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UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 15, 2018

Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. Nevada-based Valkyrie...

 

Oklahoma City sets sales tax record amid economic upswing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City received a record $40.2 million in sales tax revenue this month, benefiting from the upswing in the local economy. The August revenue distances the city further from recent budgets that led to staff cuts and...

 

Texas comptroller revises plan to protect lizard species

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas comptroller's office is seeking federal approval to reform a troubled state program designed to protect a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has requested the U.S....

 

Defamation lawsuit over alleged fake Western painting tossed

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit a Western art collector filed against a prestigious auction house and the owner of a Reno gallery who claimed an early 20th century cowboy painting he sold for $750,000 was a...

 

Museum of London displays fatberg on 24-hour livestream

LONDON (AP) — London's famous, festering fatberg lives on — and is getting its own livestream . The Museum of London says a chunk of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes blasted out of a sewer last year is now part of its permanent collection. The...

 

As drought lingers, Texas ranchers opt to reduce their herds

DALLAS (AP) — A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 45...

 

Wattle fences: Weaving branches takes time, yields rewards

CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — They come in the middle of the night and are gone by morning. But without fail, they leave their calling cards: Pronged footprints and gashes in the ground where they've dug with natural abandon. This nocturnal...

 

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of...

 

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International...

 

Rio Rancho girl found dead in her home was on bloody sheets

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Court documents say a 6-year-old girl found dead in her Rio Rancho home last weekend was discovered on bloody sheets with marijuana and medications near her body. Rio Rancho police say they're investigating the death as a...

 

Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health officials say a whooping cough outbreak has now sickened roughly 122 people in southwestern Idaho, and they're warning those numbers could increase with the start of the school year. Cases of pertussis have been found...

 

Lawsuits seek to remove 2 Missouri marijuana ballot measures

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri organizer for a medical marijuana initiative is suing to remove two other related initiatives from the November ballot. Springfield doctor and attorney Brad Bradshaw filed two lawsuits Friday seeking to invalidate the...

 

Northeastern Arkansas hepatitis A outbreak unusually severe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An atypical and unusually severe hepatitis A outbreak in northeastern Arkansas has infected at least 85 people and caused at least one death since February, health officials said Tuesday. In the past week, officials...

 

In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public life. Two proposed...

 

34 sickened in southeast Missouri salmonella outbreak

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri county is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 34 people. The Southeast Missourian reports that the cause hasn't been determined. Perry County Health Department communicable disease...

 

Sen. Nelson: "Foolish" to deny Russia targeting Florida

MONTICELLO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, under fire from Florida's Republican governor, isn't backing down from comments that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's crucial election....

 

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN (AP) — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel....

 

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the portable scanners, which project...

 

Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest efforts to disrupt the U.S. midterm elections through Facebook manipulation seem to be following a persuasion playbook refined by legitimate companies and organizations — but with a twist. The aim of these possibly Russ...

 

Kansas scientist facing deportation gets immigration hearing

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who is fighting deportation to his native Bangladesh will be able to present his case to an immigration judge. Attorneys for Syed Jamal, of Lawrence, announced Tuesday that the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled...

 

Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo. The video shows the man crossing a railing last week and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear...

 

Couple lost in Wyoming ice cave for nearly 2 days rescued

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them. Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the Idaho...

 

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer...

 

Mexico City restaurant busted over protected tarantula tacos

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fancy a tarantula taco for a cool $27? Not so fast, Mexican authorities say. A Mexico City market restaurant recently put the arachnids on its menu and posted a video on Facebook showing a chef torching one until blackened. The...

 

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