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US lawmakers urge binding vote on Puerto Rico statehood

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of Democratic congress members is proposing a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence. The draft proposal unveiled at an online news conference Thursday would commit Congress to accepting Puerto Rico into the United States if voters on the island approve it. But even if the plan were to pass the Democratic-led […]

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Survey: Chesapeake’s crab population at lowest since 1990

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is estimated to be at its lowest since an annual survey began in 1990. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge survey estimates that 227 million crabs are living in the nation’s largest estuary. That's down from 282 million in 2021. The survey’s highest estimate for crabs in the bay was 852 million in 1993. Officials […]

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Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. He is facing mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest formula manufacturing plant. The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill orders from those companies before other customers. Biden is […]

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Elton John doc ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ lands at Disney

Sir Elton John is preparing to say goodbye in fabulous splendor, with the help of a documentary crew and the Walt Disney Company. Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ said Wednesday that the film, entitled "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years that Made his Legend," will serve as the definitive and official feature on John's life and career. Including unseen archival footage, new interviews and […]

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US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached milestone agreements to pay its men's and women's teams equally. That makes the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation has announced separate collective bargaining agreements through 2028 with the unions for both national teams. The move ends years of often acrimonious negotiations. One of the main sticking points was World Cup prize money. […]

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Judge: Regulators wrong to ban beer label that had naked man

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge says North Carolina regulators were wrong to reject a beer label that featured a silhouette of a naked man standing next to a campfire. The owners of Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery argued that the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission violated their First Amendment rights by rejecting the label for its Freezin’ Season Winter Ale. The commission had said the label was […]

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Buck, Aikman excited about ‘starting over’ with ESPN

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have met their ESPN co-workers for the first time as they prepare to take over in the "Monday Night Football" booth. Both said Monday they are excited about the challenge of doing something new after 20 seasons together at Fox. Aikman had considered a deal with Amazon to call Thursday night games while reducing his schedule at Fox. But the logistics of that arrangement became […]

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Epicenter is 6-5 favorite for Preakness without Rich Strike

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter has been set as the morning line favorite for the Preakness. Derby winner Rich Strike is not in the field of nine for the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown. Epicenter, fourth-place finisher Simplification and 14th-place finisher Happy Jack are the only horses back for the Preakness from the Derby. Rich Strike won the Derby at 80-1 with a furious charge down […]

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‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars to stand trial in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal trial for reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion is set to get underway Monday in Atlanta. The Chrisleys were initially indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in February of this year. Prosecutors say the stars of "Chrisley Knows Best" submitted false documents to banks to get loans and failed to pay federal […]

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Governor Hogan signs bills to strengthen cybersecurity

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan signed measures Thursday to strengthen cybersecurity in state and local governments in Maryland. The bill signings happened after lawmakers approved legislation and big investments this year to protect vital systems against cyberattacks. One of the measures aims to help local governments, school systems and health departments work with more resources and assistance from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to improve cybersecurity. The agency […]

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