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Tornado hits factory in Iowa; some injuries reported

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A tornado slammed into an agricultural machinery plant in Iowa as some people were working on Thursday and police said a number of people were taken to a local hospital. The tornado hit in the town of Pella, about 40 miles...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    July 20, 2018

State governors delve into foreign diplomacy on trade war

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump's trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico. Several of the more than 20 governors attending the...

 

Oregon fire crushes hopes of wheat farmers during harvest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years. Farmers used...

 

Texas meat-lovers appalled over WeWork's meat-free policy

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas meat-lovers are expressing outrage over a coworking company's announcement that it won't serve beef, pork or chicken at work events in order to be more environmentally conscious. New York City-based WeWork said it's committed...

 

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for a truce in a U.S.-China trade war that has left their crops at a competitive disadvantage overseas. The longer the Trump administration's...

 

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE (AP) — A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide. British Colum...

 

CDC: Issues from preterm birth lead cause for infant deaths

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Halfway through Mattina Davenport's first trimester, she named her daughter Maliyah Rose. Maliyah — like Obama's Malia — and Rose, a bringer of beauty. It was 2015, and though Davenport wanted Maliyah, she hadn't yet meant...

 

6 black bears killed on Missouri roads so far this year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State conservation officials say six black bears have died after being hit by vehicles in Missouri this year. Missouri Department of Conservation biologist Laura Conless says the number of deaths is higher than last year...

 

Missouri college coach aims to inspire after facing cancer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — She felt sick. She regretted having the surgery. She couldn't imagine getting out of bed. The legendary athlete was isolated, unsure how well she'd recover. But still, Jackie Stiles was determined to win. Including all her...

 

Oklahoma legislative leaders form 13-member marijuana panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have named a 13-member working group of legislators to recommend regulations for the new medical marijuana industry in the state. The nine Republicans and four Democrats plan to convene...

 

Colorado college shuts down kid camps after illness outbreak

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The University of Northern Colorado has shut down two kids' summer camps after multiple campers became ill. The Greeley Tribune reports that eight kids at the Summer Enrichment and Young Child programs exhibited symptoms...

 

Gene tests can provide health clues -- and needless worry

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when i...

 

Back to school? A crucial time for kids' social and emotional development

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It’s that time of the year. Summer vacations are almost over. For most kids, this time of summer has been about...

 

Arkansas lawmakers OK medical marijuana consultant rule

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a rule to allow the state's Medical Marijuana Commission to hire a consultant who will review hundreds of applications it's received from businesses that want to sell the drug. The...

 

AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer's or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would. Some 17 percent of Americans already have undergone at least one kind of DNA test, and 52...

 

Rosenstein defends charging foreign agents US can't arrest

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom. Speaking Thursday at the Aspen...

 

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons. Loon, which is linked to Google...

 

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules...

 

Federal judge tosses out climate change lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's effort to hold oil companies responsible for global warming was rejected by a judge Thursday who said placing blame for the issue is not the judiciary's responsibility. U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan said global...

 

How virtual worlds can recreate the geographic history of life

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Robert K. Colwell, University of Connecticut and Thiago F. Rangel, Universidade Federal de Goias (THE CONVERSATION) The Amazon and the...

 

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago in the southern province of Aswan, the Antiquities Ministry said Thursday. The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop...

 

Cops responding to 911 call find 4-foot gator in building

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter) alligator. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports officers in the city of Batavia...

 

Oklahoma prosecutor seeks expanded probe over text messages

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he's asked state investigators to expand their criminal probe surrounding the former top attorney for the Health Department who wrote the state's new medical marijuana rules....

 

Suspect arrested in death of man found beside rural road

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in Oklahoma in the death of a man whose body was found beside a rural Central Texas road. A Temple Police Department statement Thursday says 26-year-old Raymond McKinnon was arrested in Lawton,...

 

2 escaped prison inmates apprehended in southwest Oklahoma

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say two inmates who walked away from a prison in southwestern Oklahoma have been recaptured. State Department of Correction spokesman Matt Elliott says 29-year-old Jody Elmore and 32-year-old Chad...

 

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