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  • Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off thus far

    WASHINGTON — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss. The survey of nearly 4,700 beekeepers managing more than 300,000 colonies goes back 13 years and is conducted by bee experts at the University of Maryland, Auburn University and several other colleges. Beekeepers had been […]

  • USA Gymnastics revamps Safe Sport policy, aims to provide better protection for athletes

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse. The organization released the new policy on Wednesday after consulting with a wide spectrum of people inside and outside the sport. The group included child welfare advocates and survivors of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung called the […]

  • New York authorizes driver’s licenses for immigrants in US illegally

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York became the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally under legislation approved by lawmakers and signed into law Monday night. The Democrat-led state Senate voted 33-29 in favor of the bill after several hours of debate and was quickly signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. The Assembly passed the measure last week. Supporters included the Business Council of New York State, the state’s largest business organization, […]

  • Trump kicks off reelection campaign with Florida rally

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term. Addressing a crowd of thousands at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, Trump complained he had been “under assault from the very first day” of his presidency by a […]

  • Marijuana use among US pregnant women doubles, survey finds

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That’s from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3% in 2002-03. Some studies have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and low birthweight. Animal studies have linked high […]

  • US forces in Persian Gulf is just a deterrent, says Pompeo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is not seeking conflict with Iran and its military buildup in the Persian Gulf is aimed entirely at deterring Iranian aggression and threats to U.S. interests and international shipping, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday. On a visit to U.S. Central Command in Florida, Pompeo said he is confident the American military is up to the challenge and ready to respond to any attack. He reiterated that President Donald Trump “does not want […]

  • Facebook unveils plan for its own currency

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for […]

  • Trump says US will begin deporting millions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump said in a pair of tweets Monday night. “They will be removed as fast as […]

  • Mother, stepfather charged with murder in toddler’s death

    ELWOOD, Ind. (AP) — The mother and stepfather of an Indiana child who died three days before his second birthday now are facing murder charges. The Herald Bulletin reports charges were recently amended against 24-year-old Alyson Stephen and 26-year-old Jacob Wootton, who were earlier charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The charges stem from the October beating death of 23-month-old Ryder Stephen. The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from a lawyer for Stephen. A voicemail system […]

  • Sandy Hook father wins defamation suit against hoaxers

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists. The book, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook,” has also been pulled to settle claims against its publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the […]

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