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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

WASHINGTON— Jan 19, 2019—The Latest on an Iranian TV anchor detained in the U.S. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. According to partially unsealed federal court documents, a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. has not been accused of any crime. Marzieh Hashemi has been detained as a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

SAN FRANCISCO | California wildfires costs soaring past last year’s records

SAN FRANCISCO — Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through the state’s wine country. The insurance industry is bracing for payouts exceeding last year’s record $11.8 billion payments to Northern California fire victims. California Insurance Commissioner … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California wildfires costs soaring past last year’s records

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three U.S. senators want federal officials to publicly release information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Honduran transgender migrant who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Roxsana Hernandez, 33, died in May at an Albuquerque hospital where she was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

WASHINGTON— A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That’s despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the country’s coal industry. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that the country will end 2018 having used less coal than at any time since 1979. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

Groups demand end to info-sharing on asylum-seeking children

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. In a Wednesday letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of … Continue reading Groups demand end to info-sharing on asylum-seeking children

NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

NEW YORK — The Senate’s top Democrat says the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t moving fast enough to roll out a plan to stop airlines from shrinking passengers’ seats. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials should be doing more to comply with a law to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes. The law, part of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

MAZATLAN, Mexico  — Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico‘s Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous Category 3 storm hit near Isla del Bosque in Sinaloa state, and … Continue reading MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

WASHINGTON— Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn’t elaborate. “I asked them: ‘How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don’t know what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

HONOLULU  — The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has quieted to the point that federal officials are ready to allow people back to the dramatically changed summit crater, which has quadrupled in size, lost all of its lava and collapsed downward so far that the Empire State Building could now fit inside. Hawaii Volcanoes … Continue reading HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls … Continue reading Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney … Continue reading VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

LAWRENCE, Mass  — There’s no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday’s disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn’t appear to be “anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional.” He said … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 10 a.m. Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes. And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it. The … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina

HONOLULU | The Latest: Winds die down, rain still a threat in Hawaii

HONOLULU  — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local): 7:45 a.m. Forecasters say winds have died down but rain remains a threat on some Hawaiian Islands as tropical storm Lane churns in the central Pacific. National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said as much as 10 inches of rain could fall Saturday as … Continue reading HONOLULU | The Latest: Winds die down, rain still a threat in Hawaii

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Federal officials to Florida: No signs of Russian meddling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Federal authorities have told Florida election officials that they saw no signs of any “new or ongoing compromises” of state or local election systems, a statement seemingly at odds with recent assertions by U.S. Sen Bill Nelson of some Russian meddling. A joint letter Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Federal officials to Florida: No signs of Russian meddling

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University’s response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The school says the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether Ohio State has responded “promptly and … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Kentucky News: Federal Authorities Secure Health Care Fraud Pleas in Breathitt County According to Kentucky AG Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, KY – A Breathitt County ambulance company, its owner and two employees have pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced Thursday. Hershel Jay “Jay” Arrowood, Lesa Arrowood, Terry Herald and Arrow-Med Ambulance Inc. entered pleas July 31 right before … Continue reading Kentucky News: Federal Authorities Secure Health Care Fraud Pleas in Breathitt County According to Kentucky AG Andy Beshear

EL PASO, Texas | Administration tries to meet deadline to reunite families

EL PASO, Texas  — The Trump administration worked Thursday to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunite thousands of children and parents forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, an enormous logistical effort to undo a practice that drew condemnation around the world. Authorities have identified 2,551 children 5 and older who may be covered by the … Continue reading EL PASO, Texas | Administration tries to meet deadline to reunite families

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. |Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. | April 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Kirtland’s warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dropping legal protections for the … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. |Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Arizona governor welcomes US border deployment

WASHINGTON |April 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says his state welcomes the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement Wednesday, Ducey says he looks forward to working closely with federal officials on the issue. President Donald … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Arizona governor welcomes US border deployment

FEMA: Flood insurance premiums to rise this year

NEWARK, N.J./April 2, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Flood insurance premiums will rise again this year, according to federal officials. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said flood premiums will jump about 8 percent, the Asbury Park Press reported. The average flood policy will cost $935 annually, up from $866 last year. That does not include surcharges homeowners must … Continue reading FEMA: Flood insurance premiums to rise this year

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —  With the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference. You’d be wrong. Federal efforts to help states button down elections systems have crawled, hamstrung in part by wariness of … Continue reading Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries