- USDA offers funding for farmers markets, local food programs Updated: Jul-05-15 5:04 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's focus has traditionally been on food production, agriculture and natural resources but under the administration of President Barack Obama the USDA also has taken on a broader rural economic development role.
- Staff will stay at Lake Erie Monument on Ohio island Updated: Jul-05-15 4:34 am
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio - The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument.
- America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades Updated: Jul-05-15 2:46 am
Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:
- Obama: Freedom is paid for by men and women of US military Updated: Jul-05-15 12:47 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "incredible blessings" in the greatest country on earth.
- For tobacco growers, farming is a family affair Updated: Jul-05-15 12:34 am
NEWBERRY, Florida - Trevor Bass walked among the rows of tobacco plants - the broad, green leaves up to his chest - and declared a good crop.
- Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Oregon, no damage reported Updated: Jul-04-15 8:19 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Oregon - Some Oregonians woke on the Fourth of July to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene.
- Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not sanctuary law Updated: Jul-04-15 7:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they are focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times.
- Gay marriage opponents propose 2 Colorado ballot measures Updated: Jul-04-15 7:08 pm
DENVER - Opponents of gay marriage have proposed two Colorado ballot measures in response to the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide.
- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.
- Rapid City woman credited with helping catch mail thief Updated: Jul-04-15 5:55 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A Rapid City woman robbed of her mail is being credited with helping to catch a United States Postal Service employee who allegedly stole money, gift cards and other mail while working.
- Nebraska National Guard museum holds dedication ceremony Updated: Jul-04-15 5:33 pm
SEWARD, Nebraska - The Nebraska National Guard held a dedication ceremony for its new museum during Independence Day festivities in Seward.
- Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits Updated: Jul-04-15 5:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws.
- Immigrant children given adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine Updated: Jul-04-15 5:23 pm
SAN ANTONIO - About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they were being held with their mothers, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
- AP Exclusive: CONMEBOL head says 'we need total change' Updated: Jul-04-15 4:59 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - CONMEBOL needs "total and absolute change," president Juan Angel Napout said on Saturday after it became engulfed in the FIFA corruption scandal.
- Officials making plan to reduce San Juan river pollution Updated: Jul-04-15 4:47 pm
FARMINGTON, New Mexico - Officials are working on a plan to reduce pollution in San Juan County rivers after a study found they contain significant levels of bacteria indicating the presence of human feces.
- McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal Updated: Jul-04-15 3:35 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.
- Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand Updated: Jul-04-15 2:50 pm
VIENNA - World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
- Pending bill would let Kona accept international flights Updated: Jul-04-15 2:49 pm
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - The Kona International Airport may soon be able to accept international travelers again thanks to a few words in a Homeland Security funding bill.
- Analysis: Arkansas court punts on gay marriage issue Updated: Jul-04-15 2:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - By punting a same-sex marriage case that sat before it for more than seven months, members of the Arkansas Supreme Court left unresolved a serious question about how sacrosanct a voter-approved constitutional amendment really is.
- $35M hangar at Air Force museum in Dayton nearing completion Updated: Jul-04-15 2:29 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - Workers are nearing completion of a 224,000-square-foot hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio.
- Coast Guard saves 6 fishermen off SE Texas coast Updated: Jul-04-15 2:14 pm
BAY CITY, Texas - Six fishermen are safe after being rescued overnight when their fishing boat capsized 6 miles off the Southeast Texas coast.
- A look at the past week in the Oregon Legislature Updated: Jul-04-15 2:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers had a busy week, advancing dozens of bills and finalizing the budget as they prepare to adjourn the 2015 session in the coming days. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the past week:
- Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins, some say Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
- Maine getting $20K to research bat killing disease Updated: Jul-04-15 12:52 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is getting about $20,000 in federal money to research and address white-nose syndrome, a disease that sickens and kills little brown bats.
- Things to know Massachusetts' state budget delay Updated: Jul-04-15 11:25 am
BOSTON - Meet the state's new fiscal year. Same as the old fiscal year.