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EPA knew of ‘blowout’ risk for tainted water at gold mine

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW BROWN (WASHINGTON, AP) — U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of poisonous wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have…

Apache pilot among 1st Army women to graduate Ranger School

By RUSS BYNUM (SAVANNAH, Ga., AP) — A 25-year-old officer from Texas who flies Apache attack helicopters is one of the first women to complete the Army’s grueling Ranger School,…

First openly transgender official hired at White House

(EDGARTOWN, Mass., AP) — The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member. The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan’s appointment on Tuesday. Freedman-Gurspan is an outreach and recruitment…

Clerk ignores gay marriage order, asks judge for delay

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM (MOREHEAD, Ky., AP) — A Kentucky clerk who defied a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses and turned away four gay couples has until…

Officials: 3 hurt in Minneapolis concert ceiling collapse

(MINNEAPOLIS, AP) — The ceiling of a landmark Minneapolis concert venue partially collapsed during a show late Wednesday night, injuring three people, officials said. Firefighters responded to a report of…

Hold it! San Francisco uses paint to fight public urination

By KRISTIN J. BENDER (SAN FRANCISCO, AP) — Public urination has gotten so bad in San Francisco that the city has painted nine walls with a repellant paint that makes…

Hearings set in 6 states on proposed stream protection rule

(CHARLESTON, W.Va., AP) — Federal regulators plan to hold public hearings in six states on a proposed stream protection rule. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation says the…

Texas police chief fires officer who killed college student

By EMILY SCHMALL (ARLINGTON, Texas, AP) — An unarmed, black college football player tried to smash through the locked glass door of a North Texas car dealership showroom to escape…

Wallenda completes his longest tightrope walk in Wisconsin

(WEST ALLIS, Wis., AP) — High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has completed his longest tightrope walk ever during an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair. TV station WTMJ reports Wallenda on…

13 states ask judge to delay new federal water rule

By JAMES MacPHERSON (BISMARCK, N.D., AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked a federal judge on Monday to delay a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over…

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