For school shooting victims, future plans dashed by tragedy

School Shooting Texas-3

A 17-year-old student looking forward to celebrating his family's new swimming pool and a...


Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike

Las Vegas Casinos Contracts

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the city’s world-famous resorts. About 25,000 members...


Wyoming makes rush for hyped new tech, results still virtual

Wyoming Digital Currency

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Block Chain Gang LLC, Crypto Cowboy, Something Something Blockchain LLC: Based on the names of dozens of new companies registering to set up shop in Wyoming, the state’s effort to lure the latest tech craze appears to be paying off. Proponents say blockchain — the ledger where...


Energy wells plugged as Hawaii's volcano sends lava nearby

Hawaii Volcano

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. Lava from a nearby, new volcanic vent entered, then stalled, on the 815-acre (329.8 hectare) property where the Puna...


Couple featured on 'Weed Country' show charged in Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Oregon couple featured on the television show “Weed Country” has been indicted on marijuana-related charges in Tennessee. The U.S. attorney’s office in Jackson says Michael and Tawni Boutin, of Medford, Oregon, face charges including manufacturing...


In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

Opioids Forced Treatment

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The last thing Lizabeth Loud, a month from giving birth, wanted was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge’s order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud...


Board will hear Cyntoia Brown's request for clemency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, a woman who is serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, is going to make her case for clemency at a hearing in a Tennessee prison. The state’s Board of Parole will make a recommendation sometime after the hearing...


Stephen King among the honorees at PEN America gala

APTOPIX 2018 PEN Literary Gala

NEW YORK (AP) — On a night when speakers included Stephen King, Morgan Freeman and Margaret Atwood, no one at the PEN American gala had a more moving and inspiring presence than Parkland shooting survivor Samantha Fuentes. One of three student gun control activists receiving PEN’s Freedom of...


Takuma Sato back to defend Indy 500 victory with new team

Indy 500 Sato Defense Auto Racing

The fans lined up one by one in the most orderly fashion, waiting for their chance to take a photograph or snag an autograph from the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500. Good thing they were patient, too. Takuma Sato spent time chatting with every single one of them. The meet-and-greet...


Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states

Wyoming Grizzly Hunt

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming could allow grizzly bear hunting for the first time in decades when state officials vote Wednesday whether to allow as many as 22 grizzlies to be killed this fall outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and...


Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest

Dry Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on...

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