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Another Washington dam removal — and 37 more miles of salmon habitat restored

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PILCHUCK RIVER, near Granite Falls, Wash. -- Washington's dam-busting summer is still rolling, with two more dams coming down on the Pilchuck River, opening 37 miles of habitat to salmon for the first time in more than a century.

The $2 million dam removal project is a collaboration between the City of Snohomish and Tulalip Tribes, and will ...Read more

Mayo Clinic's plasma program shows first signs of COVID-19 benefit

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Preliminary research by Mayo Clinic shows that high-dose plasma therapy is correlated with fewer deaths in patients with severe COVID-19.

A 10 percentage point difference in deaths was found when comparing hospitalized COVID-19 patients who received donor plasma with high concentrations of virus-fighting antibodies compared with ...Read more

Serious breakdown in California systems cause inaccurate coronavirus numbers

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LOS ANGELES -- A breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test data is hampering California's pandemic response, with some public health officials resorting to counting results by hand and a growing number of counties warning the public that statistics provided by the state on infection rates are unreliable.

The ongoing technical ...Read more

Maintenance failure caused Minnesota Guard helicopter crash that killed 3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The improper installation of an engine's hydromechanical unit was at fault in the December helicopter accident near St. Cloud that killed three members of the Minnesota National Guard, according to a summary of an investigation released Wednesday.

The crash killed James A. Rogers Jr., 28, of Winsted; Charles P. Nord, 30, of ...Read more

US offers millions in rewards for election interference information

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WASHINGTON -- The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million for information on foreign government interference in the country's upcoming election, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Russia was accused of interfering in the last presidential election in 2016, with numerous reports, including by former special counsel Robert ...Read more

Japan's Abe renews calls to abolish atomic weapons at Hiroshima ceremony

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed calls to abolish atomic weapons and warned of a worsening global security situation on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, at a ceremony scaled back due to the coronavirus.

Elderly survivors, diplomats and politicians sat at socially distanced spaces in front of the bombed-out ...Read more

Twitter blocks Trump campaign's account over COVID-19 misinformation

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Twitter Inc. briefly blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign account, @TeamTrump, from posting on its social network for violating the company's policy on coronavirus misinformation.

Trump's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, had retweeted a post of a video that included an interview Trump did Wednesday with Fox News in which he said ...Read more

Missouri candidate's bigoted views cost him the support of his family — but not voters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Republican repeatedly denounced by his own party -- and his own children -- for espousing bigoted views will be back on the Missouri ballot in November.

Steve West won the Missouri House District 15 primary race Tuesday night even after some family members campaigned against him. West edged out Adam ...Read more

Central Illinois Republican US Rep. Rodney Davis says he's tested positive for COVID-19

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a central Illinois Republican locked in a tough battle for reelection, said he tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 after holding recent in-district constituent events.

Davis, 50, a four-term congressman from Taylorville, said he had been having his temperature checked twice daily. After his temperature was recorded at...Read more

Isaias could leave some customers in Pa., NJ without power through the weekend

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PHILADELPHIA -- Regional power companies, aided by out-of-state crews, on Wednesday raced to restore electrical service to more than 600,000 customers that was knocked out Tuesday by Tropical Storm Isaias, and say most customers will be back on line by Thursday or Friday. But some might be without power for days.

Peco, which serves Philadelphia...Read more

Maryland state trooper pleads guilty to fabricating DUI arrests, writing tickets to phantom people

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BALTIMORE -- A Maryland state trooper pleaded guilty to perjury and misconduct charges for fabricating drunken-driving arrests and issuing tickets to people who did not exist, in an apparent attempt to boost his stats.

The Attorney General's Office, which handled the case, said Cpl. John Sollon, 36, was assigned to the unit that specializes in ...Read more

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Dakota Access pipeline staves off shutdown order once again

WASHINGTON -- The Dakota Access oil pipeline again staved off what would have been an unprecedented shutdown, with a court ruling that the Trump administration has to decide whether the conduit can operate while a more robust review is done.

Judges said Wednesday that they expect the ...Read more

Police: Fleeing teens jumped Mar-a-Lago wall; AK-47 found in backpack

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Three 15-year-old boys are in custody after police said they jumped the wall into Mar-a-Lago after fleeing from police. They had a backpack that contained a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47, police said.

Three teenagers were charged with armed trespassing, armed burglary and resisting arrest without violence after they fled ...Read more

Latest hurricane season outlook calls for 24 named storms

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If this latest prediction is accurate, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be the second busiest on record, behind only 2005, the year that spawned Katrina and Wilma and so many other storms (28 in total) that they ran out of letters to name them.

The hurricane experts at Colorado State University said in their ...Read more

Ex-Atlanta officer charged in Rayshard Brooks' death sues to get job back

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ATLANTA -- The former Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks during an arrest attempt has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and interim police chief seeking to get his job back.

Garrett Rolfe contends his firing June 13, the day after Brooks died, violated the city's policy in the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court. Rolfe ...Read more

Commission blocks Minneapolis plan to remake police from November ballot

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Voters won't get to decide the fate of the city's police department this year.

In a 10-5 vote, the Minneapolis Charter Commission decided Wednesday to block a controversial policing proposal from the November ballot, by invoking their right to take more time to review it.

"We have an obligation to make sure that what is going on...Read more

Supreme Court blocks mandate requiring better coronavirus protections for inmates in California case

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday freed jails in Orange County, California, from a federal judge's order that required social distancing among inmates, regular testing and distribution of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers.

Acting by a 5-4 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from the county's lawyers and put on ...Read more

Kemp signs Georgia 'police protections' measure into law

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ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial proposal into law on Wednesday pushed by Republicans to grant police new protections despite stiff opposition from critics who said it creates a messy tangle of legal problems.

The measure, House Bill 838, was the most significant proposal left on Kemp's desk at the close of a 40-day ...Read more

Anatomy of an upset: How progressives learned to embrace traditional tactics

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Activist and nurse Cori Bush pulled off one of the biggest primary upsets of the election cycle on Tuesday. While her win showed that voters are clamoring for change, her victory also demonstrated that progressive insurgents and their liberal allies are embracing traditional campaign tactics -- and it's working.

Bush's shocking defeat of ...Read more

Chicago schools will see all-remote learning for fall — without 'cobbling things together' like last spring, officials say

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CHICAGO -- After weeks of defending a proposal to reopen Chicago Public Schools this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson announced Wednesday that the new school year will begin with remote learning instead.

But it will feel different than in the spring, when CPS was "cobbling things together," Jackson said. Attendance will...Read more