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US Park service sued after gate kills Ugandan humanitarian

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a women's rights activist from Uganda sued the National Park Service this month after she was decapitated last year by a gate at Utah's Arches National Park. The gate had been left unlatched against federal policy for two weeks before it struck Esther ...

Police: Gunman dead after killing 2 at fire hydrant factory

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A worker wielding a handgun fatally shot two people and wounded two others at an Alabama fire hydrant factory early Tuesday before killing himself, police said. The shooting — which happened about 2:30 a.m. at a Mueller Co. plant in Albertville — added to a slew ...

Judge OKs $15M settlement over rape of incapacitated woman

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center, marking the last of several deals to resolve legal claims over the rape. The ...

Judge pauses loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the ...

US will restore $1B for California’s troubled bullet train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has reached an agreement to restore nearly $1 billion in funding for California's troubled bullet train, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized settlement negotiations to restore the money for the ...

Harris touts child care funding and payments to families

Vice President Kamala Harris highlighted the Biden administration's efforts to expand child care and relieve the financial pressures of parenthood during a visit to a child care center on Friday. Harris is discussing new guidance on $15 billion in grants to support child care programs, ...

Lakota spiritual leader, activist Leonard Crow Dog dies

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist who fought for sovereignty, language preservation and religious freedom, has died at age 78. Crow Dog, Sicangu Lakota Oyate, passed away June 6 at Crow Dog's Paradise on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in ...

Biden nominee linked to 1989 sabotage draws Republican ire

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee federal lands in the U.S. West is facing Republican pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago. U.S. Sen. John ...

Biden to return diverted border wall money, spend down rest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday. President Joe Biden suspended construction ...

Bills that could force Big Tech breakups unveiled in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of House lawmakers put forward a sweeping legislative package Friday that could curb the market power of Big Tech companies and force Facebook, Google, Amazon or Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. The bipartisan proposals are ...