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Flooding in South puts a damper on US rice harvest

LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation’s harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can’t be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. While rice is an aquatic plant, this …

As the number of freestanding ERs grows, so does scrutiny

DALLAS (AP) — Freestanding emergency centers have sprouted in recent years across the suburban landscape, taking root in affluent neighborhoods and directly challenging nearby medical clinics and hospitals. Five years ago there were a couple dozen stand-alone emergency centers in Texas, and now there are more than 200. Colorado, Ohio …

Most limits on US-Mexico flights are about to be lifted

DALLAS (AP) — Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. United is …

Polish govt faces reputation test at famed horse auction

JANOW PODLASKI, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at – of all places – a horse auction at a 199-year-old stud farm. The state-run farm in Janow Podlaski, set amid lush meadows near the border with Belarus, has for decades drawn film directors …

Jordan’s newest mall debuts large-scale green technology

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — In Jordan’s newest retail and leisure hub, the typical high-end boutiques, cinemas and gourmet coffee shops are tucked into an intricate ecosystem of natural heating and cooling, water recycling and hundreds of solar panels soaking up the sun’s rays. The three-story Abdali Mall is the first …