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FILE - In this May 3, 2019 aerial file photo, the Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding of downtown Davenport, Iowa, are area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters. The prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion in repairs and cleanup, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, and advocacy group for river communities, said Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 1:26 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding...
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Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The U.S. must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling “hard truths” about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government’s position on ransom payments to captors, according to a new report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 24, 2019 - 10:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling "hard truths" to loved ones about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government's position on ransom payments to captors, according to a report by a...
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Peter Bowyer, the facility manager at AquaBounty Technologies, holds one of the last batch of conventional Atlantic salmon raised at the commercial fish farm in Albany, Ind., Wednesday, June 19, 2019. AquaBounty will be producing the first genetically modified animals approved for human food in the U.S. and one way companies are pushing to transform plants and animals, as consumer advocacy groups call for greater caution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
June 21, 2019 - 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. The salmon produced...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Orlando, Fla. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 18, 2019 - 10:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could have a tough time making good on his threat to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. But maybe that wasn't his point. Trump's late-night messages Monday promised that starting next week his administration "will begin the process of...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. A federal judge in Chicago says he'll dismiss a lawsuit brought by a parks advocacy group that is trying to stop Barack Obama's presidential center from being built. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey said there should be no delay in constructing the $500 million center after hearing arguments in court on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. He said a written ruling will follow later Tuesday.. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
June 11, 2019 - 1:46 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Plans to build Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center in a lakefront Chicago park can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday, adding that a written ruling dismissing a park advocacy group's lawsuit would follow. After hearing oral arguments, U.S. District Judge John...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 22, 2011, file photo, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson arrives at the premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 2," in Los Angeles. Women make up roughly half of all executives in animation, but the numbers fall significantly when it comes to female directors, according to a study from USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the non-profit advocacy group Women in Animation. The study released Monday, June 10, 2019, says that in the past 12 years only 3% of animated film directors were women and only one was a woman of color. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
June 10, 2019 - 5:02 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women make up roughly half of all executives in animation, but a new study says the numbers fall significantly when it comes to female directors. The study released Monday by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the nonprofit advocacy group Women in Animation says that in...
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May 28, 2019 - 6:00 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A children's advocacy group says youngsters in all but three of the 176 countries it evaluated have a better chance of growing up healthy, educated and protected from harmful practices like child labor and child marriage than at any time in the past two decades. Save the...
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In this Thursday, May 23, 2019, photo, Nancy St Germain, 71, right, of Warwick, R.I., leans forward to show her sign to a driver leaving a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Senate Democrats political action committee in Providence, R.I. Her sign reads, "This fight isn't over." Protesters gathered at the fundraiser to pressure legislative leaders to bring a bill seeking to protect abortion rights to the Senate floor for a vote. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
May 27, 2019 - 4:08 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers. What sounds like a legislative fight in a...
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This frame grab from video provided by the activist-operated Thiqa News Agency, shows residents displaced from the latest violence that hit the last rebel stronghold, taking refuge in olives orchids near the town of al-Atmeh, in northern Idlib, Syria, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Syrian government troops captured the village of Qalaat al-Madiq, a northwestern village known for its medieval fortress, on Thursday as they move deeper toward Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, activists and pro-government media said. (Thiqa News Agency via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 4:41 am
GENEVA (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees estimates a record 41 million people have been displaced within their countries, with many forced to flee conflict, violence and internal tensions in several African countries and Syria. The Norwegian Refugee Council said a global report on...
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Charles Walker, left, representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, testifies on 4-16-2019 in front of the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections at a field hearing in Fort Yates, N.D., related to voting rights and election administration accountability. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 5:01 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last year's U...
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