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  • Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends

    DALLAS - Now that Texas' mask mandate is ending, florist Lucy Alanis is reconsidering a rare treat she allowed herself in Dallas during the coronavirus pandemic: the occasional meal at a restaurant.
  • Press groups call on Nicaragua to stop harassing media

    MEXICO CITY - The Committee to Protect Journalists and three other press freedom groups called on the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Wednesday to stop harassing and targeting media outlets. The call came on Nicaragua’s Journalists Day.
  • AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EST

    Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
  • NTSB: Plane began a turn, descent before fatal Alaska crash

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A plane that crashed in Alaska's Wrangell-St Elias National Park last month, killing two people, began a gradual right turn and a descent shortly before the accident, a preliminary report released Wednesday says.
  • DeWine faces choppy political waters 1 year into pandemic

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - At the beginning of 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was working on plans to battle algae blooms in Lake Erie, crack down on distracted driving, and figure out a way to save an Ohio minor league baseball team.
  • 6 killed in Oklahoma house fire, including children

    WOODWARD, Okla. - A fire tore through an Oklahoma home early Wednesday, killing six people, including several children, officials said.
  • EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat

    BRUSSELS - The European Union said Wednesday that Britain's “unilateral action" on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sides.
  • Oklahoma prosecutor urges panel to reject inmate's claims

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The evidence implicating an Oklahoma death row inmate whose case has drawn national attention is overwhelming and his application for a commutation is filled with “demonstrable falsehoods," Oklahoma County's top prosecutor wrote in a letter this week to the state's Pardon and Parole Board.
  • Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants

    PIERRE, S.D. - Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received over $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.
  • The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak at Vermont state prison grows

    MONTPELIER, Vt. -- An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Vermont state prison in Newport has grown to 100 inmates and eight staff members, making it the largest outbreak at a Vermont correctional facility since the start of the pandemic, the commissioner of the Department of Corrections said.

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