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North Dakota Landowners Sue Over Dakota Access Easements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements. The Morton County landowners are seeking more than $4 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month against Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based…

George H.W. Bush In ICU, Wife Also Hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) – George H.W. Bush’s spokesman says doctors are happy with how a procedure went to help clear the former president’s airway following his hospitalization for respiratory issues. Family spokesman Jim McGrath tells The Associated Press that doctors were monitoring the 92-year-old former president on Wednesday to see how his body responds. But he says he doesn’t think “there’s…

USDA Announces Stricter Animal Welfare Rules For Eggs, Meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced by the Agriculture Department. The rule announced Wednesday is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn…

Obama Cuts Short Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks….

Children Abducted From Wisconsin May Be in Black Hills Area

Averie Brown           Dalton Brown          Cathy Brown Rapid City, S.D. -Two children abducted from Wisconsin are believed to be in the Black Hills area and the Black Hills Fugitive Task Force would like assistance from the public in locating the children and their mother, who is wanted on a felony warrant. The children’s mother, Cathy Brown, allegedly abducted the children, Averie…

Dakota Access Company Seeks To Block Pipeline Study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline’s disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday to stop the…

New Report: Abortions In US Drop To Lowest Level Since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights….

National Parks Set Visitation Record For Third Consecutive Year

Yellowstone National Park sign at the North Entrance; Jim Peaco; October 1992SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior. At many…

Majority Of Superior Shipyard Workers Test Positive For Lead

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Health officials say more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards were exposed to lead while retrofitting the Herbert C. Jackson originally built in 1959. Wisconsin Public Radio…

Tax Deadline Looms For Prince Estate; Government To Get Half

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prince once sang, “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night,” but his money matters a lot to the IRS. Prince’s estate has until Saturday to file an estate tax payment for the late rock superstar. The estate doesn’t have to pay the entire bill by Saturday. Big estates can make payments over time. But taxes are expected to ultimately…

Obama Celebrates World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama’s final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the…

US Official Says Orlando Shooter’s Widow Has Been Arrested

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter. The official says Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is due in court Tuesday in California. She’s facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. The official was not authorized to discuss…

Congress Takes First Step Toward Dismantling The Affordable Care Act

The dome of the US Capitol is pictured in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011. Republican US House Speaker John Boehner told US President Barack Obama he was “hopeful” that talks on sweeping spending cuts would reach a deal to avert a partial government shutdown at week’s end. Boehner reiterated that the House’s goal is to prevent a government shutdown…

Filings: Pipeline Opponents Allegedly Threatened Officials

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Police allege in court filings that opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline allegedly made threats against officers and public officials in North Dakota last year, prompting additional security for the state’s governor. The allegations come in filings for a lawsuit filed in November by pipeline protesters who accuse police of excessive force in a clash…

Obama’s EPA Moves To Preserve Gas Mileage Requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them. The EPA said in late November that it completed a required midterm review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and decided they should not be relaxed as requested by…

Officials: Bridge Damaged In Pipeline Protests Is Sound

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)– North Dakota transportation officials say tests of a bridge damaged during protests of the Dakota Access pipeline show the span is structurally sound. The Backwater Bridge north of Cannon Ball has been the site of several clashes between protesters and police. It has been closed since October, when protesters blocked it with burning vehicles. In December, core…

Obama Scrapping ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy For Cubans

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately. The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from…

Facebook Launches Journalism Project

NEW YORK (AP) – A growing number of people get their news from Facebook. And now, Facebook is trying to find a way to streamline the delivery of news stories to users of the social networking site. The site is launching a journalism project aimed at strengthening its ties with media organizations. The collaboration is aimed at helping the media…

Amazon Plans To Hire 100,000 Over The Next 18 Months

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months. The online retailer said Thursday that the jobs are full time and come with benefits. Many of the new jobs will be at fulfillment centers currently being built in a number of states, including California, Florida and Texas. The Seattle company says…

Minnesota Judge Holds Hearing On Fate Of Prince’s Estate

CHASKA (AP)– The Minnesota judge overseeing Prince’s estate holds a hearing Thursday on whether to declare his siblings as his heirs, and who should manage the rock superstar’s estate going forward. No will has surfaced since Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April. So Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings have asked Carver County District Judge…