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Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection ...

Pandemic hampers reopening of joint replacement gold mine

Dr. Ira Weintraub, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who now works at a medical billing consultancy, saw a hip replacement bill for over $400,000 earlier this year. “The patient stayed in the hospital 17 days, which is only 17 times normal. The bill got paid,” mused Weintraub, ...

With no ID, family ‘Cowboy’ finds refuge at recovery ranch

LORIS, S.C. — “Cowboy” has been at Christa and Richard Reynolds’ Recovery Ranch for five months. For five months, they’ve been looking for his identity. The Reynolds, who own the Recovery Ranch for recovering addicts in Loris, believe Cowboy’s real name is Jim Willie Caldwell, ...

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence. In the evening, police also arrested ...

Extreme poverty rises and a generation sees future slip away

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. And in them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. The single mother told herself, ...

A picture of the past emerges in Portage

PORTAGE, Wis. — Grace Emily Schara came from Seymour to work on a Girl Scouts badge, while Jon Van Beckum made the drive from Milwaukee in an effort to further enrich the high school history classes he teaches. For Gwen Heath, she came to this historic spit of land after her husband, Gary, ...

Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard in Scotland

LONDON (AP) — An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewelry and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said Monday. Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien said he was “shaking with happiness” when he made the ...

Today in HIstory

By the Associated Press On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the veto as unconstitutional.) On this date: In 1934, the first federal ...

Rural neighborhood drew app-dependent Yellowstone tourists

JACKSON, Wyo. — “This is not it.” Eugenio Bautista uttered that all-too-common realization after rolling to a stop along Stateline Road recently. En route with his family from Yosemite National Park, the roadtripper from Chicago had slept in Idaho Falls. Awakening, he punched ...

Denmark’s fence to keep out wild boars seems to be working

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of wild boars in Denmark has fallen since a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence was erected along the German border to protect the valuable Danish pork industry. The fence was put up last year in an attempt to prevent wild swine crossing from Germany and ...

Pandemic wrecks global Class of 2020’s hopes for first job

LONDON — British fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger’s dream of landing a job at a design label is on hold. Like many others in the global Class of 2020, the pandemic is clouding her career ambitions. The coronavirus forced the cancellation of her university graduating class's ...

Hatlestad’s outdoor furniture popular at Farmers’ Market

MANKATO, Minn. — When Tim Hatlestad began woodworking, he was the same age as the third-grade students he teaches at Bridges Community School in North Mankato. His first project was assembling a birdhouse kit. Now he makes entire furniture sets. A lesson that he often tells his students ...

US employers post more jobs in June, pull back on hiring

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised more jobs in June compared with the previous month, but overall hiring fell, painting a mixed picture of the job market. The number of jobs posted on the last day in June jumped 9.6% to 5.9 million, the Labor Department said Monday, a solid gain but ...

Feel out of control? These money moves can help

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there. A one-time $5,000 infusion wouldn’t make a ...

McDonald’s sues ousted CEO, alleging employee relationships

McDonald’s says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with three other employees and destroyed evidence. The company now wants to reclaim millions of dollars in ...

Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. But not always in a good way. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out over the exposed bottom lands of the lake and it was ...

Why choice of running mate matters more than usual this year

NEW YORK (AP) — For all the secrecy and speculation that typically surrounds the search for a vice presidential candidate, the decision rarely sways an election. But ahead of Joe Biden's imminent announcement, this year could be different. At a minimum, the decision will shift the force of ...

Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city's South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said. Police ...

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of the island's Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s ...

One dead, six rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

BALTIMORE (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing a woman and trapping other people in the wreckage. At least six people were hospitalized as firefighters searched for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters converged on the piles of rubble. ...