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FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus....

Officials: Zika spread through sex by man with no symptoms
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are reporting the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease....

Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts....

Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served
LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) -- The two nuns who were killed in Mississippi were by all accounts some of the most friendly, helpful people in town, cooking and caring for anyone in their poor community - making their slayings all the more puzzling....

Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands....

Maine governor leaves obscene tirade on lawmaker's voicemail
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage has unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a voicemail message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes....

Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado....

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians....

Biden announces new funding for Amtrak Northeast Corridor
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure....

Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry....

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