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  • Parents: Missing South Dakota girl had history of escapes

    STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl missing from a South Dakota residential youth home for nearly two months has a history of running away, her parents said in an interview published Sunday. Chad and Kasandra Dennard told the Rapid City Journal that their daughter, Serenity Dennard, had planned escapes by packing a suitcase and […]
  • Hungry wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian team has successfully relocated about half a dozen gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. One of two private organizations helping to fund the effort reported Sunday on its Facebook page that the relocation involved six wolves from a second Lake Superior Island in Canadian territory […]
  • California grower recalls avocados over possible listeria

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company says they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, […]
  • Bellingham plans bike, pedestrian changes for greater safety

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state city is planning changes to make streets safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The Bellingham Herald reports residents will see substantial changes across Bellingham over the next few months. New or additional access for bicyclists and pedestrians is planned, including expanded bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and new stoplights. […]
  • Hot air balloon stolen in Indiana found at Florida festival

    SUMMERFIELD, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have recovered a hot air balloon stolen from its owner in Indiana. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office got a tip Saturday from police in Bloomington, Indiana, that the stolen balloon had been spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival. That tip wasn’t full of hot air. In a […]
  • Cyndi Lauper to bring star power to Vermont commencement

    JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — A university in Vermont has announced singer, songwriter and activist Cyndi Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address. Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18. The 65-year-old attended what was then known as Johnson State College in the 1970s. She didn’t earn a […]
  • New Mexico archbishop again denounces ‘Santa Muerte’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico archbishop is renewing his call for Catholics to stop worshipping the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, or “Our Lady of Holy Death,” saying he fears some mistakenly believe the Grim Reaper-like figure is a Roman Catholic Church-sanctioned saint. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester recently told […]
  • New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy […]
  • Poisonous toads infest suburban Florida neighborhood

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads. Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood worry toxins secreted by the toads will harm their pets and children. News stations broadcast images of the […]
  • Italy: Infant dies after parents circumcise him at home

    ROME (AP) — An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home, according to Italian media reports on Sunday. The ANSA news agency reported that the 5-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon and died […]