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  • New Mexico zoo cares for endangered Mexican gray wolves

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s zoo is celebrating the survival of one of three Mexican gray wolf pups born at the facility this year. ABQ BioPark officials say the pup has grown over the last several months and is becoming more curious and confident. The births of the pups in May marked the first time […]
  • California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

    SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington announced Thursday that 340 artifacts focusing on presidential administrations from the 18th to the 20th centuries are being donated by L. Dennis and Susan […]
  • California considers requiring zero emission truck sales

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The country’s most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how to clean up its worst-in-the nation air quality. Home to the two largest ports in the country in Los Angeles and Long Beach, […]
  • Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case […]
  • Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews. The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday tells the Education Department, when vetting alleged Civil Rights Act violations that can […]
  • Pastor: Donated toys tainted by meth lab in church playroom

    BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Christmas toys donated to a Maine church where a meth lab was discovered in the playroom have been contaminated and cannot be given out to children in need, the church’s pastor said. Buxton community members donated two large boxes of toys, but for safety sake, the Buxton United Methodist Church will […]
  • US academics detained, removed from Russia over visa mix-up

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Five academics from New York’s University at Buffalo were ordered to leave Russia after authorities there determined they had violated their tourist visas by giving a lecture, the university said Thursday. The two School of Management faculty members, two staffers and one alumna arrived back in the United States on Thursday […]
  • Black bears in Florida to remain off limits to hunters

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The once-threatened black bear will continue to be off limits to Florida hunters, as part of a 10-year management plan approved Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The bears used to number only in the low hundreds and were declared a threatened species in the 1970s. Since then, […]
  • More people signing up for health insurance in California

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California’s state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year who refuse to buy insurance. Covered California […]
  • Trump says he’ll expand child care, paid leave for workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Thursday to expand child care and time-off options for working moms and dads confronted with high costs and lack of access to quality care, saying in his administration “we get it done.” Trump spoke at the White House as legislation to grant federal workers, both military and civilian, […]