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California prison employees suspended over racist remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:36pm

California prison officials said Friday that they suspended multiple employees who made racist jokes about the death of an African American man in police custody in Minneapolis, a disclosure that came amid protests across the state and nation.

Twitter and Trump: A feud years in the making finally erupts

Barbara Ortutay and Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:23pm

and divisive — user. Caught in the middle: reality itself, and whose version gets heard over all the noise.

OSHA cites nursing home for delayed coronavirus reporting

Russ Bynum and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:56pm

The federal agency that oversees workplace safety said Friday that it had issued its first citation in the U.S. related to the coronavirus outbreak: against a Georgia nursing home that delayed reporting the hospitalization of six infected workers.

No rodeo festival dashes Wyoming city's hopes amid COVID-19

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:39pm

The Just Dandy women's clothing store in downtown Cheyenne has endured fire, flooding, recessions and so far the coronavirus pandemic, but will this year's cancellation of the city's famous cowboy-and-rodeo festival, Cheyenne Frontier Days, be the daddy-of-'em-all disaster?

Slaughterhouses reopen but farmers still euthanizing pigs

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 1:06pm

Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates.

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:07am

Stocks are headed lower on Wall Street as traders worry that the U.S. and China could be headed for another confrontation, this time over the autonomy of the former British colony of Hong Kong.

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

Jim Salter and Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:59am

Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.

Powell: Fed to soon begin 'challenging' Main Street lending

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:32am

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged Friday that the Fed faces a major challenge with the launch in the coming days of a program that will lend to companies other than banks for the first time since the Great Depression.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

Carolyn Thompson and Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:24am

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Virus could lead more states to OK sports, online betting

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:12am

The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a quicker expansion of sports betting and internet gambling in the U.S. as states deal with huge budget deficits and look for new tax revenue wherever they can find it.

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:12am

Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.

State administrator issues ruling allowing Missouri’s last abortion clinic to keep license, stay open

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:10am

State administrator issues ruling allowing Missouri’s last abortion clinic to keep license, stay open.

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:56am

A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior.

Locust invasion wreaks havoc on Pakistan's crops, orchards

Asim Tanveer and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:54am

An invasion of locusts has spread across Pakistan, officials said Friday, causing damage to crops and orchards and posing a threat to food security in an impoverished Islamic nation already struggling to tackle a virus pandemic that has caused more than 1,300 deaths.

AP Interview: French minister confident in virus tracing app

Sylvie Corbet and Masha MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:35am

As France is easing most virus-related restrictions next week, the French government is confident its contact-tracing app will be effective in the process to contain the spread of the pandemic, despite skepticism and worries about privacy.

Hong Kong on borrowed time as China pushes for more control

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:00am

Hong Kong has been living on borrowed time ever since the British made it a colony nearly 180 years ago, and all the more so after Beijing took control in 1997 and granted it autonomous status.

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:45am

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

US consumer spending plunged by a record 13.6% in April as job cuts from virus paralyzed economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:33am

US consumer spending plunged by a record 13.6% in April as job cuts from virus paralyzed economy.

Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:04am

Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.