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Oklahoma moves toward 'endemic' approach to COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years after officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state officials say they are shifting their response efforts to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus. Interim health commissioner Keith...

 

Experts: Alleged plot against governor signals ominous shift

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — They railed against politicians, conducted military-style exercises and spoke darkly of confronting tyrants scheming to seize their guns and enslave them. Yet historian JoEllen Vinyard says the "citizen militia"...

 

One person found dead Sunday after Kansas wildfire

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (AP) — One person was found dead Sunday as firefighters worked to contain a wildfire that burned 12,000 acres in south-central Kansas. Reno County Emergency Management officials said one person who had been reported missing...

 

Convoy protesting COVID-19 mandates does beltway circuit

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A large group of truck drivers who object to COVID-19 mandates drove two loops around the beltway surrounding Washington, Sunday, deliberately moving slowly to impact traffic and make their feelings known to lawmakers in the...

 
 By DOUG FEINBERG    Sports    March 6, 2022

EXPLAINER: Why WNBA players go overseas to play in offseason

Russia has been a popular destination for WNBA players like Brittney Griner over the past two decades because of the money they can make playing there in the winter. With top players earning more than $1 million — nearly quadruple what they can mak...

 

Death toll nears 6 million as pandemic enters its 3rd year

BANGKOK (AP) — The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting...

 

EXPLAINER: Why does Ukraine need foreign warplanes?

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In a private video call with American lawmakers over the weekend, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a "desperate" plea to the United States to help Kyiv get more warplanes to fight Russia's invasion and retain...

 

Fleeing sanctions, oligarchs seek safe ports for superyachts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive superyacht Dilbar stretches one-and-a-half football fields in length, about as long as a World War I dreadnought. It boasts two helipads, berths for more than 130 people and a 25-meter swimming pool long enough to...

 

Oklahoma St., women's hoops coach Littell agree to part ways

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State will mutually part ways with women's basketball coach Jim Littell at the end of this season, the school announced Monday. Littell enters Thursday's Big 12 Tournament game against Texas Tech with a 203-139...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    March 6, 2022

Republican lawmakers unveil medical marijuana regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans in the Oklahoma House on Monday unveiled a package of new restrictions on the state's booming medical marijuana industry, designed to crack down on illegal growers who sell cannabis on the black market. The...

 

Former Kansas attorney general to represent teen in shooting

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A judge named a former Kansas attorney general Monday to represent an 18-year-old high school football player who is charged in a shooting that wounded an administrator and school resource officer at a suburban Kansas City...

 

GOP looks to limit governor's power on Kansas election laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas are advancing a measure to prevent the governor from entering into legal agreements that change state election practices without getting prior approval from the GOP-controlled Legislature or its...

 

Indiana boy rescued after getting stuck in tree rescuing cat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A teenager who scaled a tree at an Indianapolis park to rescue a cat he spotted high up in the branches ended up stuck himself and in need of a rescue, officials said. The 17-year-old boy was at Holliday Park on Indianapolis' no...

 

Ice-fishing shanty blown across Michigan bay; anglers safe

MCKINLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three anglers are safe after a homemade ice-fishing shanty was blown about a mile (1.6 kilometers) across a bay in Michigan by winds that neared 50 mph (80 kph), authorities said. A person onshore called Huron County...

 

US gasoline prices rise again on talk of banning Russian oil

Gasoline prices are pushing even farther above $4 a gallon, the highest price that American motorists have faced since July 2008, as calls grow to ban imports of Russian oil. Prices at the pump were rising long before Russia invaded Ukraine and have...

 

EXPLAINER: Humanitarian corridors, from Syria to Ukraine

BEIRUT (AP) —As more Ukrainian towns and cities come under siege, concern is mounting for millions of civilians in the crossfire. Russia has announced the establishment of safe corridors to allow civilians to leave, but there appeared to be few...

 

Court rejects GOP redistricting plans in NC, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Democrats, the Supreme Court has turned away efforts from Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to block state court-ordered congressional districting plans. In separate orders late Monday, the justices...

 

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