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US sues to block Lockheed’s purchase of supplier Aerojet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is suing to block Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $4.4 billion bid for Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, saying it would limit competition and drive up prices for components used in missiles that Lockheed and other defense contractors build for the Pentagon. The ...

Rihanna’s foundation donates $15 million to climate justice

Rihanna is backing her belief that climate change is a social-justice issue by pledging $15 million to the movement through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The "We Found Love" singer on Tuesday announced the donation to 18 climate justice organizations doing work in seven Caribbean nations and ...

New Orleans brewery sales to aid Mardi Gras Indian groups

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' oldest working brewery is selling 12-packs of beer and a poster to benefit an organization of Mardi Gras Indian organizations — neighborhood groups of Black people who make elaborate costumes in a tradition going back to the 1800s. All proceeds of the poster ...

GM to spend nearly $7B on EV, battery plants in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors is making the largest investment in company history in its home state of Michigan, announcing plans to spend nearly $7 billion to convert a factory to make electric pickup trucks and to build a new battery cell plant. The moves, announced Tuesday in the ...

Neil Young reportedly fights Spotify over Rogan and COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — It's Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan for the allegiance of Spotify. Or is it? The veteran rocker fired off a public missive to his management on Monday, demanding that they remove his music from Spotify in protest of Rogan spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his ...

SC Senate votes to end state control of hospital expansions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina hospitals would no longer need state permission to build new facilities, make expansions or buy expensive equipment after senators voted overwhelmingly to get rid of the requirement Tuesday. The 35-6 vote eliminates the Certificate of Need program, long ...

Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday. But the agency said it still strongly ...

To highlight economic growth, Biden goes shopping for gifts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged last week to chat more with everyday Americans and took an initial step Tuesday afternoon by visiting a gift shop and ice cream store in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Biden went shopping at Honey Made, a boutique that opened up last ...

Extremists see US power grid as target, gov’t report warns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Extremist groups in the United States appear to increasingly view attacking the power grid as a means of disrupting the country, according to a government report aimed at law enforcement agencies and utility operators. Domestic extremists "have developed credible, specific ...

US plans more wild horse roundups this year than ever before

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. government plans to capture more wild horses on federal lands this year than ever before, drawing sharp criticism from mustang advocates who hoped the Biden administration would curtail widespread gathers of thousands of horses annually across the West. Critics say ...

Biden to meet Qatar leader as energy worries loom in Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host the ruling emir of Qatar at the White House on Monday, a visit that comes as U.S. and European allies are scrambling to put together contingency plans to meet Europe's energy needs should supplies be impacted by Russia further invading ...

Judge says BNSF unions can’t strike over new attendance rule

BNSF railroad's two biggest unions that represent 17,000 workers won't be able to go on strike over a new attendance policy they say would penalize employees for missing work for any reason. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a strike would likely violate federal law because under their ...

California redwood forest returned to native tribal group

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The descendants of Native American tribes on the Northern California coast are reclaiming a bit of their heritage that includes ancient redwoods that have stood since their ancestors walked the land. Save the Redwoods League planned to announce Tuesday that it is ...

Microsoft profits up 21%, giving cushion for gaming push

Demand for Microsoft's cloud-computing services and work software helped boost its quarterly profits by 21% as the pandemic continued to keep many office workers at least partly at home. The Redmond, Washington company on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $18.8 billion. It ...

More fields could go unplanted under New Mexico water plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's top water adviser on Tuesday warned New Mexico lawmakers that snowpack runoff is expected to be grim this spring and that the arid state needs readily available tools so it can accommodate years with particularly slim supplies. Mike ...

COVID-19 vaccine booster drive is faltering in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant. Just 40% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster ...

Former Gov. Deval Patrick to join Harvard Kennedy School

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be joining the Harvard Kennedy School next week. The Democrat will serve as a professor of the practice of public leadership and as co-director of the School's Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas ...

Bill Owens, Massachusetts’ 1st Black state senator, dies

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Owens, the first Black state senator in Massachusetts who fought for racial justice and economic equality, and was one of the first to call for reparations for the descendants of Black slaves, has died, his family said in a statement. Owens died in his sleep Saturday with ...

Kohl’s confirms approach about potential acquisition

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's confirmed that it has been approached about a possible sale of the department store chain, sending shares up more than 30% in early trading Monday. The company said that it would not comment further, but its confirmation follows media reports that the private equity ...

Biden answers inflation query by calling Fox reporter SOB

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity. The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to ...