San Francisco again considers Native American statue removal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activists urging the removal of a prominent 19th century statue in San Francisco depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary will get another chance to make their case. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the...
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In France, thousands of retirees protest Macron tax hike

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French retirees are protesting across the country over a tax hike on their pensions. Nine unions called on retired workers to demonstrate Thursday against the centrist government’s plans to freeze pensions and increase taxes. The tax hike has...
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South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. Groups fighting TransCanada Corp.’s pipeline appealed a judge’s decision...
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Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota’s voter clothing law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls. Minnesota had defended its law as a reasonable restriction that keeps order at polling...
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US long-term mortgage rates jump; 30-year at 4.62 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week after two straight weeks of declines, reaching their second-highest level this year. Long-term loan rates have been running at their highest levels in seven years. And the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised...
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Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief’s visit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Farmers and ethanol producers gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a rough reception in South Dakota, accusing him of undermining the industry that’s a key part of the state’s economy. About 200 people rallied...
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Russian film director Stanislav Govorukhin dies at 82

MOSCOW (AP) — Stanislav Govorukhin, a prominent Russian film director who made some of the nation’s most iconic movies, has died. He was 82. President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences Thursday to Govorukhin’s family, praising him as a “bright and...
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Mom of 4 kids killed in Florida standoff: I am heartbroken

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mother of four children killed during a standoff between a Florida felon and police says she’s “heartbroken” and feels “completely alone.” In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel through a family spokesman, 31-year-old...
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SAT, ACT not mandatory for University of Chicago applicants

CHICAGO (AP) — Scores from the SAT or ACT will be optional for students applying to the University of Chicago. The prestigious and highly selective school says some students may feel that the standardized test results don’t fully reflect their potential. The...
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Witness: Fisherman deliberately hit swan with boat

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating a report that a fisherman deliberately struck a swan with his boat on a Massachusetts pond, causing injuries that led to the bird’s euthanization. A witness tells the Cape Cod Times he saw the boat accelerate into the...
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