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Butterfly fight ends; Vegas-area ski area to get bike trails

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A conservation group and a southern Nevada ski resort said Tuesday they settled a federal lawsuit that had blocked plans to put a mountain biking park on steep terrain that is home to the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly. Lee Canyon resort said the agreement with ...

QAnon follower who attacked police at Capitol gets prison

A man who identified himself as a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory was sentenced on Wednesday to three years and eight months in prison for assaulting police officers at the Capitol during last year's riot. Nicholas Languerand called himself a patriot, but the judge who sentenced him ...

EXPLAINER: What’s next for the Supreme Court vacancy?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are expected to move quickly to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, seizing the chance to energize their voting base ahead of November's midterm elections, when control of Congress will be at stake. The ...

Democrats seek swift confirmation to fill Supreme Court seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats who have played defense for the last three Supreme Court vacancies plan to move swiftly to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, using the rapid 2020 confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett as a new standard. Barrett was confirmed exactly ...

Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

Health care workers in about half the states face a Thursday deadline to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country in the coming weeks. While the requirement is welcomed by some, others fear it will ...

Gov. Charlie Baker unveils $48.5B state budget proposal

BOSTON (AP) — A $48.5 billion state budget package includes no new broad-based tax increases and instead recommends a handful of tax cuts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The Baker administration unveiled the new spending plan a day after the governor's final State of the Commonwealth ...

Moderna begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Moderna has begun testing an omicron-specific COVID-19 booster in healthy adults. The company announced Wednesday that the first participant had received a dose. Earlier this week, competitor Pfizer began a similar study of its own reformulated shots. It's not clear ...

Hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant

MENDON, Mass. (AP) — A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man's family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients' chances of survival. The family ...

Lawyer: Avenatti said he’d represent porn star for a dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti jumped at the chance to represent porn star Stormy Daniels in 2018, saying he'd do it for a dollar, another California attorney testified Wednesday at Avenatti's criminal trial. The testimony by the lawyer, Sean Ernesto Macias, was expected to set the stage ...

EXPLAINER: What’s known about ‘stealth’ version of omicron?

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries, including the United States. This version of the coronavirus, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the ...

National Guard sees troops reupping despite COVID, hard year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Spc. Javzailia Pineiro joined New York's National Guard in late 2019, and started work as a truck driver just as the pandemic was starting to hit. For months she drove around the state, spending long days delivering masks, water, food and other supplies. It was ...

Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation's main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act. The justices agreed to hear a business-backed appeal from Chantell and Michael Sackett, who have wanted to build a home close ...

Testimony begins in defamation suits over Roy Moore claims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Dueling defamation lawsuits filed by failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and a woman who accused him of molesting her decades ago, derailing his 2017 campaign, went on trial Tuesday with the woman's lawyer telling jurors it was up to them to decide who to ...

Nebraska judge refuses to block Omaha’s new mask mandate

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge on Tuesday refused to block Omaha's new mask mandate, allowing the rule to continue while state officials challenge it in court. Douglas County District Judge Shelly Stratman declined to issue an injunction the state requested in its lawsuit against the ...

RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for Anne Frank comment

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., apologized Tuesday for suggesting things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years. Kennedy's ...

DeSantis blasts FDA for halting drugs ineffective on omicron

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed Tuesday for coronavirus patients to continue receiving antibody treatments deemed ineffective against the omicron variant, vowing to fight White House health regulators in his latest feud with President Joe Biden. The Republican ...

California likely to extend paid sick leave amid pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workers would get up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus while businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance under a proposal endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top legislative ...

Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates, except for schools attended by students whose disabilities make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19. The ...

2nd NYPD officer dies, days after Harlem shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer gravely wounded last week in a Harlem shooting that killed his partner has also died of his injuries, the city's police commissioner said Tuesday, adding to what she called "incalculable" grief within the department. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, ...

Youngkin pick Wheeler defends EPA record, criticizes media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler defended his record Tuesday as he made an initial public appearance before Virginia legislators, who will eventually vote on whether to confirm his appointment to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's ...