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  • South Dakota's Noem doesn't plan to ratchet up vaccine push

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has no plans to ratchet up her messaging to urge people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even as Republican leaders across the country try to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots in response to a new, more contagious variant that has sent caseloads soaring in some areas.
  • UN office in west Afghanistan comes under fire; guard killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. office in western Afghanistan came under fire Friday and one of its guards was killed as the Taliban and Afghan forces waged fierce battles in the area, the United Nations said.
  • Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities jailed an opposition lawmaker Friday and charged four members of the powerful Islamist movement Ennahdha in the wake of the president's decision to seize exceptional powers, according to Tunisian media reports.
  • Racetrack promoter sorry for backing announcer's racist rant

    FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — An auto racing announcer in southern Minnesota is out for the rest of the season following a racist rant he made during a side gig in Iowa last month — and the Minnesota track promoter who supported him is now apologizing.
  • Haiti arrests another officer in president's murder

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police said Friday that a fourth officer has been arrested in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse.
  • EMT wounded by gunman in Arizona shooting rampage dies

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 20-year-old Tucson emergency medical technician who was critically wounded by a gunman in a shooting rampage last week has died, his employer said Friday.
  • St. Louis County reaches settlement in 1996 murder case

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who was released from prison last year after the Missouri Supreme Court vacated his life sentence for murder has reached a $6.6. million settlement with St. Louis County.
  • Mudslides force about 20 to spend night in highway tunnel

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — About 20 people had to spend the night inside a highway tunnel after rain over an area burned by a wildfire once again triggered mudslides in western Colorado, authorities said Friday.
  • California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire so far this year was flaring up Friday but it was because the flames were chewing through unburned islands of vegetation within a perimeter that firefighters have built, authorities said.

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