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Southern Plains drought continues stress on crops, rangeland

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:50pm

Lack of rainfall and above-average temperatures are prolonging the drought conditions that have stressed crops and rangelands and placed new pressures on groundwater sources across the U.S. Southern Plains, climatologists from the region said Monday.

UN envoy: Ending corruption and trafficking key in Libya

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:40pm

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Monday that the oil-rich country's "perverse economic model" based on corruption and trafficking in people and goods "must be shattered" to end its political crisis and progress toward stability and democratic elections this year.

Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:40pm

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham" and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government.

Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:34pm

The restaurant group co-owned by Mario Batali says it has been "actively negotiating" to buy out the celebrity chef facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Emergency workers file lawsuit alleging discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:33pm

Members of the New York's emergency medical services say in a lawsuit that women and non-white members are suffering from discrimination.

The Latest: Italian League chief: No need to fear populists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:22pm

The Latest on talks to form a government in Italy (all times local):

Survey asks why young people stay in, leave New Hampshire

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:15pm

Fewer than half of New Hampshire residents ages 20 to 40 say they probably or definitely will remain in the state for the next two years, according to a survey released Monday.

A simple guide to getting started in the stock market

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:13pm

Although there are many ways to jump into the stock market, the following is a simple breakdown of a few ways to start investing.

Woman to Detroit-area body parts broker: 'Burn in hell'

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:12pm

A woman who says her late father's head ended up in the Detroit warehouse of a body parts broker has confronted the man in court, telling him to "burn in hell."

Telecom tower climber gets $30M settlement in fall suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:49am

A telecommunications tower climber who suffered severe injuries when a ladder rung dislodged and sent him hurtling 50 feet to the ground has reached a settlement with AT&T and others for $30 million.

Stocks jump as US and China announce progress in trade talks

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:48am

Stocks are rising Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make major progress in trade talks. The Chinese government says it will buy more U.S. goods, including energy and agricultural products, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. postponed tariffs on up to $150 billion in goods from China. Industrial companies and banks are making some of the biggest gains and technology stocks are also climbing.

Ameren plans 400-megawatt wind farm, Missouri's largest

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:46am

Ameren Missouri announced plans Monday for a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years.

The Latest: After defeat, Venezuela opposition vows to unite

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:44am

The Latest on Venezuela's presidential election (all times local):

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:32am

On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video.

$3.5 million later, Medal of Honor Museum will be re-drawn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:28am

Planners of a National Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina have agreed to start over on the design, and get input from the public this time.

Italy edges toward 1st populist govt, law prof as premier

Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:18am

Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a law professor with no political experience was their pick to become the country's next premier.

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:40am

Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.

Yellowstone bison experiment stopped, disease rules changed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:31am

Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison.

High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:01am

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to Virginia's decades-old ban on uranium mining.