant ...

Alaska lawmakers pass budget package to end session

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature in the waning hours of a four-month session approved a state spending package that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. The approved amount would ...

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest transportation costs in ...

Boeing crew capsule launches to space station on test redo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft. Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space Station on ...

20 years after spate of hospital deaths, ex-worker accused

In the five months that Jennifer Anne Hall was a respiratory therapist at Hedrick Medical Center, the rural Missouri hospital experienced 18 "code blue" incidents — an alarming increase in sudden cardiac arrest events for a hospital that historically averaged one of them a year, according to ...

Johnny Depp was a controlling lover, ex-girlfriend testifies

To hear actor Ellen Barkin tell it, Johnny Depp was a controlling, jealous and angry man even back in the 1990s, when the two dated. "Where are you going?" Barkin said Depp would ask her. "Who are you going with? What did you do last night?" Barkin added: "I had a scratch on my back once that ...

Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the Big Sur ...

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril that National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn't involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America's largest intelligence service. The NSA and other ...

House passes bill to crack down on gasoline ‘price gouging’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely divided House approved legislation Thursday to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar. A bill backed by House Democrats would give President Joe Biden authority to declare an energy ...

Blowback as Bush gaffes Iraq war, not Ukraine, ‘unjustified’

Former President George W. Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as "brutal" and "wholly unjustified," before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "The result is an absence of ...

Rosmarie Trapp, whose family inspired ‘Sound of Music,’ dies

Rosmarie Trapp, whose Austrian family the von Trapps was made famous in the musical and beloved movie "The Sound of Music," has died. She died Friday at the age of 93 at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge announced. Her brother Johannes is president of the Stowe ...

In 2 states, 1 in 20 residents missed during US head count

Around 1 in 20 residents in Arkansas and Tennessee were missed during the 2020 census, and four other U.S. states had significant undercounts of their populations which could shortchange them of federal funding in the current decade, according to figures from a survey the U.S. Census Bureau ...

Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio exploring run for US House

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's considering a run for Congress after a legal battle over the state's political maps opened up a seat in Brooklyn. The two-term Democrat, who left office at the end of 2021, said Wednesday that he's formed an exploratory ...

Former US Rep. Corrine Brown pleads guilty in fraud case

A criminal case against former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, one of the first Black representatives elected to Congress from Florida after Reconstruction, ended Wednesday with her guilty plea to a tax charge in a charity fraud case. Brown, 75, had been convicted before in 2017 of 18 counts and ...

US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence shows that it's a "genuine possibility" that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week, according to the White House. White House national ...

After Buffalo massacre, NY governor seeks action on guns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would require state police to seek court orders to keep guns away from people who might pose a threat to themselves or others under a package of executive orders and gun control bills touted Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul in the aftermath of a racist attack on a ...

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with Secretary of ...