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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) - A Mainer who's headed to the International Space Station says she's always dreamed of being in space and "seeing this giant blue ball below me." NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to launch in September with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab ...

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland's mass transit agency has banned for life a 32-year-old man who has a history of cutting, gluing or masturbating into women's hair while riding on buses and trains. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports TriMet issued the lifetime ban Thursday to Jared Walter, who became...

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BEIJING (AP) - Remarks by the head of Chinese online business giant Alibaba that young people should work 12-hour days, six days a week if they want financial success have prompted a public debate over work-life balance in the country. Jack Ma is one of China's richest men and his ...

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is launching a pilot program to aid farmers and processors interested in growing industrial hemp during the 2019 planting season. The U.S. government is implementing a national program to start in 2020. But the state already has the authority to grow industrial hemp...

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's governor has vetoed three bills including an increase in Social Security exemptions. The Independent Record reports that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the bills Thursday before the state Legislature's Easter break. Bullock says in his veto letter that the Social...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report...

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DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law a $30.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Colorado Politics reports Polis signed the document on Thursday, his 100th day in office. The budget includes $175 million to offer free full-day kindergarten throughout...

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Four Indiana regions have been chosen as finalists for state funding aimed at boosting community ties and economic development. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced the finalists for the 2019 Stellar Communities Designation Program on Thursday. They include "Constellation of...

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BOSTON (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden attended a rally of striking supermarket workers in New England on Thursday, arguing that workers aren't being treated with enough respect. Biden spoke at the gathering of unionized Stop & Shop employees outside a store in Boston's Dorchester...

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials have issued a new fiscal forecast that is a little more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years. The slightly better projections released Thursday would give the state more budget room to expand Medicaid...

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NEW YORK (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report outlined Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, and he made no conclusion on the question of...

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some legislative Democrats are considering a new capital gains tax on Connecticut's high-earners, instead of following through with some of Gov. Ned Lamont's proposed sales tax changes. Democratic Rep. Jason Rojas of East Hartford on Thursday told WTIC-AM he expects the...

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a legal dispute regarding New Mexico's final racino license (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The New Mexico Racing Commission has ratified a proposed settlement aimed at ending a legal dispute related to the state's sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and...

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows about one of every five expects an increase in farm loan defaults stemming from last month's devastative Midwest floods. The Rural Mainstreet survey for April, released Thursday, shows the survey's...

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The former operator of a St. Louis-area biodiesel fuel plant has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for fraudulently receiving $532,000 in tax credits. Federal prosecutors say 62-year-old Terry Zintel of Sunset Hills, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District...

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is giving up its decade-long legal fight to control one of the state's largest rivers and the water power that once fueled a factory employing 1,000. State Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Brewer said the state had until Thursday to appeal to the U.S. Supreme...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the South Carolina Budget Debate (all times local): 4:45 p.m. One lawmaker's proposal to prevent local governments that receive state money from creating ordinances or regulations that would ban the purchase, sell or transfer of consumer goods for one year failed...

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring process. Walz's move comes after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job at the...

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CHICAGO (AP) - An appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling barring the closing of a Chicago-area hospital. The Illinois Appellate Court on Thursday ruled unanimously the village of Melrose Park had no grounds to request a temporary restraining order against Pipeline Health, owner of Westlake...

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NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Alcoa Corp., down $1.06 to $26.66 Lower prices pushed the aluminum products maker to a first quarter loss and the results fell short of forecasts. United Rentals Inc., up $10.24 to $136 The equipment rental company's...

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