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Some Jif peanut butter products linked to salmonella cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising consumers to double-check their jars of Jif peanut butter. Jif’s creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced fat peanut butters have been linked to…

US forest chief calls for pause of prescribed fires

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are warning that expanding drought conditions coupled with hot and dry weather, extreme wind and unstable atmospheric conditions have led to explosive fire behavior in…

SDDOH provides tips for baby formula alternatives

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health released tips Friday to help ensure parents can access safe formula alternatives as a result of the national formula shortage. Abbott Laboratories voluntarily issued a recall of powdered formulas including Similac…

US removes 5 groups from terror blacklist, retains al-Qaida

BERLIN (AP) — The United States has removed five extremist groups, all believed defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The State Department said Friday it had removed the groups after a mandatory five-year review of their designations. Al-Qaida,…

Secret Service workers for Biden Asia trip sent home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two U.S. Secret Service employees in South Korea to prepare for President Joe Biden’s visit were sent home Thursday after being involved in a confrontation with locals that led to a police investigation. An agent…

GOP directs culture war fury toward green investing trend

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Red state officials are coming out swinging against growing Wall Street efforts to consider environmental risk in investment decisions. Their target is “ESG,” which stands for environmental, social and governance. The principles call on investors…

What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

LONDON (AP) — European and American health authorities have identified a number of cases of monkeypox this week, a surprising outbreak of an illness that has previously been limited mostly to central and western Africa. Doctors are still unsure how…

Vangelis, the Greek 'Chariots of Fire' composer, dies at 79

FILE - Composer Vangelis Papathanassiou, right, answers a question during a press conference in Athens, June 27, 2001. Vangelis, the Greece-born electronic composer who wrote the Academy Award-winning score for the film "Chariots of Fire" and…

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s order to protect the nation’s oldest woodlands is raising a simple but vexing question: When does a forest grow old? The answer could affect millions of acres of federally-managed forests where environmentalists want…

FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's commissioner says a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running by next week. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf faced congressional anger Thursday for not answering questions about whether his agency should…

Harley-Davidson suspends production for 2 weeks, shares fall

Harley-Davidson is announcing a two-week suspension of vehicle assembly and most shipments, citing a regulatory compliance issue with one of its suppliers. Company shares tumbled almost 8% Thursday. Harley-Davidson says the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution”…

Senate votes final congressional OK for $40B Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies has cleared the Senate and will head to President Joe Biden for his signature. All Democrats and most Republicans rallied behind the latest,…

Park outdoors: Ford recalls SUVs due to engine fire risk

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is asking the owners of 350,000 vehicles in to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire. Ford says in U.S.…

FCC adopts new rules against illegal robocalls

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules Thursday that would stop illegal robocalls that originate overseas from entering American networks. The new rules institute strict compliance requirements on gateway providers to ensure they comply with STIR/SHAKEN caller ID…

Lawmakers grill FDA commissioner over baby formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's commissioner is facing congressional lawmakers for the first time over the national shortage of baby formula. Members of a House Appropriations subcommittee opened Thursday’s hearing by asking FDA Commissioner Robert Califf why…

Home sales tumble again as mortgage rates surge

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes slowed in April for the third month in a row as mortgage rates surged, driving up borrowing costs for would-be homebuyers as home prices soared to new highs. The National Association of Realtors said…

Grand jury indicts man in Buffalo supermarket shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man accused of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket appeared briefly in court Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on a first-degree murder charge. Assistant district attorney Gary Hackbush said the…

Google's Russian business plans to file for bankruptcy

LONDON (AP) — Google says its Russian subsidiary is planning to file for bankruptcy because it can’t pay staff and suppliers. Russian state media reported Wednesday that the U.S. tech company’s Russian subsidiary submitted notice of its intention to declare…

Butcher Block Act passes unanimously in House

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson's Butcher Block Act passed unanimously in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee Wednesday. The bipartisan bill would establish a loan program at the United…

Stocks fall sharply as Target's woes renew inflation fears

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street Wednesday as dismal results from Target renew fears that inflation is battering U.S. companies. Target lost more than a quarter of its value, dragging other retailers down with it,…

Interrogation, uncertainty for surrendering Mariupol troops

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia says that nearly 1,000 Ukrainian troops who doggedly defended a giant steelworks in Mariupol have surrendered. The plant became a symbol of their country’s resistance. The announcement Wednesday comes as the battle for the strategic…

Congress bestows its highest honor on WWII merchant marines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has bestowed its highest honor on merchant mariners who fought in World War II, almost eight decades after the conflict in which more than 8,000 of them were killed. More than two years after Congress voted…

US, banks unveil plan to ease food crisis from Russia's war

BONN, Germany (AP) — The U.S., several global development banks and other groups have unveiled a multi-billion dollar plan to stave off a worldwide food security crisis worsened by Russia’s war in Ukraine, a key danger facing an increasingly fragile…

Firefighters slow growth of massive New Mexico wildfire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters have been able to slow the growth of a massive wildfire burning in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico as they prepare for another round of red-flag weather. Forecasters warned Wednesday that hot, dry and…

Consumers shift again, flummoxing big retailers like Target

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic vastly changed the way Americans spend money and now as they return to pre-pandemic behavior, they’re tripping up retailers again. That dynamic has only been intensified in recent months as inflation jumps sharply, and…

EU rushes out $300 billion roadmap to ditch Russian energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm is moving to jump-start plans for the EU to abandon Russian energy amid the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. The European Commission proposed Wednesday a nearly 300 billion-euro package that includes more efficient…

NY agency files discrimination complaint against Amazon

A state agency in New York has filed an administrative complaint against Amazon, alleging the e-commerce giant discriminated against pregnant and disabled workers by denying them “reasonable accommodations” and forcing them to take unpaid leave. Gov. Kathy Hochul made the…

Ex-cop pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. As part of Wednesday’s plea deal, Thomas Lane will have a count of…

Congress dives into UFOs, but no signs of extraterrestrials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress held its first hearing in half a century Tuesday on unidentified flying objects. And no, there is still no government confirmation of extraterrestrial life. Pentagon officials did not disclose additional information from their ongoing investigation of…

Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year. That's the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home. Traffic deaths rose 10.5% over…

Help your pets beat the heat

  RAPID CITY, S.D. - The dog days of summer will soon be upon us and with temperatures already in the 80s in May, it might just be a really hot one. Our…

Mariupol fighters in Russian hands; both sides claim wins

FILE - A Russian military convoy moves on a highway in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces near Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 16, 2022. Mariupol, which is part of the industrial region in eastern Ukraine…

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages five to 11. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants of the coronavirus. Some people,…